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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.