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2013 Legislative Session
6:19 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Kansas Legislature At Odds With Brownback On Higher Ed Funding

Kansas legislative committees are taking separate paths to solve differences over the state's 2014 budget.

The House Appropriations Committee met Monday to review spending adjustments required by bills that have been signed into law. They're also getting an update on state revenue estimates.

The Senate, whose budget committee met last Thursday, plans to have a separate catch-all spending bill on its calendar when it returns.

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Bankruptcies
5:42 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

State Bankruptcy Filings Fall

A new report shows bankruptcy filings in Kansas fell 11.5 percent for the 12-month period ending in March compared with the previous year.

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2013 Legislative Session
3:02 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

House, Senate Continue Budget Work But Have Not Reached Compromise

The House Appropriations Committee is resuming some work on the 2014 budget Monday.

The House committee is scheduled to tackle small funding issues related to bills that are already signed into law.

All Legislators will return from their month-long break on May 8.

Still, several committees have met to prepare for the rest of the session. The Senate Ways and Means Committee met on Thursday, and the House Appropriations Committee is set to work on the budget Monday and Tuesday.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

The Human Factor: The Real Danger Of Cell Phones

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Many states have either outlawed or about to outlaw the use of cell phones while driving. But the real dangers of cell phone use while driving are not as obvious as they may seem.

The real danger lies in how the human mind functions.

Oftentimes individuals will explain that they use a “hands-free” headset or in car Bluetooth system. Many times people think that this resolves distraction issues because they believe that it’s the physical interaction with the device itself that causes the problem.

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Education
7:02 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Analysis: Kansas Higher Ed Budget Tied To Sales Tax

Kansas higher education officials are depending upon Gov. Brownback to convince lawmakers to preserve money for public universities and colleges.

Brownback toured university and community college campuses last week to highlight education's importance to the state economy.

The governor and other Republicans want Kansas to phase out individual income taxes over the next few years.

To replace that lost funding, Gov. Brownback wants to make a temporary sales tax that's set to expire in July permanent.

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Crime
6:56 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Copper Thieves Got Away, But Are Likely Injured

Kansas utility company officials say someone who caused a power outage and more than $150,000 in damage at a substation could possibly be seriously injured.

Westar crews went to check on a Wichita substation at 5:45 a.m. Saturday found grounding cables and copper wire missing and noticed the chain link fence was cut.

Westar says whoever broke into the substation was messing with dangerous materials and probably was severely injured when the transformer shorted out. They could possibly be blind, deaf and seriously burned.

Commentary
6:48 am
Mon April 29, 2013

At Play: Let's Get Musical!

The Wichita State University School of Performing Arts presents Crazy For You from May 2 to the 5. Crazy for You is the story of Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930s playboy, whose dream in life is to dance. Despite the serious efforts of his mother and soon-to-be ex-fiancée, Bobby achieves his dream in an unexpected place. It’s a high-energy comedy that includes mistaken identity, plot twists, fabulous dance numbers, and classic Gershwin music.

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Keystone XL Pipeline
5:42 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Court Upholds Keystone Pipeline Tax Ruling

The Kansas Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling in 2012 by a state tax court affirming a property tax exemption for a Canadian company building the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Education
7:11 am
Fri April 26, 2013

WSU Unveils New Plan For Its Future

Wilner Auditorium on the WSU campus.
Credit Courtesy / Wichita State University

After nearly eight months of meetings with staff, students and community members, Wichita State University has developed a new plan that will be used to shape the future of the university.

On September 5, 2012, WSU President John Bardo kicked off a campus and community-wide strategic planning process. He appointed a steering committee made up of WSU personnel, community and business leaders, plus others with a stake in the future of WSU and the region.

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Government
6:36 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Kansas GOP Conservatives Balk At More Bonds For Lab

Conservative Republican senators are pushing back at Gov. Sam Brownback's request that Kansas issue $202 million dollars more in bonds to help finance construction of a federal bio-security lab

Members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee heard the pitch Thursday from Landon Fulmer, the governor's chief of staff.

Fulmer says the bonding request represented the last money that Kansas would have to contribute to building the $1.15 billion dollar National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility at Kansas State University.

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