BC-KS–Kansas News Coverage Advisory, KS

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Kansas. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to News Editor Chris Clark at 800-852-4844 or 816-421-4844 or cclark@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

UPCOMING TODAY:

KANSAS-HEALTH CARE

TOPEKA — The Kansas Hospital Association is hoping to develop a proposal to use Medicaid funds promised under the federal health care overhaul to subsidize private coverage for the uninsured, but top Republican leaders aren’t much interested. By John Hanna. UPCOMING: 450 words.

KANSAS LEGISLATURE CONVENES

TOPEKA — The Kansas Legislature opens its annual, 90-day session with new faces in the House and nervousness about a yet-unseen ruling from the state Supreme Court on education funding. By John Milburn. UPCOMING: 400 words.

KANSAS LEGISLATURE-5 THINGS TO KNOW

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas legislators return Monday to the Statehouse to begin their 90-day, 2014 session. The session is scheduled to run through mid-May, with legislators taking a recess in April before returning to finish remaining business. By John Milburn. SENT: 500 words, developing through Monday.

KCC EMAIL-RELIGION

TOPEKA — An email sent by an employee of the Kansas Corporation Commission employee referencing his religious beliefs may have opened the KCC and the state to legal liability, according to civil liberties experts. UPCOMING: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

— SOUTHEAST KANSAS-GRASS FIRE — A fast-moving grass fire apparently caused by a downed power line burned hundreds of acres and damaged at least two structures but caused no serious injuries. SENT: 130 words.

— $4 MILLION BEQUEST — The Hutchinson Community Foundation recently received a $4 million bequest from the estate of a longtime Hutchinson couple. SENT: 120 words.

— CHILD SHOT — Wichita police say a 70-year-old man was arrested after he accidentally shot a child in the face while showing off a gun. SENT: 70 words.

— DRIVER’S EDUCATION-PERMITS — Young Kansans seeking driver’s education permits will find the task much easier starting April 1 when the Department of Revenue switches to an online application portal. SENT: 120 words.

— ETHICS COMMISSION-APPOINTMENT — A Hays pharmacist has been appointed to the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission by state House Speaker Ray Merrick. SENT: 130 words.

— SEX TRAFFICKING-TRIAL — The federal trial of a couple accused of sex trafficking at Asian massage parlors in Wichita is expected to last all week. SENT: 120 words.

— JOHNSON COUNTY-INTERSTATE PROJECT — The Kansas Department of Transportation has chosen a team to design and build changes to a congested intersection of three major highways in Johnson County. SENT: 120 words.

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MARKETPLACE: Calling your attention to the Marketplace in AP Exchange, where you can find member-contributed content from Kansas and other states. The Marketplace is accessible on the left navigational pane of the AP Exchange home page, near the bottom. For both national and state, you can click “All” or search for content by topics such as education, politics and business.

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