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5:00 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Movie Review: Iron Man 3

Iron Man prepares to swoop, possibly recklessly
Credit rottentomatoes.com

Every so often, my duties to the general public force me to suffer through a movie I would ordinarily not-- and Iron Man 3 is an action movie, a borderline science fiction movie, and a special-effects movie, any one of which would ordinarily save me my movie dollar. So don't expect my comments here to do justice to Iron Man 3.

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Medicaid
5:43 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Advocates For Developmentally Disabled Rally Against KanCare

More than 1,000 advocates for the developmentally disabled are rallying at the Kansas Statehouse to urge officials to maintain the current system for providing services.

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Crime
6:30 am
Wed May 8, 2013

UPDATE: Canadian Man Who Took Kansas Girl Gets 8 Years

Updated 5/9/13 at 7:30 am: McGill Sentenced to 8 years in prison

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Education
6:08 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Brownback Wants Sales Tax Extended

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and Gov. Sam Brownback address a news conference at the KU School of Medicine, in Salina on Tuesday.
Credit Bryan Thompson / KPR

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback wants lawmakers to extend a temporary sales tax hike as a way to fund the state's universities.

The governor says cuts to higher education would be a momentum-killer at a time when he thinks a lot of positive things are happening in Kansas.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Wine Tasters

Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

Coming up: Growing up in 1960s London and a competition of wine tasters.

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Judicial Appointments
5:32 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Democrats Skeptical About Supreme Court Change

The Kansas House's top Democrat says he doubts supporters of changing the process for selecting state Supreme Court justices can muster enough support to get a measure passed.

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Government
1:37 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

King And Kinzer Working For Compromise on Judicial Appointments Bill

The chairmen of the Kansas House and Senate Judiciary committees say they're still pursuing changes in how state Supreme Court justices are selected.

Senator Jeff King of Independence and Representative Lance Kinzer of Olathe said Tuesday that they're working on a compromise for changing the state constitution to alter the selection system.

The Senate has approved the measure, which would change the to have the governor appoint the justices, subject to Senate confirmation.

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Commentary
11:42 am
Tue May 7, 2013

OnWords: The Real Cost Of Austerity

Credit Alex Proimos / Wikimedia Commons

When we say something is austere, we evoke everything from an image of monastic poverty to the stark beauty of Modernist design. Because of this, “austerity” as a fiscal policy brings with it the suggestion of a deliberate and disciplined approach to a nation's economy.

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Transportation
8:01 am
Tue May 7, 2013

'Significant Updates' To Be Announced Friday on Passenger Rail in Wichita

A 1914 postcard of Union Station
Credit www.Kancoll.org

Wichita passenger rail supporters will get a jump on National Train Day this Friday during a press conference at Union Station building in Wichita.

Though National Train Day is on Saturday, organizers say the 4 p.m. press conference on Friday will provide "significant updates" on passenger rail advocacy in Kansas. Wichita officials say they'll release a major statement regarding rail.

Vice Mayor Pete Meitzner will lead the event; local business representatives who serve on his local Steering Committee will join him.

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Animal Health
6:26 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Tiger, Mountain Lions Seized From Kansas Property

A tiger and two mountain lions were among a menagerie of wild cats seized from private farmland in rural northeast Kansas, where they lived in inadequate chain-link enclosures and weren't properly fed or watered, authorities said Monday.

Authorities found a tiger; two mountain lions; three bobcats; two lynx; a type of African cat called a serval; and two skunks on the property. They were taken Sunday from the land belonging to a relative of the animals' owner and were turned over to animal sanctuaries in Texas, Florida and Kansas.

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