7:01 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Shutdown Recovery: Kansas Federal Sites Resume Operations

Federal employees and government facilities are returning to normal operations Friday.

Congress agreed to fund the federal government after partially shutting it down for 16 days.

The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene is open again. The complex is part of the National Archives system and had been closed since October 1.

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7:28 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Kan. Furloughed Employees Recalled To Work

Civilians who were furloughed at two Kansas National Guard maintenance sites will go back to work.

The Kansas Adjutant General's Department said Monday that 126 of the 263 federally-funded state employees will return to work at sites in Salina and Fort Riley.

The employees perform maintenance on military equipment for active duty and reserve units.

The department says they can be recalled because they are working under funding from the fiscal year that ended on September 30.

3:32 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Kansas Can Float Some State Agencies, But Not For Long

Gov. Brownback issued a statement Friday saying his administration is committed to minimizing the effects of the shutdown. The governor says the state can juggle its cash reserves to fund programs that are usually sustained by federal dollars.

For example, the state had enough in its reserve for the governor to cancel furloughs for state workers who process unemployment benefits Friday.

6:49 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Kansas Department Of Labor Cancels Worker Furloughs

The Kansas Department of Labor is ending most of the furloughs it imposed on employees because of the federal government's partial shutdown.

Gov. Brownback's office says it will not put others on unpaid leave, either.

The governor's spokeswoman Eileen Hawley says the administration will tap the state's cash reserves to maintain staffing for the state program that provides benefits to unemployed workers.

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Kansas Department of Agriculture
4:36 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Ag Department Simulation Prompts False Alarm Tweets

An animal disease simulation exercise in central Kansas this week apparently prompted some Twitter users to question whether a real disease outbreak had been detected.

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7:58 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Kansas National Guard Recalled From Shutdown

All but five of the 772 Kansas National Guard airmen and soldiers who were furloughed last week because of the partial federal government shutdown are being called back to work.

The Kansas adjutant general's office said Monday that the recalls came after the Department of Defense issued guidance over the weekend regarding which employees were covered by the federal furlough orders.

Those five National Guard technicians who remain furloughed don't meet the guidance for recalls as stated by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

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7:45 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Kansas Says Gay Couples Must File Taxes As Singles

Kansas says same-sex couples must file their state income tax returns as if each person were single - even if they filed as married on their federal returns.

The state revenue department issued the guidance Friday. It plans to provide a worksheet in its instruction booklet for calculating income, deductions and other data.

The agency says the approach adheres to the Kansas Constitution's definition of marriage. It contends the recent U.S. Supreme Court case upheld the rights of states to define and regulate marriage.

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7:59 am
Fri October 4, 2013

During Government Shutdown, State Parks Still Open

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is reminding people that state parks are still open during the federal government shutdown.

Park camping areas, trails, cabins, boat ramps, and other amenities are open, as are many of the businesses who serve lake visitors.

State nature centers are also open during regular hours. Access wildlife areas and fishing lakes operated by the department remains unchanged.

The federal shutdown has created some confusion about state parks.

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Juvenile Corrections
6:50 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Corrections Tightening Security At Topeka Juvenile Complex

The Kansas Department of Corrections has announced plans to improve security at Topeka's juvenile detention facility.

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Federal Government
5:50 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Federal Shutdown Rolls Across Kansas

The federal government shutdown is showing its effects across Kansas, from shuttered national parks and Farm Service Agency offices to charities that rely on federal money.

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