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KCUR Newscast 2-16-09

By Maria Carter

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Kansas City, MO – Kansas school districts are preparing cuts to meet expected losses in state aid. Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius is weighing what to do with a proposed budget presented by the legislature that cuts $32 million from schools across the state.

The state of Kansas will receive some $1.7 billion from the federal economic stimulus plan approved by Congress. But leaders in the Kansas Legislature are taking a cautious approach to how they'll use that money to help solve the state's budget crisis.

The Kansas Senate will debate a bill today ban smoking in most public places in the state.

The closing of three rural Kansas correctional facilities to save money is causing state parks to lose inmate labor they've used for years.

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