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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

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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

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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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Commentary
1:21 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Musical Space: Why Street Music Is So Important

Unidentified multi-instrumentalist busking at Bumbershoot, a music and arts festival held every Labor Day weekend in Seattle, Wash.
Credit Joe Mabel / Wikimedia Commons

Street music has probably been around as long as there have been streets.

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Commentary
9:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

The Human Factor: That's Not Science!

A phrenology diagram from the People's Cyclopedia of Universal Knowledge (1883).
Credit Wikipedia

Throughout history snake oil salesmen have tried and succeeded at duping people with pseudo scientific nonsense:

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Kansas Storms
8:50 am
Tue May 28, 2013

4 Tornadoes Hit Northeast Kansas Monday Night

At least four tornadoes hit different counties in northeast Kansas Monday night, but there were no fatalities or serious injuries, according to preliminary reports from emergency management officials.

The most significant damage was reported in and around Marysville, which is about 150 miles northwest of Kansas City near the Nebraska border. A tornado touched down about 9:50 p.m., said Bill Schwindamann, Marshall County emergency management director.

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