Kansas government

Rural neighbors, tree farm clash over noise, traffic
April 18, 2015
A fight over land titles or water rights used to be what split rural communities. Today there seems to be much more for rural neighbors to fight over as competing visions of rural life and land use clash.
Kansas authorizes $1 billion in bonds for pension system
April 17, 2015
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill authorizing $1 billion in bonds to bolster Kansas’ pension system for teachers and government workers.
Kansas Supreme Court to consider marijuana ballot dispute
April 17, 2015
The state’s highest court has taken up the dispute over the legality of a new voter-approved ordinance in the state’s largest city that lessens criminal penalties for marijuana possession.
US Sen. Roberts’ ‘Frozen’ ringtone creates hearing hysterics
April 17, 2015
Sen. Pat Roberts is urging people to “let it go” after his cellphone filled a somber committee hearing room with the first few bars of a song from Disney’s “Frozen.”
Regents report: International, out-of-state students bring big money to Kansas, but few stick around
03:49 p.m., April 16, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
International and out-of-state students make a big economic impact on Kansas while they’re enrolled in Board of Regents institutions. However, only about 18 percent stick around post-graduation. After five years, only 9 percent of international students and 13 percent of other out-of-staters are still employed in Kansas. That’s according to a report presented Thursday at the Kansas Board of Regents meeting. By Sara Shepherd
New Kansas rules would limit spending of welfare benefits
09:55 a.m., April 16, 2015 Updated 01:27 p.m.
A new Kansas law tells poor families that they can’t use cash assistance from the state to attend concerts, get tattoos, see a psychic or buy lingerie. The list of don’ts runs to several dozen items. More than 20 other states have such lists. But the one included by the Republican-dominated Kansas Legislature in a bill signed Thursday by GOP Gov. Sam Brownback appears to be the most exhaustive, according to state Department for Children and Families officials.
Tompkins retiring from Board of Regents, successor announced
03:50 p.m., April 15, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
Kansas Board of Regents President and CEO Andy Tompkins publicly announced his retirement Wednesday, after five years leading the board and more than 45 working in public education. Tompkins’ successor will be a man who already has been working closely with Tompkins, Regents vice president for workforce development, Blake Flanders. By Sara Shepherd
Eudora School District to hold public forum on budget cuts tonight
April 15, 2015
The Eudora School Board will host a meeting Wednesday night to discuss plans to balance the district’s budget for 2015-2016.
KU to exhibit Bob Dole’s WWII-era letters
09:23 a.m., April 15, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
The Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence is exhibiting World War II letters between Bob Dole and his family for an online audience.
Kansas urges dismissal of federal lawsuit over gay marriage
03:46 p.m., April 14, 2015 Updated 10:09 p.m.
Kansas argues in a new court filing that same-sex couples’ ability to obtain marriage licenses in many counties should prompt a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by gay and lesbian couples.
Kansas government agency slams ‘left’ in Facebook post on welfare reform
03:41 p.m., April 13, 2015 Updated 08:37 p.m.
The Kansas Department of Children and Families was criticized by Democrats on Monday for a post on its Facebook page saying “the left” had mocked the state and impeded progress on welfare reform. The agency said the comment was appropriate.
Kansas ponders new protections for campus religious groups
April 12, 2015
Kansas legislators could enact new legal protections for faith-based groups on state college campuses, even though the state already has a religious objections law.
Lawrence, other cities, deal with many issues related to low voter turnout for local races
04:06 p.m., April 10, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
If you wonder why voter turnout is so low in many local elections, Michael A. Smith, an associate professor of political science at Emporia State University, suggests you talk to some local politicians.By Chad Lawhorn
Kansas AG asks top state court to void Wichita pot ordinance
April 10, 2015
Kansas’ attorney general asked the state’s top court Thursday to nullify a new voter-approved ordinance in the state’s largest city that lessens criminal penalties for marijuana possession because it conflicts with state law.
Roberts: US Senate committee to consider food stamps reform
11:51 a.m., April 8, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
The idea of funding the federal food stamps program through block grants to the states has failed to gain traction in annual budget fights since the 1990s, but it has not gone away and may get a hearing in a U.S. Senate panel, Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas said.

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