state news

Questions on classroom spending cloud Kansas schools debate
December 20, 2015
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback says he and many Kansas legislators won’t be ready to consider big increases in aid to public schools until they are confident that enough of the money already spent on education is finding its way into the classroom.
50,000 Kansans sign up for insurance in federal exchange
December 20, 2015
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says about 50,000 people in Kansas had signed up through the federal health insurance exchange as of Dec. 12.
Kansas lawmaker resigning to head conservative policy group
December 17, 2015
The chairman of a Kansas House committee that handles legislation on abortion and gay-rights issues is resigning to lead a conservative group seeking to influence social policy.
Kansas Aviation Museum reduces hours, lays off 2 employees
December 17, 2015
The Kansas Aviation Museum has terminated two staff members and announced it will be reducing visitor hours next year.
Kansas issues $400 million in highway construction bonds
December 16, 2015
The Kansas Department of Transportation has issued a state record of $400 million in highway construction bonds to take advantage of the suspension of a state law limiting the agency’s debt burden.
Newman University gets $2 million from Fugate Enterprises
December 16, 2015
Newman University in Kansas has received a $2 million gift from Fugate Enterprises.
Kansas regents to consider revised guns-on-campus policy
December 16, 2015
A Kansas Board of Regents panel has advanced a plan governing how to allow concealed weapons on the state’s college campuses by mid-2017.
Professor finds rare audio of basketball inventor Naismith
December 15, 2015
A Kansas University researcher has discovered what is believed to be the only audio recording of basketball inventor James Naismith, during which he describes the first game he organized 124 years ago this month as a bit of a disaster.
Kansas schools get federal grant to replace diesel buses
December 15, 2015
Three Kansas school districts are getting a total of $220,000 in federal funds to replace or rework older diesel school buses.
Kansas officials protesting possible Guantanamo closing
December 15, 2015
Kansas officials have sent President Barack Obama a letter protesting the possible move of detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the military prison at Fort Leavenworth.
Kansas sees more tornadoes than normal, but most weak
December 14, 2015
Meteorologists say Kansas saw more tornadoes than normal this year, but all but a few were weak and short-lived.
Review of Wichita State athletics considers football
December 14, 2015
The complete review of the Wichita State University athletics department is underway and one of the many subjects is whether to resume a football program, president John Bardo said.
Kansas Sampler Festival to end after 2017
December 13, 2015
Despite its continued popularity, the Kansas Sampler Festival will end its nearly three decades of operation after the 2017 event in Winfield to allow organizers to plan new ways to promote things to see and do in Kansas.
Kansas governor wants no tax debate, expects no budget drama
December 13, 2015
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback says Kansas legislators shouldn’t tinker further with tax laws next year and argues that the state budget is in “good shape” despite a projected shortfall because his economic policies are working.