The award for ‘Most Irresponsible Budget’ goes to Kansas lawmakers

When Gov. Sam Brownback essentially tells GOP lawmakers to “Pass an irresponsible state budget that harms public services for Kansans,” too many have offered a ready-made feeble response the last four years. Sure enough. Got it. Right away. It happened again under the cover of darkness Monday, as the House and Senate narrowly approved an unbalanced budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

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A new approach to treating people with severe mental illness says they first need a stable place to live

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Danny Duffy discusses striking out of Bryce Harper

Royals reliever Danny Duffy struck out Washington slugger Bryce Harper and escaped a late jam in Kansas City' 2-0 loss to the Nationals on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium.
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Danny Duffy discusses striking out of Bryce Harper 01:18

Danny Duffy discusses striking out of Bryce Harper

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Jimmy Conrad pickup game draws a big crowd

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