state news

Kansas House passes teacher collective bargaining compromise
February 26, 2015
The Kansas House has approved a collective bargaining compromise between teachers and school boards.
Proposal to hike ag land taxes spawns backlash from Kansas farmers
February 26, 2015
A suburban lawmaker’s proposal that would dramatically increase property taxes on Kansas agricultural land has spawned strong rural backlash and nagging fears that pieces of it will pop up in legislation to close a state budget shortfall.
Kansas Senate approves concealed carry of guns without training or permit
February 26, 2015
The Kansas Senate has approved a bill to allow people to carry concealed guns without requiring them to get a state permit or take training classes.
Supreme Court sides with Kansas in water dispute
February 24, 2015
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Nebraska to pay Kansas $5.5 million in a long-running legal dispute over use of water from the Republican River.
Cerner offering voluntary separation packages to employees
February 24, 2015
Cerner Corp. is offering voluntary separation packages to employees whose combination of years of service and age total 65.
Kansas earthquakes worsen damage to century-old courthouse
February 24, 2015
Harper County officials are grappling with how to fix a century-old courthouse that was already deteriorating before a sharp increase in earthquakes began rattling south-central Kansas.
Judge won’t hear retrial of man who punched his attorney
February 23, 2015
A judge is recusing himself from hearing the sexual assault retrial of a man accused of knocking his attorney unconscious during his first trial.
Governor creates Social Services Policy Council
February 23, 2015
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is creating a taskforce to look for ways to decrease poverty.
Legislative proposal focuses on open records enforcement
February 23, 2015
A legislative proposal that would make it easier to investigate allegations that governmental agencies are improperly redacting public records has the backing of Attorney General Derek Schmidt.
Kansas lawmakers seek to boost campaign contribution limits
February 22, 2015
After an election cycle in which the amount of money spent by outside groups dwarfed the amount spent by the candidates’ campaigns, themselves, Kansas lawmakers from both parties are pressing to increase campaign contribution limits in an effort to keep up.
Push on to make catfish a Kansas state symbol
February 22, 2015
Some supporters of the lowly channel catfish are renewing efforts to make the species become a state symbol, despite past failed attempts.
Kansas changing notification for vehicle tag renewals
February 19, 2015
The state of Kansas plans to change the way it notifies motorists that they need to renew vehicle tags.
4 Kansas tribes to split $1.7 million for housing needs
February 19, 2015
Federal officials say four American Indian tribes in northeast Kansas will split $1.7 million in funds for affordable housing.
Kansas district court judge sues over state law on courts
February 19, 2015
A Kansas district court judge is challenging a law passed last year that moved authority to administer district courts away from the Kansas Supreme Court.
Kansas bill would require parental consent for sex education
February 18, 2015
Schools would be barred from giving sex education lessons to students without their parents’ consent under a bill discussed Tuesday by the Kansas House Education Committee.

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