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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Despite National Efforts, Texas isn’t supportive of GMO labeling

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Eric Herm is one of a small group of farmers and environmental advocates pushing for labeling of GMO products in Texas according to a recent article in the Texas Tribune

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Renewable Energy
8:00 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Kansas: Renewable energy repeal stalled out

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The Kansas House rejected a bill to repeal the state’s renewable energy standards.  Kansas Public Radio reported the vote was 44-77. 

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

KDOT agrees to landmark-saving compromise

Point of Rocks landmark on US 50 outside Dodge City, Kansas.
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A compromise of a 16-foot median is the solution to US Highway 50 expansion between Dodge City and Cimarron, Kansas reported the Dodge City Daily Globe.

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Oklahoma State Government
8:00 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Endangered species settlements prompt lawsuit by Oklahoma AG and energy group

Lesser Prairie Chicken
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The Oklahoma Attorney General and the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance recently filed a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for “colluding” with environmental groups to bypass public procedures for rule-making to enact endangered species regulations said a recent article by StateImpact Oklahoma.

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Kansas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Democratic candidate says Kansas 1st District has lost ag influence and bipartisanship

Jim Sherow
Credit Christopher Guinn / Dodge City Globe

Jim Sherow is challenging Rep. Tim Huelskamp to represent the 1st District of Kansas.  The Democratic hopeful says Huelskamp has lost west Kansas’s influence in the House, especially on agricultural issues reported the Dodge City Daily Globe.

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Judge orders federal commission to add Kansas and Arizona voting requirements

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A Wichita judge ordered the Election Assistance Commission to enforce Kansas and Arizona laws requiring additional documents to prove citizenship for new voters reported the Wichita Eagle.

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Kinky Friedman could be Texas Democrat’s best chance at a statewide win

Kinky Friedman
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Texas Democrats' best hope to score a win in the statewide election could be Kinky Friedman.  Friedman is in the May 27 runoff with Jim Hogan to be the Democratic nominee for agriculture commissioner reported Ross Ramsey for the Texas Tribune.

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Kansas State Legislative Session 2014
8:00 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Kansas Senate passes bills regarding foster parents rights and voter party changes

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Two bills were recently passed by the Kansas Senate.  

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Kansas Legislature
12:04 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Kansas Legislature Scolds Itself Over Slew Of Contentious Bills

Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick says it's not his job to discourage legislators from proposing bills. But if it were, he says, some of the recent legislation might not have come to the floor.
John Milburn AP

Originally published on Sun March 16, 2014 1:35 pm

Some Kansas lawmakers have been getting a lot of attention during this legislative session for controversial bills they've introduced. Some lawmakers argue that the initiatives are distracting from core issues, like the economy, and are casting a negative light on the state.

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Texas State Government
8:00 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

New Texas abortion law spurs nonprofit development and court appeal

Lenzi Sheible founded Fund Texas Women, a non-profit organization that pays for women's travel costs associated with obtaining an abortion.
Credit Lenzi Sheible/Todd Wiseman / The Texas Tribune

Last year, Texas lawmakers passed House Bill 2, which made abortion rules even more stringent.  The procedure was banned after 20 weeks of gestation and physicians performing abortions were required to have hospital admitting privilege within 30 miles of an abortion facility.  Those changes reduced access to abortions across the state according to The Texas Tribune.

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4:51 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Kansas Attorney General Gives Legislators School Funding Deadline

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The Kansas Supreme Court recently ruled on the school funding issue. The Kansas Attorney General recently gave legislators a deadline for solving the issue.
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt made it emphatically clear to Republican lawmakers Monday that they must act to fix inequities in school funding before July 1 - or a district court could take action for them. The state Supreme Court's decision in a school-funding lawsuit Friday requires the Legislature to equalize local option budget and capital outlay funds for school districts, Schmidt said.
Texas Election 2014
8:01 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Texas: Wendy Davis on candidacy, border voters, abortion, and her plans if elected

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Democratic-gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis recently appeared on TribLive, a Texas Tribune interview program.  

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Texas Education
8:00 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Texas Universities will not lower admission standards to match high school graduation requirements

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The Texas State Board of Education recently changed graduation requirements, curriculum, and testing requirements under the guidelines from lawmakers.  As part of the January change, algebra II will no longer be part of the “foundation graduation plan” beginning this fall said a recent article in the Texas Tribune.

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Election 2014
8:00 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Kansas: Democratic party focuses on bringing in moderate Republicans

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The Democrats recently held their convention in Topeka.  Their strategy to win the governor’s race and a few House seats is simple:  Convince moderate Republicans dissatisfied with the conservative wing of the GOP that they have a place underneath the Democratic Party’s big tent said a recent article in The Wichita Eagle.

