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Bryan Thompson Thursday, January 20th, 2011

All four Kansas members of the U-S House voted yesterday (WED) to repeal the health care reform law. But with the Senate unlikely to follow suit, Kansas Senator Jerry Moran is saying that Republicans should now focus on making whatever changes in the law they can get the Democrats to agree to. We get more from Jim McLean of the KHI News Service.

Stephen Koranda Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

A coalition of conservative House lawmakers has introduced a bill that would tighten the state’s restrictions on abortion. It would also require parental consent for a minor to obtain the procedure. State Representative Lance Kinzer, of Olathe, is one of the bill's authors. He says the legislation would require the consent of at least one parent, and in some cases both parents, for a girl under 18 to get an abortion.The bill would also require more reporting to the state about late-term abortion procedures. The legislation would allow local prosecutors to have access to those state records....

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

When Gil Meche signed a 5-year, 55-million dollar contract with the Kansas City Royals before the 2007 season, there were hopes that he would have his best years in baseball still to come. But with one year left on his deal, it hasn't happened and Meche has decided to retire. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.

Bryan Thompson Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

The U-S Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded the State of Kansas more than three-million dollars to protect children and families from lead-based paint and other hazards in the home. Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports the money will go to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Bureau of Environmental Health.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Thousands of autoworkers in Kansas City are breathing a sigh of relief today (WED) after an announcement from Ford Motor Company that it will invest $400 million dollars in its Claycomo (clay-KOE-moe) assembly plant. More from KPR's J. Schafer.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Ford Mortor Company says it's investing $400 million dollars in its existing assembly plant in Kansas City. Ford's Vice President of Manufacturing, Jim Tetreault (TAY-troh), says the Claycomo (clay-KOE-moe) plant is being upgraded so it can produce a new vehicle. Tetreault (TAY-troh) wouldn't discuss details of the new vehicle coming to the Kansas City plant. Currently, the facility produces the F-series pick-up trucks and the Ford Escape, but production for the Escape is moving to a plant in Louisville, Kentucky.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is pushing legislation that would require voters to show a photo ID at the polls and prove their citizenship when they first register to vote. KPR’s Stephen Koranda has more on the sweeping voter legislation.

Stephen Koranda Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach today (TUE) unveiled a bill that would require voters to show a photo ID at the polls and prove their citizenship when registering to vote. Kobach, a Republican, says more than 30 lawmakers have signed on to co-sponsor the legislation.Opponents of more voting regulations say voter fraud is not a significant problem and adding more rules will make it harder for Kansans to register and vote. Kobach is also pushing for increasing penalties for some voting crimes the giving the secretary of state's office more power to prosecute voter fraud.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Knology, Incorporated -- a Georgia-based cable TV company -- held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Lawrence today (TUE) to celebrate its entry into the local media marketplace. Knology acquired Lawrence-based Sunflower Broadband last October. Knology CEO Rodger Johnson says other than the name change, customers won't see many changes. Knology paid about $165 million to acquire Sunflower Broadband. The sale included Sunflower's cable and phone service as well as Channel Six News and Free State production facilities.

KPR Web Operations Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

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Stephen Koranda Monday, January 17th, 2011

The Kansas Neurological Institute serves some 150 profoundly disabled adults. If the Kansas Legislature approves, the facility would be closed gradually. The entire process could take as long as three years, according to Bill Miskell (MISS-kl), who's with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. Miskell says the facility's closure would occur as all the people it serves are transitioned into equal or better care offered by other organizations. If the closure takes place, some private groups may be called upon to step in with services. Miskell says the incoming...

KPR Web Operations Monday, January 17th, 2011

The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services has begun accepting applications for its Low Income Energy Assistance Program, or LIEAP (LEEP). The program helps low income people with their winter heating bills. It particularly targets persons with disabilities, the elderly and families with children. Michelle Ponce (PAWN-say) is a spokesperson for S-R-S. Anyone already receiving any kind of help from S-R-S should be receiving an application for the LIEAP (LEEP) program in the mail. Others who think they might qualify should contact an SRS office.

KPR Web Operations Monday, January 17th, 2011

The cold weather has many people and families in Kansas looking for help with their heating bills through a program called the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, or LIEAP (LEEP). Michelle Ponce (PAWN-say) is a spokesperson for the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. SRS began accepting applications for LIEAP last week. Anyone already receiving SRS benefits should automatically receive and application packet in the mail. Anyone else that might qualify for the program should contact the nearest SRS office. The program is geared toward helping persons with disabilities, the...

Stephen Koranda Friday, January 14th, 2011

As lawmakers battle over the budget this session, school finance will be one of the most contentious issues. K through 12 education is the single biggest item in the budget. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda tells us, part of this debate could be about what constitutes a suitable education.

KPR Web Operations Friday, January 14th, 2011

Two environmental groups have asked the Kansas Court of Appeals to invalidate the air quality permit issued by the state for the expansion of a coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas. As KPR's Bryan Thompson reports, the petition was filed today (Fri) by the Sierra Club and Earthjustice.

Stephen Koranda Friday, January 14th, 2011

Democratic leaders at the Statehouse are calling on legislators and Governor Sam Brownback to look for new revenue to prevent education funding cuts. The governor’s budget proposal would not replace federal dollars that are helping pay for education in Kansas. That federal money will soon run out, meaning a loss of around 200 million dollars for schools. Senate Minority Leader, Topeka Democrat Anthony Hensley, believes lawmakers should look at the state tax code.Lawmakers have considered repealing some sales tax exemptions as a way to raise revenue, but haven’t taken the action. Governor Sam...

Bryan Thompson Friday, January 14th, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback wants to eliminate the Kansas Health Policy Authority, and merge its operations into the Department of Health and Environment. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson explains, the goal is to cut administrative expenses, and let the governor control the Medicaid program providing health care for poor and disabled Kansans.

KPR Web Operations Thursday, January 13th, 2011

The former head of the KU ticket office became the third person to enter a guilty plea in the ticket scandal. And another guilty plea doesn't appear to be far behind. Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin has more.

Bryan Thompson Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Less than five years after it was created, the Kansas Health Policy Authority is on the chopping block. As Kansas Public Radio’s Bryan Thompson reports, Governor Sam Brownback wants to abolish the agency, and merge its programs into the Department of Health and Environment.

Stephen Koranda Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Governor Sam Brownback has proposed eliminating all state funding for public broadcasting. The governor's policy director, Landon Fulmer, says the money spent on public radio and television stations is equivalent to about 81 teacher salaries.State funding for public broadcasters amounted to $1.67 million dollars last year.

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