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Update: Kansas sex education bills stir debate

Updated: 02/20/2014 - A group of college students is lobbying Kansas legislators to reject bills that would change the way parents approve student access to sex education courses and materials.

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Kansas House bill would void academic standards

Posted: 02/13/2014 - A new proposal before the Kansas Legislature would nullify reading, math and science standards for public schools adopted previously by the State Board of Education.

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Kansas House plans final vote on gay marriage bill

Posted: 02/12/2014 - The Kansas House is preparing to take final action on a bill intended to keep individuals, groups and businesses from being compelled to help with same-sex weddings.

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House passes debt ceiling increase

Posted: 02/11/2014 - The 221-201 vote came hours after Speaker John Boehner announced that his fractured party would relent and not seek to add other items to the must-pass legislation.

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Bill would require fines for those who buy sex

Posted: 02/11/2014 - A Kansas assistant attorney general is urging state lawmakers to require mandatory $2,500 fines against anyone convicted of paying for sex, even if they receive diversion.

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UPDATE: Proposed Kansas response on gay unions debated

Updated: 02/11/2014 - Kansas House members have given first-round approval to a bill aimed at protecting people, groups and businesses that cite religious reasons for refusing to provide goods or services for gay weddings.

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Judge to decide proof-of-citizenship voting rule

Updated: 02/11/2014 - A federal judge says his decision in a lawsuit asking federal election officials to require proof-of-citizenship for voter registrations will be based on who gets to decide what is necessary to determine voter qualifications.

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Oklahoma House panel passes 'Merry Christmas Bill'

Posted: 02/10/2014 - the legislation authorizes students and school employees to greet each other with phrases used during traditional winter celebrations such as merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah and happy holidays.

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Dentists speak out as fluoride bill nears hearing

Posted: 02/09/2014 - Oral health advocates in Kansas are pushing back against an effort to require cities that put fluoride in their water supplies to notify citizens that fluoride lowers the IQ in children.

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US easing immigration rule for terrorist support

Updated: 02/09/2014 - The Obama administration is easing the rules for would-be asylum-seekers, refugees and other immigrants who have given "limited" support to terrorists or terrorist groups.

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Officials at odds over Kansas school testing gaps

Posted: 02/08/2014 - Education policy experts differ over the causes of achievement gaps among Kansas public school students and whether the state is putting the right focus on how to boost scores.

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