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Animal rights advocates call for end of carbon monoxide in euthanizing animals

Scott Rothschild

Animal rights advocates from across Kansas converged Monday on the Statehouse in support of legislation to protect pets, including the elimination of carbon monoxide chambers used to euthanize animals. "Legislators are recognizing that animal welfare is a high priority issue that enjoys bipartisan support from Kansas voters," said Midge Grinstead, ...

Student loan repayment program in rural areas has been popular, official says

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — A program aimed at getting college graduates to settle in rural areas of Kansas has been popular, a state official said Monday. Chris Harris, a program manager with the Kansas Department of Commerce, briefed members of the Senate Commerce Committee, on a program that offers up to $15,000 ...

New report says smoking ban has had no negative impact on liquor sales

Scott Rothschild

Opposition to the statewide ban on smoking indoors in most public places, which went into effect July 1, 2010, came from restaurant and bar owners who said it would hurt their businesses. A new analysis by the Kansas Health Institute says the ban hasn't negatively affected food and liquor sales ...

Bill to be heard restricting union activities in political campaigns

Scott Rothschild

A bill that would prevent unions from using funds collected by payroll deduction in political activities will be considered today. The Kansas National Education Association calls House Bill 2023 "the first official salvo in a possible war on teachers." A hearing on the measure is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. before ...

Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman calls for repeal of corporate farming laws

Scott Rothschild

Secretary of Agriculture Dale Rodman on Tuesday called for the repeal of Kansas corporate farming laws. His comments came at a meeting where Gov. Sam Brownback and his Cabinet members were briefing legislators. As he left the meeting, Brownback was asked what he thought of Rodman's remark. Brownback, who appointed ...

Huelskamp assesses debt ceiling, Boehner

Scott Rothschild

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, who has recently made national headlines in his political battles with U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, was in the Statehouse on Monday where he used to serve as a state legislator. Huelskamp, who represents the Big First, which goes from the western Kansas ...

Sale tax issue front and center as Legislature convenes today

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — As legislators gather today for the start of the 2013 session, one of the main budget issues is whether to make permanent the 6.3 percent state sales tax, which under current law is set to fall to 5.7 percent on July 1. Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, has ...

Gov. Brownback sets up Humanitarian Commission

Scott Rothschild

Gov. Sam Brownback announced Tuesday he has formed the Kansas Humanitarian Commission, which will recognize Kansans and Kansas groups for their global and local charitable efforts. Brownback has asked Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer and Ashleigh Black to co-chair the commission. Colyer, a physician, has volunteered for more than 20 years ...

Pre-filed bill would retain third-graders with reading problems

Scott Rothschild

A state legislator has pre-filed a bill that would retain students in third grade if they score less than proficient on state reading tests. The measure by Rep. Steve Huebert, R-Valley Center, will be considered by legislators when the 2013 session starts Monday. House Bill 2004 includes exceptions for mandatory ...

Kansas population grows 1.1 percent from April 2010 to July 2012

Scott Rothschild

Recently released U.S. Census data shows Kansas' population grew by 32,789, or 1.1 percent, from April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2012. During the same period, Colorado grew by 3.1 percent; Missouri, 0.6 percent; Nebraska, 1.6 percent; and Oklahoma, 1.7 percent. Kansas ranks 33rd among states in U.S. population with ...

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