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5:37 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Childhood Poverty Task Force to Meet

Phyllis Gilmore during an appearance on the KTWU program I've Got Issues.
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A task force appointed to look for ways to reduce child poverty will meet for the first time Monday in Topeka. Governor Sam Brownback created the task force to look for ways the state can help reduce the number of Kansas kids living in poverty. 

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Government
5:53 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Brownback Says Wind Tax Credit Should Be Phased Out, But Not Now

Governor Sam Brownback is continuing his push for an extension of a wind energy tax credit. It helps make wind power cheaper, and it's set to expire at the end of the year.

The credit has driven the development of wind power. Brownback says the credit has a big impact on wind energy jobs in Kansas. He would like to see it phased out more slowly over the next three or four years.

"I don't disagree with those that believe this should be phased out. I think it should be, but I think just to go all of a sudden drop from 30 percent to zero in one year," says Brownback.

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Government
1:52 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Brownback Wants Tax Credits For Wind To Continue

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Gov. Sam Brownback urged the extension of the wind Production Tax Credit at a news conference Tuesday in Washington, D.C., held by the Governors' Wind Energy Coalition.

Brownback is part of the bipartisan group of governors that is working to get the tax credit extended during the lame duck session of congress that began Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters and legislators by phone, Brownback said there was almost 1400 megawatts of wind energy produced in Kansas in 2012, but the uncertainty around the credit was causing the industry to slow.

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Government
5:43 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Budget Cuts To Juvenile Services Could Mean Fewer Offender Services

Gov. Sam Brownback's administration has asked state agencies to prepare contingency plans for 10 percent budget cuts. The head of the Juvenile Justice Authority told a legislative committee what that could mean for the juvenile corrections system in Kansas.

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Election 2012
11:58 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Lawsuit Filed Over Provisional Ballots

A Kansas House Democrat has filed a lawsuit hoping to force Shawnee County officials to turn over a list of voters who cast provisional ballots.

Rep. Ann Mah of Topeka is trying to avert a narrow election loss.

Democratic Party officials gave The Associated Press a copy of Mah's petition before it was filed in Shawnee County District Court Friday.

Mah trails Republican challenger Ken Corbet of Topeka by 27 votes out of almost 11,000 cast. She says she wants to ensure that all provisional votes are counted and that maybe 150 votes are in play.

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Government
5:57 am
Fri November 9, 2012

KanCare Launch Date Nears, Lawmakers Consider Oversight

A legislative committee is recommending that lawmakers have greater oversight of a plan to overhaul Medicaid.

KanCare, as the new program will be called, would put most Medicaid recipients into managed care programs run by private companies. The change is slated to take effect January 1.

The Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services heard from advocates saying lawmakers should keep a close eye on KanCare. The goal of the overhaul is to help control costs in Medicaid without hurting patient care.

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Government
2:52 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

KanCare Start Date Looms, State Lacks Federal Approval

A major overhaul of the Kansas Medicaid program is scheduled to take place in a little more than seven weeks, but the state's plans still haven't received a green light from the federal government.

Many of the changes that would be enacted require approval from federal officials.

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Election 2012
6:15 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Ballot Measure On Boat Taxes Could Confuse Voters

Boats tied down on the shore of a lake.
Credit Frederick R. Ewing / Flickr

When voters flip over their ballot, they'll be greeted with a long, wordy ballot question. The issue has to do with how boats are taxed in Kansas, and is a proposed constitutional amendment. 

A yes vote would allow lawmakers to reduce property tax rates for boats to bring them more in line with tax rates for cars and other recreational vehicles. A no vote would leave tax rates as they are.

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Government
5:43 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Kansas Validates 2,200 On Physical Disability Waiting List

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State officials say the actual number of physically-disabled Kansans legitimately in line for home and community-based Services is about 2,200.

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Government
6:02 am
Mon November 5, 2012

KS Officials To Discuss Disabled Waiting List

Two top officials in Governor Sam Brownback's administration are preparing to make an announcement about the waiting list faced by hundreds of physically disabled Kansans seeking in-home services.

Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer and Aging and Disability Services Secretary Shawn Sullivan have planned a Statehouse news conference Monday. The administration didn't provide details before the event.

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