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2013 Legislative Session
6:25 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Legislature Passes Budget In Final Hours Of 2013 Session

The Kansas Legislature narrowly passed a two-year state budget over the weekend and wrapped up the 2013 legislative session. 

The single biggest responsibility lawmakers have every year is to pass a state budget. It was questionable whether this proposal could pass the House. The chamber’s leadership was putting pressure on Republicans to pass the budget, saying if they didn’t pass one over the weekend the state could miss payments, like a payment for state worker health insurance.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Book Review: The Chaperone

One beautiful thing about reading is the travel it allows. Through books, you can visit other times, places, or even dimensions.

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Government
3:12 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Bill Would Create Review Panel For Board Of Education Decisions

The Senate Ways and Means Committee has introduced legislation that would pause the implementation of new Common Core Education standards. The bill the committee introduced Friday would create an 11-member legislative panel to review the State Board of Education's decisions on any new education standards.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

A Musical Life: Tom Page

Tom Page has been an integral part of the Wichita and Kansas music scenes for more than 20 years.
Credit KMUW

Tom Page has been an integral part of the Wichita and Kansas music scenes for more than 20 years. The guitarist performed with acts such as Sunshine Family, Winking Spaniard, and Grandpa’s .38 throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, earning a reputation not only as a gifted guitarist but a remarkable songwriter as well.

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Mental Health
6:44 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Report: Medicaid Expansion Vital to Mental Health

The National Alliance on Mental Illness says gaps in mental health care could be addressed if every state-including Kansas-would expand Medicaid as envisioned in the Affordable Care Act.

Rick Cagan, who heads NAMI Kansas, says the state’s system of community mental health centers is supposed to provide help for Kansans with mental illness, regardless of their ability to pay. But budget cuts have left public mental health providers unable to meet the needs…

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2013 Legislative Session
6:38 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Still No Resolution On Sales Tax Issue

The Kansas House has rejected a new proposal to decrease the sales tax on groceries while keeping sales tax for other items at 6.3 percent.

The House voted 94-18 last night on the measure; it would have allowed further cuts in personal income taxes, in addition to the cuts made last year.

The proposal would have also decreased the sales tax on groceries to 4.9 percent in October.

The current, elevated sales tax is set to drop back down to 5.7 percent in July. Lawmakers raised it to 6.3 percent last year to offset income tax cuts.

Community
6:35 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Father And Son-In-Law Sought 'Land Of Opportunity'

Thanh Phan and Tran Van Vi
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

In 1975, Tran Van Vi was a news reporter in his homeland of Vietnam before, at the age of 50, making the journey to start a new life in Wichita.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Restaurant Review: Harry's Uptown Bar & Grill

Credit Fletcher Powell / KMUW

If you have lived in Wichita for longer than a year and haven’t made the trip to Harry’s Uptown Bar & Grill, you are missing out on some of the best atmosphere in town.

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Community
12:42 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

With A Few Precautions, It's Safe For You To Use The Arkansas River

The confluence of the Little and Big Arkansas rivers, taken in 2007.
Credit djmcaleese / flickr Creative Commons

With the annual Wichita River Festival approaching, the city says the Arkansas River is suitable for recreational use.

However, there are some advisory conditions you should follow:

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Community
10:21 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Six Kansas Sites Added To National Register Of Historic Places

Santa Fe Trail Map
Credit Legends of Kansas

The Kansas Historical Society recently placed six Santa Fe Trail locations in Kansas on the National Register of Historic Places. With the addition of these sites in Marion and Morton counties, the state now has 1,310 registered historic sites.

Thirty properties were nominated for the Santa Fe Trail project, and these six were the first to be approved by the National Park Service.

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