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12:01 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Holder To Brownback: New Kansas Law Is Unconstitutional

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has told Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback that a new state law attempting to block federal regulation of some guns is unconstitutional and that the federal government is willing to go to court over the issue.

The U.S. attorney's office for Kansas on Thursday released a copy of a letter from Holder to Brownback.

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Community
7:18 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Start Planning Your Float Trip, Arkansas River Is Now Easier To Access

Volunteers install the new floating dock on the Arkansas River behind Gander Mountain in late April.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

People who enjoy boating on the Arkansas River now have a new place to access the river.

A public use floating dock was installed recently on the river behind Gander Mountain in downtown Wichita. 

The new dock was part of a long-time comprehensive plan by the Ark River Coalition and the city’s park board. The Wichita City Council adopted a resolution agreeing to allow for public use of the dock for the next decade.

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Education
6:34 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Schools Receive $83,000 For Recycling Projects

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has awarded grants totaling nearly $83,000 to 27 of the state's public schools for recycling-related projects.

The department the grants were awarded for the next school year and will help pay for recycling bins, composting programs, programs for handling cafeteria waste and field trips to recycling centers. Schools from across the state won grants from $750 t0 $4500.

Nearby schools that won grants include:

Government
6:22 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Brownback Appoints Two District Court Judges

Gov. Sam Brownback has named district court judges to fill two vacancies.

Brownback named Linda Gilmore of Liberal to replace Judge Kim Schroeder in the 26th District in southwest Kansas. Schroeder was appointed earlier to the Court of Appeals. The 26th District covers Grant, Haskell, Morton, Seward, Stanton and Stevens counties.

The governor also appointed Aaron Roberts of Kansas City, Kan., to fill an opening in the 29th District, which covers Wyandotte County. Roberts fills an opening left by the retirement of Judge Ernest Johnson.

Commentary
5:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Movie Review: Mud

Credit rottentomatoes.com

Mud is a first-rate little drama of life among the lower classes, a little like Winter's Bone, and maybe a good deal more subtle than it seems at first glance.

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Law Enforcement
5:43 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Drug Take-Back Nets Record Haul

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says Kansas residents turned in a record amount of unused medications in the National Drug Take-Back Day.

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Farm Bill
3:47 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Moran Hoping To Protect Crop Insurance Subsidies

Kansas Senator Jerry Moran says the next federal farm bill is likely to cut back or eliminate some farm subsidies. The Republican from Manhattan says that while many lawmakers are focused on cutting spending, he's hoping to protect money allocated to support the federal crop insurance program.

Moran says that Kansas farmers' need for crop insurance has been shown in recent years, with drought and late spring freezes among the challenges they've been facing.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Past and Present: Demographics, Education and Economics

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One of the consequences of the Presidential election of 2012 is an increased awareness of the changing demographics of American society. Specifically, it is projected that, by the year 2050, non-whites will constitute the majority of the American population.

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Community
6:27 am
Wed May 1, 2013

It's Law Day: US Attorney Speaking At WSU

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom will be at Wichita State University Wednesday to talk about public safety and human rights.

The speech, which is in conjunction with Law Day, begins at 1:15 in Hubbard Hall, room 209.

Government
6:21 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Kansas Just Missed April Revenue Expectations

State revenue officials say Kansas missed its expected revenue projections for April by less than $5 million dollars.

The monthly report was released Tuesday.

Kansas collected $764,800 dollars in taxes, though it expected just over $769 million for April.

Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan says Kansas collected $25 million dollars more in individual income taxes this April compared to last April.

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