Kansas Awaiting Change In Governor's Office

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Kansas may soon get a change at the top of state government.

That's because the U.S. Senate plans to vote Tuesday on Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' appointment as federal health and human services secretary.

If she's confirmed, she will resign as governor, and Lt. Gov. Mark Parkinson will take over.

Kansas officials expect Sebelius' resignation to occur quickly, possibly within hours of her expected confirmation.

Kansas Senate President Steve Morris noted that concerns about the swine flu mean the White House will want her to take over the Health and Human Services Department as soon as possible.

A new strain of swine flu has caused at least 152 deaths in Mexico, and 50 cases have been confirmed in the U.S., though without any deaths. Two confirmed cases were in Kansas.

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