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12:00 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

OnWords: Behavior, A Product Of Environment Or Evolution?

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When I was a kid, the word “behavior” still had a mostly neutral meaning. You might hear the word when Marlin Perkins on Wild Kingdom described the doings of a parched hippo during the dry season, for example.

But even then another, much more accusatory, meaning of the word behavior was establishing itself. This behavior referred to things kids did that grown-ups didn't like. “You'd better change your behavior, junior!” an evil vice-principal might yell, when we thought we were just having fun.

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Commentary
8:21 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Into It: Ghost Highways Of America

A ghost ramp off of a ramp (still existing) conveying US 30 from I-405 via I-5 to the western terminus of I-84 on the east bank of the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon.
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America's highways are littered with loose ends. In Houston, relics of an incomplete inner city project loom on the east and west ends with nothing in-between. In Portland, ramps built to merge with the Mt. Hood Freeway simply drop off into an overgrown field.

In the 1930s, construction began on a highway that would cross Pennsylvania’s unruly terrain, following a path developed by the railroad magnate William Vanderbilt. But by the 60s, the route had bypassed a long segment and a narrow tunnel in Breezewood, Pennsylvania. The highway is now slowly being recaptured by nature.

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Community
8:01 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Kansas Counties Charging Visitors Extra To Use DMV

Some Kansas counties have started charging out-of-county residents extra fees for flooding their driver's license offices to avoid long lines in larger cities.

Harvey and Butler counties have started charging fees, and county treasurers in smaller counties are thinking of doing the same.

Wichita resident Tammy Katzenmeier says she didn't mind paying an extra $20 last week to get her driver's license renewed in Harvey County. Katzenmeier says she avoided a several-hour wait in a Wichita office.

She was in and out of the Newton motor vehicle office in 10 minutes.

Government
7:48 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Democrat Kicks Off Campaign To Win Back Kansas House Seat

Topeka Democrat Ann Mah kicked off her campaign for the Kansas House Monday.

Mah served in the House for eight years before losing to Topeka Republican Ken Corbet by only 21 votes last November.

Mah was the Legislature's most vocal critic of Secretary of State Kris Kobach. A political action committee formed by Kobach backed Corbet.

After the 2012 election, Mah fought successfully in court to obtain the names of voters whose ballots had been set aside by election officials, in hopes of contacting them and helping them correct problems.

Health
7:33 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Wolf Creek Back To Normal, But New Problems Surface

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has taken the only nuclear power plant in Kansas off of its special "watch list" for plants with problems needing closer scrutiny.

The NRC has listed Wolf Creek in the “degraded performance” category for more than a year. That’s the next-to-the-lowest of four ratings. Those problems have been resolved, and the plant has been upgraded to normal status.

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Voting Laws
5:51 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Problems Linger With Voter Citizenship Law

Kansas lawmakers have learned that administrative issues are likely to linger from a state law requiring new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship.

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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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