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Report: Kansas economy picked up steam in late 2013
04:37 p.m., August 21, 2014 Updated 05:54 p.m.
New economic numbers released this week show the Kansas economy picked up steam in the fourth quarter of 2013 and actually outperformed the Plains region and the nation as a whole. For the entire year, though, Kansas’ Gross Domestic Product grew only 1.9 percent. By Peter Hancock
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Candidates spar over Davis tax plan
August 22, 2014
The two candidates for governor issued dueling press releases Friday about the impact of Democrat Paul Davis’ proposal to freeze income tax rates, preventing future tax cuts enacted by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback from taking effect. Brownback said that amounts to a tax hike on the poor, while Davis said Republicans are distorting the issue. By Peter Hancock
Former Sen. Dole resuming Kansas homecoming tour
August 22, 2014
Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole returns to Kansas next month for the latest of several planned trips to his home state this year.
Democratic congressional candidate endorses Orman
August 22, 2014
The Democratic nominee in Kansas’ 1st Congressional District has crossed party lines to endorse independent candidate Greg Orman for U.S. Senate.
Moran to give battle against gridlock ‘one more try’
August 20, 2014
Questioned Tuesday at a Baldwin City town hall meeting about how he could accomplish anything positive in the “rigged” Washington, D.C., environment, Sen. Jerry Moran said he would give the system one more chance. The question came after Moran told about 15 area residents that the U.S. Senate was not functional.
KCC challenges Westar transmission rates
05:16 p.m., August 20, 2014 Updated 06:25 p.m.
The Kansas Corporation Commission filed a complaint Wednesday with federal utility regulators accusing Westar Energy of charging unjust and unreasonable rates for electric transmission.
Kansas teachers union to efficiency panel: ‘Stop cutting’
August 19, 2014
Deena Burnett of the American Federation of Teachers in Kansas told a state education panel that the best way to make Kansas schools more efficient is to “stop cutting.” Her remarks were in stark contrast to claims by the administration that “total” education spending has gone up during his administration. Burnett, a former president of the local teachers union in Lawrence, was one of several education advocates who testified before the K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission. By Peter Hancock
GOP intensifies efforts in Kansas governor’s race
August 19, 2014
The Republican Governor’s Association is intensifying its efforts to help Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s re-election campaign.
Roberts: Drug cartels behind US border crisis
August 18, 2014
U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts says drug cartels are enticing Central American immigrants to come to the United States to work for their operations here. The Kansas Republican made the claim Monday at the annual convention of the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association.
Editor’s note: What issues are important to you in the 2014 elections?
August 18, 2014
As we cover the 2014 campaigns, we’d like to focus on the issues that are most important to readers: jobs and the economy, the future of the Affordable Care Act, tax policy, education funding and federal regulation. Our question to readers: Are we missing any issues of importance to you or Douglas County? Are there specific questions on the topics above that you’d like to see us answer?
Brownback discusses efforts to fight federal laws
12:07 p.m., August 18, 2014 Updated 06:52 p.m.
Gov. Sam Brownback vowed Monday that if he is re-elected, he will make battling the federal government on issues such as environmental regulation, health care and gun rights a major focus of his second term. By Peter Hancock
Kansas jobless rate ticks up to 4.9 percent
August 18, 2014
The Kansas unemployment rate rose a tenth of a point in July to 4.9 percent. The total number of people employed fell since June while new claims for unemployment increased. By Peter Hancock
Higher education hoping to avoid budget cuts
August 18, 2014
With a state revenue shortfall on the horizon, higher education officials are hoping they can maintain the currentlevel of state funding and avoid getting cut. By Scott Rothschild

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