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12:45 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Kansas Lawmakers Abolish Statute of Limitations On Rape Cases

A bill has been signed into Kansas law that abolishes the statute of limitations for prosecuting rape cases. 

Kansas was among 10 states that required rape cases to be prosecuted within five years.

The new law also allows for prosecution of a sexually violent crime within 10 years if the victim is at least 18 years old. For younger victims, prosecution would begin within one year of the date the suspect is identified through DNA testing, or within 10 years of the victim's 18th birthday, whichever is later.

The Human Factor
12:13 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

The Human Factor: The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat

Credit D-Side / flickr Creative Commons

You may have heard of British neurologist Oliver Sacks’ book The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat.

At the heart of that story was a disease called prosopagnosia, or as it’s more commonly called, face blindness. A person with face blindness can no longer process the visual information that allows them to recognize a face.

The head remains but instead of it revealing itself as eyes, ears, nose and mouth, it becomes a scrambled puzzle.

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Commentary
7:40 am
Mon April 1, 2013

At Play: Dance, Dolly and The Food Network

Tony-nominated actress Karla Burns performs in "Hello, Dolly!" at the Forum Theatre in Wichita.
Credit Jerry Fritchman

The Crown Uptown Theatre presents the hit 1946 musical Annie Get Your Gun now through April 27. This timeless love story between sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler features songs from Irving Berlin including “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Anything You Can Do,” and “They Say It’s Wonderful.”

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Government
6:19 am
Mon April 1, 2013

State Officials Blame Revenue Shortfall On Feds

Kansas officials are blaming a shortfall of nearly $57 million in state tax collections in March on delays in federal tax deadlines forced by congressional wrangling on fiscal issues.

The Department of Revenue reported Friday that the state collected almost $364 million in taxes last month. It had expected to take in more than $420 million.

The department noted that collections for the fiscal year that started in July are slightly ahead of the state's projection that it would collect $4.24 billion through March.

Health
6:03 am
Mon April 1, 2013

KanCare Selection Period Ends Thursday

KanCare participants have until April 4 to select their insurance provider.
Credit KPR

The clock is ticking for the 380,000 Kansans whose health insurance comes through the Medicaid program now known as KanCare.

The KanCare program assigned each member to one of three private companies administering the benefits as of the first of the year. Members who prefer to switch to a different company have to do so no later than this Thursday.

At a recent educational meeting in Hays, KDHE policy and program analyst Effie Swanson said one reason to switch might be if your doctor is not signed up with your health plan’s network.

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News
5:35 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Top Morning News 4.1.13

Lawmakers look for final push as the 2013 legislative session winds down; Officials blame short revenue on Feds; KanCare selection period ends on Thursday.

Kansas GOP Leaders Eye Final Push On Budget, Taxes

Kansas legislators are returning from a long weekend Monday determined to push through tax legislation, the next state budget, and every other bill of any significance in just five days.

Republicans leaders have pledged that lawmakers will finish almost all of the year's work by Friday.

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9:19 pm
Sat March 30, 2013

Shockers Upset Ohio State, Advance To Final Four

Lead in text: 
Malcolm Armstead scored 14 points, Fred Van Vleet made a big basket with 1 minute left, and ninth-seeded Wichita State earned its first trip to the Final Four since 1965 with a 70-66 victory over Ohio State on Saturday.
Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early (11) and forward Carl Hall (22) and guard Fred Van Vleet (23) celebrate after winning the West Region final Saturday in Los Angeles. The Shockers are the first Missouri Valley Conference team to reach the Final Four since 1979.
Taxes
5:40 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Kansas Sees Revenue Shortfall In March

Kansas officials are blaming a shortfall of nearly $57 million in state tax collections in March on delays in federal tax deadlines forced by congressional wrangling on fiscal issues.

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Economy
1:15 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Kansas Unemployment Rate Holds Steady, Though State Gained 15,400 Jobs in February

Unemployment rates by county
Credit Kansas Department of Labor

The jobless rate in Kansas isn't falling, but it didn't get worse in February. 

The (not seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate declined from 6.2 to 5.8 percent, while the smooth seasonally adjusted number remained steady at 5.5 percent for the fourth month. In February 2012, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.9 percent. 

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Health
10:24 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Abortions In Kansas Down 5.4 Percent

According to a report issued Friday by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment there were 7,457 abortions reported in 2012, which is 428 fewer than were reported in 2011.

The preliminary report, Abortions in Kansas 2012is an analysis of data collected by the KDHE Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics.

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