Kansas News Service

KMUW's Kansas News Service reports on health, education and politics across the state. The service is a collaboration between KMUW, KCUR and Kansas Public Radio.

Bryan Thompson / Heartland Health Monitor

For people with developmental disabilities, finding a job can be difficult. Sheltered workshops were created to provide work for them in a setting protected from competition in the marketplace. But some advocates say this system too often traps workers, and exploits them as a source of low-wage labor for employers.

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The head of a nonprofit organization that advocates for children is blowing the whistle on plans to raise some quick cash for the state treasury by selling the state’s tobacco settlement. State officials say no deal has been struck.

Shannon Cotsoradis, the president of Kansas Action for Children, says she has reason to believe that Gov. Sam Brownback wants to securitize a settlement reached decades ago to end a lawsuit against the nation’s major tobacco companies.

Nadya Faulx / KMUW

Thousands of Kansans participated in caucuses Saturday. Both the Democratic and Republican parties were pleased and surprised at the significant numbers.

Kerry Gooch, executive director of the Kansas Democratic Party, says the response at the 47 caucus sites across Kansas was larger than expected.

"We had over 40,000 Democrats come out and participate in our caucus, which was about 7,000 more than we had in 2008," he says. "So a lot of people came out to participate and we are really excited about that."

Sanders Wins Kansas Caucuses Following Strong Democratic Showing

Mar 5, 2016
Nadya Faulx / KMUW

Updated 7:45 p.m. 

The Kansas Democratic Party declared Bernie Sanders the winner of Saturday's Kansas Democratic caucuses. The Vermont senator took 23 delegates, and opponent Hillary Clinton took 10. 

Just hours after the GOP caucus in downtown Wichita boasted personal appearances from party frontrunners on Saturday, including eventual winner Ted Cruz, area Democrats swamped their caucus sites to support their candidates.

Hugo Phan / KMUW

Update at 7:20 p.m.

According to the Associated Press, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has won the Republican caucuses in Kansas. He received 48.2 percent of votes, per the AP, with 4,161 votes in Sedgwick County.

Nadya Faulx / KMUW

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio stopped in Wichita this afternoon to drum up support ahead of tomorrow’s statewide caucuses.

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Donald Trump plans to have a rally Saturday in Wichita as Republicans prepare to vote in the state's presidential caucuses.

The billionaire businessman's campaign for the GOP nomination announced the event Friday, as rival and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was campaigning in the state.

Trump's campaign posted a statement on a website but did not provide additional details.

Republican candidate Ted Cruz also planned to be in Wichita on Saturday to speak at the Century II arena caucus site as voting opens at 10 a.m.

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Democratic Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders repeated his call for overhauling campaign finance during a campaign stop in Lawrence yesterday.

The presidential candidate singled out the Koch brothers specifically and said large campaign donors have too much power. He said his campaign has accepted small donations averaging $27.

“I am not indebted to Wall Street, the drug companies, the fossil fuels industry. I’m indebted to millions of people for their 27 bucks,” Sanders said.

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The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday about a controversial Texas law that has imposed strict requirements on health clinics that provide abortions.

A spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Kansas & Mid-Missouri, Bonyen Lee-Gilmore, says the case is hugely consequential for abortion providers in both states because they have similarly restrictive laws.

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Republicans are projecting 5,000 attendees at their caucus in downtown Wichita Saturday. Democratic caucuses will also get underway Saturday, including on Wichita State's campus and in Andover.

Dalton Glasscock, state chair of the College Republicans, says all Republicans who registered before Feb. 4 are invited to attend the 10 a.m. caucus.

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