Stephen Koranda

Stephen is the statehouse reporter for Kansas Public Radio.

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Courts
7:19 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Justices Mulling Over Education Funding Suit

In the Kansas Supreme Court hearing on school funding this week, justices had some pointed questions for the attorneys.

At issue is whether the state should increase education spending. But how much can we gather about the possible outcome of the case from the questions and comments made by the justices?

Here’s just one example from the oral arguments:

When Justice Eric Rosen pointed out that the state had agreed to increase education funding in a past lawsuit.

“Essentially, it stands before me in my eyes as a broken promise,” said Rosen.

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Education
7:54 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Should All KS Students Take The ACT?

Some state officials are wondering if all Kansas students should be required to take the ACT college readiness exam.

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Government
7:13 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Audit: State Overspent $1.5M In Tax Incentives

A recent audit says the state has mishandled an economic development program. And in response, Gov. Sam Brownback says his administration will look at possible changes.

The Kansas Department of Commerce administers the PEAK program, short for Promoting Employment Across Kansas. It provides tax incentives for companies creating jobs in the state. The audit says the program overspent its $6 million budget for incentives last fiscal year by $1.5 million. Gov. Brownback says his office is studying the report.

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KanCare
5:13 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Colyer Says KanCare Will Achieve Promised Savings

Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer says the state's new Medicaid managed care program will deliver on its promise to save $1 billion over five years.

Colyer says the three private insurance companies managing the KanCare program will achieve those savings because their bottom lines depend on it.

"And the big stick in this is, we're going to hold back half a billion dollars from the insurers over the next five years," Colyer says.

Criminal Sentencing
4:54 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Special Session Yields Ideas For 2014 Legislation

The recent special legislative session in Kansas could lead to new bills for consideration in 2014.

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U.S. Congress
4:39 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Syria Strike Not Popular with Kansas Delegation

The all-Republican Kansas congressional delegation is almost unanimous in its opposition to a U.S. military action in Syria.

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Court Appointments
5:10 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Kansas Senate Confirms Stegall Nomination

The Kansas Senate has confirmed the nomination of Caleb Stegall to the Kansas Court of Appeals.

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Crime and Courts
7:25 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Kansas House Passes Rewrite Of 'Hard 50' Law

Kansas House has unanimously passed a fix for the state's Hard 50 sentencing law.

The law allows judges to sentence certain convicted murderers to at least 50 years in prison before the possibility for parole.

The House's proposed revision would change the process so that juries also play a part in giving the sentences.

Republican representative Lance Kinzer of Olathe says the fix will help preserve the original intent of the bill:

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Kansas Legislature
3:45 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Hard 50 Fix Clears House Committee

A Kansas House committee Tuesday passed a proposed fix for the state’s Hard 50 sentencing law.

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Court Appointments
3:45 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Hearings On Court of Appeals Nominee To Begin

Kansas Senate hearings begin Tuesday on Gov. Sam Brownback's nominee for the state Court of Appeals.

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