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Uber Expands Service to 4 Kansas Cities

Associated Press - April 23, 2015 11:48 am

Ride-hailing company Uber says it is bringing its service to four additional cities in Kansas only days after Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed legislation opposed by the firm.

Uber spokeswoman Lauren Altmin said in an email that riders in Lawrence, Leavenworth, Manhattan and Topeka could begin hailing Uber drivers Wednesday afternoon. The company already offers service in Wichita, Kansas City, Kansas, and Johnson County.

Uber connects drivers to riders through a mobile app and entered the state in 2014.

Legislators approved a bill this month to require state background checks and broader insurance coverage for drivers for ride-hailing companies.

Uber called the measure overly burdensome and said its enactment would force the company out of Kansas. Brownback vetoed the measure Monday, saying it could stifle innovation in the state.

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