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6:50 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Brownback Wants Higher Education Funding Left Uncut

Gov. Sam Brownback speaking on the WSU campus Monday about the need to leave higher education funding at its current level.
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Gov. Sam Brownback met with leaders at Wichita State University Monday to solicit support for his funding proposal that would help maintain state dollars for higher education.

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Crime and Courts
6:28 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Human Trafficking Laws Updated

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill to combat human trafficking and exploitation of underage sex workers.

The governor signed the bill Monday, saying it will provide increased criminal penalties and services for victims of sexual exploitation.

"This would not only strengthen our ability to severly punish traffickers," said Brownback. "It would give us valuable new tools to protect vulnerable young victims so they can have hope of a new life and break the cycle of exploitation."

The bill modifies Kansas human trafficking laws passed nearly a decade ago.

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Agriculture
6:01 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Warmer Temperatures Needed To Assess Wheat Damage

A new report says warmer temperatures are needed before Kansas farmers can assess the freeze damage to their winter wheat crop.

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Medicine
3:39 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Governor Signs Bill Establishing KU Med Stem Cell Center

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill that will establish a stem cell research center at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The new facility would work with adult stem cells and cells taken from umbilical cord blood.

Brownback signed the bill during a ceremony Monday at the Statehouse. He was joined by people who have successfully undergone medical treatments using stem cells.

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Environment
7:28 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Ozone Alerts Coming Your Way This Summer

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The city of Wichita is implementing a new plan for the 2013 ozone season in an effort to reduce the impact on area ozone levels.

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News
6:51 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Top Morning News 4.22.13

Kansas guns becoming immune to federal regulation; Brownback visiting universities with a funding push; June trial date set in Koch cyberattack case; Roberts poised to become oldest Kansas U.S. Senator.

Starting Thursday, Kansas Guns Are Immune To Federal Regulation

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Education
6:26 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Brownback Visiting Kansas Universities With A Funding Push

Gov. Sam Brownback will start a tour of the state's universities this week to pitch his funding proposal to lawmakers.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Book Review: Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls

David Sedaris
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David Sedaris is known for his self-deprecating wit, obsessive behaviors and sardonic humor. His new book of essays, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, does not disappoint.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

A Musical Life: Geoffrey Deibel

Geoffrey Deibel maintains a multi-faceted career as performer, teacher, and researcher.
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A Washington, D.C., native, Geoffrey Deibel is emerging as an important voice for the saxophone and contemporary music. Geoff's performances as soloist and chamber musician have taken him around the United States and across the globe. Geoff is a member of the critically acclaimed h2 quartet, a first prize winner at the Fischoff Competition and recent recipient of an Aaron Copland Fund Recording Grant. The group has been hailed by American Record Guide as "an ensemble to watch for years to come."

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Energy
6:27 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Wolf Creek Deemed Safe, But Still Under Scrutiny

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) says the Wolf Creek nuclear plant operated safely last year.

But the only nuclear power plant in Kansas remains under heightened scrutiny because of a series of problems. Wolf Creek was shut down for more than two months in 2012 after a transformer failed.

The NRC says that was because the plant didn’t properly supervise contractors working on the equipment.

At a public meeting hosted by the NRC on Thursday, Wolf Creek President and CEO Matt Sunseri outlined steps the plant has taken to improve safety and reliability.

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