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Sandy Hook Massacre
6:17 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Topeka City Councilman Issues Apology to Newtown

Topeka councilman Chad Manspeaker.
Credit City of Topeka

Topeka City Councilman Chad Manspeaker has issued an apology to Newtown, Conn.

That follows an announcement by the Westboro Baptist Church that it plans to picket the Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 children were killed last Friday.

"Given the situation those folks are in, obviously I feel very bad, and the whole country feels very bad for them in their time of need," says Manspeaker.

"We don't want them to think that Topekans are represented by the Phelps."

The Westboro Baptist Church is headquartered in Topeka.

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Weather
6:01 am
Thu December 20, 2012

First Winter Storm Brings High Winds, Closes Highways

Portions of two major highways in northwestern Kansas have been closed because of hazardous winter weather conditions.

A powerful storm moving out of the Rockies Wednesday created near blizzard conditions in portions of the state. Transportation officials closed sections of Interstate 70 and U.S. 36. Blowing snow also contributed to a crash that closed Kansas 96 between Tribune and Leoti.

At least two school districts canceled classes Wednesday ahead of the storm.

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News
5:33 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Top Morning News 12.20.12

 First winter storm hits Kansas, closing schools and highways; A Topeka City Councilman issues an apology for church's actions; Brownback urges moment of silence on Friday.

First Winter Storm Brings High Winds, Closes Highways

The first major winter storm swept in from Colorado late Wednesday, closing schools and highways.

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Topeka City Councilman Issues Apology To Newtown

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Movie Review: Hitchcock

The movie Hitchcock tries to tell the story of the making of the movie Psycho along with two other stories, but fails to tell any of them well.

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Health
1:35 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Public Health Preparedness Lags In Kansas

A new report on the nation's public health preparedness finds Kansas tied with Montana for last place.

The report from the non-profit Trust For America’s Health is based on 10 measures of readiness for a public health emergency, such as bioterror, extreme weather, and disease outbreaks. Kansas met only three of the ten standards.

This comes on the heels of another report about a month ago from the charitable group, Save The Children. It found that Kansas failed to meet all four of their measures of preparedness for disasters affecting children.

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Government
5:10 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Wichita City Council Votes To Move Downtown Apartment Project Forward

Artist renderings of the proposed Exchange Place project.
Foulston Siefkin LLP

The Wichita City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to amend an agreement for a major apartment structure to be built in downtown Wichita. The change allows the Exchange Place Project to move forward.

Changes include a new developer for the Exchange Place project - John McWilliams, President of Talos Holdings out of Park City, Utah, will replace Minnesota developers.

McWilliams has a proven record with financed projects through HUD, US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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News
5:04 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Top Morning News 12.19.12

New downtown apartment project to move forward; Airbus makes donation to WSU's NIAR; Wichita teen arrested over tweet; Frat suspended over turkey abuse.

Wichita City Council Votes To Move Forward With Apartment Project

The Wichita City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to amend an agreement for a major apartment structure to be built in downtown Wichita. The change allows the Exchange Place Project to more forward.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Indie Film Guide: 12/19 - 1/1

Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

This time: Two Christmas movies and a call for submissions from Tallgrass.

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Weather
12:55 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Emergency Planning Begins For Continuing Drought

While emergency management workers are preparing for snow and ice, state officials are urging water districts to update their plans for water conservation.

All Kansas counties are under a drought emergency, and the drought is predicted to last into 2013.

Kansas Water Office director Tracy Streeter says most of the state's public water supply systems already have conservation plans, but cities and rural water districts should update their drought plans based on their experiences this past year.

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Commentary
11:56 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Crowson Cartoon: Sandy Hook

Credit Richard Crowson

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