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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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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.
Credit Chicago Dental Society / flickr Creative Commons

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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