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7:02 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Moran Sponsors Bill Extending Tax Breaks for Food Donations

A committee in the U.S. Senate will consider legislation co-sponsored by Senator Jerry Moran and aimed at using tax credits to increase donations to food banks. The legislation would expand tax credits for businesses that donate food.

The credit is only allowed for certain businesses, but has been temporarily expanded to other businesses until the end of this year. The bill would make that expansion permanent, and make farmers eligible to use the credit.

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Government
11:43 am
Fri August 2, 2013

If You Have a Kansas Permit, You Can Now Also Carry Your Gun In Wyoming

Kansas concealed carry permit holders will now be allowed to carry their weapons in Wyoming.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt says that Wyoming has become the 32nd state to honor permits issued in Kansas. The decision is a result of legislation Kansas lawmakers passed this year.

The law recognizes all valid out-of-state permits when a non-resident permit holder is traveling in Kansas. The new state law also requires people with concealed carry permits who move to Kansas to obtain a Kansas-issued license to legally continue carrying concealed guns.

Courts
7:21 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Obama Picks Kansas Justice for Federal Appeals Court

President Barack Obama has nominated a Kansas Supreme Court justice to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

President Obama's selection of Justice Nancy Moritz drew an immediate endorsement from U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, who has often criticized the president's policies.

Moran says Moritz is "highly qualified" and that he intends to vote for her confirmation.

The Denver-based court reviews cases from Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming.

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Business
7:18 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Beechcraft Secures Largest General Aviation Propeller Aircraft

Wichita-based Beechcraft Corporation says it has received a $1.4 billion plane order; the company believes this to be the largest propeller aircraft order, by value, in general aviation history.

Beechcraft says Wheels Up ordered 105 King Air 350i aircraft, valued at $788 million dollars.

Beechcraft will also be the maintenance provider for this new private aviation company in North America and Western Europe.

Beechcraft says nine planes will be delivered this year, and a total of 35 will be delivered between now and 2015.

Commentary
5:00 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Richard Crowson: What Matters In Life

My friend Dusty Rhodes knew what was important in life.

I guess you don’t spend days clinging to a flotation net in 4,000 fathoms of shark infested waters, watching your friends slowly lose their minds, without gaining some degree of insight into what matters and what doesn’t.

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Music
5:00 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Music That Blends Humor and Humanity

Bob Walkenhorst of The Rainmakers (second from the left) will perform at the Donut Whole on Saturday night.
Credit Courtesy photo

For a few years in the 1980s The Rainmakers seemed like a band on the verge of major success.

Critics waxed enthusiastic about songwriter Bob Walkenhorst’s ability to combine thinking man’s humor and incisive social commentary. These are two qualities that have seen songs such as “Government Cheese,” about the U.S. welfare system and the somewhat lighter “Let My People Go Go,” endure across the decades.

But, Walkenhorst says, he can’t take all the credit for the timelessness of those songs. Much of that, he adds, comes down to the listener.

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Gambling
6:12 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Survey: Gambling Could Hurt 26 Percent Of Kansans

A survey finds that up to 9 percent of Kansans are at risk of developing a gambling problem, and 26 percent of the state's residents could be affected by the uncontrolled gambling of a relative or friend.

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Voting Laws
4:44 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Kobach Considering Rule to Create Two Classes of Voters

Voter registration applications for more than 12,000 people in Kansas are on hold because of missing documents that could prove U.S. citizenship. A law that took effect this year requires people who register to vote for the first time in Kansas to prove their citizenship.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he's considering a rule that could allow those voters to cast ballots in certain elections.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Your Move: The Resistance

Credit Samuel McConnell / KMUW

The Resistance is a card game for up to 10 people. You can play this with your friends, but I should caution that they probably won’t be your friends during the game.

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Government
7:29 am
Thu August 1, 2013

State Revenue Collections Exceed Estimates By $3M

Kansas officials say revenue collections beat estimates by more than $3 million dollars last month.

The Department of Revenue says July's figures were boosted by strong sales tax collections, which were $9.1 million higher than expected.

Individual income tax collections topped expectations by $3.4 million dollars.

But corporate income taxes came in $1 million dollars below the figure predicted by economists and researchers.

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