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Abortion Vote Fails, And A Look At The Kansas DOT

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Daniel Caudill
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Kansas News Service
Anti-abortion demonstrators prepare for a rally in the rotunda of the Kansas Statehouse.

The Kansas House of Representatives has stopped — at least temporarily — an all-out push by anti-abortion groups for a constitutional amendment that they say is needed to maintain the state’s ability to regulate the procedure.

Supporters fell four votes short Friday of putting an amendment on the August primary ballot to overturn a recent Kansas Supreme Court decision that declared abortion a "fundamental" right under the state's Bill of Rights.

We look ahead to how the abortion debate could affect efforts to expand Medicaid and talk to Kansas Department of Transportation head Julie Lorenz about the state's new 10-year, $10 billion transportation plan on this week's Statehouse Blend Kansas.

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Jim McLean is a political correspondent for the Kansas News Service, a collaboration based at KCUR with other public media stations across Kansas. You can email him at jim@kcur.org.