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BC-KS--Kansas News Digest 3 pm, KS

May 5, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Central.



TOPEKA, Kan. _ Republican legislators have pushed a tax relief proposal through the Kansas Legislature, ignoring predictions from Gov. Laura Kelly’s fellow Democrats that she will veto it, just as she did with a larger plan. The House voted 83-41 late Saturday night to approve a bill designed to offer relief to individuals and businesses that have been paying more in state income taxes because of changes in federal tax laws at the end of 2017. The House’s vote came two days after the Senate approved it, so the measure is headed to Kelly’s desk. Republican leaders in the GOP-controlled Legislature appeared to have the two-thirds majorities necessary in both chambers to override a veto, something they couldn’t say with the first tax bill. By John Hanna.

AP Photos RPJH601-0504192038.


(Information in the following story is from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com)

TOPEKA, Kan. _ The company that provides health care for Kansas prison inmates frequently did not meet standards of care required by its contract with the state, according to an analysis of hundreds of pages of data. The Kansas City Star reported that Corizon Health’s performance documents from July 2015 to December 2018 showed inmates regularly didn’t see a medical professional even after complaining several times about the same ailments. It also showed almost 20 percent of the 10,000 inmates in Kansas prisons are on psychotropic medications but many prisons didn’t report hours worked by psychiatrists for several months.


VITERBO, Italy _ Italian police have arrested a 22-year-old American and accused him of killing a 74-year-old Italian owner of a clothing store in Viterbo, a city near Rome. Police arrested Michael Aaron Pang on Saturday and allege the killed the Italian storekeeper by striking him with a stool. The body of Norveo Fedeli was found inside his store Friday, Lt. Col. Guglielmo Trombetta said.

AP Photos VIT101-0505191415, VIT102-0505191415.


TOPEKA, Kan. _ Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s effort to expand Medicaid in Kansas this year died Saturday when enough moderate Republicans bowed to the wishes of the GOP-controlled Legislature’s conservative leaders and ended an impasse that had tied up the state budget. The House voted 79-45 in favor of an $18.4 billion spending blueprint for state government for the budget year beginning in July. Democrats and moderate Republicans held the budget hostage Friday and much of Saturday, hoping to force the Senate to vote on an expansion plan passed by the House and favored by Kelly. Republican leaders did not budge on putting off action until next year and kept meeting with GOP moderates throughout the day to bring them back to the fold. By John Hanna.

AP Photos RPJH501-0504191246, RPJH502-0504191306, RPJH503-0504191307, RPJH504-0504191031, RPJH507-0504191751, RPJH506-0504191824.



TOPEKA, Kan. _ The Latest on an impasse in Kansas over the state budget and Medicaid expansion (all times local): 3:15 a.m.

AP Photos RPJH507-0504191751, RPJH501-0504191246.



TOPEKA, Kan. _ A conservative Republican legislator is trying to force a debate on a proposal to require Kansas Senate confirmation of state Supreme Court justices.

SALINA ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP-COSTS _ Kansas officials estimate it will cost $95 million to clean up pollution at the Schilling Air Force Base in Salina. Kansas Department of Health and Environment officials discussed the cleanup with Salina residents Wednesday.



DETROIT _ Spencer Turnbull starts for the Tigers against Kansas City’s Brad Keller in the finale of this three-game series. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 1:10 p.m ET.


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