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Headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: January 12, 2017

andy lambertJanuary 12, 2017

An aide to Governor Brownback is suggesting that the Kansas Senate's top GOP leader supports "unfair" tax increases and "punishing" spending cuts to balance the state budget. The governor's spokeswoman responded to criticism of the governor's proposals from Senate President Susan Wagle and three other GOP leaders in the chamber. Sentencing is set for March for a man convicted of severely beating ...

Governor delivers State-of-the-State address…and other headlines: January 11, 2017

andy lambertJanuary 11, 2017

Governor Brownback is calling on lawmakers to pass school choice measures and reiterating his support for merit pay for teachers. The governor expressed his support for initiatives favored by fellow conservatives in his annual State of the State address. A teachers' union lobbyist accuses the governor of pushing ideas that have failed in other states. The new head of the Kansas House Appropriatio...

Bill being drafted to repeal income tax cut…and other headlines: January 10, 2017

andy lambertJanuary 10, 2017

As expected, a Kansas House committee is drafting a bill to repeal an income tax cut for farmers and business owners that was championed by Governor Brownback. The Taxation Committee voted to sponsor the measure, and did that less than three hours after the Legislature convened its annual session. Some committee members are pushing for lawmakers to pass the bill this month. An internal investigat...

Budget to be addressed on day one of session…and other headlines: January 9, 2017

andy lambertJanuary 9, 2017

Lawmakers aren't expected to waste much time before tackling the budget, and the tax cuts championed by Governor Brownback are in the crosshairs. This is day one of the annual legislative session, typically more about ceremony than substance, although the House Taxation Committee also has its first hearing on the proposals this afternoon. The current budget has a projected $342 million shortfall. ...

Mumps case confirmed at KU…and other headlines: January 5, 2017

andy lambertJanuary 5, 2017

Health officials confirm one case of mumps at the University of Kansas and are investigating nine other suspected cases since mid-December. The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department announced the findings Wednesday. The department's director of epidemiology, says it's not clear where the cases were contracted by some likely spread before the university's winter break on Dec. 16. The first day ...

Lawmakers propose repeal of tax breaks for farmers and business owners…and other headlines: Ja...

andy lambertJanuary 2, 2017

Two new Republican leaders in the state legislature want to move quickly to repeal an income tax break for more than 330,000 farmers and business owners. The tax break was championed by Governor Brownback and passed by lawmakers in 2012. It has been a major contributor to the state's budget problems over the past four years, and legislators expect repealing it will bring in about $260 million a ye...

Man found dead from gunshot wound in Sherman County…and other headlines: December 28, 2016

andy lambertDecember 28, 2016

Investigators continue looking for clues in Sherman County after a suspicious vehicle call turned up a man, dead of a gunshot wound. They're asking anyone who knows anything in the case to come forward. Kansas high school students will now get projected ACT test scores along with their state exam results. The pilot program involved ten school districts, where researchers at KU studied the correla...

Christmas tornadoes bring damage…and other headlines: December 27, 2016

andy lambertDecember 27, 2016

Damage assessments are in from the three tornadoes that touched down in Kansas on Christmas Day. The National Weather Service office in Dodge City put the first twister six miles southwest of Bucklin Sunday morning. That storm destroyed a cattle building. 20 minutes later, a tornado damaged a horse shed three miles south of Greensburg, and then a third twister came down in a field southwest of Rus...

Headlines from the Today in Kansas Report: December 21, 2016

andy lambertDecember 21, 2016

Guilty, the plea in court from an Arizona man who'd been accused of using a stolen identity in a bid to buy a Dodge Challenger Hellcat at a dealership in Wichita. That car is worth nearly $53-thousand. He admitted to using a stolen identity for the credit check on the loan, and it was only when workers found mistakes in the paperwork that they got suspicious. He'll be sentenced in March. State of...

Slick conditions cause weekend accidents on I-70…and other headlines: December 19, 2016

andy lambertDecember 19, 2016

The six Kansas electors feel obligated to follow the state's popular vote and cast their votes for Donald Trump. Those Republicans are also defending the Electoral College as an important way to make sure most of the U.S. isn't ignored when it comes to choosing the president. So-called faithless electors, who switch their vote, have never changed the outcome. The two women hospitalized after a Fr...

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