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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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News
5:17 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Top Morning News 3.18.13

House and Senate have different sales tax proposals; Woman walking 60 miles to draw attention to school funding issues; Legally obtained pot still illegal in Kansas.

Kan. House, Senate Differ On Sales Tax Issue

The Kansas House and Senate are working on two bills that would cut income taxes. 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.

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Kansas Senate
3:40 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Senate Leaders Considering KDOT/KTA Merger

A limited merger of the Kansas Turnpike Authority and the Kansas Department of Transportation recently passed the House, but leaders in the Kansas Senate may be interested in something a bit more comprehensive.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:54 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Kan. Senate Passes Union Contribution Bill

The Kansas Senate has passed a bill barring public employee unions from deducting money from their members' paychecks for political purposes.

Currently, union members can have voluntary contributions automatically deducted from their paychecks to be used for political advocacy.

Some supporters of the bill say it prevents union members' dues from going to candidates or causes they don't support, and it takes government out of the business of processing the contributions.

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Community
5:42 am
Fri March 15, 2013

New Boeing Wing Opens At Kansas Aviation Museum

The Kansas Aviation Museum in southeast Wichita.
Credit David G. Keith/Wikimedia--Creative Commons

The Kansas Aviation Museum opens the new Boeing Science, Math and History Learning Center in southeast Wichita Saturday.

The hands-on education experience is designed for students to work individually or in groups. The learning center has been five years in the making and features four learning stations with computers that will run interactive programs on things like flight and weather conditions.

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News
5:33 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Top Morning News 3.15.13

Union contribution bill passes Senate; Mid-Continent terminal construction ahead of schedule; Boeing Center opens at the Kansas Aviation Museum.

Kan. Senate Passes Union Contribution Bill

The Kansas Senate passed a bill Thursday that restricts how public employee unions collect member payments. They would be barred from deducting money from member paychecks for political purposes.

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New Mid-Continent Airport Terminal Ahead Of Schedule

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Richard Crowson: Dog Therapy

I was considering the paranoid, fearful actions of our oh-so-very-conservative legislature yesterday, and I’m afraid I uttered an unmentionable word out loud. Our Airedale Lucy came bounding into my office to comfort me.

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Taxes
4:48 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Senate Passes Modified Version Of Brownback Tax Plan

The Kansas Senate has passed a bill that would cut income tax rates in Kansas and keep the sales tax at its current rate.

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Government
1:16 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

A Smorgasbord Of Gun Bills Up For Vote In Kansas House

House chambers
Credit Stephen Koranda

The Kansas House is preparing to vote on three proposals to change state gun regulations.

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