State Supreme Court to decide on Holcomb plant…and other headlines: January 29, 2016

andy lambertJanuary 29, 2016
Kansas’ highest court is considering whether the state can avoid limiting greenhouse gas emissions from a proposed $2.8 billion coal-fired power plant. The Supreme Court heard arguments from attorneys in a lawsuit filed in 2014 by the Sierra Club to block construction of the plant outside Holcomb.
Kansas lawmakers say legislative sessions need to be shortened to speed up decisions and save taxpayer money. The House Committee on Appropriations held a hearing Thursday on a proposal to trim sessions to 60 days instead of 90 in odd-numbered years.
The sister of a Salina man who died after fighting with guards at a county jail says his drug and alcohol addictions contributed to his death. She says the family supports the law enforcement agencies investigating his death.
Kansas health care advocates are strongly criticizing a proposal from Governor Sam Brownback for decreasing prescription drug costs for the state’s Medicaid program. They told a Senate committee the measure could deny needed medications to people with chronic conditions and severe mental illnesses.
Gun dealers are asking Kansas lawmakers to protect them from discrimination. A bill reviewed Thursday by a state Senate committee would make it illegal for a building owner to refuse to rent space to a gun shop or for an insurance company to refuse to cover a gun business. Planned Parenthood says the bill should be amended to protect abortion providers, too.
Nearly 400 people who ate at a dinner theater in Overland Park are now believed to have come down with norovirus. Four cases are confirmed among the people who ate at a show there back on the 15th. Three employees have also tested positive for the illness. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is asking anyone who may have been been at that dinner theater since the middle of the month to come forward.





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