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As governor, Kelly’s top priorities tied to budget

Democrat Laura Kelly’s top priorities as Kansas’ new governor arise from her work as a state lawmaker and a decade as one of the Legislature’s key players on budget issues. Kelly, formerly a veteran state senator from Topeka, has an agenda that includes boosting spending on public schools and expanding the state’s Medicaid health coverage for the needy.

Report: Higher speeds made for deadlier highways

When Kansas State University Professor Sunanda Dissanayake and other researchers studied traffic fatalities in Kansas, they expected to find that more people had died on the roads. After all, the state had increased speed limits on some highways to 75 miles per hour in 2011. Higher speeds lead to more severe crashes. But they did not expect such a deadly result.

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