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ACLU revises Kansas gay marriage lawsuit to raise new claims
11:20 a.m., November 26, 2014 Updated 02:47 p.m.
The American Civil Liberties Union revised on Wednesday its lawsuit over gay marriage in Kansas to include claims that the state is refusing to recognize unions performed in Kansas and other states.
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Kansas tax collections $3.1M more than estimated
November 28, 2014
State officials say Kansas’ tax collections were $3.1 million more than estimated in November after recent shortfalls. The Kansas Department of Revenue said Wednesday that tax collections totaled more than $409 million this month, while about $406 million was estimated, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported (http://bit.ly/11y7rDv ).
Kansas prison workers’ pensions face big decision
November 27, 2014
Kansas lawmakers are again considering where to place the state’s pension obligations to more than 2,000 state corrections employees.
New Kansas education chief wants focus on ‘whole student’
November 27, 2014
Randy Watson has been an unconventional leader during his time as superintendent of the McPherson school district, shunning the state’s annual student assessments and becoming one of the first “innovative” school districts freed from a host of state laws and regulations governing public education. On July 1, he will take over as the next Kansas Education Commissioner, leading the state agency that supervises all other public schools in the state. By Peter Hancock
Four directors to leave Kansas Insurance Department
November 25, 2014
Four directors will retire from the Kansas Insurance Department on Dec. 5.
Investors pitch $130M Kansas casino
November 25, 2014
A collection of Kansas investors proposed on Monday building a $130 million casino in southeast Kansas’ Cherokee County, becoming the third such group to express an interest in vying for the state’s last remaining casino license.
Former Dole Institute director shares stories of Nelson Rockefeller
November 23, 2014
Richard Norton Smith, the founding director of Kansas University’s Dole Institute of Politics, returned to the KU campus Sunday afternoon to discuss his new book, “On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller.” Smith, a presidential historian and author, spoke to a packed house at the Dole Institute about the making of the biography — an endeavor spanning more than a decade — and what he learned along the way.
School funding suit complicates Kansas budget fix
November 23, 2014
Even before state courts decide whether Kansas spends enough money on its public schools, a lawsuit over education funding is complicating efforts by legislators and Gov. Sam Brownback to close the state’s projected budget shortfalls.
Kansas prisons grapple with ‘dangerous’ staffing shortages
November 22, 2014
Low wages and poor working conditions make it hard for the Kansas Department of Corrections to recruit and retain guards who watch over the state’s most violent criminals. But one Republican leader says guards might have to trade retirement benefits for pay raises. By Peter Hancock
Former Dole Institute director pens extensive Rockefeller biography
November 22, 2014
In the prologue of “On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller,” the subject’s longtime personal assistant Joe Canzeri compares him to a 16-slice pizza pie, with no one but his second wife, Happy, having access to more than three of four slices.
Lawmakers study pros and cons of moving municipal elections to November
November 21, 2014
An interim committee is studying proposals to move municipal elections from the spring to November, and possibly making them partisan. Many Douglas County officials think that’s a bad idea, but they do say there are other options to increase voter participation. By Peter Hancock
Kansas secretary of state Kobach to seek expanded power
November 21, 2014
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says that next year he’ll revive a proposal to give his office the power to prosecute election fraud cases.
ACLU to amend gay-marriage lawsuit against Kansas
09:59 a.m., November 21, 2014 Updated 11:37 a.m.
The lawyer suing to overturn Kansas’ ban on same-sex marriage plans to amend the lawsuit to try to win state benefits for gay couples already married.
Kansas Democrats’ petition seeks to oust Republican House speaker
09:24 a.m., November 20, 2014 Updated 11:58 a.m.
Kansas Democrats are seeking to remove House Speaker Ray Merrick from his leadership post because of disparaging remarks he made about government employees, but party leaders acknowledge they don’t have much of a say in who holds that position.

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