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Health
10:54 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Governor Brownback Unveils Plan To Improve Mental Health Care, But Some Say He Could Do Better

Gov.  Sam Brownback is making a major push to improve the state’s mental health system. The governor's plan creates a behavioral health sub-cabinet within state government, targets substance abuse for its role in exacerbating mental illness, and increases financial investment in current treatment programs, among other things. 

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Government
11:15 am
Thu May 15, 2014

New Law Phases Out Fees Kansas Lenders Pay To Counties For Home Mortgages

Governor Brownback has signed legislation phasing out the fees paid by Kansas lenders to counties to register home mortgages. The Kansas Legislature's website said Brownback signed the measure Wednesday. 

Bankers and real estate agents have argued that home buyers are getting what amounts to a tax break. But county officials fear they'll be forced to boost local property taxes to offset what is expected to be $53 million in lost revenue over the next five years. The new law will phase out the mortgage registration fee by the year 2019.

Science
11:55 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Final Kansas Budget Could Delay Funding For KU's New Bioscience Research Facility

A tentative deal on a final Kansas budget does not include $2 million dollars to help fund a new bioscience research and development center at the University of Kansas.

Governor Sam Brownback has urged legislators to include funding for the proposed Kansas Institute of Translational Chemical Biology, but he didn’t include the proposal in his budget amendment.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Gene Suellentrop of Wichita says budget negotiators felt the proposal needed further study.

Government
11:49 am
Thu May 1, 2014

KS Among Red States Resisting Federal Authority

Credit Bryan Thompson

Kansas politicians have always been able to score points at the coffee shop by taking jabs at the federal government. But in today's divided America, politicians in red states like Kansas are finding that sometimes the best way to connect with voters is to advocate outright defiance of federal authority.

For more on this issue, visit our public television partners at KCPT.

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Government
11:04 am
Tue April 29, 2014

Gov. Brownback's Former Chief Of Staff Maybe Involved In FBI Probe

The FBI is examining whether Governor Sam Brownback’s former chief of staff and a lobbying and consulting firm he helped found are trading on their ties to the governor to benefit themselves and others financially.

A person familiar with the inquiry told The Associated Press the FBI has been looking for several months into the activities of Brownback's confidante David Kensinger and his Topeka firm, Parallel Strategies. Kensinger and two former Brownback staffers formed last year.

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Education
10:33 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Brownback Visits Kansas Universities

Governor Sam Brownback will be visiting universities in Kansas on Monday.

Eileen Hawley, a Brownback spokesperson, says he’ll be meeting with university officials and talking about the importance of higher education in the state.

"The universities help drive the economy," Hawley says. "They provide a highly skilled work force and they create the next generations of teachers, doctors and business people so its really important for us to invest and have a good vision for higher education in Kansas. " 

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Government
11:39 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Gov. Brownback Signs A New Round Of Bills This Week

Governor Sam Brownback has signed 5 new bills into law this week.

House Bill 2210 - Prohibits residents from changing their party affiliation in an election year, from the date of the deadline for candidates to file for office in June through the certification of the results of the August Primary Election.

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Government
10:21 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Former Wichita Bank Executive Deryl Schuster Appointed Bank Commissioner Of Kansas

Governor Sam Brownback has appointed a former Wichita bank executive to serve as the acting bank commissioner in Kansas.

Deryl Schuster succeeds Judi Stork, who will return to her duties as deputy commissioner.

Schuster served most recently as president and CEO of Midwest Community Bank.

The commissioner works with the state Banking Board to regulate state-chartered banks and trust companies, savings and loan companies, mortgage businesses and other financial institutions.

Education
9:46 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Gov. Brownback Visits Schools To Drum Up Support For All-Day Kindergarten

Governor Sam Brownback is visiting Kansas elementary schools on Tuesday to build more support for his proposal to fund all-day Kindergarten across Kansas.

Governor Brownback has asked legislators to increase state support by $16 million dollars a year over five years, until the program is fully funded.

The governor is scheduled to visit a classroom in Silver Lake today; he visited a school in Topeka on Monday.

Government
11:57 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Terry Presta Of Overland Park Named Executive Director Of The Kansas Lottery

Terry P. Presta has been named the Executive Director of the Kansas Lottery. He currently serves as a member of the 10th Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission.
Credit www.jocojnc.org/ / Tenth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission

Gov, Sam Brownback appointed Terry Presta as the Executive Director of the Kansas Lottery Wednesday. 

Presda was the president of Overland Park-based Presto Convenience Stores until December of 2010. Gov. Brownback says Presda brings more than 30 years of experience as a business owner and operator to his new role with the Kansas Lottery. 

Brownback added that Presda will bring more energy to the lottery "as we focus on growing sales and increasing transfers to the state." 

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