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Energy
4:09 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Wind Power Compromise Would Eliminate The Kansas Renewable Energy Standard

Governor Brownback and lawmakers unveil the compromise.
Credit Stephen Koranda

The wind power industry, free-market business groups, the governor and lawmakers have unveiled a compromise to overhaul the Kansas renewable energy standard. As Stephen Koranda reports, it would remove the mandate that 20 percent of power generation come from renewable sources and replace it with a voluntary goal.

Some advocacy groups get something they’ve wanted, eliminating the mandate for renewable energy. Mike O’Neal is president and CEO of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.

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Commentary
6:30 am
Tue May 5, 2015

OnWords: Privacy Vs. Secrecy

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Hillary Clinton has recently come under fire for trying to protect her privacy as Secretary of State by using a private email account.

We associate the word privacy with an important American value, as represented by the 4th Amendment of the Constitution.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Tue May 5, 2015

A Legislative Stepping Stone For Civil Rights

Dwight Eisenhower signs the 1960 Civil Rights Act
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On May 6, 1960, President Dwight Eisenhower signed into law the second of four civil rights acts that serve as the foundation of federal civil rights statutes in the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Crime and Courts
4:58 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Officer Involved Shooting Leads To One Suspect In Serious Condition

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An officer involved shooting in Wichita has left one suspect in serious condition and another in police custody.  

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Government
11:50 am
Mon May 4, 2015

KanCare Has Lacked An Inspector General For Almost A Year

The job of inspector general for the state's managed care Medicaid program has been open for nearly a year.

The post has been empty since Phil Hermanson resigned in June 2014, just months after he was hired to lead KanCare, an umbrella program for three private managed health care companies.

The lack of a leader for the $3 billion program has drawn attention from lawmakers.

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Community
11:45 am
Mon May 4, 2015

KU Task Force Offers Recommendations On How To Handle Sexual Assults On Campus

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A task force at the University of Kansas is recommending changes in how the school handles sexual assaults and rape on campus.

The suggested changes include requiring all freshmen, including fraternity members, to live in residence halls.

Other suggestions include: creating an on-campus center for sexual assault prevention and education and clarifying that the university can discipline students for sexual violence that occurs off campus if the victim is also a student.

The task force report was released Friday and includes 27 recommendations.

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Education
11:40 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Topeka Waitress Leaves Gov. Brownback A Tip

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A restaurant waitress says she left a message for Governor Sam Brownback on his receipt..to "start a conversation about education."

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Chloe Hough was working her last shift as an employee Saturday night at Boss Hawg's in Topeka when she waited on the governor.

Hough later posted his receipt on Facebook, showing the line for the tip crossed out and the phrase "Tip the schools" written beside it.

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Education
11:28 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Kansas Court To Hear Arguments On School Funding Block Grants

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This week, a Kansas district court will hear more arguments in a school funding lawsuit. As Stephen Koranda reports, this is just the latest step in the complex legal battle.

A three-judge panel in Shawnee County will hear arguments on whether they should overturn a new school funding system that replaces the old formula with block grants.

They’ll also consider if the state has violated a previous order by cutting some money used to equalize funding between school districts.

The school funding lawsuit in Kansas continues to get more complicated.

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Government
11:16 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Analysis: Kansas May Revisit Gov. Brownback's Favored Tax Break

Republican lawmakers in Kansas seem more ready to reconsider a business tax break that's been a cherished economic policy for Governor Sam Brownback.

Governor Brownback is clear that he wants to preserve an exemption from personal income taxes for 281,000 business owners and 53,000 farmers.

He calls the policy, enacted in 2012 as part of a larger package of income tax cuts, the "small business accelerator."

But Republican allies who championed the same tax break three years ago say the Legislature will consider narrowing its scope as a budget-balancing move.

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Community
9:37 am
Mon May 4, 2015

May Events During Bike Month

It’s Bike Month, and KMUW is celebrating all things bicycle.

If you want to get outside and participate, consider some of these Bike Month events:

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