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6:10 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Kan. Department Of Agriculture Relocating To Manhattan

Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman says the Kansas Department of Agriculture will move most of its offices to Manhattan a little more than a year from now. 

Rodman could not be reached for comment on the decision, but a news release from his office says the agency will keep its main administrative office in Topeka. Most of its programs will move to Manhattan where officials can work closely with Kansas State University. 

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Sports
6:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

WSU Shockers: 'Watch Us Believe'

Gregg Marshall and Carl Hall in Los Angeles, Calif., March 28 - 30.
Jeff Tuttle Wichita State University

Wichita State Athletic Director Eric Sexton sits in his spacious office on the second floor of Koch Arena on the Tuesday after he watched the Wichita State men's basketball team earn its first trip to the Final Four in 48 years. But while he's clearly happy about the achievement, he also makes sure to mention that this is a place that Shocker basketball has been before.

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News
5:40 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Top Morning News 4.5.13

House legalizes switchblades; Kan. Department of Ag moving to Manhattan; Bill with HIV quarantine concerns is advancing.

House Passes Bill Legalizing Switchblades

A bill making it legal to own switchblades and stiletto-type knives is awaiting for Gov. Sam Brownback's signature.

The Kansas House passed the measure 95-26 on Thursday, a day after the measure cleared the Senate.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Restaurant Review: Official Bar-B-Q

Credit Tanya Tandoc / KMUW

I love smoked meat, and Wichita has some of the finest pitmasters (and mistresses) around. My husband discovered Official Bar-B-Que a few months ago, while walking our ancient pug down the block.

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2013 Legislative Session
4:42 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Bill Raising HIV Quarantine Concerns Advancing

Lawmakers could soon take a final vote on a controversial bill updating the state's laws for testing people who may have been exposed to some contagious diseases.

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Community
10:47 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Abilene Among Smithsonian's 'Best Small Towns To Visit'

Abilene, Kan., in August 2011.
Credit TravelKS / flickr Creative Commons

Abilene, Kan., has been recognized by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the 20 best small towns to visit. The article, titled “The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013” appears in Smithsonian Magazine’s April issue.

Abilene, which is just east of Salina off of highway 70 and has a population of 6,800, comes in at number 17 and is featured among well-known small towns like Gettysburg, Penn. and Sausalito, Calif. 

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2013 Legislative Session
6:55 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Health Club Bill Stalls In Committee

A bill that would exempt private health clubs and gyms from property taxes has stalled in a committee.

Wednesday, a conference committee working on tax issues decided not to take up the health club measure.

Supporters of the bill, including health club owners, say they face competition from tax-free organizations like the YMCA and publicly owned health clubs. The controversial legislation prompted hundreds of emails about the issue to lawmakers.

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Crime and Courts
6:45 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Three Indicted In Synthetic Marijuana Scheme

Packets containing the synthetic marijuana that the family members were allegedly selling.
Credit Courtesy / DEA

A federal grand jury has indicted three Kansas men on charges that they operated a global sales and supply network for synthetic marijuana.

Bradley Miller of Wichita, his brother, Clark Sloan of Tonganoxie, and Sloan’s son Jonathan Sloan of Lawrence face charges of mail fraud, conspiracy, distribution of a misbranded drug, smuggling, and conspiracy to launder money from the operation.

They’re accused of manufacturing and distributing a marijuana substitute called K2 through businesses named Bouncing Bear Botanicals and Persephone’s Journey.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:30 am
Thu April 4, 2013

As Session Wraps Up, Lawmakers Consider Weighty Issues

Kansas legislators have been working on some weighty issues this legislative session.

Legislation that includes tax reform and changes to abortion law are under consideration. A bill signed into law by Gov. Brownback changes how appeals court judges are selected.

Lawmakers are expected to pass legislation through this week, then begin a wrap-up session May 8.

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News
5:33 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Top Morning News 4.4.13

Lawmakers need more time for income tax deal; Additions could be made to anti-aboriton bill; Three men arrested in synthetic marijuana scheme.

Kansas Tax Deal On Hold

Negotiators for the Kansas House and Senate say agreement on a plan for more cuts in income taxes is unlikely until May.

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Lawmakers Adding To Sweeping Anti-Abortion Measure

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