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Amid budget dispute, Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas looks at possible worker furloughs

The Legislature already is in overtime on its 90-day session and has yet to pass a balanced budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Spokeswoman Sara Belfry said the Republican governor’s office is working with several agencies to “determine the last possible date” the budget would need to be passed in order to avoid payroll disruptions.

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Missouri House endorses statewide rules for Uber, Lyft

The Missouri House gave its initial approval Wednesday night to a bill that would limit the ability of cities to regulate ride-hailing companies by creating statewide standards. The vote comes just weeks after Kansas City approved new rules applying to both traditional taxis and new technology companies such as Uber and Lyft that use smartphone apps to link passengers with drivers using their own vehicles.

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