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6:05 am
Wed February 6, 2013

City Council Approves 10-Year, $12.5M Bike Plan

An illustration of one bike-friendly design option for Wichita streets.
Credit City of Wichita - Bicycle Master Plan

The Wichita City Council Tuesday approved the Bicycle Master Plan. It recommends ways to make bicycling easier, safer and more convenient in Wichita.

A 19-member steering committee worked on the plan for two years. More than 4,000 people participated in the planning process at various meetings and events.

At the council meeting, Scott Wadle of the city's planning department outlined some of the recommendations:

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2013 Legislative Session
6:00 am
Wed February 6, 2013

KS Senate Committee Delays Work On Gov's Tax Plan

Les Donovan (R-Wichita), chair of Senate Tax Committee, speaking to reporters after the delay.
Credit Stephen Koranda

A Senate Committee has delayed work on Gov. Sam Brownback's tax proposal. A printing mix-up meant the scheduled debate was left off the official Senate calendar for Tuesday, and the committee's chairman says he didn't want to work on the tax plan without letting the public know about it.

The committee was scheduled to debate the bill and offer amendments, also called "working" the bill.

Senate Tax Committee chairman Les Donovan says they’ll benefit from the extra time to prepare.

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News
5:49 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Top Morning News 2.06.13 (Updated)

Mark McCormick returns to KAAM; Reno County Residents Consider Jail Renovation Tax; Wichita City Council approves bike plan; Kansas Senate Committee has to delay work on tax plan because of a printing problem; Sen. Michael O'Donnell introduces legislation to have Kansas college basketball teams play.

Updated 2/6/13 9:27 am

Mark McCormick Returns To Direct Kansas African American Museum

The former director of the Kansas African American Museum in Wichita has returned to the job.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Art Review: Under Pressure

Robert Indiana, American Dream #5, 1980. Screenprint. Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation © 2012 Morgan Art Foundation/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image courtesy Wichita Art Museum.

The Wichita Art Museum opened a new show this past weekend. The exhibition is Under Pressure: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation. This exhibition features 40 artists from this private collection of postwar American artists.

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Community
4:46 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

What Did $100M Do For Downtown Wichita?

View of downtown Wichita from the top of the Old Town Square parking garage.
Credit chris.locke / flickr

Nearly $100 million was invested in downtown projects last year including the Ambassador Hotel, St. Mary's Cathedral and the YMCA.

This figure comes from the 2012 Project Downtown annual report that was presented to the Wichita City Council Tuesday by Jeff Fluhr, president of the Wichita Downtown Development Corp., and Scott Knebel from the city.

David Dixon, principle for planning and urban design at Goody Clancy out of Boston, was also part of the presentation because he helped craft the master plan.

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Taxes
3:28 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Senate Committee Delays Work On Tax Plan

A Kansas Senate committee has delayed debate on Governor Sam Brownback's tax proposal. A mistake at the Statehouse printing office meant the scheduled debate was left off the official Senate calendar for Tuesday.

Senator Les Donovan, a Republican from Wichita, said he didn't want to work on the tax plan without letting the public know about it. Donovan added, though, that senators could use some more time to prepare for the debate.

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Commentary
7:57 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Musical Space: Merch

An array of Split Lip Rayfield T-shirts that have been for sale through the years.
Credit Split Lip Rayfield

Now that CDs aren’t making money, more of a musician's income is from selling "merch" - merchandise: T-shirts, stickers, guitar picks, etc.

Merch might not be the main part of a band’s revenue stream, but I think it has become a bigger part of the musical experience since the beginning of the digital age.

Merch is essential for the true fan. An MP3 is a transitory and abstract thing; a concert T-shirt on the other hand is tangible and enduring.

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Transportation
6:20 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Wichita City Council To Hear Presentation On Bicycle Master Plan

The Wichita Bicycle Master Plan would create a network of bike lanes and bike paths.
Credit Ty Nigh / Flickr

The Wichita City Council will hear recommendations Tuesday on a 10-year, $12.5 million plan to improve and connect city bike paths.

Bike shop owner Lee Engler says new riders like safe paths and seasoned riders prefer street improvements, and the steering committee is proposing both.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Senate Committee Preparing For Talks On School Funding Amendment

A constitutional amendment would give Legislators the power to set school funding levels.
Credit Michael B. / Flickr

Lawmakers are considering a change to the Kansas Constitution in response to lawsuits over school funding.

About eight years ago, a lawsuit ended with an agreement to increase spending on students. But lawmakers cut back when the economy slowed, which rekindled the legal battle. 

Now, some Legislators are proposing a constitutional amendment that would give them the power to determine what is a suitable level of funding.

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News
5:47 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Top Morning News 2.05.13

Wichita City Council to hear about the Bicycle Master Plan; Rezoning petition for former Tiller clinic expected at council meeting; Senate panel preparing debate over tax proposals.

Wichita City Council To Hear Presentation On Bicycle Master Plan

The Wichita City Council will hear recommendations Tuesday on a 10 year, $12.5 million plan to improve the city's bike paths.

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