Government

Taxes
6:11 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Kansas Tax Deal On Hold

Negotiators for the Kansas House and Senate say agreement on a plan for more cuts in income taxes is unlikely until May.

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Election 2013
7:02 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Close Races For Wichita City Council, School Board

Wichita City Council, District 1

Incumbent city council member Lavonta Willams kept her seat, beating out Dave Thomas with 71 percent of the vote. Thomas had 28 percent of the vote.

Wichita City Council, District 3

James Clendenin grabbed the District 3 Wichita city council seat in a close race with Clinton Coen. Clendenin had 52 percent of the vote, Coen had 46 percent.

Wichita City Council, District 6

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2013 Legislative Session
6:13 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Kansas Senate Approves Sweeping Anti-Abortion Legislation

Senators passed sweeping abortion legislation Tuesday at the Kansas Statehouse.
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The Kansas Senate has approved new restrictions on abortion providers.

Senators voted 29-11 Tuesday on a bill blocking tax breaks for clinics that provide abortions.

The legislation also keeps groups affiliated with abortion from furnishing materials or instructors for sex education classes in public schools.

The measure also spells out in greater detail which information doctors must provide to patients before performing abortions-- including information about a now-debunked potential link between abortion and breast cancer.

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Government
6:09 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Lawmakers Mulling Medicaid Expansion

Starting next year, states will be able to take part in a sweeping expansion of the health care program Medicaid, and the federal government will pick up most of the cost. But it's still not clear if that expansion will take place in Kansas, where the state's Medicaid program is known as KanCare. 

As Lawmakers and Gov. Sam Brownback consider the expansion, some Kansans are trying to make their voices heard.

THE PLIGHT OF MARI WHITE

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Kansas Senate
5:37 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Drug Testing Bill Awaits Gov's Signature

If Gov. Brownback signs the bill, some welfare recipients in Kansas will have to submit to drug testing to keep benefits.
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Senators have sent a bill to Gov. Sam Brownback's desk that would require Kansas residents who receive welfare and unemployment benefits to submit to drug testing.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:05 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Officials Address Concerns About Quarantining People With HIV

State health officials are working to quiet concerns that a bill would allow for the quarantine of people with HIV.

The bill is aimed at protecting emergency responders, making it easier to test an accident victim's blood to test for HIV or other infectious diseases. But, some were concerned that the bill removed long standing protections for persons with HIV/AIDS, and might open the door for them to be quarantined.

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Taxes
5:42 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Tax Negotiations Moving Slowly

Negotiators from the Kansas House and Senate report little progress in working out differences in plans for further cuts in personal income taxes.

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Government
12:45 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Kansas Lawmakers Abolish Statute of Limitations On Rape Cases

A bill has been signed into Kansas law that abolishes the statute of limitations for prosecuting rape cases. 

Kansas was among 10 states that required rape cases to be prosecuted within five years.

The new law also allows for prosecution of a sexually violent crime within 10 years if the victim is at least 18 years old. For younger victims, prosecution would begin within one year of the date the suspect is identified through DNA testing, or within 10 years of the victim's 18th birthday, whichever is later.

Government
6:19 am
Mon April 1, 2013

State Officials Blame Revenue Shortfall On Feds

Kansas officials are blaming a shortfall of nearly $57 million in state tax collections in March on delays in federal tax deadlines forced by congressional wrangling on fiscal issues.

The Department of Revenue reported Friday that the state collected almost $364 million in taxes last month. It had expected to take in more than $420 million.

The department noted that collections for the fiscal year that started in July are slightly ahead of the state's projection that it would collect $4.24 billion through March.

Taxes
5:40 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Kansas Sees Revenue Shortfall In March

Kansas officials are blaming a shortfall of nearly $57 million in state tax collections in March on delays in federal tax deadlines forced by congressional wrangling on fiscal issues.

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