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The Week In News: Very Special Edition

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Gov. Sam Brownback made it official: Lawmakers will reconvene at the Statehouse on June 23 for a special session to address school funding. That, and other stories you may have missed because you were at Riverfest.

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Hoping to unseat Senate majority leaders, Reno County Democrats become Republicans

As part of a statewide public media partnership covering this year's elections, reporter Elle Moxley spoke to some left-leaning Kansans who, come this fall, will vote Republican.

“I’m a Republican right now,” says 91-year-old party-switcher Francis Burnett. “There’s no way in this state to change anything by being a Democrat.”

 
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Governor Brownback calls special session to work on Kansas school funding issues

After both Democrat and Republican legislative leaders pushed for a special session, Gov. Brownback officially called for lawmakers to return to the Statehouse on June 23, giving them a week to come up with a funding fix that complies with the Kansas Supreme Court’s ruling. Our statehouse reporter, Stephen Koranda, is already having flashbacks to last year’s record-setting 114-day session.

 
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Kansas African-American Museum receives grant to commemorate Dockum sit-in

The Kansas Health Institute gave the Kansas African-American Museum $50,000 to commemorate the historic 1958 sit-in at the Dockum Drug Store, which led to the integration of the chain of Rexall Drug Stores. Two sit-in participants received a standing ovation when the announcement was made at a symposium in Wichita on Thursday.

Says Joan Williams, who was a teenager when she participated in the sit-in: “We did not really have a clue of how huge this would be in everyone’s life, especially today.”

 
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Study: States that don't expand Medicaid are hurting themselves

A new survey by Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute shows stark differences between states that have expanded Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, and those—like Kansas and Missouri—that haven’t.