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Brownback signs Medicare, gun bills
April 23, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday signed into law a bill that could put Kansas officials in charge of Medicare and other federally funded health programs in the state. By Scott Rothschild
Hundreds gather to greet Bob Dole at KU
April 22, 2014
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole returned to the Kansas University campus Tuesday to speak at the political institute that bears his name. At age 90, he still maintains an active interest in global affairs, but also a strong desire to stay connected with his friends and associates at home. By Peter Hancock
State workers’ pay an issue for Kansas lawmakers
01:49 p.m., April 22, 2014 Updated 04:05 p.m.
Kansas legislators are considering proposals to give state workers modest salary increases but end their guaranteed longevity bonuses, and a union official said Tuesday that the combination could lower the pay of many employees. The Republican-dominated Senate and House budget committees have drafted alternatives to GOP Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to give the state civil service employees a 1.5 percent salary increase, the first boost since 2009.
Brownback signs school finance, tenure-repeal bill
12:12 p.m., April 21, 2014 Updated 06:16 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday signed into law a school finance bill that will provide more funds to classrooms in an effort to comply with a court order, but also includes controversial policy changes, including the repeal of tenure for teachers. “This is a good bill,” Brownback said. The funding portion of the bill is meant to address a Kansas Supreme Court order handed down in March to increase aid to poor school districts by July 1. By Scott Rothschild
Officials tout proposed health education building at KU Medical Center
12:33 p.m., April 20, 2014 Updated 03:24 p.m.
State leaders and higher education officials Monday praised legislative passage of $25 million in bonds to help construct a proposed $75 million health education building. By Scott Rothschild
Program run by Kobach checks voter registration records of more than 100 million people
April 20, 2014
A little-known program run by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach goes through more than 100 million voter records from states across the nation. By Scott Rothschild
Area legislators getting an earful on school finance
April 20, 2014
Lawrence-area legislators say they’re hearing more than the usual amount of feedback from constituents during their three-week break. Much of it is about the recently-passed school finance bill, and almost all of it is negative. By Peter Hancock
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
Dole to pay visit to KU
April 17, 2014
Former Sen. Bob Dole will return to the Kansas University campus this week. An open house is scheduled from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Dole Institute of Politics, 2350 Petefish Drive. By Peter Hancock
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.

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