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Election 2013
7:02 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Close Races For Wichita City Council, School Board

Wichita City Council, District 1

Incumbent city council member Lavonta Willams kept her seat, beating out Dave Thomas with 71 percent of the vote. Thomas had 28 percent of the vote.

Wichita City Council, District 3

James Clendenin grabbed the District 3 Wichita city council seat in a close race with Clinton Coen. Clendenin had 52 percent of the vote, Coen had 46 percent.

Wichita City Council, District 6

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2013 Legislative Session
6:13 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Kansas Senate Approves Sweeping Anti-Abortion Legislation

Senators passed sweeping abortion legislation Tuesday at the Kansas Statehouse.
Credit Jimmy Emerson / Flickr

The Kansas Senate has approved new restrictions on abortion providers.

Senators voted 29-11 Tuesday on a bill blocking tax breaks for clinics that provide abortions.

The legislation also keeps groups affiliated with abortion from furnishing materials or instructors for sex education classes in public schools.

The measure also spells out in greater detail which information doctors must provide to patients before performing abortions-- including information about a now-debunked potential link between abortion and breast cancer.

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Government
6:09 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Lawmakers Mulling Medicaid Expansion

Starting next year, states will be able to take part in a sweeping expansion of the health care program Medicaid, and the federal government will pick up most of the cost. But it's still not clear if that expansion will take place in Kansas, where the state's Medicaid program is known as KanCare. 

As Lawmakers and Gov. Sam Brownback consider the expansion, some Kansans are trying to make their voices heard.

THE PLIGHT OF MARI WHITE

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News
5:32 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Top Morning News 4.3.13

Wichita and Sedgwick County election results are in; Anti-abortion legislation passes in Senate; Drug testing bill ready for Gov's signature; Ogallala Aquifer group to meet; Prison art on display at Statehouse.

Close Races For Wichita City Council, School Board

Wichita and Sedgwick county elections were held Tuesday. Wichita saw close races in for both City Council and School Board.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Art Review: A Dual Exhibition Venture

"Tumbled, Dried, and Softened," Chiyoko Myose, 2013
Credit Chiyoko Myose

Two exhibitions opened this past Final Friday at the Mid-America Fine Arts Gallery, in the Commerce Plaza building on Douglas.

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Kansas Senate
5:37 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Drug Testing Bill Awaits Gov's Signature

If Gov. Brownback signs the bill, some welfare recipients in Kansas will have to submit to drug testing to keep benefits.
Credit Micahb37/Flickr--Creative Commons

Senators have sent a bill to Gov. Sam Brownback's desk that would require Kansas residents who receive welfare and unemployment benefits to submit to drug testing.

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Arts
12:19 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

New Kansas Arts Agency To Hold Public Meetings

The agency that was formed by the 2012 Kansas legislature to replace the Kansas Arts Commission is holding a series of public input meetings.

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (CAIC) seeks public input to guide future activities and to help draft a strategic plan for FY 2014 that starts July 1.

The CIAC was awarded $700,000 for operations and grants in fiscal year 2013. It was the first time that state funding was available for Kansas arts agencies since Gov. Sam Brownback fired the staff of the Kansas Arts Commission and vetoed arts funding in 2011.

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Water
8:21 am
Tue April 2, 2013

How Should Wichita Respond To Drought?

The city of Wichita has scheduled six public meetings to get input from residents on how to respond to prolonged drought conditions. Officials want to gather information about how people are being affected by the drought and to generate ideas for extending the water supply.

“We’re looking for water utility customers, both residential and business, to weigh in on the issue,” said Ben Nelson, strategic services manager for Wichita's Public Works and Utilities.

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Commentary
7:47 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Musical Space: How John Hammond Shaped American Pop Music

(L to R) Lonnie Johnson, Chris Albertson, John H. Hammond, Elmer Snowden
Credit Wikimedia Commons

You might not have heard of John Hammond, but in terms of cultural significance he was arguably the world’s most influential record producer.

At the beginning of his career in the 1930s, largely because of his deep convictions about racial equality and civil rights, Hammond helped shape the the jazz scene.

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