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Let people see, hear more than State of the State

KPTS, Channel 8, announced that it won’t televise Gov. Sam Brownback’s State of the State address at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, citing fundraising issues as the reason for the change. That prompted the Governor’s Office to offer online streaming of the speech at Kansas.gov. Kansas Public Radio will carry it as well, so at least Kansans still can hear directly from their governor. But two footnotes: Recall that Brownback unsuccessfully sought to eliminate state support for public broadcasting in 2011 and has succeeded in cutting it since (to $500,000 a year, compared with $3.8 million as recently as 2008). And note that despite support in the Senate for webcasting committee hearings, Kansas stands out among states for its refusal to provide more than the bare minimum of online legislative coverage – live-only audio streaming of its full House and Senate sessions. – Rhonda Holman