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6:48 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Kansas Tax Changes Leave Fewer Dollars For Services

City and county leaders met Thursday at KU for a panel that focused on the effects of recent changes to state tax policy.

Kansas has cut individual income tax rates and eliminated taxes for nearly 200,000 businesses over the past two years.

The changes have resulted in lower tax rates for most taxpayers, but also fewer dollars available for state government and state aid to local governments.

Local officials say the state is pushing more responsibility for funding and providing public services on them.

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Health
6:33 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Report: Most Kansans Breathe Smoky Air

A new report says nearly all Kansans are exposed to air that's polluted with smoke, but the source of that smoke isn't clear.

The report from a non-profit environmental group, the Natural Resources Defense Council, shows that virtually all Kansans breathed smoke pollution in 2011 and that 2.8 million Kansans were exposed to medium-to-high-density smoke for anywhere from 12 to 47 days.

Columbia University Environmental Health Professor Patrick Kinney says smoke is a serious health hazard, even if you can’t smell it.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Richard Crowson: The Horror of the... Banjo?

Credit cmiked / Flickr / Creative Commons

Ah, Halloween. The season of goblins, witches, zombies, skeletons and banjos.

What??! Banjos??!

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Health
4:48 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Scam Sites Appear In Wake Of Health Insurance Marketplace

There are health care mimic sites that can be misleading when consumers are trying to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Providing any information to one of these mimic sites can result in you receiving phone calls from insurance companies outside of the of the marketplace. That means these companies cannot offer the discount plans that are only available at healthcare.gov.

However, there are people involved that don't want to just sell you health insurance.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Your Move: What Would You Do With 60 Trillion Cookies?

So many cookies
Credit Dustin Deckard

I've bought a few new games recently: Pokémon Y, Kingdom Hearts 1.5, New Super Luigi U and Infinity Blade III. But, honestly, I haven't had a lot of time to play any of them. I've been immersed at work in front of a computer screen.

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Voter ID
8:27 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Kansas, Arizona Seek Order On Voter Citizenship Laws

Kansas and Arizona are asking a court to force the Federal Election Assistance Commission to quickly modify voter registration forms so the states can fully enforce new proof-of-citizenship laws. The states want the commission to change the national mail-in voter registration form to include specific proof-of-citizenship instructions for Kansas and Arizona residents.

The two states filed a request Wednesday for a preliminary injunction in their lawsuit against the EAC.

They want a hearing by or shortly after November 12.

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Arts
7:03 am
Thu October 24, 2013

New Mural In North Wichita Depicts Immigration Struggles

South High students paint a mural depicting the immigration story near 21st Street and Park Place.
Credit Minjarez Armando / Courtesy photo

About a dozen high school students, called Latino Leaders, who attend Wichita South High School have created a mural near 21st and Park Place addressing the issue of immigration.

The idea came from resident artist, Armando Minjarez. He's the co-founder of The Seed House~Casa de la Semilla, a non-profit educational organization that works with various groups, including the high schoolers on this project.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Movie Review: 'The Fifth Estate' Inspires Curiosity

Credit rottentomatoes.com

Almost nobody is as ignorant about internets and websites and computers as I am, so I assume that almost anybody will understand The Fifth Estate better than I did.

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Health
8:41 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Story Preview: Primary Doctors Essential To Family Health Care

In Belleville, Kan., Rachel Svaty, a medical student, learns with real-world, hands-on training alongside her mentor, Cayle Goertzen, a practicing family doctor.
Aileen LeBlanc KMUW

The KMUW news department is working on an extensive piece exploring the balance between primary care doctors and specialty physicians.

In this preview, you'll hear some of the people and situations that KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has gathered for the story.

You'll meet patients in Belleville, a student doctor, her mentor there and the head of the KU School of Medicine in Wichita.

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Affordable Care Act
7:45 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Sebelius Defends Affordable Care Act To Kansans

Credit Healthcare.gov

The rampant glitches that have plagued the federally-operated health insurance marketplace have been the focus of a lot of political heat. It's prompted Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to fire back with a full-throated defense of the law that created the exchanges, the Affordable Care Act.

THE PROBLEM

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