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9:03 am
Tue August 26, 2014

KS And AZ Need Act Of Congress To Impose Proof-Of-Citizenship Requirements

A federal appeals court in Denver is suggesting that a partisan impasse in Congress may prevent Kansas and Arizona from getting federal elections officials to help them impose proof-of-citizenship requirements on voter registration forms.

The three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals noted that Congress has not confirmed commissioners to sit on the Elections Assistance Commission. That body's staff refused to include Kansas and Arizona's instructions on its voter registration form, triggering a federal lawsuit.

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Government
11:06 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Bob Dole Schedules Kansas Visits For September

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole returns to Kansas next month for the latest of several planned trips to his home state this year.

The 91-year-old Russell native lives in Washington, D.C., and is making the homecoming tour to greet longtime friends and supporters throughout the state. He spends an hour at each stop, chatting with fans and old acquaintances.

The schedule for the first week of September will take Dole to 10 communities in southeastern and south-central Kansas, beginning Sept. 4 in Independence. He'll be in Howard, Sedan, Winfield and Wellington the following day.

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Government
11:36 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Gov. Brownback Outlines Plan To Fight Federal Labor Rule

Governor Sam Brownback was in Wichita on Thursday making his points about a new Labor Department rule which will affect those who care for elderly and disabled people in their homes.

The governor met with elderly and disabled people at the Independent Living Resource Center. He presented his action plan to fight the new rule which is set to take effect by the first of the year.

The US Dept. of Labor will then require states who pay out Medicaid dollars for home care to pay the workers overtime if they work over 40 hours in a week.

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Government
11:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Ability To Text Emergency To 9-1-1 Coming By Year's End

Josie Robledo has been a dispatcher for Sedgwick County Emergency Communications 9-1-1 call center for nearly 3 years.
Credit Carla Eckels

By the end of the year, cell phone users will have the ability to text their message to the Sedgwick County Emergency Communications 9-1-1 Call Center in Wichita--and operators will be able to text back. The Federal Communications Commission requires cell phone carriers to provide this capability for call centers nationwide by the end of the year. KMUW’s Carla Eckels has the story…

Operator: "Sedgwick County 911. What city is your emergency?"
"OK, how may I help you sir?"
"OK, what is the address where we need to come?"

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Government
11:58 am
Wed August 20, 2014

$250K Grant Aims To Increase Awareness Of Kansas Exports

Governor Sam Brownback announced Tuesday the Kansas Department of Commerce is partnering with Kansas Global Trade Services on a $250,000 grant from the Legislature to increase awareness of the importance of exports for the Kansas economy.

The grant will allow Wichita-based Kansas Global to work with communities in the state to promote exports and identify companies with potential to increase exports and create jobs.

Kansas Global is a private, trade advisory firm that builds services ranging from global information to strategic marketing.

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Government
11:08 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Officials Break Ground For New KS Highway Patrol Headquarters

Governor Brownback and other state and law enforcement officials will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony today for a new Kansas Highway Patrol headquarters.

Kechi, just north of Wichita, will be the future home of both the south-central area patrol and Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

The new facility will replace the current location in Wichita, and it's being paid for with asset forfeiture funds.

Government
12:01 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

U.S. Labor Rules Jeopardize Kansas Disability Services

The Secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services says new federal labor rules may interfere with services that help disabled Kansans live in their own homes.

As Bryan Thompson explains, the concern is about overtime for workers who are hired and supervised by people with disabilities. 

KDADS Secretary Kari Bruffett told a legislative panel a new rule scheduled to go into effect January first will change the way overtime is calculated for these workers.

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Government
12:07 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Feds Charge Kansas With Fraud Over Public Pensions

The U.S Securities and Exchange Commission says Kansas violated federal law in 2009 and 2010 by not disclosing enough information when selling state bonds. The same announcement also says that while Kansas committed fraud, the state has taken steps to fix the disclosure issues.

The announcement says that when Kansas was selling bonds, the state didn't properly disclose the projected deficit in the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, or KPERS. 

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Government
12:08 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Nonpartisan Research Forcasts Kansas Will Have $238M Budget Shortfall By Mid-2016

The Legislative Research Department released a forecast Friday saying that Kansas will face a budget shortfall of $238 million by the end of July 2016, a year sooner than it had been expected.

The nonpartisan research staff forecast also showed a lower figure for the state's cash reserves on June 30 than the cash-on-hand figure reported last month by Gov. Sam Brownback's administration - $380 million compared with nearly $435 million.

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Government
3:06 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Kansas DCF Reinstates Foster Care Agency Following Inspection

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After the death of a 10-month-old baby, the Kansas Department of Children and Families (DCF) suspended placements with TFI, a subcontracted foster care organization that sponsored the home where the child died. In a press release, DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore stated that they will resume placements with TFI.

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