A majority of Republicans in the Kansas House of Representatives are taking another look at the small business tax exemption, championed by Governor Sam Brownback and enacted in 2012. An estimated 330,000 Kansas businesses are exempt from paying income taxes, under the current law. Earlier this week, the state announced that tax revenue projections over […]
Kansas lawmakers plan to discuss two marijuana bills when the Legislature reconvenes April 27. The GOP-dominated legislature is considering ways to lessen the impact of marijuana offenses on the state’s prison population and offer medical hemp treatment to some patients. One bill under consideration would lessen penalties for first- and second-time marijuana possession. Another proposal […]
Thursday’s school finance ruling explained by a KU law professor (post includes audio)
Robust debate on the state’s spending on the floor of the Legislature is the right way to take care of business. It was good to see it in action yesterday. I look forward to the Senate’s side today.
At some point, I hope to do some reporting that results in more transparency. Until then, I will trumpet the achievements of those who accomplish that work.
For better or worse, the free market is doing its work in the state of Kansas.
Representative Steven Johnson of Assaria is chair of the Pensions and Benefits Committee. He understands why the move was made.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has proposed a ban on distribution of printed information at public expense by a school board, city, county, township or college about bond issues or other ballot issues.
The House Commerce committee heard a presentation on the progress of the National Bio and Agridefense Facility in Manhattan.
An amendment offered in the House Appropriations committee by Representative Mark Hutton on the 2017 budget bill would prevent the sweep of funds for early childhood programs into the State General Fund.
An autopsy is being done and the body has not yet been identified.
Seaman got within 2 in the 4th, but the Lions finished on 11-2 run to win 47-36.
Two suspects were located and taken to the Law Enforcement Center.
The “Big Tent Coalition” held a press conference at the Statehouse.
Three children, ages 11, 3, and 1, were taken to Children’s Mercy hospital for treatment.
Neither victim could identify the suspect.
The victim was in critical condition with life threatening injuries.
Police are looking for Caleb Kanatzar, 35, after finding Terrin Holloway, 24, dead Sunday.
Visit Topeka is accepting event ideas now through its Facebook page.
The home near SE 28th and Adams was unoccupied.
The Longhorns captured their first title, winning 21-0.
The Topeka based company is rated highly by Vault.com
Two dogs were rescued by fire crews.
Over 20 students were on the bus. Injuries are believed to be minor.
Rossville hosts Wellsville in the state semi-finals.
Junior Wesley Iwundu poured in a career-high 23 points to go with a career-tying 10 rebounds, as Kansas State won its season opener over Maryland-Eastern Shore, 80-53, in front of 11,389 fans in Bramlage Coliseum on Friday night. K-State (1-0) improved to 87-25 (.776) all-time in season openers, including 22-2 (.917) at Bramlage Coliseum. […]
Non-profit group says $9 million in cuts will impact grants for at-risk kids
Police say victim, suspect were acquaintances
Registered offender gets 20 years for online child pornography crimes
New deal with Jet Airways worth over $8 billion
54-year-old Platte City, Missouri man dead after skydiving accident
The four-story building replaces an old lab in the basement of a renovated junior high school.
A lawyer says an Olathe Air Force veteran and his wife who are accused of voter fraud made a mistake while they were involved in a move to Arkansas. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office recently filed charges against Steven Gaedtke and his wife, Betty Gaedtke. They were charged in Johnson County with misdemeanors […]
Joseph Thomas, 42, sped away from police in SE Topeka Friday night.
The driver was found to be on parole and faces multiple charges.
Governor’s water conference to focus on implementation of Kansas water vision plan
Email to supporters calls Medicaid expansion “morally reprehensible”
A library spokeswoman says no bedbugs were seen, but materials were removed for treatment.
State workers’ children will now be eligible for a federal program
Kansas moves legal challenge over Kansas judicial funding to federal court
37-year-old Steven Anthony Hunter, Jr. is still at large
A three-judge panel found the state’s newly enacted strategy for financing 285 school districts and cuts to low-income districts were unconstitutional
Northbound 75 at the 134th Road intersection was fully closed to all traffic.
Washburn University students recovering after being shot this morning.
One victim received injuries to the head after struggling with a suspect who was armed with a gun.
Brownback is encouraging general emergency preparedness
Cody Alegria, 23, was charged with aggravated battery, possession of meth, and possession of prescription medication without a prescription.
A man showed up to a hospital with a minor gun shot wound, as did a woman later.
A man told deputies his wife hit him in the face with a loaded handgun and threatened to kill him.
A 52-year-old man was shot in the arm Sunday evening.
