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Arts Commission to revive special license plates

TOPEKA — New Kansas Arts Commission members plan to revive a project to raise private dollars for its programs only months after the agency dropped it amid a budget dispute with Gov. Sam Brownback that made Kansas the only state in the nation to eliminate its arts funding.

Kansas told it won't get any federal arts funding

TOPEKA — Kansas has been told again by the National Endowment for the Arts that it won't receive federal funds, prompting the state Arts Commission's chairwoman to declare that the group will move forward with a "truly Kansas" plan for supporting arts programs with private money.

Panel to weigh public pension changes

TOPEKA — A commission agreed Wednesday to consider proposing that Kansas start a 401(k)-style pension plan for new teachers and government workers, but members also expect to mull an alternative that creates such a plan only for higher-wage employees.

Kobach campaign fined $5,000

TOPEKA — The Governmental Ethics Commission fined Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's campaign $5,000 on Wednesday for mistakes in filing expense and contribution reports for the 2010 election.

Kan. transportation secretary to leave job

TOPEKA — Kansas' top transportation official is leaving her post in December to take a position with a national transportation planning and policy group, Gov. Sam Brownback's office announced Tuesday.

Cuts could affect care for Kansas veterans

TOPEKA — A Kansas National Guard officer said Monday that future defense funding levels could affect the ability of the military to properly assist soldiers and families before, during and after deployments.

Assisted living may no longer be option for Kansas seniors on Medicaid

TOPEKA — More seniors who rely on Medicaid may be forced to forgo assisted-living arrangements and go to a nursing home or stay home because of changes to how the state repays assisted-living centers.

Plans could reshape how much of your money goes to Kansas

TOPEKA —State tax code. Just the phrase may make you want to stop reading and do something more exciting, like eat cold oatmeal.

Kris Kobach: Immigration bills likelier to pass

LAWRENCE — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday that bills targeting people living in the United States illegally may be more likely to pass this year because of the pressure conservative candidates are applying on moderate state senators.

GOP moderates to face challengers

TOPEKA — Primary election challenges that could change the political ideology of the Kansas Senate are shaping up for moderate Republicans, months before the June 2012 filing deadline and new political boundaries are drawn.

State seeks reversal of clinic-funds ruling

A federal judge's order blocking a Kansas law that effectively strips Planned Parenthood of family planning funds "emasculates" the state's autonomy and sovereignty rights and should be overturned, the state argued Tuesday.

Economic report foresees job growth in Kansas

TOPEKA — Kansas officials have a raft of new economic statistics to mull over this fall as Gov. Sam Brownback and his administration prepare to unveil what he promises will be a bold plan for lowering taxes and jump-starting the economy.

Group meets in Wichita to organize fight against voter ID law

Leaders representing about two dozen, faith, labor and civil rights groups from across Kansas met here today to organize efforts to battle early implementation of the state's voter identification law.

Kobach treasurer could face fines

TOPEKA — An internal review uncovered mistakes in finance reports from his campaign that could result in the state ethics commission fining the campaign treasurer $5,000, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday.

Kan. insurance claims set record

TOPEKA — A stormy spring and summer have helped pushed property and crop damage estimates past the $1 billion mark so far this year, the Kansas Department of Insurance reported Wednesday.

Algae effect on parks assessed

TOPEKA — State parks officials are assessing the impact of large-scale, blue-green algae blooms at Kansas lakes and reservoirs that kept people and animals out of the lakes this summer.

State petitions to join suit over Park City casino plan

The state seeks to intervene in a federal lawsuit with the aim of blocking efforts by the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma to build a casino in Park City.

Brownback plans income tax cuts

Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday foreshadowed an upcoming economic plan featuring deep tax cuts, streamlined regulatory processes and big changes in the public-employee retirement system.

Doctor defends abortion referrals

TOPEKA — A Kansas physician disputed allegations Friday that her records contained inadequate information about mental health exams on young patients she referred to the late physician George Tiller's clinic for late-term abortions.

Judge probes basis of abortion insurance law

A judge hearing a challenge to a new Kansas law limiting insurance coverage for abortions questioned Friday whether the stated basis for the measure made sense or whether it was merely meant to place an undue burden on women seeking abortions.

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