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  • Kansas officials boost revenue estimates by $178M

    Kansas officials projected Thursday that the state will collect nearly $178 million more in revenues than previously thought through June 2015, brightening its short-term budget picture.

  • Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signs legislation that will require health insurance companies to provide coverage for some services for children with autism, as legislators, parents and advocates for children with autism watch, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in Overland Park, Kan. Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, a reconstructive plastic surgeon, is to the governor's immediate left. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

    Kansas to mandate some health coverage on autism

    Kansas will require health insurance companies to cover services for hundreds of children with autism starting next year under a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Sam Brownback after a six-year fight by lawmakers and parents for at least a limited mandate.

  • Recent Kansas editorials

    The Wichita Eagle, April 11

  • Praeger, Kansas groups urge health compact veto

    Republican Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and several health care organizations urged Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday to veto legislation that would allow Kansas to join a multistate health care compact.

  • Brownback meeting college students, administrators

    Gov. Sam Brownback is going on the road to meet with Kansas college students and administrators about recent decisions on funding for higher education.

  • Analysis: Kansas poised to end K-12 teacher tenure

    Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is all but certain to resist pressure to veto a proposal that would end tenure for public school teachers, approved by the Legislature as part of a court-mandated education funding plan.

  • Kansas GOP leader defends plan on teacher tenure

    A top Kansas Republican sought Wednesday to quell criticism of a proposal to eliminate tenure for public school teachers approved by the Legislature as part of a court-mandated school funding plan, suggesting the anti-tenure measure is not as harsh as portrayed.

  • Kansas teachers vow to fight for rights

    Leaders of the largest Kansas teachers' union vowed Tuesday to fight through November's elections against the Legislature's vote to eliminate tenure.

  • Governor signs Kansas jobless tax bill

    Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill that he says will save Kansas employers about $42 million by adjusting their payments to the fund that pays benefits to unemployed workers.

  • Brownback signs fossil, 9 other Kansas laws

    The flying pteranodon (tuh-RAN'-uh-dawn) and the sea-roaming tylosaurus are now the official fossils of Kansas.

  • Red-shirted members of the Kansas National Education Association in the gallery of the Kansas House chamber raise their hands to show support for public schools as members leave for a break, Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The KNEA is the state's largest teachers' union and is protesting a proposal in an education funding bill to rewrite tenure rules. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

    Kansas lawmakers back school funding, tenure plan

    The Kansas Legislature on Sunday narrowly backed a plan that would boost funding to poor school districts while eliminating tenure for teachers.

  • Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, a Topeka Democrat, argues in favor of his proposal on school funding during a Senate debate, Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The Republican-dominated chamber has rejected his plan for boosting aid to poor districts. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

    Kansas House passes school funding plan

    The Kansas House on Friday approved a bill boosting aid to poor Kansas school districts, pivoting quickly to begin negotiations with the Senate to complete work to satisfy a state Supreme Court order.

  • Kansas state Sen. Tom Holland, left, a Baldwin City Democrat, criticizes a bill to bring Kansas into a compact with other states looking to avoid the federal health care overhaul during a debate, Friday, April 4, 2014, at the Statehouse in the Senate, in Topeka, Kan. Debating him is Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook, right, a Shawnee Republican who strongly supports the measure. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

    Kansas lawmakers approve plan for health compact

    A bill that would bring Kansas into a compact with other states hoping to become exempt from the federal health care overhaul won final legislative approval Friday night.

  • Brownback praises Kansas House school funding plan

    Gov. Sam Brownback says a school funding bill before the Kansas House is a good plan for meeting a state Supreme Court mandate to boost aid to poor school districts.

  • Kansas state Sens. Jeff Longbine, left, of Emporia, and Pat Apple, right, of Louisburg, confer as the Senate votes on legislation, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Both Republicans support a bill stripping cities and counties of their power to regulate guns. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

    Kansas Senate passes bill voiding local gun rules

    A Kansas proposal seen by the National Rifle Association as a model for stripping cities and counties of the power to regulate firearms and nullify existing local gun ordinances is on track to clear the state Legislature quickly after the Senate approved it Wednesday.

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