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Abortion
3:18 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Kansas House Advances Abortion Bill

The Kansas House has given first-round approval to wide-ranging abortion bill.

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Energy
2:08 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Bill To Roll Back Tougher Green Energy Standards Stalls In House Committee

Gray County Wind Farm near Montezuma, Kan.
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A new effort to roll back new green energy standards in Kansas utilities has stalled in the state Legislature. 

The House Energy and Environment Committee  tabled a bill today that would put off a requirement for utilities to generate at least 20 percent of its energy with renewable resources by the year 2020.  The tabled bill would rolled back the standard to 15 percent, not 20.

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Commentary
9:53 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Musical Space: The Loudness War

The Ultimate Collection is a limited edition box set by recording artist Michael Jackson.

Makers of pop music have always engineered their songs to sound big and loud. Motown records, for instance, have a legendary, huge sound. Sometimes, though, loudness can be overdone, and this problem seems to be getting worse.

The technology behind this is a device called a compressor. Its job is to keep a volume level consistent. This is great when you want, say, a vocalist to remain audible above the other instruments.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:20 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Kansas House Considering Big Anti-Abortion Bill

Abortion-rights advocates consider the bill on the chamber's Tuesday agenda the biggest threat to abortion services proposed in the 2013 Kansas legislature.

Supporters contend the measure will lessen the state's entanglement with a procedure that many residents find objectionable.

The bill would prevent groups that provide abortions from receiving tax exemptions or credits that go to other nonprofit groups or health care providers. It would also bar women who claim income tax deductions for medical expenses from including the cost of abortion services.

News
5:16 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Top Morning News 3.19.13

Kansas House members will debate a $14 billion dollar budget; Kansas House is considering anti-abortion bill; Sequestration affecting tuition benefits for military service.

Kansas House To Debate $14B State Budget

Kansas House members are preparing to debate a $14 billion state budget for the next fiscal year.

The measure on Tuesday's calendar allocates nearly $6 billion in state general fund revenues. The budget covers spending for public schools and higher education, social services, and public safety.

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Kansas House
3:16 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Committee Passes Bill To Overhaul Civil Service

A Kansas House committee has advanced a bill that would overhaul the state's civil service system.

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Commentary
10:43 am
Mon March 18, 2013

The Human Factor: A Bad Driver Or Just A Bad Day?

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The Fundamental Attribution Error is a concept derived from the field of social psychology. We are all guilty for committing this error.

As an example, try to think of a time that someone cut you off in traffic, or didn’t use their signal, or pulled out in front of you. Or maybe that time the wait staff at your favorite restaurant wasn’t quite nice. You were probably angry, frustrated and would have loved the opportunity to give that driver or waiter a piece of your mind.

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Commentary
7:00 am
Mon March 18, 2013

At Play: Guns, Girls and Menopause

The Crown Uptown Theatre presents the hit 1946 musical Annie Get Your Gun March 22 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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Crime and Courts
6:05 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Court: Legally Obtained Pot Still Illegal In Kansas

People who possess legally obtained marijuana in Kansas can still be prosecuted in the state.
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The Kansas Court of Appeals says marijuana obtained legally in another state is still illegal in Kansas.

The ruling comes in the case of a Colorado man who was stopped in Kansas with medical marijuana he was legally prescribed in his home state. A Kansas judge acquitted the man of a misdemeanor charge of illegally possessing marijuana. The state appealed the acquittal.

That lead to Friday's ruling that Kansas has the right to enforce its own drug laws even when marijuana was obtained legally elsewhere.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:02 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Kan. House, Senate Differ on Sales Tax Issue

The Kansas House and Senate are working on two bills that would cut income taxes, but they are very different in one aspect.

The bill that passed the Senate would make permanent a temporary sales tax that's set to expire later this year. The House plan would let the sales tax expire as planned.

Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce, a Republican from Hutchinson, says while significant it wouldn't be a deal breaker.

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