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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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Government
10:22 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Chanay Named Deputy Chief Attorney General

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has named Jeff Chanay as his deputy chief attorney general.

Chanay previously led the office's civil litigation division. He joined the attorney general's staff when Schmidt took office in January 2011. He'd previously had a private law practice in Topeka for 24 years.

As chief deputy, Chanay will replace John Campbell, who'd been with Schmidt from the beginning of his tenure but who stepped down for health reasons recently.

Government
3:19 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Gov Picks Former Chief Counsel for KS High Court

A vacancy on the Kansas Supreme Court was filled on Friday by Governor Brownback.  He appointed Court of Appeals Judge, Caleb Stegall to the position. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports . . . 

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Government
12:31 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

New Kansas Dept. For Aging And Disability Secretary Experienced In Government And Politics

The agency that oversees programs for seniors and Kansans with disabilities no longer has interim leadership.

Kari Bruffett was confirmed Thursday as secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Jim McClean has more...

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Government
12:22 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Kansas Board Approves 92-Year-Old's Voter Registration

This week, a 92-year-old Johnson County woman had her voter registration approved by the Kansas State Election Board.

A law that took effect last year says people who register for the first time in Kansas must provide proof of citizenship. Her voter registration was initially put on hold because she doesn't have any of the required documents. 

As Stephen Koranda reports, this situation illustrates a political divide over the law. Some people say it's a hindrance, others say it secures elections and has protections built in for Kansans who don't have the documents.

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Government
9:58 am
Wed August 27, 2014

UPDATE: Only One Federally Registered Vote Counted Under Kansas' Dual Voter System

Updated on 8/27/14:

Only one Kansan who registered using the federal voter form without proof of citizenship actually cast a ballot in the Aug. 5 primaries.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach said yesterday that of the 180 Kansans who used the federal registration form without providing documentation, only one of them voted - in Johnson County. Under the state's dual system, only their votes cast in the federal races would be counted.

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