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11:01 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Kansas Will Stop Using Federal Grants To Sign People Up For Food Stamps

The Kansas Department for Children and Families will stop using federal grants to help low-income residents sign up for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

"We simply do not believe taxpayer dollars should be used to recruit people to be on welfare," said DCF spokeswoman Theresa Freed.

The federal program had awarded grants to five groups across Kansas, to help low-income residents apply for SNAP funds.  The state notified the groups of the change on September 30, one day before the grants were to be renewed.

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Education
8:04 am
Wed October 9, 2013

WSU Promotes Science Careers For Girls

Wichita State University is hosting a career conference emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for young women.

The Expanding Your Horizons conference for middle school girls is in its first year.

The students can participate in workshops like "Polymers, Polymers Everywhere!," "Clean Air is Always in Fashion," and "The Slime is ALIVE!" The girls will also meet role models in science disciplines.

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Education
7:16 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Kan. On Defensive Over School Funding Before Court

Several Kansas Supreme Court justices said Tuesday the state has broken its funding promises to public schools.

But they acknowledged that the current funding guidelines might not be feasible for the state, long-term.

The court will decide whether to uphold a lower-court's ruling from January. It ordered the state to increase school funding by at least $440 million a year.

A state law enacted in 2006 set the state's base funding for public schools at $4,492 per student, but the current base state funding is $3,838 per student, or nearly 15 percent less.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Tallgrass Turns It Up To Eleven

Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

Coming Up: Tallgrass XI

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The Eleventh Tallgrass Film Festival

October 16 - 20

Full Film Guide

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Energy
5:37 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Koch Subsidiary To Buy Texas Electric Facility

A subsidiary of Koch Energy Services has entered into an agreement to buy an electric power generating facility in Texas.

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Education
1:14 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Kansas Supreme Court Justice Worries About 'Constant Litigation' From School Districts

A Kansas Supreme Court Justice Eric Rosen said during a hearing Tuesday he worries about "constant litigation" if the court sides with school districts that have sued the state to increase public education funding.

A state law enacted in 2006 set the state's base funding for public schools at $4,492 per student each year, but the current base state funding is $3,838 per student, or nearly 15 percent less. In 2010, a lower court ruled that the state must boost its annual spending on public schools by at least $440 million a year.  That lawsuit followed one filed in 1999. 

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

OnWords: The Blame Game Known As Accountability

As someone who has long sought to avoid it, I can tell you that accountability has one distinguishing feature: it's almost always for the other guy.

As a word, though, “accountability” allows its users to pass judgment on others while appearing to be concerned about the good of the whole.

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Politics
8:15 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Roberts May Face Opposition In Run For Senate

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts may have a primary challenge in his bid for re-election.

Milton Wolf is inviting supporters on his website to a "major announcement" Tuesday night regarding the 2014 Kansas Senate campaign.

The Johnson County doctor is expected to say he's moving ahead with a Republican primary challenge to Roberts.

Roberts is seeking a fourth six-year term in the U.S. Senate. No Democrat has announced plans to run.

Government
7:58 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Kansas National Guard Recalled From Shutdown

All but five of the 772 Kansas National Guard airmen and soldiers who were furloughed last week because of the partial federal government shutdown are being called back to work.

The Kansas adjutant general's office said Monday that the recalls came after the Department of Defense issued guidance over the weekend regarding which employees were covered by the federal furlough orders.

Those five National Guard technicians who remain furloughed don't meet the guidance for recalls as stated by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

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Crime
7:37 am
Tue October 8, 2013

City Of Wichita Website Hacked, Compromises Employee Financial Information

Wichita officials say a city website was hacked over the weekend.

The crime possibly compromised the financial information of current or former employees who have been reimbursed for expenses since 1997, as well as vendors that have done business with the city.

The hackers may have stolen social security numbers, taxpayer identification numbers, and banking information.

As many as 29,000 vendors and employees may be affected.

The security breach has been corrected and the city is in the process of notifying those affected.

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