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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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Government
8:41 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Governor Brownback Thinks About Releasing Applicant Names, Then Decides Against It

Gov. Sam Brownback has decided that he won't disclose the applicants for the Kansas Court of Appeals, after all. Gov. Brownback says it would prevent some qualified candidates from coming forward. The window for applying doesn't close until July 31.

Brownback says potential candidates told him they preferred that their names remain confidential.

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Division of Emergency Management
5:55 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Kansas Gains Emergency Management Accreditation

Kansas has obtained national accreditation for the agency that oversees the state's preparations for emergencies and its responses to disasters.

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Gun Laws
3:46 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Hundreds Of Local Governments Request Gun Law Exemptions

The Kansas Attorney General's office has received notifications from more than 300 local governments stating that they're exempting themselves from a new state gun law.

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Board of Regents
3:54 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Democratic Senator Criticizes Regents Appointments

A Democratic senator from Topeka says Governor Sam Brownback is packing the Kansas Board of Regents with too many Republicans.

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Government
6:17 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Licensed Guns Now Allowed In State Buildings

As of Monday, properly licensed firearms will be allowed in all state office buildings, except those exempted by law.

The new law stipulates that concealed carry is permitted in any state or municipal building unless the building has adequate security measures to make sure no weapons are allowed inside.

State correctional facilities, courtrooms and law enforcement agencies are generally exempt from the new law.

Some state health care facilities and post-secondary educational facilities have asked for temporary exemptions from the law.

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District Court
5:50 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

State Judge Puts Hold On Parts Of Abortion Law

A Kansas judge has temporarily blocked parts of a sweeping state anti-abortion law set to take effect July 1.

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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.
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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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Court of Appeals
5:57 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Brownback Won't Disclose Appeals Court Applicants

Gov. Sam Brownback won't release the names of applicants for a new position on the Kansas Court of Appeals, even though the names of candidates have been disclosed for more than 30 years.

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Government
6:21 am
Thu June 27, 2013

New Gun Law Means You May Need New A 'No Guns' Sign On Your Building

Attorney General Derek Schmidt says counties and cities that exempt themselves from a new law on concealed weapons need to change any "No Guns" signs on public buildings.

The law, which takes effect Monday, allows people with concealed-carry permits to bring their guns into public buildings that don't have adequate security, such as screening.

Many cities and counties have taken advantage of a provision letting them exempt their buildings for six months.

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