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Environment
12:32 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Federal Judge Grants Extension In Salina Cleanup

A federal judge has granted authorities in Salina and the federal government more time to agree on a financial settlement to cover the cost of cleaning up contaminated groundwater and soil.

The city of Salina, Salina Airport Authority, Salina School District and Kansas State University at Salina filed a federal lawsuit in 2010, seeking to recoup the cost of cleaning up the industrial solvent TCE, or trichloroethylene, left at the former Schilling Air Force base.

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Transportation
6:51 am
Wed November 28, 2012

A Conversation With The New Director Of Wichita Transit

The transit center in downtown Wichita.
Credit Amy Delamaide / Flickr

Amid budget problems, fare increases and services cuts, Wichita Transit welcomed a new director last month. Stephen Spade was most recently transit director in Chapel Hill, N.C. He also served as general manager for the transit service in Des Moines, Iowa.

Spade started work in Wichita on October 30, he says he was interested in the Wichita job because he and his wife are from the Midwest and wanted to be closer to family.

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Government
5:49 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Brownback Believes U.S. Will Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Gov. Brownback at a media event earlier this year.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Governor Brownback has some perspective on the issue of the Fiscal Cliff, having served in both the U.S. House and Senate.

He says going over the cliff could have a significant impact on Kansas. One example would be cuts to defense spending, which could affect military facilities in the state. But right now, he’s optimistic.

"The idea that we'd actually go over the fiscal cliff does not seem to me like one that's likely to happen," says Brownback.

He also says what lawmakers may do is delay at least some of the tax increases and spending cuts.

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News
5:45 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Top Morning News 11.28.12

Bob Dole hospitalized for a routine procedure; Karl Rove to speak at ranchers convention in Wichita; Gov. Brownback says he thinks the U.S. will avoid the Fiscal Cliff.

Ex-Sen. Dole Hospitalized For Routine Procedure

Senator Bob Dole of Kansas has checked himself into Walter Reed Army Medical Center for what his spokesperson, Marion Watkins, described as a routine procedure.

Watkins says the 89-year-old Dole is "doing very well" and is expected to leave the hospital Wednesday.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Art Review: The Function Of Form

Credit Emily Brookover

This Final Friday, Go-Away Garage on South Commerce offers the show The Function of Form: New Works by Emily R. Brookover. The show is an eclectic collection of intimate drawings small enough to be doodles-- but they are so highly rendered, it would be a shame to call them that.

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Crime and Courts
11:57 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Meatpacker Settlement Awaits Judge's Approval

A settlement agreement in the lawsuit brought by workers against the Creekstone Farms slaughterhouse in Arkansas City is awaiting approval by the federal judge overseeing the class action litigation.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren will decide whether to approve a settlement reached in August.

A joint request by the parties that included details of the deal was filed earlier this month. Workers alleged Creekstone wasn't paying them for all the time they worked.

Creekstone has said it paid for all time worked, including overtime.

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Community
6:34 am
Tue November 27, 2012

KS Christmas Tree Ornament Features Washburn University

The official state ornament on the tree at the Governor's mansion, Cedar Crest.
Credit Stephen Koranda

The official state Christmas tree ornament for this year recognizes the 150th anniversary of the founding of Washburn University, which is coming up in 2015.

Governor Sam Brownback unveiled the ornament at the governor's residence Monday. Washburn President Jerry Farley called it an honor and noted the strong connection between the state and the school.

"Washburn has played an integral role in the history of the state from the very beginning," said Farley.

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Transportation
6:09 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Vehicle Fatalities Trending In The Wrong Direction

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According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, 39 people died on state roads and highways during the month of October. For the first 10 months of this year, 352 people have died in highway accidents.

For the past several years, motor vehicle fatalies have been have generally been on a downward trend in Kansas.

But at the current pace, Kansas will have 430 traffic deaths by the end of the year. 

Tim McCool, a traffic safety specialist with the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office, said there have been more fatalities at this point in 2012 than there was in 2011.

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News
5:55 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Top Morning News 11.27.12

Hazardous waste clean up in Salina; New teacher evaluation system in the works; Vehicle fatalities up in Kansas; Dry conditions continue to affect winter wheat.

Extension Sought In Settlement For Salina Site

Officials from Salina and the federal government want more time to finalize a proposed financial settlement for cleaning up contamination at a former Air Force base. 

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Commentary
5:00 am
Tue November 27, 2012

Musical Space: Amateurs

A Rick Vito signature model Reverend guitar.
Credit Reverend Guitars

I'm told that a century ago the average American could sing 300 folk songs. Not too surprising, since back then, if you wanted music, you probably had to make it yourself.

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