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J. Schafer Saturday, September 24th, 2022

Kansas Public Radio is hiring a new Statehouse Bureau Chief. Do you have the skills, experience and curiosity necessary to keep an eye on Kansas state government for KPR and its news partners?

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, a Democrat, speaks to a crowd during a debate at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. A proposed amendment to the state constitution would create a legislative veto that Republican lawmakers could use to limit her political power. (Photo y Dlyan Lysen / Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Monday, September 19th, 2022

The proposed state constitutional amendment would create a legislative veto in Kansas, giving state lawmakers the ability to change rules and regulations set by the governor. Critics say it’s a power grab by Kansas Republicans.

Child Advocate Kerrie Lonard speaks to lawmakers Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by Blaise Mesa, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, September 13th, 2022

The Division of the Child Advocate, an office less than a year old, has already closed seven cases and found some troubling handling of foster care.  

Sign at the Kansas Department for Children and Families (KDCF). (Photo by KCUR)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, September 13th, 2022

Changes in state law should help expand mental health services in Kansas, but it will take years to get everyone on board.

Kansas News Service Friday, September 9th, 2022

The decision could have wide-ranging effects for biological families aggrieved by a judge's decision on whether to give custody rights to adoptive or foster families.

Despite Kansans overwhelmingly rejecting a state constitutional amendment to remove the right to an abortion, conservative lawmakers may continue to restrict abortion access in Kansas. (Photo image via Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, August 25th, 2022

Kansans decisively rejected a state constitutional amendment that would have removed the right to an abortion. But many conservative lawmakers will go unchallenged at the ballot box this year, allowing them to continue the push to restrict abortion access in the legislature.  

A polling location in Hays, Kansas. (Photo by David Condos, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Monday, August 22nd, 2022

Abortion opponents requested the recount in nine counties after making unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. The recount showed the amendment still lost by wide margins.  

People enter the Hollywood Casino at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, on Aug. 18, 2022. (Photo by Carlos Moreno, KCUR 89.3)
Kansas News Service Thursday, August 18th, 2022

The new legal gambling starts Sept. 1 through casinos and online apps.http://ksnewsservice.org

Voters head to a polling location in Douglas County on Aug. 2, 2022. Douglas County is one of nine counties asked to recount votes for a state constitutional amendment that would have removed the right to an abortion. (Photo by Dylan Lysen, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, August 16th, 2022

Nine Kansas counties must hand recount votes for the defeated state constitutional amendment on abortion after advocates raised $120,000 to pay for the effort. The largely symbolic recount won't change the result of the election.  

Kansas News Service Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

With the defeat of a proposed constitutional amendment to strip away abortion rights from the Kansas Constitution, abortion opponents fear laws restricting access could soon be struck down. But abortion activists say more needs to be done to expand access throughout the state.

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