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TOPEKA (AP) — Five years ago, Gov. Sam Brownback made Kansas an economic laboratory for the nation by aggressively cutting taxes. He’s expected to leave office with his Kansas reputation in tatters and his home state an example of trickle-down economics that didn’t work.

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TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas regulators on Wednesday rejected the proposed sale of the state’s largest electric company to a Missouri firm, concluding that the $12.2 billion price was too high and would leave the combined utility financially weaker than the separate companies.

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TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas education officials are holding off on renewing a contract with the state’s student assessment provider after the latest delays caused by technical problems.

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TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas’ Republican-controlled Legislature approved an expansion Tuesday of state health coverage to thousands of poor adults under former President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, days after the collapse of GOP leaders’ repeal effort in Washington.

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TOPEKA (AP) — Legislators and advocates in Kansas pushing to expand the state’s health coverage for the poor to thousands of adults are buoyed by the failure of Republicans in Washington to repeal former President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators showed Thursday that they have little appetite for cutting spending immediately to get the state through June without a budget deficit until it can collect new revenue from higher taxes.

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TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas legislators advanced a new budget-balancing plan Tuesday aimed at allowing the state to pay its bills through June without cutting spending on public schools while it waits for new revenue from raising taxes to flow.

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TOPEKA (AP) — Kansas’ top court official pitched legislators Wednesday on increasing pay for judicial branch employees and salaries for judges, a potentially hard sell with the state facing serious budget problems.

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TOPEKA (AP) — A state lawmaker is seeking to strengthen regulations for amusement parks in Kansas after a colleague’s 10-year-old son was killed last year on a waterslide dubbed the world’s tallest.

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LAWRENCE (AP) — Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins faced boos and shouts of “Do Your Job!” in defending a GOP plan for overhauling health care Monday during a raucous town hall meeting held the same day a congressional report said millions of Americans would lose insurance coverage.

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TOPEKA (AP) — When he was one of the nation’s most powerful governors, Sam Brownback could ask fellow Kansas Republicans to slash income taxes and they fell into line. He made the state a lab for conservative ideas, and lawmakers faced serious risks if they balked at his demands.

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HUTCHINSON (AP) — Crews grappling with vexing wildfires that have charred hundreds of square miles of land in four states and killed six people soon may get a bit of a break: Winds are forecast to ease from the gusts that whipped the flames.

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OLATHE (AP) — Prosecutors on Thursday charged a 51-year-old man with murder and attempted murder after he allegedly started shooting in a crowded suburban Kansas City bar, killing one man and injuring two others, in an attack that some witnesses said was racially motivated.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — On her first day on the job, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos plunged into her initial assignment: mending fences with her opponents following a bruising confirmation battle. Parents across the country looked for clues as to whether she will fulfill their hopes or reinforce …

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TOPEKA (AP) — A Kansas law requiring people to show photo ID at the polls and provide proof-of-citizenship documents to register to vote may discriminate against minorities, a civil rights advisory panel contends.

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TOPEKA (AP) — Top Republican legislators in Kansas on Tuesday cooked up an unappetizing budget-balancing stew of personal income tax increases and education spending cuts, defying GOP Gov. Sam Brownback on taxes and past court rulings on education funding.

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WICHITA (AP) — A federal judge spared from prison two Kansas men convicted of federal firearms violations after taking into account Monday their mistaken belief that a Kansas law can shield from federal prosecution anyone owning firearms made, sold and kept in the state.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump launched his long-promised attack Friday on banking rules that were rushed into law after the nation’s economic crisis, signing new orders after meeting with business and investment chiefs and pledging further action to free big banks from restriction…

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Betsy DeVos moved closer toward confirmation as education secretary Friday after clearing a major hurdle in the Senate, even as Democrats and labor unions fervently sought another Republican vote against her.

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TULSA (AP) — Oklahoma has been placed under a national fire advisory as much of the state struggles with unrelenting drought and tinder-dry vegetation capable of igniting and quickly spreading out of control, state forestry officials said Wednesday.

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WICHITA (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday rejected arguments that a Kansas law can shield from federal prosecution anyone owning firearms made, sold and kept in the state — a ruling that casts doubt on the legality of similar laws passed in nine states across the nation.

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TOPEKA (AP) — A lieutenant colonel in Kansas’ Civil Air Patrol said in a Facebook post that a state lawmaker should “swing from a tree” for introducing a bill that would undo a law allowing concealed weapons on college campuses starting in July.

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TOPEKA (AP) — Gun-rights lawmakers in Kansas showed Tuesday that they might still have enough clout to ensure that people can carry concealed weapons on college campuses starting in July by keeping a bill to block the policy stuck in a legislative committee.

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TOPEKA (AP) — A Missouri-based utility sought Monday to rescue its proposal to buy Kansas’ largest electric company amid strong criticism that their $12.2 billion deal is too rich and would create a larger but financially weakened firm with consumers on the hook for its problems.

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LAWRENCE (AP) — The outside of the new building going up on the University of Kansas campus will yield clues about what field of study is happening inside.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans who have pledged to cut federal taxes to boost the economy might consider looking first at lessons learned in GOP-controlled states that adopted similar strategies, only to see growth falter and budget gaps widen.

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WICHITA (AP) — Kansas election officials threw out thousands of uncounted provisional ballots cast in November, mostly because the state had no record that those residents were registered voters.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — A thick glaze of ice covered roads from Oklahoma to southern Illinois on Friday amid a winter storm that caused numerous wrecks, forced school cancellations, grounded flights and prompted dire warnings for people to stay home.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A winter storm that brought heavy snow and rainfall to northern California was bearing down on the southern Plains on Thursday, and forecasters said crippling ice accumulations and heavy rain could cause widespread power outages and flooding this weekend.

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TOPEKA (AP) — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget-balancing proposals to reduce the state’s short-term spending on public pensions would increase the retirement system’s long-term costs by $6.5 billion over the next three decades, the system’s top administrator told legislators Thursday.

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TOPEKA (AP) — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Wednesday it is taking steps to reduce the state’s backlog of nearly 2,700 Medicaid applications for residents of nursing homes, including more advanced payments and a hotline to assist facilities.

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TOPEKA (AP) — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback outlined budget proposals Wednesday that included higher taxes on smokes, booze and Kansas business owners, drawing largely negative reviews from the GOP-controlled Legislature.

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TOPEKA (AP) — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said Tuesday that he will propose “modest, targeted” tax increases to help close Kansas’ serious budget shortfalls while strongly defending an income tax break that some fellow GOP lawmakers want to end.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Four black people were charged with hate crimes Thursday in connection with a video broadcast live on Facebook that showed a mentally disabled white man being beaten and taunted, threatened with a knife and forced to drink from a toilet.