Stephen Koranda

Stephen is the statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio.

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Voting Laws
4:44 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Kobach Considering Rule to Create Two Classes of Voters

Voter registration applications for more than 12,000 people in Kansas are on hold because of missing documents that could prove U.S. citizenship. A law that took effect this year requires people who register to vote for the first time in Kansas to prove their citizenship.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he's considering a rule that could allow those voters to cast ballots in certain elections.

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Death Penalty
3:42 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Lawmaker Proposes Audit of Death Penalty Costs

The Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit will not be analyzing the costs of the state death penalty, at least for now.

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State Regulations
3:28 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Committee Criticizes Tattoo, Body Piercing Rule Changes

A Kansas legislative committee Monday criticized proposed changes to state regulations on tattooing and piercing.

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NBAF
4:46 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

NBAF Funding Advances To Full Senate

Kansas Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts say funding for a federal lab to be built in Manhattan has passed an important hurdle.

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Voting Laws
4:42 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Board Rejects Change To Voter Registration Citizenship Rules

A state board Tuesday rejected a proposed change to a law requiring Kansans to present proof of citizenship when registering to vote for the first time.

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Education Funding
3:57 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Report: Kansas One Of Few States To Cut Higher Ed Funding

A national advocacy organization says Kansas is one of only a handful of states that cut funding for higher education this year.

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Arts Funding
3:53 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

State Arts Agency Again Eligible For Federal Matching Funds

The National Endowment for the Arts has made a preliminary decision saying Kansas is once again eligible to receive federal matching funds for arts programs. That decision was revealed during a meeting of the state's arts agency Friday.

When Governor Sam Brownback vetoed state arts funding in 2011, Kansas lost federal matching dollars. With some arts funding restored, the NEA says Kansas could be eligible for up to $560,000 in matching funds this fiscal year.

Peter Jasso, director of the Creative Arts Industries Commission, called the decision great news.

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Energy
6:56 am
Fri July 12, 2013

More Than 80 Residents Blast Westar's Proposed Rate Hikes

Around 80 people gathered in Topeka for the hearing Thursday.
Credit Stephen Koranda

State regulators took public comments last night on a proposed Westar Energy rate increase.

Westar is asking to raise rates by 2 percent and to shift more electricity costs from large customers to residential users and small businesses. The company said the cost shift is necessary because larger business customers are paying more than their fair share.

About 80 people showed up in Topeka for the hearing, and many of them lined up to blast the proposal.

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Education Standards
4:09 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Common Core Opponents Criticize Testing

Common Core educational standards were once again a topic at Tuesday's meeting of the Kansas State Board of Education.

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Gun Laws
3:46 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Hundreds Of Local Governments Request Gun Law Exemptions

The Kansas Attorney General's office has received notifications from more than 300 local governments stating that they're exempting themselves from a new state gun law.

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