1:34 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

State Council Delays Kansas NBAF Bonds

The Kansas State Finance Council, which is composed of lawmakers and Governor Sam Brownback, has delayed issuing bonds for a federal disease lab being built in Manhattan.

The bonds will help construct the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, or NBAF. Stephen Koranda reports...

Lawmakers have approved a total of $300 million in state bonds.

They have stipulations, saying the state wouldn't be responsible for cost overruns and the bonds wouldn't be issued until the federal governments supplies its full share of the cost, which hasn't happened yet.

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9:23 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Kansas Senators Say "Politics" Won't Dampen Their Support National Bio-Agro Defense Facility

National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility construction sign outside Manhattan, Kansas.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The two U.S. Senators from Kansas say they won't play politics with the budget bill containing the final $300 million in federal funding for a state-of-the-art bio-security lab under construction adjacent to the Kansas State University campus. The $1.25 billion lab is scheduled to open in 2023, barring any further hurdles.

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4:46 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

NBAF Funding Advances To Full Senate

Kansas Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts say funding for a federal lab to be built in Manhattan has passed an important hurdle.

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5:57 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Senate Subcommittee Approves NBAF Funds

A U.S. Senate subcommittee on Tuesday approved $404 million in federal spending for the construction of a federal research laboratory at Kansas State University.

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6:20 am
Tue May 28, 2013

New Kansas Biodefense Lab Officially Gets Underway

Kansas officials will formally break ground on a new federal biodefense lab in Manhattan.

Officials including Gov. Sam Brownback and leaders of Kansas State University will hold a ceremony Tuesday as ground is broken for the lab's utility plant.

It marks the start of construction on the $1.15 billion National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, scheduled to be operational by the end of the decade.

The lab will research dangerous animal diseases and ways of protecting the nation's food supply.

5:42 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Negotiators Agree On NBAF Bonds

Kansas House and Senate budget negotiators have agreed to authorize issuing $202 million in bonds to build a federal biodefense research lab in Manhattan.

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4:27 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

KS Senate Votes to Approve Additional NBAF Bonds

The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to a bill that would issue $200 million in additional state bonds to help pay for a federal research lab to be built in Manhattan.

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5:47 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Gov's Office Lobbies For NBAF Bond Support

Gov. Sam Brownback's chief of staff says the latest cost estimates for a new, national biosecurity lab and commitments from federal officials about its funding are "pretty solid."

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6:36 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Kansas GOP Conservatives Balk At More Bonds For Lab

Conservative Republican senators are pushing back at Gov. Sam Brownback's request that Kansas issue $202 million dollars more in bonds to help finance construction of a federal bio-security lab

Members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee heard the pitch Thursday from Landon Fulmer, the governor's chief of staff.

Fulmer says the bonding request represented the last money that Kansas would have to contribute to building the $1.15 billion dollar National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility at Kansas State University.

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6:23 am
Thu April 11, 2013

$714M For Manhattan Biosecurity Lab In Obama's Budget

NBAF sign on I-70, near Manhattan
Credit Bryan Thompson / KPR

President Obama's 2014 budget proposal includes more than $700 million for NBAF, the state-of-the-art biosecurity lab planned for Manhattan, adjacent to Kansas State University.

In response to the budget announcement, Gov. Sam Brownback immediately pledged to work with lawmakers during the upcoming veto session to approve state bonds to help complete the lab.

The president is asking for an additional $202 million in state support for the project.

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