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Top Of The Morning News: June 7, 2013

Higher education officials in Kansas look at increasing tuition.  An EPA study finds water systems need more $4 billion in upgrades.  The Johnson County Elections Board is recognized for using technology at the polls.

Kansas Universities Look At Tuition Increases In The Wake Of Budget Cuts

University leadership from around the state met with the Kansas Board of Regents today to discuss how to adjust to nearly $49 million in cuts from the state’s higher education budget. The move was approved by lawmakers over the weekend, and include cuts to the state’s six universities in addition to community colleges, technical colleges and Washburn University.   Read more about the tuition hikes being proposed here.

Kansas Tap Water Systems Need $4.2 Billion

A new EPA report to Congress says the nation's drinking water infrastructure will need $384-billion dollars worth of improvements over the next 20 years, including more than $4-billion in Kansas.   Find out why the money is needed here.

Johnson County Elections Board Recognized For Using iPads

Johnson County Commissioners recognized one of their own for innovations in elections. They officially noted the recent award given to the Johnson County Election Board by the Harvard Kennedy School. The so-called Bright Ideas awardsacknowledge innovations in American Government.

Missouri Lawmakers Form Interim Committees

In the Missouri legislature, a number of interim committees have been formed to explore ideas for bills in 2014.  So far, they'll examine potential reforms to Medicaid, update the state's election laws, and look for ways to combat chronic wasting disease.   Read more here.

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