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Lawrence school board approves tax cut
August 12, 2014
With little fanfare, the Lawrence school board on Monday approved a budget that decreases the school property tax rate by 1.591 mills and provides an average 2 percent pay raise for teachers and other district employees. By Scott Rothschild
U.S. settles with state over securities pension fraud
August 12, 2014
Federal authorities announced Monday that Kansas has agreed settle a securities fraud charge accusing the state of misleading investors about the financial health of its public employee pension system in 2009 and 2010 — at the time the second-worst underfunded system of its kind in the nation.
Orman releases ‘reform’ plan in Senate race
August 12, 2014
Independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman on Monday proposed term limits and ending pensions for members of Congress as he launched a bus tour of Kansas in a bid to unseat veteran Republican incumbent Pat Roberts.
Orman releases ‘reform’ plan in Kansas Senate race
August 11, 2014
A northeast Kansas businessman running for U.S. Senate as an independent candidate says he supports term limits and ending pensions for members of Congress. Greg Orman outlined a plan Monday for reforming Congress.
KNEA sues over tenure repeal
02:28 p.m., August 11, 2014 Updated 04:18 p.m.
Lawyers for the state’s largest teachers union say a provision of the 2014 school finance bill repealing teacher tenure rights is unconstitutional because it contains more than one topic. State officials said during debate on the bill that it is constitutional because all the provisions deal with education. By Peter Hancock
US settles with Kansas over alleged pension fraud
12:56 p.m., August 11, 2014 Updated 03:00 p.m.
Federal authorities announced Monday that Kansas has agreed to settle a securities fraud charge accusing the the state of misleading investors about the financial health of its public employee pension system in 2009 and 2010 — at the time the second-worst underfunded system of its kind in the nation.
Budget issues up for discussion at Kansas Board of Regents retreat
August 10, 2014
The idea of allocating state funds to universities based on how the schools measure up in certain areas will be discussed at length during the Kansas Board of Regents retreat. By Scott Rothschild
Analysis: Roberts favored in Senate race
August 10, 2014
Although Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts looked vulnerable after winning his Republican primary race last week with only 48 percent of the vote, he still has an easier path to victory in November than his remaining opponents.
Legislation in Congress aimed at reducing sexual assaults on college campuses
August 9, 2014
In Washington D.C. and state capitals around the country, legislators are working on bills aimed at getting colleges to do a better job of investigating allegations of sexual assault. The efforts come on the heels of government reports that indicate nearly one in five undergraduate women have been the victims of sexual violence. By Scott Rothschild
GOP Strategy in Kansas: It’s all about Obama
August 9, 2014
From races for Congress and governor, to insurance commissioner and the state Legislature, Kansas Republicans have made it clear they intend to make the entire 2014 elections a referendum on President Barack Obama. But Democrats say it’s a desperate strategy to distract voters’ attention away from Gov. Sam Brownback’s own performance. By Peter Hancock
New Kansas figures show shortfalls
03:31 p.m., August 8, 2014 Updated 04:10 p.m.
New budget projections from the Kansas Legislature’s nonpartisan research staff show a state budget shortfall developing by July 2016. The projections released Friday by the Legislative Research Department also show a lower figure for the state’s cash reserves on June 30 than Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration reported last month.
Board of Healing Arts member denies leaking Milton Wolf stories
August 8, 2014
Ann Hodgdon, a member of the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, issued a letter denying that she was the source of news reports about former U.S. Senate candidate Milton Wolf posting graphic x-ray images of gunshot victims on a Facebook page. Wolf, who had accused Hodgdon of leaking stories to the Topeka Capital-Journal, narrowly lost the Republican primary to incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts. By Peter Hancock
National Republicans air ads for Brownback
August 7, 2014
The Republican Governors Association began airing TV ads on behalf of Gov. Sam Brownback on the same day the Brownback campaign sent out fundraising emails warning GOP voters that the Democratic Governors Association was throwing support behind Rep. Paul Davis. By Peter Hancock
Moderates keep control of Kansas state education board
August 7, 2014
Results of Tuesday’s primaries mean that a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans will likely keep control of the Kansas State Board of Education. That could help in recruiting a new state education commissioner. By Peter Hancock
Roberts and Orman spar as Senate rhetoric heats up
August 6, 2014
Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts sought Wednesday to undercut an independent candidate’s appeal to unaffiliated Kansas voters by declaring that the challenger is a liberal Democrat and pointing to past campaign contributions.

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