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11:30 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Tune in Now: President Obama Speaks at University of Kansas

Tune in to 89.1 to hear KPR's coverage of President Obama's speech at KU.

Government
3:22 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Hutchinson Voters To Decide On Sales Tax Increase

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Residents of Hutchinson will decide whether to spend roughly $29 million to renovate the city’s sports arena. The project would be financed through a proposed sales tax referendum which is on the ballot for the April 7 elections. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

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Government
1:41 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Brownback KPERS Plan Increases Long-Term Costs

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Governor Sam Brownback’s plan to fill a budget hole includes reducing payments to the state’s retirement plan in the short term.

A deficit in the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System is currently projected to be eliminated in 2033.

Brownback’s proposal would extend that by 10 years. Alan Conroy, the head of KPERS, says it’s similar to extending the mortgage on a home.

“You can lower your payments now, but if you add 10 years of payments you’re going to pay more for those 10 years.” says Conroy.

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Government
3:10 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Help Available for Winter Utility Bills

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Despite our mild weather lately, winter is far from over. Now’s the time to apply for a program that offers help when it comes to paying heating bills this year. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families is now accepting applications for its Low Income Energy Assistance Program or (LIEAP).

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Government
1:05 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Despite Bipartisan Support, State Lawmakers Express Concern Over Police Body Cameras Funding

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Legislation requiring Kansas law enforcement officers to be equipped with body cameras has gained bipartisan support in the new session, but lawmakers are concerned about the cost.

A bill backed by Democratic Representative Gail Finney of Wichita likely will be considered in the House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee. The committee chairman supports the cameras but thinks the measure might be an unfunded mandate.

Democratic Senator David Haley of Kansas City is pushing a similar proposal.

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Government
12:44 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Kansas Lawmakers to Begin Work on Brownback's Budget Plan

Credit Stephen Koranda

Kansas lawmakers are just beginning the job of reviewing and modifying Governor Sam Brownback’s tax and budget plan.

The governor’s proposal slows scheduled income tax cuts and reduces spending to help fill a budget shortfall.

Republican state Senator Ty Masterson chairs that chamber’s budget committee. He says after revenue collections came up short of predictions, it’s prudent to adjust the tax cuts.

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Government
11:29 am
Mon January 19, 2015

KMUW Will Air the State of the Union Address

KMUW will air President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. (CST).

Government
1:16 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Medical Marijuana Supporters Rally At Kansas Statehouse

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Supporters of medical marijuana in Kansas are joining two Democratic state lawmakers at a Statehouse rally in favor of the Cannabis Compassionate Care Act.

Representative Gail Finney and Senator David Haley filed medical marijuana bills prior to the start of this year's legislative session.

In addition to today's rally, several medical cannabis groups also will be lobbying state lawmakers on behalf of patients and caregivers.

The Topeka Capitol Journal reports the rally sponsored by Bleeding Kansas and Kansas for Change. 

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Government
1:09 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

2015 KS State of the State Speech Touches on Taxes, School Funding

Credit Stephen Koranda

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has laid out some details of his legislative priorities in the 2015 State of the State address.

Brownback touched on the state’s tax policy and education funding system during the speech, but gave few details about how he’ll propose filling a budget gap. Stephen Koranda reports....

Brownback started by touting what he says are his accomplishments. He pointed to job growth seen in the state in recent years.

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Government
10:12 am
Fri January 16, 2015

No Women In Kansas Statewide Elected Office

Pioneer Women Memorial on the grounds of the Kansas State Capitol building in Topeka - Artist: Robert Merrell Gage
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For the first time since 1966, there are no women holding elected statewide office in Kansas. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger left office Monday, January 12. And since that day, when new oaths were sworn, all eight of Kansas' statewide elected officials are men. The offices include governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. senators, treasurer, attorney general, secretary of state and insurance commissioner.

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