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5:00 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Which Kansas Counties Are Healthiest?

A map showing the distribution of 2013 health outcomes. Counties in white rank highest in heath outcomes and those in dark green rank the lowest.
Credit Kansas Health Institute

The latest Kansas County Health Rankings have been released and Johnson and Riley counties have the healthiest residents in Kansas again this year.

Wyandotte County and a cluster of counties in southeast Kansas remain among the least healthy. 

Sedgwick County came in at 72 out of 102 counties ranked.

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Taxes
4:13 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

House Rejects Property Tax Plan

The Kansas House Wednesday rejected a proposal by Democrats aimed at reducing the property taxes paid by Kansans.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Past and Present: Dunbar Theater

Credit Fletcher Powell / KMUW

Kudos are in order for Wichita’s James Arbertha and the Power Community Development Corporation for their long standing efforts to renovate the historic Dunbar Theater at 10th and Cleveland.

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2013 Legislative Session
11:14 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Kansas House Passes Bill Restricting Abortion Providers' Funding, Access To Schools

The state House has given final approval to a bill that restricts funding, access to schools, and further regulates abortion providers.

House bill 2253 passed on a 92-31 vote Wednesday and now heads to the Senate. Republican leaders there are promising their chamber will now consider the bill quickly.

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News
5:23 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Top Morning News 3.20.13

Abortion bill and union contribution bill pass the Kansas House; An eagle is recovering at the Kansas Raptor Center; Eisenhower controversy heads to Congress.

Kansas House Approves Union Payroll Deduction Bill

Kansas legislators have given final approval to a bill that restricts the ways public employee unions raise money.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Art: Small Pleasures

Levente Sulyok stands in front of the installation of his "Small Pleasures"
Credit Madeline McCullough / Ulrich Museum of Art

The mural by Joan Miró titled “Bird People” makes the façade of the Ulrich Museum an icon of the city.

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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.
Credit Kate Clause / KMUW

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.

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