Kansas and regional news

Kansas Gov. Brownback to take action on bill regulating Uber drivers
April 20, 2015
Gov. Sam Brownback must decide whether to sign a bill that ride-hailing company Uber has said would drive it out of the state if it becomes law.
Abuse, neglect now main reasons Kansas removes children from homes
10:18 a.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:39 a.m.
Abuse and neglect are the primary reasons children are being removed from their homes in Kansas, which is a change from the past, according to figures from the Department of Children and Families.
Kansas officials: Early to say fewer quakes due to fracking limits
09:31 a.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:05 p.m.
Earthquakes appear to be striking Kansas less frequently but officials say it’s too early to say whether new rules are the reason.
KU, K-State leaders criticize proposed tuition freeze
08:36 a.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:06 p.m.
The Kansas University chancellor and Kansas State University president are speaking out against a proposal to freeze college tuition in the state.
Kansas revenue projections for next year contributing to even bigger budget hole
08:21 a.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:10 p.m.
State budget officials in Kansas issued a gloomy report Monday that says total revenues flowing into the state are expected to fall 3.5 percent next year, creating an even bigger budget hole for lawmakers to fill when they return next week to wrap up the 2015 session.
Mike Hayden began the invitation-only turkey hunt as governor
April 19, 2015
Former Kansas Gov. Mike Hayden has seen plenty change since he started the Kansas Governor’s turkey hunt in 1987.
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Buying big at the Midland Farm Store
April 18, 2015
It is another day in the life of a big retail executive. Jill Tregemba is co-owner of the Midland Farm Store, which of course is big retail. It is the largest farm store at Midland Junction, although to be clear, we’re not talking about height here. The grain elevator next door is clearly taller.By Chad Lawhorn
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.
State board of education holds off on teacher licensure proposal
04:56 p.m., April 16, 2015 Updated 10:29 p.m.
The Kansas State Board of Education instructed a group of school districts to revise a proposal that would allow them to bypass licensure regulations when hiring teachers. By Elliot Hughes
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.
Topeka offers state’s first public bike-sharing program
09:41 a.m., April 16, 2015 Updated 10:52 a.m.
The state’s first public bike-sharing program has begun rolling in Topeka. The Topeka Metro Bikes program kicked off Wednesday afternoon with a brief ceremony on the Washburn University campus. It offers 100 bicycles for anyone to use for short-term recreation or commuting in the state’s capital city.
Museum to celebrate anniversary of ‘Dark Command’ with free screenings
April 16, 2015
The Watkins Museum of History will screen “Dark Command,” a 1940 Western starring John Wayne loosely based on Quantrill’s Raid in Lawrence, for free this Saturday.
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.
Wichita considering free lunch and breakfast at 6 schools
April 15, 2015
The Wichita school district is considering a program that would offer free breakfast and lunch for all students at six schools next year.
Overland Park approves 165-mile bicycle network
09:25 a.m., April 15, 2015 Updated 10:15 a.m.
Overland Park officials have approved spending $27 million over several years to install 165 miles of bicycle lanes throughout the city.
Kansas State Board of Education to vote on allowing ‘innovative’ districts to hire unlicensed teachers
05:05 p.m., April 14, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
The Kansas State Board of Education on Thursday will vote on whether to allow designated school districts to hire unlicensed individuals for teaching positions. By Elliot Hughes
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.
Anthem subsidiaries face lawsuit in Kansas over data breach
April 13, 2015
A former candidate for Kansas governor said Monday that he and other attorneys who are suing two subsidiaries of Anthem Inc. can show that individuals were harmed after hackers breached the health insurer’s computer networks.