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Kansas City Connection: ‘Christmas Cheer’ from a new ‘Nutcracker’ to Charles Dickens
November 15, 2015
You’ve likely seen news reports and alarmist email forwards about an alleged “War on Christmas,” but what’s less publicized in the media is Kansas City’s perennially successful “Campaign for Christmas Cheer (And General Holiday Merriment).” Whether you prefer a secular or a nonsecular Starbucks cup, this year’s holiday arts preview includes KC holiday classics for people of all beliefs, interests and ice-skating abilities.
Kansas holding hearings on disability services
November 12, 2015
Kansas is holding hearings on proposed changes to how how disabled Kansans receive services.
Report says student scores rise and fall with funding
November 12, 2015
Kansas students’ scores on national reading and math scores tended to rise and fall along with school funding levels, according to a report by the Kansas Association of School Boards.
Kobach seeks end to lawsuit against Kansas citizenship rule
November 12, 2015
Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office has registered two prospective northeast Kansas voters and is asking a judge to dismiss their federal lawsuit against the state’s proof-of-citizenship requirement.
Blizzard warning issued for northwest Kansas
November 11, 2015
A winter storm system packing snow and high winds is expected to hit sections of northwest Kansas.
Man convicted in Jewish site killings is sentenced to death
November 11, 2015
A judge followed a jury’s recommendation and sentenced an avowed anti-Semite to death Tuesday for the fatal shootings of three people at Kansas Jewish sites.
Kansas Supreme Court justices asked to recuse themselves
November 11, 2015
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is asking all Kansas Supreme Court justices to recuse themselves from a lawsuit involving the court system’s budget.
Kansas again faces possible loss of all federal arts funding
November 11, 2015
The leader of a statewide advocacy group warned Tuesday that Kansas is likely to lose its federal arts dollars again early next year because the state isn’t providing enough funding for arts programs under Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration.
Wichita bishop to make case for sainthood for Kapaun
November 9, 2015
The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita is preparing to make the case that an Army chaplain from Kansas who died in a North Korean prisoner of war camp deserves to be granted sainthood.
Kansas ranks low in providing summer meals to children
November 9, 2015
Advocates of providing summer meals to children in low-income areas say Kansas must find ways to provide more meals during the summer.
Kansas battles pay-related turnover among prison staff
November 9, 2015
Employee turnover at Kansas prisons has increased over the past five years, and the state’s corrections secretary and legislators agree that officers’ pay must rise if the state hopes to end a problem that’s now seen as a threat to public safety.
Property taxes on the rise around Kansas
November 8, 2015
Patrons of most Kansas school districts will see property taxes rise this year amid an ongoing legal battle over whether public schools are underfunded, preliminary state data shows.
Kansas City Connection: Farm-fresh flavor; Floyd’s ‘Dark Side’
November 8, 2015
One of my favorite places in Kansas City for a nice lunch, dinner or cocktail is The Farmhouse, a farm-to-table, “tip-to-tail” restaurant that offers a delicious variety of entrees and sandwiches using fresh meats and vegetables from regional providers.
Kansas official seeks to save funds to treat drug offenders
November 4, 2015
With potential budget problems looming in Kansas, a state official urged legislators Tuesday to protect funding for substance-abuse treatment that keeps hundreds of drug offenders out of prison.
Kansas raises rents on agencies in state office buildings
November 4, 2015
Kansas has recently raised the rent by more than 25 percent for agencies housed in state office buildings.
4 living ex-presidents join Eisenhower Memorial Commission
November 4, 2015
The four, living ex-U.S. presidents are all now on a committee working to commemorate President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Kansas prisons full; official outlines $27M expansion option
November 3, 2015
Kansas’ top corrections official Monday outlined a proposal for a $27 million expansion of the state’s maximum-security prison outside El Dorado to deal with the state’s increasing inmate population.
Kansas Supreme Court adopts new child support guidelines
November 3, 2015
Child support payments for separated or divorced parents in Kansas are expected to increase up to 3.5 percent next year under new guidelines adopted by the state Supreme Court.
Kansas tax collections $11M short of expectations in October
November 3, 2015
Kansas collected $11 million less in taxes than anticipated in October, making it more likely that the state will have a projected deficit in its current budget.
Mott would be Kansas’ first transgender House member
November 2, 2015
If she’s selected by a group of Topeka Democrats to replace a retiring member of the state House of Representatives, Stephanie Mott would be the first transgender member of the Kansas Legislature.