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6:35 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Planned Parenthood Tries To Stop Full Enforcement Of New Law

A federal judge in Kansas will hear arguments this week on Planned Parenthood's request to stop parts of the state's new abortion restrictions from taking effect in July.

Chief Judge Kathryn Vratil has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan.

Planned Parenthood wants Vratil to issue a temporary order against enforcement of parts of the new law.

Community
6:29 am
Tue June 25, 2013

State Looks At Ways To Reduce Childhood Poverty, Including Relationship Training

A task force appointed by the governor has wrapped up a series of meetings looking for ways to reduce childhood poverty in Kansas. They discussed three so-called "pathways out of poverty," which include ways to improve education, get more Kansans working and strengthen families.

The committee was told that in 2011 around 19 percent of Kansas kids lived in poverty, and they’re hoping that focusing on some key areas can reduce that.

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Health
11:10 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Kansas Is Ranked 16th for Child Well-Being, But Things May Not Be As They Appear

Kansas is the 16th best state in the nation, in terms of overall child well-being according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, in this year's KIDS COUNT Data Book. The report covers 16 measures of child health, economic well-being, family and community, and education. But while Kansas is in the top-third overall, the economic picture for kids in Kansas is not so bright.

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Health
6:39 am
Mon June 24, 2013

A Look At KanCare's First Three Months

State officials have submitted their first quarterly update on KanCare to the federal government.

The federal waiver that gives Kansas the authority to experiment with its Medicaid program by privatizing the entire system requires a progress report four times a year.

The first report covers the period from January 1 through March 31.

It shows that a total of more than 344,000 Kansans enrolled in KanCare during the first three months. At the end of March, however, there were fewer than 324,000, a drop of more than 20,000 people.

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Community
6:31 am
Mon June 24, 2013

'Home On The Range' House Gets A Makeover

Restoration work will wrap up soon on the 140-year-old cabin where Dr. Brewster M. Higley wrote the state song, "Home on the Range."

The cabin in Athol, Kan., has been totally reconstructed with the exception of two walls.

The stone wall on the north side was disassembled and rebuilt, using what good stones were left. The rest of the stones came from the area.

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Education
6:22 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Should Southeast High School Be Saved?

Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

The Wichita School Board will decide Monday the future of Southeast High School. The board is looking at options including a renovation of the school or building a new school and relocating students.

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Music
6:00 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Old Crow Medicine Show: From Up-And-Comers To Elder Statesmen

Old Crow Medicine Show will perform at The Cotillion Monday evening.
Credit Courtesy photo

Nashville’s Old Crow Medicine Show has been together for nearly two decades now, earning a reputation as a solid live band and influencing a new generation of American roots musicians.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon June 24, 2013

At Play: Everything's Coming Up Musicals

Music Theatre of Wichita presents Les Miserable June 26 through the 30.
Credit Courtesy / Music Theatre of Wichita

Opening June 28, it’s Cabaret Old Town’s production of Knockin’ ‘Em Dead: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Whodunit. When the murder of popular aging actor Victor Boisington happens backstage at the Stage Door Theatre, it's up to Detective Mike Mallet, and the audience to determine which member of the theatre troupe is responsible.

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2014 Election
6:03 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Brownback Expected To Seek Second Term

A top political supporter confirms that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will seek a second term next year.

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Crime and Courts
8:03 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Wichita Will Pay $300,000 To Family Of Girl Hit By Patrol Car

The city of Wichita plans to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of Suhani Bhakta, a 12-year-old girl who was hit and killed by a police patrol car in Feb. 2012.

A Kansas Highway Patrol investigation verified that the officer was speeding in a 30 mph zone and was not using lights or a siren when the accident occurred. The officer hit Bhakta as she ran across a road near her home. Police said the officer was following policy at the time and that a sports utility vehicle may have obstructed his view.

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