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Criminal Sentencing
4:54 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Special Session Yields Ideas For 2014 Legislation

The recent special legislative session in Kansas could lead to new bills for consideration in 2014.

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Education
7:29 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Wichita School Board Considers Policy Change For Abuse-Reporting

The Wichita school district is considering revising its policy for reporting suspected abuse.

The revised policy would direct employees to call 911 immediately if they witness a situation "that may constitute criminal activity."

Wichita's school board will consider revisions Monday.

People were concerned that the current policy did not expressly direct teachers to call police, but instead required them to call district security.

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Business
7:18 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Brownback's Ex Budget Director To Work For Kansas Policy Institute

Former Kansas Budget Director Steve Anderson is going to work for a think tank that advocates tax cuts and lower school funding.

The certified public accountant will have a part-time consulting role with the Wichita-based Kansas Policy Institute.

KPI President Dave Trabert says Anderson's experience as a CPA and his time in government make him "uniquely qualified to find fiscally responsible solutions in government."

As the state's budget director for the past three years, Anderson pushed for Brownback's fiscal policies.

Commentary
5:00 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Book Review: The Girl You Left Behind

The Girl You Left Behind begins in France in 1916.

Most of the men from a small French village are off fighting in the war and the Germans have occupied the village. One of the women left behind, Sophie, is left to deal with this occupation of not only the village, but also her family inn and restaurant.

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Childhood Poverty
5:47 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Kansas Childhood Poverty Group Releases Report

A panel appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback is recommending several strategies for reducing childhood poverty, including strengthening marriages, improving educational opportunities and reforming welfare-to-work programs.

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Affordable Care Act
2:40 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Health Care Reform Questions? Local Workshops Have Answers

Sheldon Weisgrau, Director of the Health Reform Resource Project, discusses the impact of the new Affordable Care Act at a workshop in Wichita.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

A health care reform expert fielded questions in Wichita Thursday about the Affordable Care Act.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

A Musical Life: Bruce Huss

In addition to being an award winning reporter and photographer, Bruce Huss is a acoustic solo guitarist, a fingerstyle guy and a singer-songwriter.
Credit Courtesy photo

Bruce Huss has released three albums to date, including Migration Day, Acoustical Romance, and My Father’s Son. In addition to being an award winning reporter and photographer he has placed as a top three winner at the Kansas Fingerstyle Championships. His music brings together elements of guitar masters such as Tommy Emmanuel, Stephen Bennett and Chet Atkins. Website:
www.reverbnation.com/brucehuss
 

My name is Bruce Huss I’m an acoustic solo guitarist, a fingerstyle guy and a singer-songwriter.

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Health
8:02 am
Fri September 6, 2013

E-Cigarettes Usage Growing Among Youth

e-cigarette user
Credit Flickr photo by momentimedia

The CDC says nearly seven percent of middle and high school students have tried e-cigarettes, and more than two percent are current users. Erika Sward, of the American Lung Association, says the rapid growth is due in large part to an aggressive marketing campaign.

“We’ve seen glamorized ads on TV. We’ve seen flavors that come in e-cigarettes now of bubble gum and cotton candy. All of the traditional tobacco industry playbook for targeting kids has been used by the e-cigarette industry.”

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Crime and Courts
7:33 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Changes To The Hard 50 Law Could Take Effect Soon

Changes in the Kansas law allowing convicted murderers to be sentenced to at least 50 years in prison are likely to take effect by September 19th.
 
A bill says they take effect once it's printed in the Kansas register, which is published each Thursday.
 
Under the bill, juries--and no longer judges-- will determine whether a defendant convicted of premeditated, first-degree murder gets the "Hard 50" sentence.

Commentary
5:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Restaurant Review: Cafe Maurice

Credit Fletcher Powell / KMUW

I have talked before about how lucky we are to live in an area with such fantastic Lebanese food.

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