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2013 Legislative Session
5:21 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

State Pension Plan Advances In House

Kansas House members have given first-round approval to a bill authorizing $1.5 billion in bonds to boost the financial health of the state pension system for teachers and government workers.

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Medicine
3:37 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Bill Would Require Stem Cell Center At KU Med (UPDATED)

Updated at 7:19 a.m. The Kansas House passed the bill late Tuesday evening.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

OnWords: The Contradiction Of Myths

James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause.
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We use the word “myth” in at least two almost contradictory ways. Most commonly, we use myth to mean falsehood, a hoax without the intention to deceive.

This is the myth sites like snopes.com and shows like Mythbusters serve to dispel. It is also a product of the Age of Enlightenment, when a seemingly rational universe called not for myth but for measurement.

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Commentary
7:00 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Into It: The Worst Of Super Nintendo

Shaq Fu is a 2D fighting game released on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and Super Nintendo game platforms on October 28, 1994.

Super Nintendo changed the gaming world, but not always for the better.

The 16-bit gaming boom took over the early nineties. It gave us classics like Super Mario World, but it also emboldened marketers to dream up spin-offs. In these crossovers, the best parts about pop stars, TV shows, and movies were often abandoned. The result was a string of glitchy maps and questionable plot.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:42 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Bill Changes How Kan. Court Docket Fees Are Spent

A bill passed by the Kansas House would put court docket fee money into the general fund, rather than directly to special programs.
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The Kansas House has narrowly approved a change in how some state programs are funded. Certain programs receive money from docket fees paid in the court system, but a bill in the House would instead put that docket fee money in the state general fund.

The money from docket fees goes to 14 programs, including the state Trauma Fund and the Access to Justice Fund. Supporters of the change say the docket money should instead be put into the state general fund, where lawmakers could then appropriate it to the programs.

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Education
5:21 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Scholarship Legislation Fails In Kan. House

The Kansas House has defeated legislation that would create a school choice scholarship program funded by corporate donations.

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News
5:11 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Top Morning News 3.26.13 (UPDATED)

Updated 19:15 am

Cowley College names three finalists for new President; Bill would change how court docket fees are spent; Scholarship legislation fails in Kansas House; Dogfighting ring busted in Kansas.

Three Finalists for Cowley College President

Three finalists have been chosen in the search for a new president for Cowley County Community College in Ark City: 

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Kansas Budget
4:44 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Legislature Prepares For Budget Meetings

Kansas House and Senate negotiators have delayed the start of talks aimed at smoothing out differences between the budgets passed in each chamber.

The meeting originally scheduled for early Monday afternoon was canceled because the Senate had not yet officially appointed that chamber's three negotiators.

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Transportation
2:41 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Want A Role In City's New Bicycle Plan? Apply Now

Credit City of Wichita - Bicycle Master Plan

The city of Wichita is launching a new advisory volunteer board for issues related to bicycling and walking.

The board will provide recommendations to the City Council, participate in planning and project development, evaluate policies; and make recommendations to City departments.

It will also play an influential role in implementing Wichita’s Bicycle Master Plan.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:16 am
Mon March 25, 2013

More Study Sought For Kansas Corporate Farming Laws

A Kansas statute limits corporate ownership of farms in the state. Gov. Sam Brownback is looking to overturn it.
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Kansas lawmakers have decided they need more information before making changes to the state's laws that restrict corporate farming.

A House committee decided Friday to have a judicial council review the corporate farming statute. A Senate committee, meanwhile, called for a review of the law before the 2014 legislative session.

Gov. Sam Brownback's administration has been pushing to roll back the state's decades-old limits on corporate involvement in farming. Some of the state's biggest agricultural interests, including the Kansas Farm Bureau, are supporting the effort.

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