Government

Community
6:00 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Law Creates Farmers' Market Registry

Kansas agriculture officials say a new law taking effect in July will help a growing number of farmers' markets across the state.

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Medicine
3:39 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Governor Signs Bill Establishing KU Med Stem Cell Center

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill that will establish a stem cell research center at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The new facility would work with adult stem cells and cells taken from umbilical cord blood.

Brownback signed the bill during a ceremony Monday at the Statehouse. He was joined by people who have successfully undergone medical treatments using stem cells.

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Attorney General
4:59 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Concealed Carry Delays Cause Frustration

Gun rights advocates say the Kansas attorney general's office is struggling to process a record number of applications for concealed carry permits on time.

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Government
6:29 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Brownback Signs Drug Testing Bill

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill into law that allows drug testing for people receiving some types of state assistance or unemployment payments.

Brownback called drug use a “scourge” in Kansas.

People receiving certain assistance payments could be tested if there’s suspicion they’re using drugs. If they test positive, they would have to complete drug treatment and job training.

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Government
6:39 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Analysts Call Kansas Tax Plan Worst In Nation

In a recent article in Governing Magazine, two tax analysts were asked which state had passed the worst tax policy in the last year, and both said Kansas.

One of the analysts was from the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the other was from the right-leaning Tax Foundation.

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Government
6:21 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Obama To Visit KU, But Few Details Known (Updated)

Updated April 17, 6:44am: In the wake of the tragedy in Boston, President Obama has canceled his visit to Kansas.

President Barack Obama will visit the University of Kansas campus later this week. But so far, few details have been released about the Friday event.

Presidential visits can go several ways. One way is the public speech or public appearance, like Obama’s last visit to Kansas in 2011 when he made a policy speech in Osawatomie.

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Government
6:23 am
Thu April 11, 2013

$714M For Manhattan Biosecurity Lab In Obama's Budget

NBAF sign on I-70, near Manhattan
Credit Bryan Thompson / KPR

President Obama's 2014 budget proposal includes more than $700 million for NBAF, the state-of-the-art biosecurity lab planned for Manhattan, adjacent to Kansas State University.

In response to the budget announcement, Gov. Sam Brownback immediately pledged to work with lawmakers during the upcoming veto session to approve state bonds to help complete the lab.

The president is asking for an additional $202 million in state support for the project.

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Religion
5:44 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Religious Freedom Preservation Act Signed

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation that supporters say will shield Kansas residents from government infringement on religious liberties.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:11 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Kan. 2014 Budget In Flux As Lawmakers Adjourn

Credit Jimmy Emerson / Flickr

Kansas legislators are on a month-long break, having left behind a budget still considered a work in progress and more possible changes to the state tax code.

Lawmakers adjourned late Friday having approved several issues after more than a week of negotiations. But many of the spending cuts favored by the majority of Republicans remain in play.

One area is higher education. The Senate is recommending a 4 percent cut for state universities and community colleges. The House favors a 2 percent cut.

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Department of Agriculture
3:54 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

KDA Move Suggested By K-State

The Kansas Department of Agriculture announced last week that it would move its offices from Topeka to Manhattan. Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman said officials at the Kansas State University Foundation made the suggestion.

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