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A bill that would prohibit minors from using commercial tanning beds that was stopped two years ago appears to be on its way to passing out of a Kansas House committee.

The bill appears to have the votes to pass out of the House Health and Human Services Committee despite testimony against it from Joseph Levy.

Levy is a lobbyist for the tanning industry. He says the American Cancer Society and other supporters of the bill are overstating the dangers of indoor tanning.

“The case that’s been made goes well beyond the facts," Levy says.

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An earlier version of this story ran Feb. 9 during All Things Considered.

Officials from the University of Kansas are defending their decision to seek bonds outside of the state for a construction project. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, KU officials appeared before both Senate and House committees yesterday.

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little told legislators that the new housing and science facilities are badly needed. She says they sought out the public-private partnership as a way to complete the project without Kansas tax dollars.

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A state Senate committee has voted to put a major construction project at the University of Kansas on hold, at least temporarily. Some lawmakers are unhappy with how KU financed the plan to construct new buildings on the Lawrence campus. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, more than $300 million in bonds were issued.

Republican Sen. Tom Arpke says KU officials didn’t give them enough information, so his amendment is aimed at blocking payments for the project from state funding or student tuition.

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The full Kansas House could debate a budget bill this week, which includes a provision aimed at punishing the University of Kansas. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, some lawmakers are unhappy with how KU funded a $300 million building project.

KU formed a public-private partnership to issue bonds, and they did it in a way that didn’t require the approval of Kansas lawmakers. That angered some legislators, like Republican Rep. Marc Rhoades. He offered an amendment to the budget that would restrict how KU spends some of its money.

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The University of Kansas will host three meetings next month with candidates to lead the department that investigates allegations of sexual assault and discrimination.

The three candidates, who have not yet been named, will make public appearances on the KU campus and speak about their experience.

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The Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Kansas has named a permanent director after student protests last month.

Precious Porras has been interim director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs since May and will become its new director on Jan. 4. She joined the office in 2005 and was named its program coordinator of diversity education the next year.

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Concealed weapons will be allowed on university campuses in Kansas starting in 2017 as required by a state law. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, more than 100 students, faculty and staff gathered yesterday at the University of Kansas to share their thoughts and concerns about the issue.

Miranda Ganter, a sophomore at KU and an RA, says she’s already scared sometimes when she has to confront men in the dorms who are drinking or otherwise breaking the rules.

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The Kansas Board of Regents has discussed the issue of racial tension on university campuses amid heightened conversation at the University of Kansas.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports the topic was brought up by University of Kansas student body president Jessie Pringle, who was threatened to be ousted along with two other officers last week for what critics called their lack of response to diversity complaints.

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Leaders of the Student Senate at the University of Kansas made the case to keep their jobs Wednesday night, but the impeachment process is now underway. The turmoil is in response to claims of racism and discrimination at KU.

The Executive Committee of the Senate called for the president, vice president and chief of staff to resign or face possible impeachment. Student Body President Jessie Pringle told the Senate that she would stay in her post.

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The governing body that represents all University of Kansas faculty, staff and students will be considering how to respond to claims of racism and discrimination at KU. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, the University Senate Executive Committee will look at changes to make the campus more inclusive.

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