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Wichita Weather Outlook
11:45 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Weekend Temps Should Be Warmer

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We’ve seen a dramatic change in our weather this week. Wichita recorded record high temperatures on Sunday and Monday but a cold front passed over us on Tuesday, bringing much colder temperatures and a light mixture of rain and snow.

Through Friday, we’ll see daytime high temperatures in Wichita in the 40s and overnight lows dropping into the 20s.

Just in time for the weekend, temperatures will moderate with highs climbing back into the 50s and overnight lows in the 30s.

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Government
7:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Mayor Brewer: Wichita's Infrastructure Needs Costly Repairs

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer delivers his 2013 State of the City address to a crowd at City Hall Tuesday evening.
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Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer delivered his annual State of the City address Tuesday to a crowd at City Hall.

Brewer said the majority of the city's water and sewer systems will need to be repaired or replaced in the next 30 years and the work will cost more than $2 billion.

He also said nearly half of Wichita's streets are below national standards and almost a third of its bridges need repair or maintenance.

Brewer said economic development is vital to increasing city revenue.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:37 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Bill Would Limit Collective Bargaining For Teachers

A bill in the House would limit the bargaining rights of teachers in Kansas.

A committee heard from supporters and opponents of the bill Tuesday. Supporters of the measure want administrators to have more flexibility to hire, fire and assign teachers.

The bill would take out some bargaining rights teachers currently have and would limit what can be negotiated by unions. For example, teacher evaluation processes could no longer be part of contract negotiations.

Some lawmakers say we need to look at new ways of recruiting, hiring and evaluating teachers.

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News
5:30 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Top Morning News 1.30.13

 Mayor Brewer lays out grim future for Wichita's infrastructure in State of the City; Bill would limit teacher's bargaining rights; Senate vote on judge appointments looms.

Mayor Brewer: Wichita's Infrastructure Needs Costly Repairs

Wichita mayor Carl Brewer delivered his state of the city speech Tuesday to a crowd at City Hall.

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Wichita, Sedgwick County Officials To Release Survey Findings

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Indie Film Guide 1/30 - 2/12

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Fletcher Powell takes a look ahead to the end of the month and Wichita's annual screenings of the Academy Award-nominted short films.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

OnWords: Momentum

“Momentum” is a word that we don’t usually think of as having a technical origin, even though we hear it used a lot by reporters during election season. A typical use would be something like “Senator Belfry’s campaign seems to have gained momentum following his recent speech to the Bloom County Chamber of Commerce.” There seems to be nothing technical about that.

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Education
11:47 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Nearly 74 Percent Of WSU Grads Get Jobs In Kansas

Wilner Hall on the WSU campus.
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Among the state’s public universities, Wichita State graduates are most likely to get a job and stay in Kansas.

According to a study from the Kansas Board of Regents, 73.6 percent of WSU graduates between 2007 and 2009 got a job in Kansas within a year of graduation.

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Commentary
8:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Into It: Rubber Ducky

The various routes the spilled rubber ducks took back in 1992.

Back in the seventies, Sesame Street’s Ernie sang to us about his favorite bath time buddy. But the rubber ducky has seen adventures far beyond the tub.

In 1992, three cargo containers leaving Hong Kong spilled into the Pacific Ocean. This released a shipment of 29,000 ducks, leaving them to bob along the open waters. But they didn’t sit idly by for long.

The pioneer duckies set out on separate paths, aimed at far-flung shores. Ten months and 2,000 miles later, they first made landfall in Alaska. Next, they washed onto the coasts of Australia and South America.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:51 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Lawmakers Hear School Efficiency Suggestions

The head of a school efficiency task force Monday presented school efficiency recommendations to lawmakers in Topeka. The House and Senate education committees are meeting jointly this week to review education issues.

Gov. Sam Brownback formed the task force to look for ways to spend education funding more efficiently.

The task force endorsed cutting back teachers' bargaining rights and reviewing tenure, so administrators have more flexibility in hiring and firing. They also recommended merging school district administrations and redrawing some district boundaries.

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News
5:44 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Top Morning News 01.29.13

Kansas GOP names Wichitan as new chair; Task force presents school efficiency ideas to lawmakers; Continuing drought taking toll on Kansas wheat.

Kansas GOP Has New Chair

Kansas Republicans have picked Wichita's Kelly Arnold as the state GOP's new chair.

Kelly Arnold has been the GOP's vice chair for the past two years. He has been both executive director and chair of the Sedgwick County party.

Arnold will replace Amanda Adkins, who chaired the state party for four years.

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