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Top Of The Morning News: Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Advocates are calling for Kansas Governor Sam Brownback to restore funding for early childhood programs now that the state has received its tobacco money.  That and more news from KCUR.

Audits Look At Missouri License Fee Offices

A pair of audits examining fee offices for driver’s licenses and motor vehicles was released today byMissouriAuditor Tom Schweich(R).  He told reporters the purpose of the audits was to see if the process of awarding bids to run the offices has been de-politicized.  One of the audits turned up at least one case of a not-for-profit group using a subcontractor to run 10 license fee offices, which Schweich says is against regulations.  Read more here.

Advocates Call For Restoration of Early Childhood Budget

Advocates for early childhood programs say the State of Kansas now has the full amount of money anticipated from the master tobacco settlement this year. They’re now calling on state lawmakers to restore funding Governor Brownback withheld from this year’s budget.  Listen to the story here.

Lottery Win Good For Kansas

A Kansas lottery ticket winner is helping the state's bottom line. The still-anonymous resident won a nearly $160 million jackpot in a lottery drawing last month. Legislative staffer J.G. Scott told a Senate committee today that the win will mean a bump in state income tax collections.  Find out more here.

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