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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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Weather
8:58 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Weather Service Says Watch Out For Floods, Hail And Wind

Updated 9:00am

Heavy rainfall is flooding in parts of downtown Wichita Thursday morning, as well as part of Valley Center.

The National Weather Service reports that excessive runoff from rainfall will cause flooding in small creeks, streams, and low-lying streets and underpasses. Drive carefully and watch for flooded roadways.

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Community
7:02 am
Thu May 30, 2013

From Vietnam To Wichita, In Search Of Freedom

Christine Cao moved to Wichita when she was 16. Now, 22 years later, she is the owner of Perfect Nails.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

According to the 2010 US Census, more than 1.5 million immigrants from Vietnam live in the U.S. The Vietnamese population in Kansas has increased by 21 percent in the last decade. And more than 9,000 Vietnamese Americans live in Sedgwick County.

Vietnamese business owner Christine Cao moved to Wichita 22 years ago when she was 16. She graduated from Wichita's North High School and in 2005 she earned her bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University in public health in organization and public policy.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:34 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Gridlock In Statehouse, Session Could Run Into June

Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick says no new tax proposals have emerged from his survey of dozens of Republicans.

Merrick met Republicans in small groups Wednesday after the House rejected a proposal to the lower the state sales tax from 6.3 percent to 6 percent in July. It's currently scheduled by law to drop to 5.7 percent on July 1.

Merrick says House GOP leaders don't yet have a new plan. Lawmakers involved in the meetings said House Republicans expressed a variety of positions.

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Commentary
6:26 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Movie Review: Epic

Credit rottentomatoes.com

There are animators who could give Pixar a run for its money, and among them are the makers of Epic.

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Government
6:24 am
Thu May 30, 2013

KS Early Childhood Programs Are Almost Out Of Money

As Kansas lawmakers continue to search for common ground on a budget, an advocacy group says the long-term future of early childhood programs is at stake.

So far, the competing versions of a state budget for 2014 have all included Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to transfer $9.5 million dollars from the Children’s Initiative Fund to the State General Fund.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Past and Present: DOMA and Equal Protection

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In June, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue its decision in United States v. Windsor, the case addressing the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.

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Energy
6:13 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Another Snag In Plans To Expand Kansas Power Plant

Plans to expand a coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas have run into another snag.

An appellate court in Washington, DC, says a federal agency violated the law by clearing the way for expansion of Sunflower Electric’s power plant in Holcomb without first reviewing its impact on the environment.

Attorney Amanda Goodin represents the Sierra Club, which filed suit to stop the expansion.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Art: Keeper Of The Plains

Credit vansassa / flickr

The Keeper of the Plains is a monumental sculpture that marks the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers.

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Taxes
6:04 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

House Turns Down Tax Compromise

The Kansas House has rejected a plan for cutting personal income taxes further and for setting the state's sales tax at 6 percent.

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