11:29 am
Mon January 19, 2015

KMUW Will Air the State of the Union Address

KMUW will air President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. (CST).

1:16 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Medical Marijuana Supporters Rally At Kansas Statehouse

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Supporters of medical marijuana in Kansas are joining two Democratic state lawmakers at a Statehouse rally in favor of the Cannabis Compassionate Care Act.

Representative Gail Finney and Senator David Haley filed medical marijuana bills prior to the start of this year's legislative session.

In addition to today's rally, several medical cannabis groups also will be lobbying state lawmakers on behalf of patients and caregivers.

The Topeka Capitol Journal reports the rally sponsored by Bleeding Kansas and Kansas for Change. 

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1:09 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

2015 KS State of the State Speech Touches on Taxes, School Funding

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has laid out some details of his legislative priorities in the 2015 State of the State address.

Brownback touched on the state’s tax policy and education funding system during the speech, but gave few details about how he’ll propose filling a budget gap. Stephen Koranda reports....

Brownback started by touting what he says are his accomplishments. He pointed to job growth seen in the state in recent years.

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10:12 am
Fri January 16, 2015

No Women In Kansas Statewide Elected Office

Pioneer Women Memorial on the grounds of the Kansas State Capitol building in Topeka - Artist: Robert Merrell Gage
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For the first time since 1966, there are no women holding elected statewide office in Kansas. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger left office Monday, January 12. And since that day, when new oaths were sworn, all eight of Kansas' statewide elected officials are men. The offices include governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. senators, treasurer, attorney general, secretary of state and insurance commissioner.

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7:46 am
Thu January 15, 2015

KMUW to Air State of the State Address

KMUW will air Governor Sam Brownback's State of the State address on Thursday, January 15, 2015, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

12:38 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Brownback Inaugural Remarks Focus On Families, Culture, Morality

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Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has officially started his second term in office.

He highlighted what he calls a "crisis of the family" during his inauguration speech.

Stephen Koranda reports...

Brownback mentioned what he called “economic problems” in Kansas, but said the solutions are cultural and moral. He says issues of character and morality are connected to other challenges facing Kansas.

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3:15 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Privacy Law Reduces Student Participation In Drug Survey

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New Kansas privacy laws have reduced the number of students participating in an annual survey that measures substance abuse.

Mental health officials say the data from the Kansas Communities That Care survey, which has been conducted for two decades, has been invaluable in forming programs to fight substance abuse.

However, an amendment to a data privacy bill passed last year.

The amendment requires parental permission before students answer any surveys with questions about issues such as sex, religion or family life.

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12:35 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

State Panel Authorizes Bonds To Pay For NBAF Construction

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A state panel consisting of Gov. Sam Brownback and legislative leaders have agreed to authorize an additional $231 million dollars in bonds to help pay for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility construction near Manhattan.

The State Finance Council's authorization on Tuesday is contingent on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security agreeing that Kansas won't be asked to pay any more for the facility.

Kansas lawmakers initially authorized $105 million dollars in bonds when the state was awarded the project in 2009.

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4:59 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Gov. Brownback's Chief Of Staff Announces Resignation

Landon Fulmer
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The governor's office announced on Monday that Sam Brownback's chief of staff is stepping down. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports

Landon Fulmer has accepted a position with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. The group represents Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, General Motors,  Jaguar and others. According to their website, the group advocates for policy for the motor industry.

Fulmer has been Governor Brownback's chief of staff since April of 2012; but he also worked with him in Washington when Brownback served as senator.

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11:35 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Sen. Pat Roberts Returns From Kuwait Visit; Sees Progress In Fight Against ISIS


Kansas Senator Pat Roberts says he saw signs of progress in fighting against Islamic State militants during his weekend trip to Iraq to visit U.S. troops.

Roberts arrived Thursday night in Kuwait to visit U.S. troops.

On Saturday, Roberts went to the Iraqi capital of Baghdad to meet with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and his defense and foreign ministers.

Sunday, he was in the Kurdish city of Erbil in northern Iraq.

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