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5:25 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Top Morning News 3.29.13 (UPDATED)

 Updated 8:45 AM

Kansas farmers planting differently due to drought; Gov. Brownback says gay marriage issue is settled in Kansas; Pizza Hut promises free pizza if the Shockers win the NCAA title; Kansas students to participate in Geographic Bee.

Kan. Farmers Plan To Sow Less Corn, More Sorghum

Kansas farmers are planting fewer acres of thirsty crops like corn and soybeans this spring and more of drought-tolerant crops like sorghum.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Richard Crowson: Basketball Pride

Is there another state with as low a population as ours that consistently sends their college basketball teams to the NCAA tournament every March?

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Your Move: Will Pinball Make A Grand Resurgence?

Samuel McConnell KMUW

Pinball is a very old game. The first games that can be recognized as pinball date back to the late 1700s, and the first coin-operated games with flippers arrived around 1947.

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2013 Legislative Session
7:14 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Bill Would Allow Quarantine Of Kansans With HIV/AIDS (UPDATED)

Updated March 29, 2:29 p.m.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment sent a news release Friday to address concerns about the substitute in House bill 2183 regarding infectious and contagious diseases.

In the release, Kansas state epidemiologist Charles Hunt says recent media coverage has been based on a false premise and that "it is not and never was the state's intent to seek the authority for isolation or quarantine of persons related to HIV."

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Government
6:27 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Group Delivers 2,800 Signatures Asking Brownback To Expand Medicaid

Supporters of a Medicaid expansion sign a poster before delivering it to the governor's office.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Supporters of expanding Medicaid delivered nearly 3,000 signatures to Gov. Sam Brownback's office Wednesday, asking him to support an expansion of the state's Medicaid program.

Anna Lambertson is with a coalition of organizations pushing for Medicaid expansion. She spoke during a rally at the Statehouse.

“We could bring more health care related jobs to Kansas, and improve the health of our workforce," she said. "Healthy workers, as I’m sure you know already, mean a productive workforce. That’s good for our employers and for our state."

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Environment
5:55 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Panel Addresses Questions About Wichita's Water Future

This Drought Monitor image shows the severity of drought across the High Plains.
Credit droughtmonitor.unl.edu

A Water Usage and Conservation meeting was held Tuesday at Wichita’s Central Library, organized by the League of Women Voters. A three-member panel addressed questions about the future of Wichita's water supply including concerns about Cheney Reservoir.

Cheney provides 60 percent of the city's water supply and if the drought continues is projected to run dry by August 2015.

“We are going into a three year drought," says Ben Nelson, Strategic Services Manager for Wichita’s Public Works & Utilities Department.

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News
5:38 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Top Morning News 3.28.13

Signatures delivered to Brownback in support of Medicaid expansion; Wichita Senator says we must keep the sales tax rate as is; Study says medical costs could increase after overhaul.

Group Delivers 2,700 Signatures Asking Brownback To Expand Medicaid

Supporters of expanding Medicaid delivered nearly 3,000 signatures to Gov. Sam Brownback's office Wednesday, asking him to support an expansion of the state's Medicaid program.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Movie Review: Spring Breakers

Credit rottentomatoes.com

Spring Breakers will owe its box office success to its continual shots of bosoms and bottoms, not always covered by bikinis.

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Education
6:02 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Senate Amends Reading Plan

Kansas senators have approved a heavily amended version of Gov. Sam Brownback's reading initiative, putting the focus on first-graders.

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Courts
3:42 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Brownback Signs Judicial Selection Bill

Governor Sam Brownback Wednesday signed a bill that changes the way some judges in Kansas are selected.

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