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12:47 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

House Committee Approves Bill That Keeps Abortion Services Out of Public Schools

A Kansas House committee approved a sweeping anti-abortion bill today. 

The Federal and State Affairs Committee approved House Bill 2253, which prevents groups that provide abortion services from being involved in the state's public schools. The measure also aims to keep the state from subsidizing abortions--even indirectly--through tax exemptions or credits.

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Crime and Courts
7:23 am
Thu March 7, 2013

A Conversation With Sedgwick County's New DA

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett says he is busy with administrative duties, but hopes to be in court as often as possible.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

Marc Bennett was elected as Sedgwick County District Attorney in November 2012. He is the first new DA for the county in 24 years. He succeeded Nola Foulston, who had served as DA since 1989.

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Commentary
6:41 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Movie Review: 21 & Over

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The makers of the Hangover movies have titled their new movie 21 & Over, supposedly because it is about the loss of innocence and gain in adulthood bestowed by one's 21st birthday.

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Community
6:19 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Senior Services To Hold 31st Annual Job Fair

Investment losses in recent years and higher prescription drug prices are forcing many seniors to continue employment or return to work. That’s according to Laurel Alkire, the executive director for Senior Services of Wichita.

“We saw last year about 800 applicants come through looking for work," she says.

"I believe we placed about 560 of those, so our placement rate is pretty high."

The 31st annual Senior Employment Job Fair for workers 55 and older will be on March 19. The application deadline to attend is March 15.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:05 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Kan. House Committee Takes Up Union Bargaining Bill

There was standing room only for a committee hearing on a bill that would limit Kansas teacher's bargaining rights.
Credit Stephen Koranda / KPR

A Kansas House committee has heard from supporters and opponents of a bill that would limit the bargaining rights of teachers.

The legislation would cut back on the items school districts are required to negotiate with unions from more than two dozen to five. Supporters of the change say it will allow administrators to allocate resources and respond to demands on the education system.

Ken Willard is a member of the Kansas Board of Education and he headed a school efficiency task force created by Gov. Sam Brownback.

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News
5:26 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Top Morning News 3.07.13

House Committee hears teacher bargaining bill; Panel to take up anti-abortion bill; Senior Services holding 31st annual job fair.

Kansas House Committee Takes Up Union Bargaining Bill

A Kansas House committee heard from supporters and opponents of a bill Wednesday that limits teacher's bargaining rights. The legislation would cut the items school districts are required to negotiate with unions from more than two dozen to five.

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Legislation
3:40 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Bill Allowing Concealed Guns In Public Buildings Advances

A Kansas legislative committee has advanced a bill that would expand the number of public buildings in which concealed weapons are allowed.

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Transportation
3:30 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

KDOT Dropped 1.2 Million Gallons Of Brine During Historic Snowstorm

Streets are mostly clear in downtown Wichita not long after record snowfall, on Tuesday, Feb. 26.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

During last month’s back-to-back snow storms, the Kansas Department of Transportation reports their snow crews pretreated and plowed nearly 880,000 miles of highway – enough to circle the earth 35 times.

BY THE NUMBERS

Winter Storms Q and Rocky (weeks of Feb. 18 and 25)

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Education
2:31 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Kansas House Considers Bill Limiting Teacher's Negotiation Rights

Kansas legislators returned from a four-day break Wednesday  to discuss a bill that would narrow contract negotiations between teachers and public school districts.

Substitute House Bill 2027 has been criticized by as an "attack on educators" by the Kansas National Education Association.

The House Committee on Commerce, Labor, and Economic Development considered the bill today . The measure would reduce the number of issues that teachers could negotiate with local school boards.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Past and Present: Rights Won, Rights Lost

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March is often a time to think about women’s contributions, and how far women have come toward equality. However, it is also important to consider moments when women have lost rights.

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