Archive for Monday, March 20, 2017

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12:14 a.m.
The Kansas Statehouse in Topeka. Lawmakers unlikely to restore cuts to higher education
March 20, 2017 in print edition on 1A
Both the House and Senate budget committees will turn their attention this week to writing the so-called “mega” budget bill that will fund state agencies for the next two fiscal years. While both chambers are taking action to restore cuts made last year to Medicaid and working on plans for increasing K-12 school funding, key lawmakers say it will be difficult, if not impossible, to restore the cuts to the University of Kansas and other Regents institutions.
12:06 p.m.
FBI Director James Comey, left, accompanied by National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 20, 2017, before the House Intelligence hearing on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

FBI probing possible links between Russia, Trump associates; director disputes Trump’s tweets
11:07 a.m., March 20, 2017 Updated 4:46 p.m.
The FBI is investigating whether President Donald Trump’s campaign associates coordinated with Russian officials in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election, Director James Comey said Monday in an extraordinary public confirmation of a probe the president has refused to acknowledge, dismissed as fake news and blamed on Democrats.
12:52 p.m.
Former Kansas Senate President Dave Kerr, R-Hutchinson, urges his former colleagues in the Senate to pass a bill to expand the state's Medicaid program during a committee hearing Monday. Medicaid expansion moving through Kansas Senate committee
March 20, 2017 in print edition on 3A
The Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee will vote later this week on whether to recommend a bill to expand the state’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act, even as Congress is working to repeal that federal law. The Kansas House voted earlier by a wide margin to approve the bill.
3:03 p.m.
Town Talk
In sign warmer weather is on the way, shaved ice chain strikes deal to come to Lawrence
Posted March 20, 2017
Forget spring, there were signs of summer at my house on Sunday: Lawn mowers and lawn chairs both made appearances, and the dog started pawing ...
4:30 p.m.
Shawn Sullivan, left, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's budget director, confers with J.G. Scott, center, the chief fiscal analyst for the Kansas Legislature's research staff, and Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, R-Overland Park, right, following a meeting of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, Monday, March 20, 2017, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The committee is proposing a two percent pay raise for most state workers. (AP Photo/John Hanna) Kansas lawmakers advance pay increase for most state workers
12:54 p.m., March 20, 2017 Updated 4:29 p.m.
Kansas legislators advanced a proposal Monday to give most state employees a 2 percent pay raise, even as lawmakers wrestle with serious budget problems likely to prompt a big tax increase.

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