state news

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.
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.
Kansas closer to allowing concealed carry with no permit
March 18, 2015
Kansas gun owners were a step closer Tuesday to being able to carry concealed firearms without obtaining a state permit after a legislative committee approved a bill ending the requirement.
Kansas school funding dispute heading back to high court
March 18, 2015
A dispute over whether Kansas must boost its spending on public schools by tens of millions of dollars each year is headed back to the state Supreme Court.
Kansas panel considers limits on public workers’ bargaining
March 18, 2015
A legislative committee in Kansas is considering a proposal to restrict collective bargaining between public employees and state and local government agencies.
Kansas House panel to vote on freezing green energy mandate
March 18, 2015
A Kansas House panel is planning to debate a bill that would freeze renewable energy mandates for utility companies.
Kansas House panel considers higher scrap theft penalties
March 10, 2015
A Kansas House panel is reviewing a bill to significantly increase penalties for scrap metal theft.
Kansas farm experts plan webinar on crop insurance
March 10, 2015
Kansas State University is offering an hour-long webinar to help farmers and others make decisions on crop insurance as the signup deadline at the end of March nears.
GOP plan to overhaul Kansas school aid could move quickly
March 10, 2015
The chief financial officer in Kansas’ largest school district is urging legislators to give more consideration to a plan from Republican leaders to overhaul how the state distributes aid to public schools and prevent unexpected budget surprises.
Brownback supports rural incentives program amid skepticism
March 9, 2015
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says he continues to support the state’s rural opportunity zone program after some lawmakers questioned whether it is luring new residents and businesses to areas with declining populations.
Employer sent to prison for hiring workers illegally in U.S.
March 9, 2015
A suburban Kansas City hotel owner was sentenced Monday to 27 months in prison in a case that highlights the U.S. Justice Department’s shift to targeting employers who knowingly hire immigrants not authorized to work in the United States.