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KCUR Morning News 3-20-09

By Maria Carter


Kansas City, MO – Kansas Senate member struggled for hours to produce a budget plan that would erase a projected $680 million deficit.

A Kansas Senate panel endorsed a bill to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Kansas State Treasurer Dennis McKinney is trying to get more unemployed Kansans to apply for federal assistance so they can continue their family health insurance coverage.

Employees of the nonprofit MAST ambulance service will find themselves working for the city of Kansas City some day, if plans laid by the city council yesterday come to fruition.

A $2 million gift will help students at the University of Missouri School of Medicine pay for the seven to eight years it takes to become physician-scientists.

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