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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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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.
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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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