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5:55 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Panel Addresses Questions About Wichita's Water Future

This Drought Monitor image shows the severity of drought across the High Plains.
Credit droughtmonitor.unl.edu

A Water Usage and Conservation meeting was held Tuesday at Wichita’s Central Library, organized by the League of Women Voters. A three-member panel addressed questions about the future of Wichita's water supply including concerns about Cheney Reservoir.

Cheney provides 60 percent of the city's water supply and if the drought continues is projected to run dry by August 2015.

“We are going into a three year drought," says Ben Nelson, Strategic Services Manager for Wichita’s Public Works & Utilities Department.

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News
5:38 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Top Morning News 3.28.13

Signatures delivered to Brownback in support of Medicaid expansion; Wichita Senator says we must keep the sales tax rate as is; Study says medical costs could increase after overhaul.

Group Delivers 2,700 Signatures Asking Brownback To Expand Medicaid

Supporters of expanding Medicaid delivered nearly 3,000 signatures to Gov. Sam Brownback's office Wednesday, asking him to support an expansion of the state's Medicaid program.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Movie Review: Spring Breakers

Credit rottentomatoes.com

Spring Breakers will owe its box office success to its continual shots of bosoms and bottoms, not always covered by bikinis.

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Education
6:02 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Senate Amends Reading Plan

Kansas senators have approved a heavily amended version of Gov. Sam Brownback's reading initiative, putting the focus on first-graders.

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Courts
3:42 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Brownback Signs Judicial Selection Bill

Governor Sam Brownback Wednesday signed a bill that changes the way some judges in Kansas are selected.

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Taxes
3:39 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Tax Negotiators Begin Meetings

A select group of lawmakers from the Kansas House and Senate started negotiations on tax legislation Wednesday.

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Transportation
1:24 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Wichita Transit Adds 4 New Buses To Its Fleet

Wichita officials ushered four new transit buses into service Wednesday.

Mayor Carl Brewer and Wichita Transit Director Steve Spade joined city council members and others for the "inaugural ride."

City council members approved a plan Tuesday to purchase as many as 20 buses in the next two years to upgrade the aging fleet of 56 buses. The transit center's fleet travels nearly 2 million miles annually, and it's one of the oldest in the region.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:58 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Budget Item Would Assist Kan. Hospitals

Hospitals in Kansas could lose some federal money if the state doesn't expand Medicaid services under the federal health care law. A lawmaker helping to draft the budget says the state needs to consider assisting those hospitals.

Many hospitals receive payments to help them cover the cost of medical care for the uninsured; they are known as disproportionate shared hospital payments. As the federal health care law continues, the focus will move to funding more Medicaid services, meaning the current disproportionate share funds could be reduced or completely eliminated. 

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News
5:08 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Top Morning News 3.27.13

A first round approval was given to a bill that would help support the state pension system; Kansas Senate to vote on gun-rights bill; Man charged in Koch cyber attack.

State Pension Plan Advances In House

Kansas House members have given first-round approval to a bill authorizing $1.5 billion in bonds.

The money will boost the financial state of the state pension system for teachers and government workers.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Pastime

No independent movie screenings are coming up in the area, so instead, Fletcher Powell takes a look at a little-known movie about one of his favorite times of year.

It’s springtime, sort of! And while college basketball is still going strong, the arrival of spring also means the beginning of baseball season.

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