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Casino, Medicaid among issues decided by Brownback
April 18, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback on Friday made it easier to get a casino in southeast Kansas and harder to get Medicaid coverage for thousands of low-income Kansans. By Scott Rothschild
Brownback to tout bonds for new health education building at KU Medical Center
April 18, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback will visit the Kansas University Medical Center on Monday to tout $25 million in bonding authority to help build a new health education building. By Scott Rothschild
Spokeswoman: Sebelius not considering US Senate race
10:54 a.m., April 18, 2014 Updated 02:02 p.m.
Departing U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is not considering running for the U.S. Senate, a spokeswoman said Friday. The statement from HHS spokeswoman Dori Salcido is in line with comments from Sebelius’ fellow Democrats about speculation that she’d return to Kansas this year to run for the seat held by three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Sebelius served two terms as Kansas governor before joining President Barack Obama’s administration five years ago.
Governor lets Southeast Kansas casino bill become law
10:46 a.m., April 18, 2014 Updated 02:00 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback is allowing a bill aimed at luring a state-owned casino to southeast Kansas to become law without his signature.
New revenue estimate prompts debate over Brownback’s tax cuts
April 17, 2014
Kansas tax revenue to fund state government continues to fall because of Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts but administration officials maintained that the state budget was in good shape and that the governor’s policies are helping the economy. By Scott Rothschild
Roberts, Wolf report Senate fundraising totals
April 16, 2014
Incumbent U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts continues to maintain his fundraising advantage over fellow Republican Dr. Milton Wolf in their Kansas primary race.
Kansas to mandate some health coverage on autism
08:33 a.m., April 16, 2014 Updated 12:50 p.m.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to sign legislation that will require health insurance plans to provide coverage for some services for children with autism, starting next year.
Political analyst predicts Republicans will reclaim U.S. Senate
April 15, 2014
A well-respected political analyst told a Lawrence audience Tuesday night that Republicans appear likely to take command of the U.S. Senate following this year’s midterm elections.
Jenkins explains budget vote; tours local businesses
April 15, 2014
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins on Tuesday explained her vote in favor of a federal budget bill that she says would reign in the federal deficit, but which Democrats say would gut funding for domestic programs such as Medicare and student financial aid. By Peter Hancock
Praeger, health care groups urge Brownback to veto bill allowing state to take over Medicare
April 15, 2014
Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and senior citizen and health care groups on Tuesday urged Gov. Sam Brownback to veto a bill that they said could jeopardize health care to hundreds of thousands of Kansans under Medicare. By Scott Rothschild
Regents committee will look at proposed revisions to controversial social media policy
April 15, 2014
Members of the Kansas Board of Regents this week will have their first discussion on proposed changes to their controversial social media policy. By Scott Rothschild
Moran receives award for support of research
April 14, 2014
On Monday at the Dole Institute of Politics, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran received an award for his support of scientific research. Presenting the award was Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little, who worked closely with Moran when KU was trying to win a National Cancer Institute designation for its cancer research center. By Ben Unglesbee
Kansas budget could force court furloughs
08:43 a.m., April 14, 2014 Updated 10:55 a.m.
State court officials are unsure whether a Kansas budget approved this year by the Legislature will allow them to avoid furloughs for employees, while still providing additional funding for operations and a new document system. The Associated Press
Removal of teacher tenure evaded usual scrutiny, but proponents say measure was warranted
April 13, 2014
The proposal that does away with teacher tenure in Kansas was added to a school finance bill without any public input and lacks only Gov. Sam Brownback’s signature to become state law. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas Supreme Court sets aside ‘Hard 50’ sentence
April 11, 2014
The Kansas Supreme Court reversed the “Hard 50” murder sentence of a Wichita man on Friday, but refused to rule whether changes legislators made to the law last year can be applied.

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