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6:10 am
Fri October 10, 2014

ACLU To Challenge KS Same Sex Marriage Ban

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas appears to be close to filing a lawsuit aimed at overturning the Kansas' ban on same sex marriage. Stephen Koranda reports:

Johnson County, Kansas, has attracted a lot of attention after a judge there ordered workers to begin issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples.

But Doug Bonney, with the ACLU of Kansas, says it doesn't look like other counties are following suit.

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Government
5:19 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Johnson County Judge Allows Same-Sex Marriage Licenses To Be Issued

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After Monday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to turn away same-sex marriage appeals in five states, which looked to make the unions illegal, a judge in Kansas is now allowing same-sex marriage licenses to be issued. 

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Government
12:03 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Sedgwick County Turning Away Same-Sex Marriage License Seekers

The Sedgwick County Courthouse is turning away same-sex couples who are seeking marriage licenses.

Kerry Wilks and Donna Ditrani, along with their minister, went to the Wichita courthouse yesterday. After the clerk refused to give them paperwork to get a marriage license, the couple said they would be happy to "join the cause" as plaintiffs in a lawsuit expected to be filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, challenging the Kansas ban.

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Government
5:33 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Supreme Court Announcement Could Legalize Same-Sex Marriage In Kansas

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  The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday morning that they would not move forward with same-sex marriage appeals in five states, which looked to make the unions illegal. The decision allows same-sex couples to begin applying for marriage licenses in their state. It could also mean same-sex marriage is coming to Kansas.

 Back in June, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down bans on same-sex marriage in both Utah and Oklahoma. Appeals brought before the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse those rulings were turned away, effectively making same-sex marriage legal in those states.

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Government
8:45 am
Fri October 3, 2014

State's Computer Operations Overhaul Managed Poorly

A state audit says the Kansas Department of Revenue's $34-million-dollar overhaul of the state's computer operations was not managed properly by the revenue department or the 3M Company.

The audit was released yesterday to a joint Legislative committee. It says the project created a motor vehicle network plagued by technical problems.

Auditors also said implementation of a new driver's license system may be four years too late. The auditors said state revenue department staff did not properly oversee the project, and 3M Company did not deliver services it had promised.

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Government
8:03 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Former Lawmaker: FBI Investigating KanCare Contracts

There have been reports around the Kansas Statehouse that there is an FBI investigation into how contracts were awarded for KanCare, the state's privately managed Medicaid program. As KPR's Stephen Koranda reports, someone has now come forward to say the investigation exists.

Former Republican Kansas state Senator Dick Kelsey says the FBI contacted him and interviewed him several times. He says a focus of the investigation is David Kensinger, a former chief of staff to Governor Brownback.

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Government
11:51 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Tax Collections Fell $21M Short Of September Expectations

The state Department of Revenue reported on Tuesday that its tax collections fell $21 million dollars short of expectations in September.

The Department said corporate income tax collections exceeded expectations, $86.5 million dollars in corporate tax collections in September, 33 percent more than the predicted $65 million.

Even with the corporate taxes, the state collected $521 million dollars in taxes for September, 4 percent less than the $542 million it had anticipated.

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Government
11:34 am
Tue September 30, 2014

State Officials Eagerly Await For Word On September Taxes

State officials are also waiting for word on whether Kansas tax collections in September met expectations.

The state Department of Revenue's report this afternoon is expected to renew a political debate over recent, massive income tax cuts enacted at Governor Sam Brownback's urging.

Brownback says the tax cuts are stimulating economic growth, but critics say the reductions are wrecking the state's finances.

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Government
11:25 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Democrats Push For Review Of Medicaid Contracts

Two Democrats in the Kansas Legislature want it to investigate how Republican Governor Sam Brownback's administration awarded contracts to private companies to manage the state's Medicaid program.

Senator Laura Kelly of Topeka and Representative Jim Ward of Wichita had a Statehouse news conference yesterday to call on legislative leaders to authorize an investigation.

However, Senate President Susan Wagle called the move an attempt to distort the truth ahead of the Nov. 4 election.

Wagle says the process for awarding the contracts was transparent.

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Government
2:13 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Brownback Names Prosecutor For Open Judge Position In 4th Judicial District

Governor Sam Brownback has named Coffey County prosecutor Douglas Witteman to an open judge's position on the 4th Judicial District, which also includes Anderson and Osage counties.

A district nominating committee picked Witteman and Brandon Jones as finalists from among four applicants.

Witteman received his law degree from Washburn University of Topeka in 1991.

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