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Wichita Temporarily Removes Confederate Flag From Park

The City of Wichita has decided to temporarily remove a Confederate flag from Veterans Memorial Park.
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A substantial number of cities and counties across the United States practice trap, neuter, return, or TNR, as a method of animal control for feral cats. Estimates put the number of free-roaming cats in Wichita around 100,000. And while the city ordinances don’t exactly support TNR, a local group hopes that will soon change.

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In just over a month, the state of Kansas could be borrowing $1 billion to inject into the state’s pension plan, the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. A group made up of the governor and legislators has given final approval to the plan. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, the money would be given to KPERS to invest.

Make Some Plans This 4th Of July

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Wichita's official fireworks display is back!

For the first time since 2010, the City of Wichita will be ushering in the return of the pyrotechnic tradition alongside a city-wide Slip'N Slide, a block party and a baseball game.

Looking for something to do on the 4th of July? Check out our list of some the events happening in and around the Wichita area.

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Authorities say that caution needs to be part of Independence Day celebrations.

Though it is legal to use certain kinds of fireworks in Wichita, only those inspected and approved by the Wichita fire marshal and sold from the tents around the city are OK. Approved fireworks emit sparks no more than six feet in any direction, and are not labeled as emitting flaming balls.

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The City of Wichita has decided to temporarily remove a Confederate flag from Veterans Memorial Park.

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Governor Sam Brownback says his administration could pursue new religious liberties legislation in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage. A Kansas bill on that topic attracted national attention in 2014 and eventually stalled in the Legislature.

Today, Brownback also defended the state’s refusal so far to recognize same-sex marriages when it comes to state services. He says the changes needed are still under consideration.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill clarifying that a new law aimed at reducing local property taxes doesn't take effect until 2018.

Brownback's office announced Wednesday that he had signed the measure.

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Westar Energy has agreed to refund $10 million to its customers and decrease its rates slightly to settle a complaint filed by state regulators with the federal government.

Westar and the Kansas Corporation Commission announced the settlement today. It would a resolve a complaint filed by the KCC last year with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The KCC had alleged that Westar was charging unjustly high transmission rates.

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Sedgwick County Commissioners unanimously approved a grant extension on Wednesday afternoon for the county’s Healthy Babies program, despite questioning its effectiveness.

The program offers advice and support for at-risk mothers in the hopes of decreasing the county’s infant mortality rate, which has consistently hovered above state and national averages.

Commissioners Richard Ranzau and Jim Howell said the county’s rate of 7.7 deaths per 1,000 live births isn’t improving.

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Same-sex couples living in all 105 Kansas counties can now get married, but there are still roadblocks in state government for some services. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, LGBT advocates are calling for the state government to update the rules following last week’s Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage.

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In Defense of the Wii U

Nintendo’s Wii U is a fantastic console. It plays some of my favorite recent games like Mariokart 8 and Super Smash Bros, and I’m looking forward to playing the upcoming Super Mario Maker and Star Fox Zero. But compared to other home consoles, not a whole lot of people are playing these games.
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