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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has endorsed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, Kansas Republicans will pick presidential candidates in the March 5 caucus.

In a statement, Brownback called Rubio a “true conservative who can unite the party.”

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For the third consecutive year, Gov. Sam Brownback is proposing to use money generated by a federal law that he opposes to help balance the state budget.

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A Kansas medical board says it won’t take any action against Planned Parenthood following an investigation.

The Kansas Board of Healing Arts was investigating whether Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri was involved in selling fetal tissue. The investigation was ordered by Gov. Sam Brownback last year.

A Kansas lawmaker appointed to a group formed by Gov. Sam Brownback to address rural health issues says he hopes it’s not an attempt to divert attention from the issue of Medicaid expansion.

Rep. Jim Kelly wants to participate in any effort to help rural hospitals. That’s because the Independence Republican represents a community that recently lost its only hospital.

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If there was any confusion about Gov. Sam Brownback’s position on Medicaid expansion, there isn’t any more. He made it clear in his state of the state speech last night that he’s opposed to it despite rising concerns about rural hospitals.

Stephen Koranda

Gov. Sam Brownback laid out his legislative goals during the 2016 State of the State address Tuesday night. He took the president to task and touched on high-profile state issues like education spending. KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports on some of the governor’s priorities and what he left out of the speech.

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Gov. Sam Brownback is requesting federal help for areas of Kansas hurt by recent flooding.

The Department of Energy Management issued a release about the governor's request last week. The disaster declaration request was sent to the Small Business Administration as a result of flooding that occurred in Cherokee County, Kan., late last month.

Stephen Koranda

Gov. Sam Brownback hopes a new mentoring program can help lift Kansans out of poverty.

The program will match people on cash assistance in Kansas with volunteer mentors. Brownback announced the program and encouraged people to sign up to help.

“You will be the better for it. The person that volunteers to help out and mentor somebody out of poverty, you will get more out of this than anybody else. I guarantee that,” Brownback says.

Jim Echols will head the program. He says the goal is teaching the skills needed to be successful in education and employment.

Bryan Thompson

This year was a memorable one for Kansas state government. Lawmakers tangled over a variety of issues during the longest Kansas legislative session in history. To wrap up 2015, KPR’s Stephen Koranda looks back at a few of the most high-profile events at the Statehouse this year.

It was supposed to be a 90-day session, but Kansas lawmakers worked on tax and budget issues for a record 114 days. That was seven days longer than the previous record set back in 2002.

Bryan Thompson

As Kansas lawmakers prepare for the 2016 legislative session, Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing his annual budget message.

The governor will deliver his State of the State Address to the Kansas Legislature at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, in the House chamber. In accordance with Section 5 of Article 1 of the Kansas Constitution, the governor will provide lawmakers with information on the condition of the state.