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Lawmakers in Congress are running out of time to pass immigration reform legislation before the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program expires next month.

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With help from Vice President Mike Pence, short-handed U.S. Senate Republicans on Wednesday made Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback President Donald Trump’s ambassador for religious freedom.

Pence twice broke ties on nail-biter, party-line, votes to ultimately confirm Brownback after months of delay. With the governor stepping down from his Statehouse job, soon enough, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer will be ushered into an interim stint as governor.

Senator Jerry Moran

A fifth-generation farmer from the Salina area says technology and data collection in agriculture is improving decision-making and operations.

The comments came during a U.S. Senate committee hearing last week on the utilization of data in farming.

Justin Knopf grows wheat, alfalfa, soybeans and other crops across a 4500-acre farm in Gypsum. He’s also the vice president of the Kansas Association of Wheat Growers.

He testified about the increasing use of drones and satellite imagery to collect data from the farm.

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback takes questions from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today during his long-awaited confirmation hearing to become ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

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Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas will be serving on five committees in the U.S. Senate for this next two-year session of Congress.

Sen. Moran was reassigned to four committees and will now serve on one new committee.

For the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations, Moran says he will be seeking ways to prioritize spending across the federal government and eliminate the national debt. The Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee provides oversight on a wide range of issues affecting Kansas, including aviation, communications and interstate commerce.

City of Wichita

Legislation that would ensure a safe drinking water supply in south-central Kansas passed the U.S. Senate today.

The legislation extends the authorization of federal funding for the Equus Beds Aquifer Recharge and Recovery Project by 10 years. The aquifer is the primary fresh water source for south-central Kansas and lies under parts of Sedgwick, Harvey, Reno and McPherson Counties.

Senate Approves Bill To Clarify Veterans Choice Act

May 27, 2015
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The U.S. Senate has approved bi-partisan legislation to clarify the circumstances under which veterans are allowed to get medical care from their hometown providers at the VA’s expense. Heartland Health Monitor’s Bryan Thompson has more…

Could Anti-Incumbency Decide Kansas Races?

Oct 24, 2014
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Although midterm elections are less than two weeks away, a number of races in Kansas are still up in the air. Polls haven’t indicated a clear favorite for governor or the U.S. senate. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur takes a look at the political makeup of Kansas voters and why some incumbent Republicans are fighting for their lives.

Richard Crowson

Republican Kansas Senator Pat Roberts says he isn't satisfied with the pace of negotiations on the farm bill.