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Perhaps it is hard to believe, but the end of the construction at the Kansas Statehouse — about 12 years' worth — is nigh.
More than 1,100 workers have been placed on unpaid furloughs this week because of the federal government shutdown, according to state officials.
Some federal government offices in Lawrence and Douglas County will close immediately in the event of a government shutdown. State agencies today are reviewing what impact a federal government shutdown would have. By Scott Rothschild and Peter Hancock
SALINA — Former Republican state senator Jean Schodorf says she will run for Kansas Secretary of State next year as a Democrat.
Gov. Sam Brownback has named three Lawrence residents to various state boards and commissions. The groups deal with criminal sentencing, mental health services and historic place designations. By Peter Hancock
Gov. Sam Brownback today appointed his chief counsel, Caleb Stegall, a former district attorney for Jefferson County, to the Kansas Court of Appeals. By Scott Rothschild
Attorneys for Kansas and Planned Parenthood have reached an agreement over how parts of a new state abortion law will be enforced and are seeking to narrow the organization’s federal lawsuit against that statute to a single issue.
A special legislative committee formed in Kansas to consider proposals for fixing the state’s “Hard 50” criminal sentencing law will meet the week before lawmakers convene a special session to draft its recommendations, the panel’s chairman said Wednesday.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt acknowledged Thursday that rewriting Kansas’ “Hard 50” law still may not preserve the sentence for pending first-degree murder cases, but he said the state will be in a better legal position if legislators approve a fix during a special session instead of waiting. Schmidt said his office is working on a proposal responding to a U.S. Supreme Court decision last month about mandatory minimum sentences that raises questions about the law’s constitutionality. The statute allows judges to sentence people convicted of premeditated murder to life in prison with no chance of parole for 50 years.
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback announced Tuesday that Kansas GOP icon and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole will serve as an honorary national co-chairman of his 2014 re-election campaign, along with a granddaughter of President Dwight Eisenhower. By John Hanna
The Kansas University men's and women's basketball team visited the Statehouse in Topeka on Friday, April 27, 2012.
Gov. Sam Brownback talks to reporters about a proposal that will cut an estimated $2.9 billion in the next six years.
Republicans voice their support for presidential candidates at Kansas GOP Caucus.
Officials in southeast Kansas talk about the recent spike in methamphetamine use. They believe it can be attributed to the "one-pot" or "shake and bake" method.
Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday spoke to reporters and editors at the Lawrence Journal-World. Brownback said growing the economy was his primary goal as he prepares for the 2012 legislative session that starts next month.
Chris Wilson, deputy secretary of the Kansas Department of Agriculture talks about the importance of farmer's markets in strengthening the relationship between grower and consumer.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt talks about his concerns about some of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation's resources and staffing levels. Schmidt spoke to the Lawrence Noon Rotary Club on Aug. 8, 2011, at the Holiday Inn Lawrence, 200 McDonald Drive.
Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Rob Siedlecki spoke with Lawrence Journal-World editors Monday, July 11, 2011, about the planned closure of the Lawrence SRS office. Siedlecki said there was no chance the Lawrence office will be spared closure, but maintained there will be some SRS presence in the city.
Distributors of Four Loko and other energy drinks that combine alcohol and caffeine can no longer supply such products to Kansas stores. But some Lawrence retailers are unsure as to whether they can sell the drinks they have left in stock.
The state collected $38 million more than expected this month.