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KS farmers faring better than expected…and other headlines: April 24, 2017

andy lambertApril 24, 2017

The latest farm loan delinquency numbers show Kansas farmers are faring better than many had feared as spring planting gets underway. The Farm Service Agency says its direct loan delinquencies in Kansas fell slightly to 6 percent as of March 31. The K-State women's basketball team suspends one of its members after a weekend arrest. Eternati Willock is accused of trespassing and buying liquor as a...

Kansas fiscal outlook a tad bit better…and more headlines: April 21, 2017

andy lambertApril 21, 2017

The state budget picture is a bit better now that officials and university economists are out with a new fiscal forecast. The new figures call for $156 million more in tax collections through June 2019. After that, the budget gaps fall to $889 million, when they'd previously topped $1 billion. Fire officials in Reno County say four fires north of Hutchinson early last month are suspicious. A fire...

Headlines from around the region and the state…April 3, 2017

andy lambertApril 3, 2017

A survey finds serious morale problems among faculty and staff at the University of Kansas. The results of a "climate" survey on the Lawrence and Edwards campuses found more than half of the faculty and staff have "seriously considered" leaving the university in the past year. Barber County is the scene of the latest earthquake in Kansas. It's a small one, magnitude 2.8, and was centered about 2 ...

Kansas farmers and ranchers get tax break to rebuild fencing after wildfires…and other headlin...

andy lambertMarch 23, 2017

Folks in Kansas are getting a sales tax break to rebuild fences on agricultural land after the biggest wildfire in state history burned through more than 1,000 square miles. Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill yesterday that would allow people to buy supplies to rebuild their fences without paying sales tax. Kansas legislators are trying to avoid the kind of moves with funding for public employee pe...

Lawmakers moving toward school funding plan…and other headlines: March 22, 2017

andy lambertMarch 22, 2017

Kansas legislators are moving back toward distributing state dollars to public schools through a complicated per-student formula like one they junked two years ago. A special House committee outlined an education funding plan that uses basic concepts from the state's previous funding formula. The Kansas Supreme Court ordered lawmakers to enact a school funding law by June 30 after ruling that the ...

Proposed raise for state employees being considered by lawmakers…and other headlines: March 21...

andy lambertMarch 21, 2017

State legislators are advancing a proposal to give most state employees a 2 percent pay raise even as they wrestle with serious budget problems that are likely to force a big tax increase. The Senate Ways and Means Committee voted to include the raise in its proposed spending blueprint for the fiscal year beginning in July. A huge fire at an apartment building under construction in Overland Park ...

Fatal accident near Grainfield…and other headlines: March 20, 2017

andy lambertMarch 20, 2017

A Colorado man is dead after driving the wrong way on I-70 just east of Grainfield, crashing head-on into a semi. His Kia Sportage burst into flames and he was ejected in the crash. The driver of the semi, taken to the hospital. A passenger in the big-rig wasn't hurt. The full Kansas House is expected to take up bill protecting public employers from liability if an employee uses a concealed weapo...

Men face more charges in planned Garden City attack…and other headlines: March 17, 2017

andy lambertMarch 17, 2017

The three men accused of planning an attack on Somali immigrants in Garden City face more federal charges. A revised indictment still accuses them of gun charges, but now adds conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and one is charged with lying to the FBI. They're accused of planning to set off a truck-bomb at an apartment building containing a mosque the day after the election. Kansas' h...

Budget talks continue in the state legislature…and other headlines: March 16, 2017

andy lambertMarch 16, 2017

A top Republican legislator in Kansas is promising to push to cut spending to help fix the state's serious budget problems. Meanwhile, a state agency warned lawmakers yesterday that they're on track to harm services designed to keep disabled people in their homes. Some lawmakers are also floating the idea of having Kansas move toward a "flat" personal income tax. A state lawmaker wants tougher re...

Legislature update…and other headlines: March 15, 2017

andy lambertMarch 15, 2017

Some Kansas lawmakers want the state to take over the job of writing and making sure businesses comply with workplace regulations, despite concerns by a labor rights group that the change could water down safety oversight. Lawmakers and some business groups believe a state-run program approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would ensure local control over regulation that has ...

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