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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Kansas policymakers are closely monitoring monthly revenue reports to determine whether the tax increases passed last June have stabilized the state’s budget. However, recent changes in federal tax law could complicate things.

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As long as Sam Brownback waits for Congress to approve his at-large ambassadorship for religious freedom for the Trump administration, he’ll continue to meet his responsibilities as governor.

Kansas Department of Corrections

Updated on Thursday, Jan. 04 at 3:45 p.m:

Members of the State Finance Council agreed Thursday to delay consideration of a proposal from Gov. Sam Brownback's administration to hire private prison operator CoreCivic Inc.

Original Story:

State officials are set to approve a plan to build a new prison in Lansing, but some people still question how it will be financed. 

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The four-lane road that connects Manhattan, Kansas, and I-70 is wider and busier now than it was when Bill Snyder took over as Kansas State’s football coach in 1989.

So much so that it’s named after Snyder, who has more than 200 wins at K-State, making him only the sixth person to do that with one football program.

Snyder is 78, the oldest coach in the top division of college football. And while his 26th season with the team ended Tuesday with a 35-17 win over UCLA in the Cactus Bowl, he says he isn’t sure whether he’ll return next season.

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There’s a crowded field of candidates for governor of Kansas, and many of them are making a last-minute push for donations before a year-end fundraising deadline. The finance reports being released next month are a way for candidates to show they have been raising money and are contenders.

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The former legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas thinks a practice among some school boards of restricting patron complaints at public meetings eventually will end up in court.

Doug Bonney, legal director emeritus for ACLU Kansas, said if barring complaints about school board members, the superintendent or employees is common, that doesn’t make it right.

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When Kansans on Medicaid are incarcerated or treated at residential mental health facilities, their Medicaid benefits are terminated. Mental health advocates hope to change that during the upcoming legislative session by pushing for a bill that would instead suspend those benefits.

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation at KFF.org

The head of a group pushing for Medicaid expansion in Kansas says his departure for a new job won’t hinder the advocacy effort.

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After pushing for changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), President Donald Trump earlier this year kicked off negotiations among the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Any major changes to the agreement could have a big impact on Kansas.

Kansas Republican Sen. Pat Roberts and Sen. Jerry Moran have said they’re open to updates but emphasize that the agreement needs to preserve or expand export opportunities.

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This story was updated at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27. 

The Kansas Department of Revenue announced another delay Wednesday for a major state information technology project involving about 2 million drivers’ records.

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