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5:18 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Top Morning News 3.05.13

Lawmakers to consider bill that limits teacher's bargaining rights; Man enters plea in Wichita child exploitation case; Workshop teaches digital skills.

Lawmakers To Take Up Bill That Would Limit Teacher Bargaining

Kansas legislators are considering major changes in a state law governing contract negotiations between teachers and school districts. The state's largest teacher's union is calling it a "war" on educators.

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Health
3:29 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Mission Of Mercy Returns To Wichita Area

Hundreds of volunteers donate their time in order for thousands of people to get free dental services Friday and Saturday.
Credit Milt Radford / KMUW

Nearly 2,000 people took advantage of the Kansas Mission of Mercy last weekend, receiving free dental care at the Kansas Pavilions.

KMUW's Milt Radford reports that both patients and volunteers were grateful to participate.

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Education
2:44 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Committees To Consider Kansas Public Charter Schools Act

Bills before the state House and Senate would allow charter schools greater freedom and funding opportunities in Kansas.

Now, Kansas has 15 charter schools; they're publicly funded but generally operate independently of school districts. The state had 37 charter schools three years ago, but many closed for financial reasons.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

The Human Factor: How Three Mile Island Could Have Been Prevented

Three Mile Island stands out as one of the greatest U.S. tragedies, and possibly the first major disaster of the nuclear age.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Three Mile Island stands out as one of the greatest U.S. tragedies, and possibly the first major disaster of the nuclear age. Being one of the first, and one of the most publicized reactor meltdowns in world history, it would be almost a decade before the disaster was overshadowed by that of Chernobyl.

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Commentary
9:02 am
Mon March 4, 2013

At Play Theatre Roundup: March 4 - March 17

Wichita Community Theatre presents <i>Doubt: A Parable</i> March 13 -17.

Music Theatre for Young People will present Sweet Charity the Musical, March 8 - 10 at Mary Jane Teall Theater. The production features music by Cy Coleman, lyrics from Dorothy Fields and a book by Neil Simon and is probably familiar to some audiences from the 1969 film adaptation, which starred Shirley MacLaine. Among the musical numbers are “Big Spender” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now.”

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2013 Legislative Session
6:08 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Kan. Senate Could Cut Gov's Budget

Senate President Susan Wagle (R-Wichita) addressing legislators.
Credit Stephen Koranda / KPR

Leaders in the Kansas Senate say they'll likely pursue cuts to the budget recommended by Gov. Sam Brownback. Senate President Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican, says their goal is a long-term elimination of the state's income tax.

A Senate committee recently endorsed a plan that would cut income tax rates. To help balance the budget, it would also eliminate the state's tax deduction for mortgage interest and keep the sales tax elevated.

Wagle says to make the budget work, they will need to make more cuts.

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Environment
6:01 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Brownback Praises Wichita's Water Plan

The Wichita Public Works and Water Utility staff made a presentation of their drought plan Friday to Gov. Sam Brownback's Drought Response Team.

The presentation in Topeka was a condensed version of the plan they presented to the Wichita City Council last Tuesday.

Gov. Brownback praised the Wichita plan and says it's a model that should be shared with other communities in Kansas.

The plan includes alternatives for reducing water demand and increasing water supply to address both the current drought and future needs.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:53 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Education, Taxes Hot Topics At Legislative Forum

Dozens of citizens addressed legislators Saturday at the South-Central Kansas Legislative Delegation forum.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

More than 300 people including teachers from Wichita and surrounding districts attended the South-Central Delegation legislative forum held at the National Center for Aviation Training in Wichita Saturday.

Several issues were raised including the importance of funding public education.

Tracy Callard is an elementary school teacher at Wichita's Horace Mann Duel Language Magnet. Callard says she's very concerned about program cuts.

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News
5:40 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Top Morning News 3.04.13 (Updated)

 Updated: 9:00am

Senate President Wagle calls for further cuts to state budget; Gov. Brownback praises Wichita's water plan; Education is a hot topic at legislative forum; KS Cosmosphere build viewing room for space restoration work.

Kan. Senate Could Cut Gov's Budget

Leaders in the Kansas Senate say they'll pursue the budget cuts recommended by Gov. Sam Brownback. A Senate committee recently endorsed a plan that would cut income tax rates.

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Legislation
2:51 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Dozens Of Bills Passed Before Legislative Deadline

"Turnaround" is basically the midpoint of the legislative session. Most bills that haven’t passed one chamber by today are dead for this year.

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