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KCUR Morning News 12-21-09

By Maria Carter

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Kansas City, MO – Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson is likely to push for increasing the state's tobacco tax in the coming legislative session to make up a budget shortfall. Kansas could face a deficit of more than $300 million in the coming fiscal year.

A state lawmaker from rural Missouri is fighting a plan to change the way farmland is valued.

The University of Kansas Cancer Center has received a 10 million dollar gift from a Texas couple with ties to Kansas City.

Lawrence residents who've had too much to drink this New Year's eve might have to find their own way home if nobody comes up with $2,000 to keep a free taxi service running.

The Kansas City Chiefs fell to the Cleveland Browns 41-34 yesterday in their final home game of the season.

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