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Top Of The Morning News: Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Long Legislative Session Expected In Kansas, House Committee Approves Congressional District That Splits Topeka, Public School Bill On Hold In Missouri House, and more news from KCUR.

Long Legislative Session Expected In Kansas

As lawmakers approach their annual three-week recess before returning for the veto session, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley of Topeka says an ominous sign of a lengthy session has appeared in his inbox.  Find out more here

House Committee Approves Congressional District That Splits Topeka

A Kansas House committee has approved a congressional redistricting map that would split Topeka between two U.S. House districts. The measure would divide Topeka between the 2nd District of eastern Kansas and the 1st District that covers western Kansas. Topeka lawmakers opposed the idea.  Read more here.

Public School Bill On Hold In Missouri House

With less than two months left in this year’s legislative session, House Republicans still haven’t scheduled a wide-ranging public school bill for debate.  It would create tax credit scholarships that would pay for students to transfer from unaccredited schools to adjacent better-performing schools, and expand charter schools beyond St. Louis and Kansas City.   Learn more here.

Missouri Attorney General Holds Mortgage Settlement Meetings

The Missouri Attorney General’s office is hosting 120 town-hall-style meetings across the state this week to help homeowners affected by lending abuses and improper foreclosure procedures.  Attorney General Chris Koster  says qualifying Missourians will split about $155 million of a $25 billion settlement reached with five of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders. Read more here.


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