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11:25 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Democrats Push For Review Of Medicaid Contracts

Two Democrats in the Kansas Legislature want it to investigate how Republican Governor Sam Brownback's administration awarded contracts to private companies to manage the state's Medicaid program.

Senator Laura Kelly of Topeka and Representative Jim Ward of Wichita had a Statehouse news conference yesterday to call on legislative leaders to authorize an investigation.

However, Senate President Susan Wagle called the move an attempt to distort the truth ahead of the Nov. 4 election.

Wagle says the process for awarding the contracts was transparent.

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Government
2:13 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Brownback Names Prosecutor For Open Judge Position In 4th Judicial District

Governor Sam Brownback has named Coffey County prosecutor Douglas Witteman to an open judge's position on the 4th Judicial District, which also includes Anderson and Osage counties.

A district nominating committee picked Witteman and Brandon Jones as finalists from among four applicants.

Witteman received his law degree from Washburn University of Topeka in 1991.

Government
2:36 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

City Officials Make A Push To Inform Public About The Proposed One-Cent Sales Tax

City officials have announced they have produced informational handouts for November's sales tax referendum. Officials will also begin attending public meetings requesting community groups to discuss the sales tax, which will appear on general election ballots. 

The proposed one-cent sales tax would generate $397.6 million if collected over five years. City officials say if that figure is reached sooner than expected, the tax would end early. 

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Government
5:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Sales Tax Referendum: A Conversation With Wichita City Manager Bob Layton

A one-cent sales tax for the city of Wichita will be brought before voters in this November’s election. The tax would last five years and bring in roughly $400 million dollars. The bulk of that would be used for long-term drought protection and job creation, with Wichita Transit and street improvements sharing about $70 million. 

    

KMUW’s Sean Sandefur sat down with Wichita City Manager Bob Layton to better understand this proposed sales tax.

Why were these four areas chosen?

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Government
4:55 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Sedgwick County Approves $5.3 Million For Elephant 'Barn'

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After a discussion that lasted nearly an hour, the Sedgwick County Commission agreed to help fund a new, roughly $10 million elephant "barn" at Sedgwick County Zoo--their contribution being $5.3 million.

An expansion is needed after new standards from The Association of Zoos and Aquariums stated that facilities must have at least three elephants, or none at all. The Sedgwick County Zoo currently has room for only two.

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Government
11:34 am
Wed September 17, 2014

A Petition To Repeal Roeland Park's Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Moves Forward

According to the Johnson County legal department, a petition to repeal Roeland Park's anti-discrimination ordinance can move forward.

If 472 registered voters sign the petition within 180 days, Roeland Park's City Council must either repeal the ordinance, which was approved in August, or place it on a citywide ballot. The county has approved the ballot language that will appear if enough support is garnered.

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Government
4:44 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Wichita Mid-Continent To Test Disaster Response

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The emergency response capabilities of Wichita Mid-Continent Airport will be tested next week as airport authority officials and local emergency responders will participate in a disaster exercise. 

Mid-Continent Airport will simulate the crash of a 737 aircraft on the its runway on Tuesday morning. The airport has performed a large-scale disaster exercise every three years for decades, according to Jason Jones,  Deputy Chief of the Airport Authority. 

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Government
1:58 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

KMUW Will Broadcast President Obama's Wednesday Night Address

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KMUW will carry President Obama's address to the nation Wednesday night at 8:00 from the White House. The president will outline his administration's strategy for fighting the militant group, ISIS.

Robert Siegel will host live coverage from NPR that will include the President's speech and analysis by Pentagon Correspondent, Tom Bowman; White House Correspondent, Scott Horsley; Congressional Reporter, Juana Summers, and Middle East Correspondent Deb Amos.

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Government
11:02 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Senators Moran And Robert Headline Kansas Congressional Delegation Summit

Republican Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts are headlining a summit of the Kansas congressional delegation today in Wichita.

The event is hosted by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and the Wichita Metro Chamber at Hotel at Old Town.

Moran, Roberts and members of the state's U.S. House delegation will offer remarks in the afternoon, then take questions.

Government
10:49 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Privatization Complicates Medicaid Fraud Detection

Kansas' privatization of Medicaid appears to producing an unintended consequence.

It has complicated Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt's efforts to investigate and prosecute Medicaid fraud.

Jim McLean reports...

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