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Kansas Lawmakers Preserve Funding For Public Broadcasting

House and Senate negotiators also preserved a state grant of $600,000 for Kansas public TV and radio stations.

The money is the same amount allotted in the current year, but down from the $3.8 million dollars the state provided as recently as 2008.

The funding bill for the upcoming fiscal year now goes to the full House and Senate.

The state provides about 1 percent of funding for public broadcasting stations in Kansas City and Lawrence.

KMUW receives a small portion of its budget from the state, about $35,000.

At High Plains Public Radio in Garden City, state funding of about $89,000 is about 9 percent of its budget.

And at Smoky Hills Public Television in Bunker Hill, about $209,000, or about 12 percent - of its budget comes from state grants.

When she's not out making lattes in her mobile coffee bus Sunflower Espresso, Kate Hutchens is a fill-in host for KMUW. She has worked in broadcast journalism at KFDI, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and at KMUW as Morning Edition host, which she did until March 2017.
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