Government

Criminal Sentencing
5:42 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Legislator Proposes Change To 'Hard 50'

A proposal for strengthening the "Hard 50" murder sentencing law in Kansas is likely to be considered next year by legislators.

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Disability Services
3:57 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

National Council On Disability Studies Kansas Policies

A federal board that studies disability issues has been meeting in Topeka.

The National Council on Disability advises Congress and the president on matters affecting Americans with disabilities.

Gary Blumenthal is a member of the council and a former Kansas legislator. He says the group chose to meet in Kansas because of policies affecting people with disabilities, like the state's overhauled Medicaid program now managed by private companies.

U.S. Congress
4:34 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Roberts Wants Farm Bill Talks to Resume

Republican Kansas Senator Pat Roberts says he isn't satisfied with the pace of negotiations on the farm bill.

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Security
4:10 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Audit Finds IT Security Traded for State Worker Convenience

An audit has found some state of Kansas agencies lacking when it comes to Internet technology security.

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Security
3:27 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Audit Focuses On State IT Security

A select group of Kansas lawmakers will be given an update on the state's Internet technology security Tuesday.

State auditors have been combing through security protocols for nine state agencies looking for problems.

Scott Frank, with the Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit, says this is important because the state handles sensitive personal information.

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Gun Laws
5:23 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

Schmidt Offers Opinion On Concealed Carry At The Polls

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is offering guidance on how the state's concealed carry law applies to buildings used as polling places on election days.

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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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Education Funding
3:52 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Education Debate May Shift To Pension Costs

The debate over school funding in Kansas may be shifting to focus more on employee pension costs.

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Education
4:40 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Brownback Hosts Closed-Door Education Meeting

Governor Sam Brownback met with education officials and some top Republican lawmakers Monday to talk about school finance.

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Government
8:37 am
Fri November 22, 2013

More Groups Want To Join Opposition Against Kansas Voter Citizenship Law

The national League of Women Voters and the group's Kansas and Arizona chapters want to intervene in a federal lawsuit over proof-of-citizenship laws in the two states.

The groups filed their requests in a federal court case in Kansas on Thursday.

The national advocacy group Common Cause, three Arizona-based Hispanic-rights groups, and an Arizona political consultant also filed requests to intervene.

Kansas and Arizona and Secretaries of State Kris Kobach and Ken Bennett filed the lawsuit in August.

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