The following students were awarded scholarships:
The Supreme Court will consider whether the judge should have allowed hearsay
Mercy Hospital in Independence announced it was closing partly due to declining reimbursement rates from Medicare.
Courtney White was not wearing a seat belt.
A forensic dentist identified the body as 32-year-old Travis D. Webster.
A man was found with a gun shot wound to the head.
Estimated dollar loss is $175,000 in structural damage and $75,000 in content loss.
Eastbound and westbound I-70 from MacVicar to US 75 was closed to all traffic.
Deputies are looking for a white SUV with damage to the front bumper area.
Kansas lawmakers create committee to study school standards and funding
The Shawnee County Election Commissioner Andrew Howell supports the plan.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s critics, including the Kansas ACLU, are expected to protest his plan for removing more than 36,000 names from the state’s voter registration rolls. Kobach’s office is having a hearing today on a rule the secretary of state proposed to deal with registrations that aren’t complete. County election officials would be […]
The Kansas Insurance Department is considering whether insurance agents need more training. Currently, the state’s insurance agents are required to complete 12 hours of education every other year. Most states require 24 hours for insurance agents. The department wants to complete a study of the question in the fall and present recommendations to the Legislature […]
State Budget Director Shawn Sullivan’s tasked with explaining the cuts during a news conference Friday.
The Legislative Post Audit Committee will hear testimony the Department of Children and Families oversight of foster care is problematic.
Open school positions are double what they normally are this time of year.
The order is a response to a video featuring a Planned Parenthood official discussing how tissue from aborted fetuses can be removed and used for research.
The governor’s office says he wants a state agency to investigate whether any Kansas facility sells tissue and organs from aborted fetuses.
The Wichita State professor thinks there’s enough evidence to suggest machines could have been hacked to rig votes.
Workers could previously return to work after retirement and continue receiving pension benefits.
McPherson School District officials knew in mid-June that associate superintendent Chris Ruder was suspected of charging personal expenses on a district card.
The panel concluded too many people are forced to go to state hospitals because there’re no alternatives.
In a close ballot, the board votes to let designated “innovative districts” employ non-credentialed instructors in classrooms.
The exodus comes amid cuts in classroom spending and uncertainty about school financing.
In an email, the Revenue Department says it’s waiting for instructions from Gov. Sam Brownback’s office before accepting the joint tax returns.
The Kansas Judicial Council says it is forming a committee that is expected to meet once a month, starting Aug. 7 through November.
District Judge Larry Solomon contends last year’s legislation revoking the Kansas Supreme Court’s authority to appoint local chief judges is unconstitutional.
With his plea, Lane avoids the death penalty
A federal court’s considering an argument to order the state to extend all services and protections afforded hetero-sexual couples to gay married couples.
The influential business group issued a statement saying that Gov. Brownback’s executive order is a sufficient response to the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage.
While Kansas Governor Sam Brownback says the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage as a potential threat to religious liberties, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon calls it an important step toward creating a fairer society.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt was confirmed Tuesday for the new National Association of Attorneys General panel.
Religious groups applaud move while gay rights activists question legality.
It also prevents the state from denying the groups tax breaks, contracts, licenses or accreditation because of opposition to gay marriage.
After the Supreme Court ruled same sex marriage legal nationwide, Kansas allowed the unions in every county, but held off on services to state workers.
Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed Wichita lawyer Deborah Hernandez Mitchell to replace Judge Joseph Bribiesca, who retired.
A three judge panel rejects arguments from Mission its levy is a transportation fee that doesn’t run afoul of limits on the power of cities to impose excise taxes.
The figures cover expenses from three lawsuits but not staff time for Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s employees.
TIP: Wet down all ignition and fallout areas before lighting any fireworks.
The utility says the money’s needed to cover upgrades and environmental compliance at two of its power plants.
The four-person commission approved the contract for Kansas Crossing at a meeting Thursday.
State attorneys filed a notice Wednesday they intend to challenge a judges ruling blocking a ban on a second trimester abortion.
Ratepayers will see an average reduction of $0.40 a month starting next spring,.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt says the new“Waters of the U.S.” regulation, which extends into rivers and streams, grossly exceeds the intended authority for the E.P.A.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt says his case is moot because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last week legalizing gay marriage across the nation.
The court granted Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s motion to stay an order to immediately increase school spending by $50 million.
Today’s report comes on the last day of the fiscal year before sales and cigarette tax increases take hold.
The U.S. Supreme Court will consider the Kansas appeal of its own high court’s decision sometime during the Supreme Court’s next session.
General Derek Schmidt’s appealed a three judge panel’s decision the financing arrangement’s unconstitutional.
The Ombudsman office says it needs the volunteers to answer residents’ questions about the program and help with appeals or complaints.