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Top Of The Morning News: June 3, 2013

Kansas Legislature passes budget; KU unsure what state budget cuts will mean for the university; Smithsonian to create exhibit around farm themes.

Kansas Legislature Passes Budget In Final Hours Of Session

Kansas Lawmakers wrapped up the 2013 session in the early hours of Sunday morning, narrowly passing a budget that reduces spending through major cuts, particularly to higher education. The biggest responsibility lawmakers have every year is to pass a state budget. It was questionable whether this proposal could pass the House. The chamber’s leadership was putting pressure on Republicans to pass the budget, saying if they didn’t pass one over the weekend the state could miss payments, like a payment for state worker health insurance. More...

KU Officials Aren't Yet Sure What Budget Cuts Will Mean

The first Kansas Legislative session since 1861 to extend into June is over. But the budget plan passed early Sunday is a frustration for a number of agencies and institutions, one is the Kansas University Med Center. Officials aren’t yet sure what the new budget will mean; in a speech this spring, KU Chancellor Burnadette Grey-Little worried about a projected cut and the wide reach, particularly on the university’s satellite operations. More...

Smithsonian To Feature Farms And Farmers In New Exhibit

Crops and cattle, soil and sweat. American agriculture has a proud history to share, a story to tell. But getting the attention of a tech-savvy nation that has mostly moved away from its farm roots has been difficult. Today, though, there is a glimmer of hope for farm fans. More...

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