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Government
7:22 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Top Dem, Kan. Gov.'s Staff Spar Over Court Choice

Kansas Court of Appeals nominee Caleb Stegall has submitted more than 300 pages of documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee that will review his appointment by Gov. Sam Brownback.

Stegall currently serves as Brownback's chief counsel.

He also submitted dozens of pages of magazine articles and online columns he has written, including book reviews and commentaries that hint at his conservative politics.

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Government
8:47 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Group Using Open Records Act To Hunt Names Of Judicial Candidates

The head of the League of Women Voters of Kansas is hoping that seeing the governor's schedule could reveal the names of candidates for an open court seat. The league has filed an open records request for the calendars of Gov. Sam Brownback and some of his staff.

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Crime and Courts
1:39 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Governor Chooses His Chief Counsel for Appeals Court Seat

Governor Brownback looks on as Caleb Stegall speaks at the Statehouse Tuesday.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Gov. Sam Brownback has selected his office's top attorney, Caleb Stegall, as the nominee for an open seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals. Brownback calls him the most qualified candidate for the job.

“His depth of knowledge across the broad spectrum of legal topics continues to impress me and others around this building. I’ve never known an attorney who can provide such excellent counsel on so many topics," said Brownback.

But the top Democrat in the House, Paul Davis from Lawrence, says the selection means that Brownback picked a friend for the job.

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Government
8:16 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Call For Special Legislative Session Draws Support And Questions

Gov. Brownback during a ceremony announcing the special session.
Credit Stephen Koranda

In 2005, 17-year-old Robert Haberlein and two other people entered a Dollar General store in Bonner Springs. It was late in the day and only one person, 44-year-old Robin Bell, was working in the store. The three overpowered Bell and took her into the back of the store, forcing her to open the safe. They beat her before shooting and killing her.

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Government
8:54 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Brownback Won't Set Date To Unveil Judicial Nominee

Gov. Sam Brownback
Credit Stephen Koranda / File Photo

Gov. Sam Brownback won't set a date for nominating a candidate for an open seat in the state's appeals court system.

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Health
7:23 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Brownback Resisting 'Fetal Heartbeat' Abortion Measure

Gov. Sam Brownback and Republican legislative leaders are resisting a group's effort to include an "fetal heartbeat" abortion measure on the agenda for legislators in September.

Gov. Brownback is calling lawmakers into special session on September 3 to rewrite the state's "Hard 50" criminal sentencing law.

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Politics
7:30 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Brownback's Democratic Challenger Could Surface Soon

We could hear of a Democratic challenger to incumbent Republican Gov. Sam Brownback by Labor Day.

The Democrats most often mentioned as potential candidates are Kansas House Minority Leader Paul Davis of Lawrence; businesswoman and former Board of Regents member Jill Docking of Wichita, and former state Agriculture Secretary Joshua Svaty, of Ellsworth County.

Democrats say their nominee will need to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars and build statewide name recognition early.

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Government
7:10 am
Mon July 15, 2013

State Officials Say Kansas Credit Strong Despite Recent Downgrade

State administration officials say they're confident that Kansas will retain a strong credit rating, despite a recent downgrade on bonds and concerns about the effect of state income tax cuts.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:31 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Kansas Senator: 'I'm Hoping We'll Do Better Next Session'

Oletha Faust-Goudeau is a Democratic member of the Kansas Senate, representing the 29th District.
Credit Courtesy photo

Kansas Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau returned from Topeka last week after "sine die," the ceremonial adjournment at the statehouse. KMUW’s Carla Eckels sat down with Faust-Goudeau, a democrat, to discuss some of her views about the 2013 legislative session.

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Education
6:32 am
Wed June 26, 2013

School Districts Getting Paid For Successful Tech Students

The state is rewarding Kansas school districts for trying to get students certified in technical education specialties.

Gov. Brownback presented $703,000 in checks to 111 districts Tuesday.

The state awards districts with $1,000 for each student who completes a technical education program and earns certification through a state vocational or technical college.

The funds are part of a program the state launched in 2012 to increase the number of certified technicians to meet industry demands.

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