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Gov. Sam Brownback has moved one step closer to leaving Kansas and taking a job in the Trump administration.

For a second time, a committee in the U.S. Senate has approved his nomination to become ambassador for international religious freedom.

This vote puts Brownback's nomination right back where it had been for several months: awaiting final approval from the full U.S. Senate.

Given the delays, Brownback said this week that he isn’t packing his bags just yet.

Kansas Department of Corrections

As the push to hire a private contractor to build a new Lansing prison and then lease it to the state increases, some legislative leaders look warily at the idea.

This week, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback stopped at the Lansing Correctional Facility to make yet another push for his administration’s plan to overhaul it. The visit came just days before a panel of lawmakers could decide the fate of his plan for replacing the deteriorating prison.

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Gov. Sam Brownback wants to add hundreds of new counselors to public schools in Kansas over the next five years, if those counselors can be found.

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When 18-year-old Columba Herrera walks across the graduation stage this May, she’ll leave Topeka Public Schools with two things — a high school diploma and the beginnings of her college transcript.

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A push by the Brownback administration to keep turning to private firms to run its Medicaid program for years to come faces resistance from key Republican lawmakers.

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If nothing else, Sam Brownback has marked his time as governor of Kansas with one bold approach after the next. And few remade the status quo as much as his approach to welfare.

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Gov. Sam Brownback has named an insurance executive to be acting secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The administration announced Friday that Jeff Andersen will oversee environmental management and the state's Medicaid program. The Kansas Senate must approve the nomination.

Celia Llopis-Jepsen / Kansas News Service

Today, about three of every 20 students in Kansas fail to graduate from high school. Gov. Sam Brownback contends that in five years only one will fall short.

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Fellow Republicans on Wednesday characterized Gov. Sam Brownback’s spending plan — more than $6.6 billion a year — as a beeline return to deficits and an abdication of responsibility in a budding crisis.

Celia Llopis-Jepsen / Kansas News Service

Gov. Sam Brownback, poised to leave Kansas after a generation of dominating its politics, on Tuesday called for steep infusions of money into public schools — spurring fellow Republicans to accuse him of raising hopes with a “fairy tale.”

Brownback said the state can add $600 million over the next five years — without a tax hike.

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