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2013 Legislative Session
4:42 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Bill Raising HIV Quarantine Concerns Advancing

Lawmakers could soon take a final vote on a controversial bill updating the state's laws for testing people who may have been exposed to some contagious diseases.

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Community
10:47 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Abilene Among Smithsonian's 'Best Small Towns To Visit'

Abilene, Kan., in August 2011.
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Abilene, Kan., has been recognized by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the 20 best small towns to visit. The article, titled “The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013” appears in Smithsonian Magazine’s April issue.

Abilene, which is just east of Salina off of highway 70 and has a population of 6,800, comes in at number 17 and is featured among well-known small towns like Gettysburg, Penn. and Sausalito, Calif. 

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2013 Legislative Session
6:55 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Health Club Bill Stalls In Committee

A bill that would exempt private health clubs and gyms from property taxes has stalled in a committee.

Wednesday, a conference committee working on tax issues decided not to take up the health club measure.

Supporters of the bill, including health club owners, say they face competition from tax-free organizations like the YMCA and publicly owned health clubs. The controversial legislation prompted hundreds of emails about the issue to lawmakers.

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Crime and Courts
6:45 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Three Indicted In Synthetic Marijuana Scheme

Packets containing the synthetic marijuana that the family members were allegedly selling.
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A federal grand jury has indicted three Kansas men on charges that they operated a global sales and supply network for synthetic marijuana.

Bradley Miller of Wichita, his brother, Clark Sloan of Tonganoxie, and Sloan’s son Jonathan Sloan of Lawrence face charges of mail fraud, conspiracy, distribution of a misbranded drug, smuggling, and conspiracy to launder money from the operation.

They’re accused of manufacturing and distributing a marijuana substitute called K2 through businesses named Bouncing Bear Botanicals and Persephone’s Journey.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:30 am
Thu April 4, 2013

As Session Wraps Up, Lawmakers Consider Weighty Issues

Kansas legislators have been working on some weighty issues this legislative session.

Legislation that includes tax reform and changes to abortion law are under consideration. A bill signed into law by Gov. Brownback changes how appeals court judges are selected.

Lawmakers are expected to pass legislation through this week, then begin a wrap-up session May 8.

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News
5:33 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Top Morning News 4.4.13

Lawmakers need more time for income tax deal; Additions could be made to anti-aboriton bill; Three men arrested in synthetic marijuana scheme.

Kansas Tax Deal On Hold

Negotiators for the Kansas House and Senate say agreement on a plan for more cuts in income taxes is unlikely until May.

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Lawmakers Adding To Sweeping Anti-Abortion Measure

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Movie Review: Emperor

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Emperor is a blown-opportunity movie, which purports to be about General Douglas MacArthur's decision whether to try Emperor Hirohito for war crimes in the wake of World War II.

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Taxes
6:11 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Kansas Tax Deal On Hold

Negotiators for the Kansas House and Senate say agreement on a plan for more cuts in income taxes is unlikely until May.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Past and Present: The Reality of History

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Many in the general public think of history as dry textbooks and the memorization of lists of dates, wars, kings and presidents. But memorizing facts is no more history than practicing free throws is basketball.

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Economy
12:04 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Kansas Gets 'A' Grade For Small Business-Friendly Practices

Kansas received an "A" grade again this year from Thumbtack.com's Small Business Survey. The grade was the seventh highest in the country.

The survey bases its grades on data gathered from a nationwide group of more than 7,000 small business owners, freelancers and entrepreneurs in order to rank the best places in the country to do business. The rankings were released in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation.

Kansas received its overall A grade thanks to a strong showing in several categories:

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