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Medicaid
3:33 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Advocates Seek Reduction In Medicaid Waiting-List Rolls

Advocates for Kansans with disabilities are urging legislators to adopt Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to reduce the number of people on the waiting list for Medicaid services.

Currently, about 5,000 Kansans with developmental and physical disabilities are on the list. Brownback wants to spend $18 million to provide services to approximately 600 of them.

Advocates are using a video to help make their case to lawmakers. It features parents of disabled Kansans and some of the caseworkers who are trying to help them gain access to services.

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Community
9:38 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Kansas Lawmakers Host Legislative Forum Monday

South-central Kansas lawmakers are hosting a forum Monday evening.

The forum is open to the public and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Derby City Hall.

Democratic Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau of Wichita is the chair of the south-central delegation and will moderate the forum.

Kansas Legislators will return to Topeka on Wednesday for the closing days of their session.

Education
6:43 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Wichita Middle School Students Get Chance At Flight Over Wichita

A group of middle school students will get a chance to fly over Wichita this week to mark the end of their mentoring program.

The Flying Challenge program ends Thursday at the National Center for Aviation Training.

The program matches Airbus and Wichita State University engineering students with 80 students at Brooks Middle School in Wichita.

The students participate in a robotics lab, a paint lab, a radio-controlled airplane demonstration and this flight over Wichita,

Community
6:32 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Wichita Fountains Could Dry Up This Summer

A drought-induced water shortage could force Wichita officials to idle the city's fountain systems this summer.

City Manager Robert Layton says water use across all city operations is under review.

City officials say Cheney Reservoir could dry up by mid-2015 if the drought continues, and the city would no longer have enough water to meet demand if that happens.

2013 Legislative Session
5:57 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Kobach Office Could Get Expanded Power Soon

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he is close to winning legislative approval for new power for his office to investigate and prosecute election fraud cases. 

Secretary of State Kobach said Friday he's optimistic lawmakers will approve the bill when they reconvene this week to wrap up their business for the year.

The House and Senate have approved different versions of Kobach's bill, setting up negotiations over the final version. Lead House negotiator Lance Kinzer said Kobach's proposal is on track to pass.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Book Review: Snapper

Brian Kimberling
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Snapper is a collection of stories by Brian Kimberling.

Like making new friends later in life, we learn about protagonist Nathan Lochmueller through a series of stories and back-stories. 

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Government
1:05 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Brigadier General Reddel: It's Time to Memorialize President Eisenhower

The man leading efforts to build a memorial honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower says conflicts about the design shouldn't derail the effort.

Retired Brigadier General Carl Reddel spoke yesterday at the Dole Institute in Lawrence, saying "it's about time that we do this." Reddel is the executive director of the memorial commission. He said the proposed $142 million memorial would celebrate Eisenhower's success as a general and a president.

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Commentary
12:08 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

A Musical Life: Drew Patton

Drew Pattton will perform his senior recital this weekend at Friends University.
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Drew Patton first discovered his passion for music by watching Wichita bands such as Ricky Fitts and Hanoi Chevrolet during his high school years. He began playing music shortly thereafter in a succession of bands including punk, progressive rock (with the band Cosmic Octave) and beyond.

Upon entering college, he discovered an interest in jazz (including greats such as Joe Pass) and quickly became infatuated with writing music "on the page" because he was able to discover new harmonies outside of what he was accustomed to playing on the instrument.

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Environment
11:25 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Community Sustainability Fair Saturday In Downtown Wichita

What is being called a "community sustainability" event will be part of the annual KidFest this Saturday in Expo Hall at Century II in downtown Wichita, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Green Zone will feature family-friendly activities in an effort to encourage people to conserve water, save energy, recycle, improve air quality and garden.

Free vehicle-emission testing will be available. 

Government
7:56 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Brownback To Holder: 'Kansans Hold Dear Their Right To Bear Arms'

Gov. Sam Brownback has told U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder a new Kansas gun law aimed at reining in the federal government has broad support in the state.

Brownback sent a letter Thursday to Holder defending the law, which took effect last week.

He said Kansans hold dear their right to bear arms.

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