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6:09 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Lawmakers Mulling Medicaid Expansion

Starting next year, states will be able to take part in a sweeping expansion of the health care program Medicaid, and the federal government will pick up most of the cost. But it's still not clear if that expansion will take place in Kansas, where the state's Medicaid program is known as KanCare. 

As Lawmakers and Gov. Sam Brownback consider the expansion, some Kansans are trying to make their voices heard.

THE PLIGHT OF MARI WHITE

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News
5:32 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Top Morning News 4.3.13

Wichita and Sedgwick County election results are in; Anti-abortion legislation passes in Senate; Drug testing bill ready for Gov's signature; Ogallala Aquifer group to meet; Prison art on display at Statehouse.

Close Races For Wichita City Council, School Board

Wichita and Sedgwick county elections were held Tuesday. Wichita saw close races in for both City Council and School Board.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Art Review: A Dual Exhibition Venture

"Tumbled, Dried, and Softened," Chiyoko Myose, 2013
Credit Chiyoko Myose

Two exhibitions opened this past Final Friday at the Mid-America Fine Arts Gallery, in the Commerce Plaza building on Douglas.

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Kansas Senate
5:37 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Drug Testing Bill Awaits Gov's Signature

If Gov. Brownback signs the bill, some welfare recipients in Kansas will have to submit to drug testing to keep benefits.
Credit Micahb37/Flickr--Creative Commons

Senators have sent a bill to Gov. Sam Brownback's desk that would require Kansas residents who receive welfare and unemployment benefits to submit to drug testing.

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Arts
12:19 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

New Kansas Arts Agency To Hold Public Meetings

The agency that was formed by the 2012 Kansas legislature to replace the Kansas Arts Commission is holding a series of public input meetings.

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC) seeks public input to guide future activities and to help draft a strategic plan for FY 2014 that starts July 1.

The CIAC was awarded $700,000 for operations and grants in fiscal year 2013. It was the first time that state funding was available for Kansas arts agencies since Gov. Sam Brownback fired the staff of the Kansas Arts Commission and vetoed arts funding in 2011.

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Water
8:21 am
Tue April 2, 2013

How Should Wichita Respond To Drought?

The city of Wichita has scheduled six public meetings to get input from residents on how to respond to prolonged drought conditions. Officials want to gather information about how people are being affected by the drought and to generate ideas for extending the water supply.

“We’re looking for water utility customers, both residential and business, to weigh in on the issue,” said Ben Nelson, strategic services manager for Wichita's Public Works and Utilities.

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Commentary
7:47 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Musical Space: How John Hammond Shaped American Pop Music

(L to R) Lonnie Johnson, Chris Albertson, John H. Hammond, Elmer Snowden
Credit Wikimedia Commons

You might not have heard of John Hammond, but in terms of cultural significance he was arguably the world’s most influential record producer.

At the beginning of his career in the 1930s, largely because of his deep convictions about racial equality and civil rights, Hammond helped shape the the jazz scene.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:05 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Officials Address Concerns About Quarantining People With HIV

State health officials are working to quiet concerns that a bill would allow for the quarantine of people with HIV.

The bill is aimed at protecting emergency responders, making it easier to test an accident victim's blood to test for HIV or other infectious diseases. But, some were concerned that the bill removed long standing protections for persons with HIV/AIDS, and might open the door for them to be quarantined.

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News
5:23 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Top Morning News 4.2.13

Kansas House and Senate moving toward income tax deal; Union paycheck bill signed by governor; Kansas economy slipped slightly in March.

Tax Negotiations Moving Slowly

Negotiators from the Kansas House and Senate report little progress in working out differences in income tax plans.

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Union Paycheck Deduction Bill Signed Into Law

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Taxes
5:42 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Tax Negotiations Moving Slowly

Negotiators from the Kansas House and Senate report little progress in working out differences in plans for further cuts in personal income taxes.

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