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2013 Legislative Session
6:19 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Senate Budget Would Cut $10M for KU Med Building

There was a setback for the University of Kansas Medical Center in state budget discussions Monday.

A Senate committee voted to cut out $10 million that would help pay for a new health education building.

Republican Senator Tom Arpke from Salina originally proposed the cut. Arpke pointed to the tuition increases at KU compared to other universities in the state

“Looking at the overall performance at the Regents universities, it seems to me that the University of Kansas was being... a little fiscally irresponsible,” he said.

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Health
6:05 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Kansas Will Have Federally Operated Health Exchange

The new online health insurance marketplace going into effect next year in Kansas as part of the Affordable Care Act will be operated by federal, not state, officials.

That is because Gov. Sam Brownback refused to have any role in implementing what he calls "Obamacare."

Last Friday was the final deadline for states to notify federal officials of their interest in creating a federal-state partnership model for the new health insurance exchange. The deadline came and went with no action by Gov. Brownback.

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News
5:32 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Top Morning News 2.19.13

Health exchange in Kansas will be federally operated; Budget director apologizes for numbers error; KU building gets slashed from Senate budget.

Kansas Will Have Federally Operated Health Exchange

The new, online health insurance marketplace going into effect next year will be operated by federal officials.

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Brownback Budget Director Apologizes For Incorrect Number

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Wichita Weather Outlook
12:30 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Wednesday Could Bring Rain To Wichita

Clouds will increase Tuesday night ahead of a strong cold front that will likely bring a mix of rain and snow to much of Kansas.

The precipitation will begin on Wednesday as mostly rain in the Wichita area and likely turn to freezing rain for part of the overnight hours into Thursday.

Dry weather is expected for the weekend with warmer temperatures.

Commentary
12:30 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

The Human Factor: How Do You Know How To Hold A Coffee Mug?

The handle on this blue coffee mug is an example of an affordance. Its design makes obvious the purpose or function.
Credit ~dgies / flickr

Human Factors aims to better integrate humans and systems to increase effectiveness and safety, and to reduce errors and accidents.

Sometimes, these systems can be simple, such as a human using a pen; and sometimes they can be much more complex, such as the systems in place to launch shuttles and rockets into orbit. One principle that is often used in our field is called “Affordance.”

Affordances are defined as a quality of an object or environment that makes it obvious what that object or environments purpose or function is.

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Education
12:20 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

KS Schools Could See Small Boost In Per-Pupil Funding

Kansas' public schools could receive a slight increases in per-student spending starting in fiscal year 2015.

The State House Appropriations Committee accepted a subcommittee's report on K-12 spending Monday morning. The subcommittee's budget allocates more than $3 billion dollars for all public schools. Funding per pupil would remain at $3,838  for fiscal year 2014 but would increase marginally by $14 per pupil starting July 1, 2014.

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Commentary
10:00 am
Mon February 18, 2013

At Play Theatre Roundup: Feb 18 - March 3

Photo of Oscar Wilde taken in 1882 by Napoleon Sarony.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Friends University presents Joseph Robinette’s adaptation of the C.S. Lewis classic The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. The production opens February 21 and closes February 24.

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Community
6:28 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Kansans Set Guinness Record For Food Packing

At a food-packing event Saturday, groups develop a rhythm to pack as many bags of food as they can in an attempt to break a world record.
Milt Radford KMUW

Two-thousand volunteers  packed 479,000 meals in less than one hour Saturday to feed children in Haiti, while setting a Guinness World Record. The previous record was just more than 315,000.

The event was sponsored by Numana Inc., Volunteer Kansas and The Downtown Rotary Club of Wichita. 

“We’re going to keep going until they tell us to stop,” said Lena Young, a volunteer, as she assembled the meals.

Guinness sent an adviser to Wichita to verify the process and witness the record being set.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:06 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Sales Tax Proposal Faces Challenge In KS House

The Kansas Senate could vote on Gov. Sam Brownback's tax proposal this week, but it is unclear if the provision that cuts income tax rates can pass the House.

To balance the budget, the bill would eliminate some income tax deductions and keep the sales tax elevated. But Speaker Ray Merrick, a Stilwell Republican, says House members are cool to keeping the sales tax.

“Of course we’re a long way from the finish, and the finish changes a lot of thinking, but right now I don’t see a lot of appetite out here to retain the sales tax,” he says.

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News
5:41 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Top Morning News 2.18.13

Sales tax proposal faces challenge in Kansas House; House leaders disagree over use of ending balance; Kansans set Guinness World Record.

Sales Tax Proposal Faces Challenge In KS House

The Kansas Senate could vote on Gov. Sam Brownback's tax proposal this week, but some are questioning whether one of its main provisions can pass the House.

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House Leaders Disagree On Using State's Ending Balance

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