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12:17 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

OnWords: Functions Of Lying

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The most powerful lies aren’t the day-to-day, so-called white lies--that we’re ”fine” or that we genuinely care if complete strangers “have a good one.” These are, in fact, sometimes important parts of being polite.

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Community
6:17 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Election Of New Pope A Special Lesson At Wichita Catholic School

Holy Savior Church and Academy social studies teacher Mike Meyer talks with students about electing new pope.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

The Roman Catholic cardinal electors begin their conclave Tuesday to decide on a successor to Pope Benedict XVI who resigned last month.

At Holy Savior Catholic Church and Academy in Wichita, students and staff are also weighing in on the process.

Middle school social studies teacher Mike Meyer hands out paper for an assignment.

"If you were a voting cardinal, what qualities, what characteristics are you looking for as the new pope?" he asks.

Thirteen year old, Kyree Straughter says he should be a strong leader, trustworthy and nice.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:52 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Kan. House Committee Looks To Make Cuts In Budget

A Kansas House committee is crafting that chamber's version of the state budget, and more cuts are on the table. The committee is looking at a series of spending cut proposals requested by Gov. Sam Brownback last summer.

The Brownback administration requested state agencies prepare contingency plans and submit proposals for what they would do if the budget needed a 10 percent cut. Now, some members of the House Appropriations Committee are looking through those proposals for ideas to reduce spending.

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Environment
5:37 am
Tue March 12, 2013

It's Your First And Last Chance To See This Comet

An image of the Pan-STARRS comet taken from Australia. The comet will be visible from the US for the next few weeks.
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A comet named Pan-STARRS is visiting our part of the solar system and will be visible in the Northern Hemisphere for a couple of weeks.

The comet was discovered in June 2011 by a team of observers in Hawaii while doing a routine sweep of the sky and they named the comet after the telescope they were using.

Greg Novacek, director of the Lake Afton Observatory, says hopeful observers should look west.

"They’ll see the very think crescent moon just slightly south of due west," says Novacke. "And the comet will be just slightly to the south of the crescent moon.”

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News
5:32 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Top Morning News 3.12.13

Mental health advocates to rally at Statehouse; House committee makes cuts in their version of budget; New comet to appear in US sky.

Mental Health Advocates To Rally At Statehouse

Mental health advocates will rally in Topeka this week for increased state funding for services.

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Science
6:05 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Robotics Competition Draws Hundreds, Encourages STEM Education

Participant Levi Kelton shows off his entry to the WSU Mindstorms robotics competition.
Credit Milt Radford / KMUW

A group of students met Saturday at Wichita State University for the 13th annual Mindstorms Challenge, a Lego robotics competition. The challenge is designed to encourage students to study science, technology, engineering and math, while promoting teamwork.

The theme for the event was “The WuShock, an Unexpected Journey” with teams like The Bilbot Baggins of Andovershire.

“We started working the weekend they released the courses, which was mid-January, and we’ve been meeting at least a couple of times a week since then,” says Bob Elsburnd, a parent and team coach.

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News
5:33 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Top Morning News 3.11.2013

Kansas House will take a final vote to merge KDOT with KTA; Kansas lawmakers begin talks on a bill that allows corporate farming; Mindstorms challenge encourages STEM education.

Kan. House To Take Final Vote On Turnpike Measure

The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a limited merger between the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Turnpike Authority, which manages the state's 236-mile toll road.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Book Review: A Tale For The Time Being

Ruth Ozeki
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In Ruth Ozeki's first two books, her protagonists were strong Japanese-American women, and on book tours, she was often asked if they were based on herself.

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Legislation
4:10 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

House Advances Partial KDOT/KTA Merger

The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a limited merger between the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Turnpike Authority, which manages the 236-mile toll road.

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Legislation
3:28 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Strip Club Bill Dies In House Committee

A bill creating new regulations for strip clubs failed today Friday in a Kansas House committee.

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