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State library 'bookin' it' back to the Statehouse

Scott Rothschild

After a two-year exile to mobile units located outside the Capitol, the State Library of Kansas will be moving back into the building over the next couple of weeks to its newly restored digs. "I can't tell you how excited we are to get back in the Statehouse before the ...

Health care officials discuss raising medical malpractice cap, but urge caution

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — Officials representing doctors and hospitals on Friday said the state needs to increase the current $250,000 cap for pain and suffering in medical malpractice awards, but take its time doing it. "That is probably something we are going to have to do in the next couple of years, ...

Conservatives are in the driver's seat in the Kansas Legislature; professors ask where they will take the state

Scott Rothschild

Topeka — A group of political science professors on Thursday said conservative Republicans led by Gov. Sam Brownback are in the driver's seat in Kansas and now the question is where will they take the state. "The governor is going to be able to push through his legislative agenda ...

Kobach defends photo ID to vote; wants power to prosecute alleged voter fraud

Scott Rothschild

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday there were no problems during the Nov. 6 general election with the photo ID requirement to vote, and he said he would push next year for the Legislature to give his office the authority to prosecute allegations of voter fraud. "I ...

Kansas tied for 12th in high school graduation rate, according to new federal data

Scott Rothschild

Kansas' four-year high school graduation rate was tied for 12th in the country at 83 percent for the 2010-2011 academic year. The data released by the U.S. Department of Education represents the first-ever list detailing state-by-state graduation rates using more rigorous measures, the agency said. "By using this new measure, ...

Reports say Dole has been hospitalized at Walter Reed; Dole assistant says he'll leave hospital tomorrow

Scott Rothschild

Several outlets are reporting that former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole has been hospitalized. In the past few minutes, a Dole assistant said he was in for a routine procedure. CBS News [reports][1]: > "He is at Walter Reed not for a > checkup," (Senate Majority Leader > Harry) Reid ...

Brownback sets weight-loss challenge; not a fan of new school lunch standards

Scott Rothschild

Gov. Sam Brownback today kicked off a statewide weight-loss challenge aimed at instilling healthy habits, but he criticized new federal school lunch standards that provide healthier meals. Brownback wants Kansans to organize into five-person teams to see which team can lose the largest percentage of weight. Brownback intends to ...

KU's tougher admission standards inching towards approval

Scott Rothschild

Kansas University's tougher admission standards are inching closer to reality. On Monday, state and KU officials briefed the House-Senate Committee on Rules and Regulations about the proposed standards, and the Kansas Board of Regents will probably put the finishing touches on them next month. The proposed standards are "designed to ...

Kansas voters run contrary to national trends in presidential election, except with independents

Scott Rothschild

Exit polls showed that Kansas voters by and large were out of the step with the national electorate during the presidential election, except in one area — independent voters. Here is an analysis of the election by Bob Beatty, a political science professor at Washburn University. "Since 1968 Kansas has ...

Supporters of DREAM Act rally against Kobach

Scott Rothschild

Children of undocumented immigrants rallied on Tuesday, calling on Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to resign and drop a lawsuit that seeks to end a program established by President Barack Obama that allows them to stay in the country. In an interview with the Lawrence Journal-World, Kobach said he ...

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