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BC-KS--Kansas News Digest 6 pm, KS

January 14, 2019

Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Kansas.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may n6ot develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.

AROUND THE STATE:

KANSAS LEGISLATURE

TOPEKA, Kan. _ Kansas legislators are preparing to open an annual session that will show whether new Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly is skilled at separating moderate Republicans from their more conservative GOP leaders to pass the bills that matter most to her. Lawmakers expect big debates over the next four months on Kelly’s top priorities, boosting aid to public schools and expanding the state’s Medicaid health coverage for the needy. Republican legislative leaders are more interested in cutting income taxes. By Political Writer John Hanna. AP Photos SENT: 900 words

WINTER WEATHER

RICHMOND, Va. _ A winter storm that contributed to at least five deaths in the Midwest pummeled the mid-Atlantic region for a second day Sunday, bringing with it an icy mix that knocked out power, cancelled flights and contributed to hundreds of car accidents. Virginia State Police said the driver of a military surplus vehicle was killed late Saturday after he lost control on Interstate 81 because of slick road conditions. AP Photos

MENTALLY ILL HOUSING

TOPEKA, Kan. _ Kansas officials are offering an unconventional housing program to mentally ill homeless people that they hope will ease overcrowding at state hospitals. The state Department for Aging and Disability Services is considering offering the Housing First program beyond Wichita, Shawnee County and Wyandotte County, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported . The program deviates from traditional housing assistance programs because it has no curfew and sobriety requirements. SENT: 250 words

CHILD WELFARE

TOPEKA, Kan. _ Kansas Gov.-elect Laura Kelly is up in arms with the state’s troubled child welfare agency for spending public funds to undercut research linking welfare restrictions with a rise in the number of abused children in foster care. The Kansas Department for Children and Families recently released a $24,000 report calling into question University of Kansas research that Kelly has cited, less than two weeks before she takes office, the Kansas City Star reported. The research backed by Kelly found that certain cash assistance restrictions in recent years have fueled abuse and foster care placements. SENT: 350 words

IN BRIEF:

_ WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST _ The Latest on the weekend winter storm affecting the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic (all times local):AP Photos DCAB101, DCAB103, ILSPR101, DCMC101, NEOMA301, NEOMA300, NEOMA302, DCAB105, DCAB104, DCAB102, INTET103.

_ KANSAS CAPITOL-LACTATION ROOM _ Women needing to breastfeed their babies at the Kansas Capitol now have a room set aside just for them.

_ MISSOURI RIVER RELEASES _ The amount of water being released into the lower Missouri River will remain elevated at the start of the year, but should return to normal levels throughout 2019.

SPORTS:

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