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2013 Legislative Session
5:47 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Kan. Teacher's Union Objects To Bill That Limits Bargaining

KNEA President Karen Godfrey speaking to reporters Thursday.
Credit Stephen Koranda / KPR

The union representing teachers in Kansas says its members were prevented from offering their opinion on a bill that affects unions. The bill would scale back some of the mandatory bargaining rights of teachers.

Currently, the negotiations process between the union and a school district includes lots of items. They are required to negotiate how teachers are evaluated and the process for firing a teacher, among other things.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:02 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Kan. House Advances Change in Judicial Selection Process

The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a bill that would change how appeals court judges are selected. The bill allows the governor to appoint appellate court judges, who would then be confirmed by the state Senate.

Critics of the current system say it isn't democratic enough, because a nine-person nominating commission selects candidates. Five of the nine are attorneys.

Rep. Lance Kinzer is an Olathe Republican, he says the change would be a step in the right direction.

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News
5:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Top Morning News 3.01.13

KS House advances change in judicial selection; Teacher's union objects to bill that limits bargaining; Thousands expected to turnout for Mission of Mercy.

Kan. House Advances Change In Judicial Selection Process

The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a bill that changes how appeals court judges are selected. The bill allows the governor to appoint the judges, who would then be confirmed by the state Senate.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Richard Crowson: Confronting Fence Posts

Wichita. It ain’t Seattle. Or is it?

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Health
5:00 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Mission Of Mercy Expects Turnout Of Thousands

At a Mission of Mercy in Chicago last year, providers try to care for as many people as possible in the short amount of time.
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More than 2,000 people are expected to take advantage of free dental work Friday and Saturday at the Kansas Coliseum Pavilions.

The Kansas Mission of Mercy has returned to Wichita for the first time since 2006. Back then, 1900 people took advantage of an estimated $1 million of free dental care including cleanings, fillings and extractions.

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Government
1:00 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Senate Passes Bill Requiring Drug Testing For Benefit Applicants

Kansas senators approved a bill Thursday that would require many of the state's elected officials and applicants for certain welfare benefits to undergo drug testing.

Applicants for Temporary Assistance to Need Families (or TANF) would undergo testing, as well as the governor, legislators and other state workers. Supporters say the measure is designed to help poor residents kick their addictions, get job training skills, and find employment. Opponents say the bill perpetuates the stereotype that poor people are also drug users.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Your Move: PlayStation 4

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Sony introduced their first video game console, the PlayStation, in 1995. They followed this up in 2000 with the PlayStation 2 and the PlayStation 3 in 2006. The PlayStation 4, which will be released near the end of this year, was announced in New York last week.

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Economy
8:34 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Bowling Event Expected To Bring $14M To Wichita

The 2019 Women's USBC Bowling Championships will be held in Wichita.
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Wichita will once again be host to the nation’s top female bowlers.

In 2019 the United States Bowling Congress Women’s Championships will be held in the city. It will run April-June and is expected to generate around $14 million in economic impact for south-central Kansas.

The event was last held in Wichita in 2004.

The bid to bring the championship to Wichita was a collaboration between the city of Wichita, the Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Greater Wichita Sports Commission, and the Great Plains USBC Association.

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Health
8:11 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Flu Rate In Sedgwick County Dropping

The flu is a serious problem this season.

At its peak in early February, about 7 percent of all visits to health clinics in Sedgwick County were for flu-like symptoms. Now, the rate is at 3 percent.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:04 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Drug Testing Bill Advances In Kansas Senate

A Kansas Senate Bill would require some welfare recipients to take a drug test.
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The Kansas Senate has tentatively approved legislation requiring drug tests for some people seeking certain welfare benefits, after amending it to require the same scrutiny of legislators.

Wednesday night's vote advanced the bill to final Senate action Thursday. Passage would send it to the House.

The bill would require the Department of Children and Family Services to screen applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits for illegal drug use.

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