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Governor’s State of the State Address and other headlines: January 13, 2016

andy lambertJanuary 13, 2016

Tax reform, job creation, and education spending highlight Sam Brownback’s State of the State address. The governor did not mention Kansas’ ongoing budget challenges. The address also included the governor’s announcement that he’s directing the health department secretary to prevent the local chapter of Planned Parenthood from receiving any Medicaid funding. A spokesman for the group says that’ll cost them about $61-thousand a year.

A consulting firm outlines dozens of proposals for Kansas legislators that it says could save the state more than $2 billion over the next six years. Among the 105 proposals are changes to the health coverage for state workers and Kansas’ public school employees. The state would offer only high-deductible health insurance plans for its workers.

A new report shows U.S. farmers are planting fewer acres into winter wheat as key growing states like Kansas cut back amid low crop prices. Winter wheat acres in Kansas are down 8 percent to 8.5 million acres. Nationally the nation’s winter wheat crop covers roughly 36.6 million acres.

In Rose Hill, a man is dead after an accident at work. He was operating a lathe when the part he was working on bent and hit him in the head. He died instantly. OSHA is now looking into exactly what happened.

A woman who tried to flush nearly $4,000 in drug money down a toilet gets 10 years in federal prison. She was caught arranging a shipment of meth to Kansas from California, and then jail guards found her trying to flush the drug cash down the toilet in the cell block.

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