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Kansas Schools say They Still Face Budget Woes

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Educators say Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' proposal to freeze funding will force a reallocation of dollars among districts even before the current fiscal year ends. And, they say, rising costs make it likely that there will be some effects in the state's classrooms.

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Kansas Board: Maintenance Backlog Grows on Campuses

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The board says the six public universities and the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas, have a backlog of $825 million. That's up from $663 million in 2006.

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Plan to Stop Statehouse Renovation Opposed

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Suspending the Statehouse renovations is part of the House Republicans' legislative agenda for this year. But Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jay Emler says that's not a good idea because resuming the work will cost even more money.

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Bush Defends Record, Says Farewell

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The outgoing President says 9/11 changed him, then he worked to "keep the country safe." Bush also saluted his successor in his speech in the East Room address.

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Burris Sworn In As Obama's Successor

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Fellow lawmakers gave Burris a standing ovation after Vice President Cheney swore him in, one week after turning him away from the halls of their chamber.

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Sebelius Recognizes MLK Day

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed a proclamation declaring Jan. 19, 2009, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Kansas during a Statehouse ceremony Thursday.

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Jenkins Chosen for GOP Whip Team

Updated: 01/15/2009 - Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins will serve as an Assistant Whip for the House GOP. The Whip team works to craft policy solutions.

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Sebelius Grants First Pardon

Updated: 01/15/2009 - The pardon was issued to Benito Carrillo Jr., a procurement agent for Wichita-based Spirit AeroSystems who had been blocked from traveling to Canada for business because of his offense.

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House votes health insurance for 4M more children

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Making a down payment on President-elect Barack Obama's promise of universal health coverage, the House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to expand government-sponsored insurance to 4 million more children in working families with income too high to qualify for Medicaid.

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Obama: "Capture Or Kill" Bin Laden

Updated: 01/14/2009 - CBS Evening News Exclusive: Katie Couric interviews Barack Obama on terrorism, Israel and his economic stimulus plan.

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GOP Leaders Want to Revive State Auditor in Kansas

Updated: 01/14/2009 - House Speaker Mike O'Neal, a Hutchinson Republican, says there's a need for an independent auditor to keep government agencies accountable. The office was abolished in 1975.

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Sebelius' Higher Ed Budget Raises Tuition Fears

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Some Republican lawmakers also say Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has singled higher education out. She proposes cutting almost $25 million from the current operating budgets of state universities, community colleges and technical colleges.

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GOP Leader Knocks Kansas Governor for Skipping Briefings

Updated: 01/14/2009 - A GOP officials is criticizing Gov. Kathleen Sebelius for submitting her budget proposals to the Legislature, but letting her budget director, Duane Goossen, go through the details with lawmakers and reporters.

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Long-Time Figure in Senate Retires

Updated: 01/14/2009 - The Senate chamber rose to its feet for Sue Krische. She retired last week after serving 23 years as the Senate president's chief of staff.

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GOP Lays Out Legislative Agenda

Updated: 01/14/2009 - Improving the state's financial picture is the driving force behind priorities set by the Kansas House Republicans.

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State Agencies Asked to Sacrifice to Make Up Budget Deficit

Updated: 01/13/2009 - Universities, cities and counties are being asked to help get the state out of a budget hole expected to grow to nearly one billion dollars by next year. State Budget Director, Duane Goossen, broke down the Governor's proposal Tuesday.

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Clinton Vows Smart Mix of Diplomacy, Defense

Updated: 01/14/2010 - Secretary of State-designate Hillary Rodham Clinton vowed Tuesday to renew U.S. leadership through a "smart power" mix of diplomacy and defense.

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Governor Focuses on Energy, Economy

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius says it will take a cooperative effort for Kansas to work out of a budget hole. She delivered her State of the State message Monday. Republicans criticized it as short on details.

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Burris "Humbled" To Be Next Ill. Senator

Updated: 01/12/2009 - Eager and anxious to move beyond the scandal-tainted standoff, Senate Democrats have accepted Rod Blagojevich's appointee to Barack Obama's Senate seat.

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Bush Agrees To Obama Bailout Request

Updated: 01/12/2009 - The incoming President seeks the final $350 billion in bailout funds available for his first days in office.

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