Kansas News Service

The Kansas News Service produces essential enterprise reporting, diving deep and connecting the dots regarding the policies, issues and and events that affect the health of Kansans and their communities. The team is based at KCUR and collaborates with KMUW and public media stations across Kansas.

The Kansas News Service is made possible by a group of funding organizations, led by the Kansas Health Foundation. Other funders include United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, Sunflower Foundation, REACH Healthcare Foundation and the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. Additional support comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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Stephan Bisaha / KMUW

Students across Kansas joined their peers elsewhere in the country by walking out of school Wednesday and into the national debate over guns.

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The mere threat of launching debate on Medicaid expansion in Kansas has caged up a measure to suspend, rather than terminate, coverage for people while they’re locked up.

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Kansas politicians are closely watching developing trade policies with an eye to whether they could start a trade war that might hurt industries in the state that rely on exports.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is defending Kansas' strict voter registration laws in federal court in a trial that has now entered its second week.

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It’s likely to get easier to set up large chicken barns in Kansas.

The House is one step away from sending the governor a bill that would allow farms to pack in more birds closer to homes. That comes after public outcry last year stopped a proposed Tyson plant in Tonganoxie.

Republican Rep. Jim Kelly of Independence is hoping the new rules will attract major poultry processing operations to the state.

Jim McLean / Kansas News Service

The new head of Kansas’ troubled child welfare agency got a unanimous vote of confidence from a legislative committee Friday.

Even the agency's staunchest critics think she’ll sail through a confirmation vote from the full Senate to head the Department for Children and Families.

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Kansas lawmakers, increasingly skeptical that tax breaks deliver economic wins, looked closely this week at economic incentive programs.

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How far must people go to prove they’re really Americans when they register to vote?

Orman Campaign

(An earlier version of this story mistakenly said Doll was removed from committees. He actually gave up those posts.)

State Sen. John Doll, a one-time Democrat, started the week as a Republican holding leadership posts on influential legislative committees.

Then he agreed to be a candidate for lieutenant governor running in the second spot on an independent ticket with Johnson County businessman Greg Orman.

Stephan Bisaha

Students are bearing more than two-thirds of the cost of their education at Kansas state universities.