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Kansas and regional news

Tonganoxie man killed in motorcycle accident in Jefferson County
April 7, 2014
A 20-year-old Tonganoxie man was killed in a motorcycle accident Sunday afternoon in Jefferson County, according to a report from the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Kansas gay rights group opposes teacher tenure proposal in Topeka
April 6, 2014
The leading gay rights group in Kansas also is lobbying against a proposal in a school funding bill to end tenure for teachers.
House, Senate set to vote on new school funding plan Sunday night
09:58 a.m., April 6, 2014 Updated 02:45 p.m.
Dozens of red-shirted Kansas teachers returned Sunday to the Statehouse to lobby legislators against a new school funding plan that also included a proposal to end protections against getting fired.
Roadwork: Construction planned this week
April 6, 2014
Construction projects listed are now available in a map format at http://lawks.us/construction-map.
Brownback praises Kansas House school funding plan
April 4, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback says a school funding bill before the Kansas House is a good plan for meeting a state Supreme Court mandate to boost aid to poor school districts.
Recent rains good for farmers, more would be even better
April 3, 2014
More rain means more help for area farmers. On Wednesday night about a quarter of an inch fell in the area, adding to nearly an inch of rain from the previous night and morning, according to the National Weather Service office in Topeka.
DC planners object to Eisenhower Memorial design
April 3, 2014
The staff of a federal panel that oversees plans for monuments in the nation’s capital is recommending changes in the design for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The National Capital Planning Commission is set to consider building plans Thursday for architect Frank Gehry’s design for the memorial. But after months of review, the commission’s staff objects to the scale and configuration of stainless steel tapestries that would frame a memorial park honoring Eisenhower.
County approves new agritourism regulations, removes moratorium on applications
April 2, 2014
Douglas County is back in the business of accepting applications for agritourism operations after the Board of Commissioners approved new regulations and rescinded its moratorium on applications Wednesday.
Kansas joins Oklahoma in lawsuit on wildlife regulation
April 2, 2014
Kansas has joined Oklahoma in a lawsuit challenging the process used by the federal government to list the lesser prairie chicken as a threatened species.
Report: Kansas winter wheat crop needs moisture
April 1, 2014
The latest government snapshot says the Kansas winter wheat crop is in need of moisture in most of the state. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 25 percent of the state’s wheat crop is in poor to very poor condition. About 43 percent is rated as fair, with 30 percent in good and 2 percent in excellent condition.
Agritourism back on Douglas County Commission agenda
March 31, 2014
The Douglas County Commission will again talk agritourism regulation at its meeting Wednesday. Two weeks after receiving recommended changes from the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission, commissioners may vote to adopt new regulations, County Administrator Craig Weinaug said.
Brownback signs into law two bills requested by higher education officials
March 31, 2014
Gov. Sam Brownback on Monday signed into law two bills sought by universities.
Economic report shows Kansas lagging in numerous categories of growth
01:10 p.m., March 31, 2014 Updated 05:43 p.m.
A report by Gov. Sam Brownback’s Council of Economic Advisors shows that Kansas is lagging the region and nation in numerous economic categories. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas House panel’s leader quits over school bill
10:18 a.m., March 31, 2014 Updated 01:20 p.m.
Rep. Marc Rhoades unexpectedly resigned Monday as chairman of the Kansas House Appropriations Committee in protest over a school funding proposal being negotiated among Republican leaders. Rhoades, a Newton Republican, submitted his resignation to House Speaker Ray Merrick before the start of what was to be two days of hearings on a funding proposal aimed at satisfying a Kansas Supreme Court ruling issued March 7.
Capitol Briefing: Brownback declines to announce position on lesser prairie chicken bill; legislator’s claim prompts groans
March 31, 2014
Brownback declines to state position on lesser prairie chicken bill; Legislators elicits groans on claim of electric rate increases By Scott Rothschild
Kansas Republican spat blunts redistricting edge
March 31, 2014
Kansas’ redistricting experience shows that even when Republicans dominate a state, the outcome is not always preordained.
Kansas school funding solution proves elusive
March 30, 2014
It would seem a simple task. Write a check for $129 million and satisfy a Kansas Supreme Court ruling regarding the constitutionality of school funding.
Roadwork: Construction planned this week
March 30, 2014
Construction projects listed are now available in a map format at http://lawks.us/construction-map.
Questions surrounding higher education funding persist
March 29, 2014
With much of the Legislature’s attention focused on a state Supreme Court order to equalize public school funding, movement on the higher education front, including Kansas University, has taken a backseat recently.