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 By John Hanna    Regional    April 19, 2019 

Forecast gives Kansas a little room on Medicaid, tax relief

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials issued a new fiscal forecast Thursday that's slightly more optimistic about how much tax revenue the state should expect to collect over the next two years, creating a little more breathing room for expanding...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 19, 2019 

Kansas to let Farm Bureau health coverage avoid ACA rules

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will allow its state Farm Bureau to offer health care coverage that doesn't satisfy the Affordable Care Act after Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Friday declined to block a Republican-backed effort to circumvent former...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 18, 2019

Lawsuits over shootings at Kansas business settled for $2M

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Families of the victims of a mass shooting at a central Kansas lawn equipment factory in 2016 have won a $2 million legal settlement from a now-defunct pawnshop that sold the firearms to the shooter's girlfriend. The settlement...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 14, 2019

Kansas tells court broad support is reason to OK schools law

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Lawyers for Kansas told the state Supreme Court on Monday that it should sign off on a new law boosting spending on public schools and end a protracted education funding lawsuit partly because the law has broad, bipartisan...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 12, 2019

GOP leader seeks to bar Kansas governor from naming judge

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate's top Republican is trying to bar Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly from filling a vacancy on the state's second-highest court after Kelly was forced to withdraw her first choice because of political posts on his Twi...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 10, 2019

Schultz launches Midwest tour, says he'd win with GOP votes

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz launched a heartland tour in reliably GOP Kansas on Tuesday, saying he can win the presidential race as an independent candidate by drawing much of his support from disaffected Republicans....

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 5, 2019

Kansas lawmakers facing court mandate set to hike school aid

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Republican-led Legislature gave its final approval Thursday to a public school funding increase that the state's Democratic governor is pushing as the way to end a protracted education funding lawsuit, although it...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 5, 2019

Kansas lawmakers OK mandating notice on abortion 'reversal'

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators passed a measure Friday that would require abortion providers to tell patients who are taking medication to terminate their pregnancies that the process can be reversed after they take the first of two pills....

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 5, 2019

Kansas lawmakers pass bill to allow Farm Bureau health plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas pressed ahead Friday with allowing the state Farm Bureau to offer health coverage to members that doesn't satisfy the Affordable Care Act, a state-level effort to circumvent an Obama-era law that...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 4, 2019

Kansas GOP struggles for votes to override tax relief veto

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republican lawmakers in Kansas struggled Wednesday to find enough GOP votes to override Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's veto of a tax relief bill despite a strong push to save the measure from the state Republican Party. The...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 3, 2019

Kansas expansion foes signal nervousness with Medicaid move

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republican lawmakers in Kansas appear skittish about being able to block Medicaid expansion, offering political cover to moderate GOP colleagues if they back off their push for an expansion this year. State Senate President...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 28, 2019

Students banned from Kansas Statehouse over Medicaid protest

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Police on Wednesday barred three college students from the Kansas Statehouse for a year after they helped hang large banners inside saying that top Republican legislators who oppose expanding Medicaid have "blood on their...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 28, 2019

School funding unresolved in Kansas as court deadline looms

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers have blown several informal deadlines for boosting funding for public schools to satisfy a court mandate because Republicans who control the Legislature are at odds over how to allocate the new dollars and what...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 27, 2019

Abortion flap could cost Kansas governor her commerce chief

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly could be forced to replace Kansas' top business development official because of two small grants to a nonprofit group he previously managed from a fund tied to a late physician known nationally for...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 27, 2019

Kansas' new Democratic governor vetoes GOP tax relief bill

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' new Democratic governor on Monday vetoed a tax relief bill approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature, arguing it would repeat an infamous fiscal experiment that failed under a GOP predecessor. Top Republicans...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 21, 2019

Medicaid expansion backers revive Kansas plan, advance it

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Medicaid expansion supporters in Kansas forced a debate Wednesday in the Republican-controlled Legislature on Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's plan and advanced it with bipartisan support over GOP leaders' objections. The House...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 20, 2019

Twitter flap forces Kansas governor to drop court nominee

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Posts on a Kansas judge's Twitter feed that included vulgar language and criticism of President Donald Trump prompted Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to withdraw his nomination Tuesday for the state's second-highest court and...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 17, 2019

Tweets could doom judge's nomination to Kansas appeals court

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's nomination of a trial judge to Kansas' second-highest court appeared doomed Monday after two key Republican legislators decried past social media posts criticizing President Donald Trump and express...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 15, 2019

Kansas legislators advance schools plan, take up tax relief

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators in Kansas helped advance Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's plan to boost funding for public schools Thursday, while preparing to send her an income tax relief bill that could make it harder for the state to...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 14, 2019

Kansas conservatives vote to condemn New York's abortion law

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The conservatives who dominate the Kansas Legislature voted Wednesday to tell New York's leaders just how much they hate the Empire State's new law expanding abortion rights, ignoring Democrats who called the endeavor a...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 13, 2019

Conservatives seek to put strings on new Kansas school funds

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — If Kansas' highest court is going to force state lawmakers to boost public education funding again, some conservative Republicans want something in return, including a say in how the extra money is spent and a voucher program...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 10, 2019

New Medicaid expansion plan in Kansas dilutes 'poison pill'

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A "poison pill" in Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's plan for expanding Medicaid aimed at reassuring wary Republican legislators wouldn't actually end the expansion if the federal government backed off its promises to cover most of...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 8, 2019

Kansas GOP leader compares tax plan to returning a billfold

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A top Republican in the Kansas House brushed aside criticism Friday that an income tax relief plan nearing final passage risks repeating a tax-cutting experiment that failed a few years ago, suggesting the new proposal is akin...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 7, 2019

Kansas governor meets unexpected resistance to schools plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' new Democratic governor is meeting unexpected resistance to her plan for boosting public education funding from local school districts that believe her proposal wouldn't supply enough new money. Gov. Laura Kelly touts...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 1, 2019

Kansas lawmakers struggle over school aid, Medicaid, taxes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers have hit the halfway point of their annual session and they haven't had a hearing on a Medicaid expansion plan or pushed an education funding bill out of committee in the face of a court mandate to boost spendin...

 

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