President Obama spoke on the University of Kansas campus on Thursday, Jan.22nd. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has more . . .
With the State of the Union still on the top of his mind, President Obama seemed to be at home in the red state of Kansas.
"As you know, my mom was born in Wichita, her mom grew up in Augusta, her father was from El Dorado -- so I'm a Kansas guy," he says.
The University of Kansas has received its largest private donation ever - $58 million. KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little announced the gift on Tuesday from the estate of Al and Lila Self.
"The Selfs have given the largest, single gift that we've ever received from an individual. This gift, in combination with what they've given before, totals 106 million dollars," the chancellor said.
KU alumni Al and Lila Self died last year, both at the age of 91. The largest part of the couple's $58 million gift will be used for graduate fellowships.
A tentative deal on a final Kansas budget does not include $2 million dollars to help fund a new bioscience research and development center at the University of Kansas.
Governor Sam Brownback has urged legislators to include funding for the proposed Kansas Institute of Translational Chemical Biology, but he didn’t include the proposal in his budget amendment.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Gene Suellentrop of Wichita says budget negotiators felt the proposal needed further study.
Updated April 17, 6:44am: In the wake of the tragedy in Boston, President Obama has canceled his visit to Kansas.
President Barack Obama will visit the University of Kansas campus later this week. But so far, few details have been released about the Friday event.Presidential visits can go several ways. One way is the public speech or public appearance, like Obama’s last visit to Kansas in 2011 when he made a policy speech in Osawatomie.
There was a setback for the University of Kansas Medical Center in state budget discussions Monday.
A Senate committee voted to cut out $10 million that would help pay for a new health education building.
Republican Senator Tom Arpke from Salina originally proposed the cut. Arpke pointed to the tuition increases at KU compared to other universities in the state
“Looking at the overall performance at the Regents universities, it seems to me that the University of Kansas was being... a little fiscally irresponsible,” he said.
Fundraising efforts to establish a school of public health at the University of Kansas have received a big boost from the Kansas Health Foundation.
Open Meetings Act; Statehouse Repairs Funded; State Withholds Payment to 3M; KU Ticket Scalping Case
Governor’s Open Meeting Issues Continue
Brownback and the Shawnee County district attorney continue to disagree about some alleged violations of the Kansas Open Meetings Act.
Statehouse Repairs Funded