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Texas: The Tea Party finds a silver lining in the primaries

Senator John Cornyn easily won his Republican primary on Tuesday.
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In the Texas primary, four of the five candidates in judicial and legislative races endorsed by Ted Cruz won on Tuesday said The New York Times.  

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Texas Primary Results: Where statewide candidates got their votes

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Totals were pulled county-by-county for each statewide runoff candidate, and the two gubernatorial nominees, then analyzed to find out what parts of the state the votes came from.  The Texas Tribune created an interactive map to compare each candidate’s performance.  Find the maps here.

Education
8:00 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Kansas: Supreme Court rules on school finance case

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The Kansas Supreme Court released its decision in the school finance case.  The unanimous decision found the lower court partially erred in its conclusion, and remanded it for further consideration.  The ruling also stated the lower court properly found the state’s funding mechanism had created “unconstitutional, wealth-based disparities” among school districts according to an article from the Kansas Health Institute

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Midsession Forum: Western Kansas delegates talk elections, mortgages fees and EPA regulations

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Representatives Bud Estes and John Ewy, as well as Senator Garrett Love were in Dodge City, Kansas, recently for an open forum.  The delegates shared their position on elections, mortgage fees, and EPA regulations according to a recent article from the Dodge City Daily Globe.

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Texas Election 2014: The Primary Results

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The results are in from the Texas Primary.  Here’s the scoreboard from the Texas Tribune

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Water Conservation
8:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Southeastern Colorado: Pueblo Dam conduit gets approval

The Pueblo Reservoir is the source for the conduit.
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The “Frying Pan-Arkansas” project conduit as been planned since the 1960s when the Pueblo Dam was built, but due to lack of funding was never completed.  The Bureau of Reclamation recently signed a Record of Decision giving the project the green light according to an article by The Colorado Springs Independent.  

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Kansas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Tea Party PAC supports Wolf in U.S. Senate race against Roberts

Republican candidate Milton Wolf greets supporters at a tea party celebration in Wichita. Wolf is challenging Republican incumbent Pat Roberts for a U.S. Senate seat.
Credit Mike Hutmacher / The Wichita Eagle

Milton Wolf is trying to unseat three-term U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts in the Kansas Republican primary.  Wolf now has the support of a national tea party political action committee according to a recent article in The Wichita Eagle

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Kansas State Government
8:00 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Kansas Legislative Update

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Here is where some key issues stand at the midpoint of the legislative session according to a recent article in the Wichita Eagle.

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Texas Primary: Links to help you vote

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Tomorrow is the Primary in the great state of Texas.  To help you make your choices, here are some resources.

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Texas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Texas Primary: Where a few have a lot of power

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The Republican primary is the election that matters in the state of Texas.  The winners of Tuesday’s race and the following May 27 runoff election will mostly likely win in November according to The Texas Tribune

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Marijuana in Colorado
8:15 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Developing pot industry in Colorado causes regulations to adjust

A medical dispensary in Denver.
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Do federal regulations allow banks to deal with marijuana dispensaries? And how high is too high to drive?

These are two of the questions pressed by a developing recreational marijuana industry in Colorado.

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Kansas Election 2014
8:00 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Pat Roberts: A Kansas Senator reinventing himself to win re-election

Pat Roberts is a three-term Republican senator from Kansas.
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Senator Pat Roberts is working to renew ties in his home state reported Jonathan Martin for the New York Times.  Tea Partly influences have changed his long Washington, D.C. history to a liability, and the 77-year old senator is working to adjust his position to better his chances at re-election say his aides.

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Education
8:00 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Study gives High Plains fourth graders reading report card

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The Annie E. Casey Foundation recently released a report, “Early Reading Proficiency in the United States.”  According to The Dodge City Daily Globe a majority of Kansas children are not reading proficiently by fourth grade.

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Texas Election 2014
5:16 am
Wed February 19, 2014

7 primary candidates seek 3 open seats on Texas criminal court

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

Three of the nine seats on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals are up for grabs, and a fourth seat will be if its current judge succeeds in being elected to the Texas Supreme Court.

Seven Republican candidates are vying for those seats.

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Making KS redder
8:00 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

Brownback asserts a “Kansas Purpose” in NYT interview

Credit Kansas Office of the Governor

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is quoted as avowedly pursuing “a strategy that builds a strong state in the future on the red state model,” in a recent New York Times article on his administration to date.  According to the article, Brownback has delivered on his promise of a “conservative revolution” but the results and benefits to the state aren’t yet clear. 

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Farm Bill & Housing
6:02 am
Thu February 13, 2014

A Kansas influence to the Farm Bill may change the housing market

Garden City, KS
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The southwestern Kansas housing market may benefit from a small portion of the Farm Bill signed into law Friday. The trillion-dollar piece of legislation that is largely associated with agriculture also has something to say about who gets USDA home loans in rural America.

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