KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The first Kansas City-area students who received free college educations through the Kauffman Foundation are graduating this spring. The foundation launched its Kauffman Scholars program in 2003 with seventh-graders, with the goal of giving children from low-income families access to college. More than half of the 125 people in the first class quit college or aren't on pace to graduate within five years.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas House appropriations committee's chairman says the Legislature has little chance of preventing the implementation of new federal math and reading standards this session. Rep. Marc Rhoades said today he understands why some of his fellow Republicans wanted to bar state money from being spent on the Common Core program, though. A defunding provision was removed from the House budget proposal due to constitutionality conflict.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Republican Sen. Jerry Moran says the Air Force's decision to base a new air refueling tanker at McConnell Air Force Base will help protect the base from future military cutbacks or closures. McConnell will be home to 36 KC-46A tankers starting in 2016.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas legislators are considering imposing a lower state sales tax on groceries than on other consumer goods. Senate Republicans proposed the change today during negotiations with House members on tax issues. House and Senate Republicans disagree over how much the state's 6.3% sales tax should drop in July.
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