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A bill in the Kansas Senate would schedule local city and school board elections in November rather than April. The bill also would have candidates identified by party. Do you:

Response Percent
Think no change is needed?
Support the proposed changes?
Agree with the date change but think local elections should remain non-partisan?
Agree local elections should be partison but not with the date change?
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Baldwin district to survey parents about increased in-town busing fee
March 24, 2015
The Baldwin school district in the next month will survey those parents paying for in-town busing to learn how many would retain the service should its price increase three-fold. For four years, the school board has debated maintaining in-town busing as state funding has failed to keep up with the district’s increased costs.
Timely bond refinance to help Baldwin district deal with block grant cuts
March 24, 2015
Thanks to a timely bond refinancing, the Baldwin school district will see level funding for the next two years with no additional demands on taxpayers. At the Baldwin school board meeting on Monday, Baldwin Superintendent Paul Dorathy and district financial director Cynde Frick updated the board on the consequences of the school finance block grants that are about to replace the state’s 22-year-old school finance plan.
Kansas Supreme Court to consider convicted killer’s appeal
March 23, 2015
The Kansas Supreme Court is considering the appeal of a convicted serial killer who stuffed the bodies of several victims into barrels.
Musing from the Hill, March 26
March 23, 2015
We are enjoying a welcome burst of spring weather. Lest we forget, March can be “iffy.” I do not believe spring has truly arrived until I hear spring peepers, frogs and trilling in State Lake. When they trill, I relax and believe spring has truly sprung. If the daffodils at my home on the hill on the southern exposure of the garage path push their leaves above ground and violet leaves appear surely “welcome sweet springtime we can greet thee with song and soft notes of bird song will fall on the ear” – (thank you Robert Browning)
Westar Energy will return $38 million to customers
March 23, 2015
Westar Energy will be sending rebates to customers after collecting $38 million too much last year.
Officials to discuss program for Kansas food aid recipients
March 23, 2015
State and federal officials are preparing to outline the details of a new program for helping food stamp recipients in Kansas find employment.
No. 7 Baker ends tournament run, 52-47, against OBU
March 23, 2015
The No. 7 seeded Baker University women’s basketball team ended its national tournament run on Thursday afternoon in a, 52-47, loss to No. 2 Oklahoma Baptist in the First Round of the 2015 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship Presented by the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Grater Kansas City at the Independence Events Center.
Hospitals push for Medicaid expansion in Kansas
March 23, 2015
Hospitals are hurting because Kansas hasn’t expanded Medicaid coverage to serve more poor people, health officials said in urging lawmakers to make changes. GaDuGi Safe Center, Douglas County District Attorney’s office to receive grant money
March 23, 2015
Lawrence’s GaDuGi SafeCenter and the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office will receive federal grants to address sexual and domestic violence. Nearly $1.2 million has been awarded to 25 organizations across the state from the 2015 Services Training Officers Prosecutors Violence Against Women Act (STOP VAWA), Gov. Sam Brownback’s office said. The District Attorney’s Office will receive $48,241 and the GaDuGi SafeCenter will receive $37,017.
Douglas County delegation to travel to San Antonio to look at ways to reduce jail time for mentally ill
March 23, 2015
A delegation of Douglas County leaders will travel to San Antonio next month to examine how that community has changed its law enforcement and judicial systems to cut down on the number of mentally ill defendants who end up in jail.
Kansas City Connection: City Market a hub for delicious ethnic food
March 22, 2015
When people ask me what neighborhoods they should check out in Kansas City, I try to find out what their goals are. If their objective is to eat a lot of different kinds of ethnic food at fairly inexpensive prices, I direct them to the City Market.
Kansas Legislature mulls slashing green energy incentives
March 22, 2015
Renewable energy groups say two proposals in the Kansas Legislature would threaten the young industry’s existence by shortening a lifetime property tax exemption for wind and solar farms and imposing a 4.33 percent excise tax on ethanol fuel and renewable electricity.
Analysis: Kansas GOP lawmakers set up debate on higher taxes
March 22, 2015
Republicans who control the Kansas Legislature are boxing themselves into considering tax increases by drafting proposed budgets in both chambers that don’t balance without them.
Kansas Senate panel’s budget debate part of crowded agenda
March 19, 2015
A Kansas Senate committee is considering a proposed $15.5 billion state budget that wouldn’t balance without tax increases.
Kansas, New Mexico attorneys general spar over basketball
March 19, 2015
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has called out his New Mexico counterpart over his basketball predictions.
Douglas County fire ban extended
March 19, 2015
On Wednesday, Douglas County has extended its burning ban through March 25.
Sheriff’s office investigating allegations of missing money from Wakarusa Township fireman’s fund
March 19, 2015
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating allegations about money missing from a fund associated with the Wakarusa Township Fire Department, a spokesman said. On Wednesday, Gerald Dwyer, a Wakarusa Township board member, told the Journal-World that a sheriff’s investigator spoke to him about three or four weeks ago about money missing from the so-called firemen’s fund.
Kansas State researches using drones to protect crops
March 19, 2015
Kansas State University is researching how to use drones to detect invasive insects and emerging diseases in wheat fields.
Kansas: Plan to divert Missouri River water not feasible
March 19, 2015
A controversial plan to divert Missouri River water from northeast Kansas to western Kansas is unlikely to happen.
Baldwin High School students commited fans of Bulldogs
March 18, 2015
The faces crowding the rails to court side Saturday at Park City’s Hartman Arena were as familiar as Baldwin High School starting five being introduced for the girls 4A Division II state championship game. The high school fans decked out in old school basketball jerseys included regulars who had cheered on the team nearly every time it took the floor. The group included a core of seniors Eric Peterson, Joe Pierce, Brock Randels and twins Christian and Collin Linder.