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8:11 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Flu Rate In Sedgwick County Dropping

The flu is a serious problem this season.

At its peak in early February, about 7 percent of all visits to health clinics in Sedgwick County were for flu-like symptoms. Now, the rate is at 3 percent.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:04 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Drug Testing Bill Advances In Kansas Senate

A Kansas Senate Bill would require some welfare recipients to take a drug test.
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The Kansas Senate has tentatively approved legislation requiring drug tests for some people seeking certain welfare benefits, after amending it to require the same scrutiny of legislators.

Wednesday night's vote advanced the bill to final Senate action Thursday. Passage would send it to the House.

The bill would require the Department of Children and Family Services to screen applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits for illegal drug use.

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News
5:39 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Top Morning News 2.28.13

Bill would require drug testing for welfare recipients; Company beats out Beechcraft for plane contract; Gov. Brownback praises officials for storm response.

Drug Testing Bill Advances In Kansas Senate

The Kansas Senate has tentatively approved legislation requiring drug tests for some people seeking welfare benefits. It was approved after Senators amended it to require the same scrutiny of legislators.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Movie Review: Snitch

What with all the recent gabble about Academy Awards and all, it may seem a little trivial to talk about a little movie like Snitch.

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Safety
5:02 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Brownback Praises State Officials For Storm Response

Gov. Sam Brownback is praising state emergency, law enforcement and highway officials for their "all hands on deck" response to the recent snow storms.

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Health
6:51 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Prenatal DHA Lowers Risk Of Pre-Term Birth

Newly-published research from the University of Kansas shows prenatal supplements of the omega-3 fatty acid called DHA reduce the risk of severely-premature birth and low birth weight.

Babies who are born before 34 weeks of gestation are typically very tiny, and are at elevated risk of death or disability. A five-year study by University of Kansas researchers Susan Carlson and John Colombo says those outcomes are much less likely when mothers-to-be take DHA supplements. 

March of Dimes Medical Director Edward McCabe says the study is highly credible.

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Environment
6:47 am
Wed February 27, 2013

City Council Hears Drought Planning Options

Alan King, director of public works and utilities, addresses the Wichita City Council Tuesday about drought conditions.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

More than one third of the state of Kansas is in severe drought, including Wichita.

Even though Wichita saw record snowfall in February, it wasn't enough to cure the severe drought problem.

Alan King of the City of Wichita public works department told the City Council that every foot of snow typically provides about an inch of rain, which he says does not represent a lot of rainfall.

The drought has been so severe that normal rainfall will not be enough.

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News
5:59 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Top Morning News 2.27.13

A Kansas Senate committee rejects Brownbacks third-grade reading plan; University of Kansas study shows DEA reduces risk of pre-term birth.

Senate Panel Rejects Kansas Reading Initiative

A Kansas Senate committee Tuesday rejected Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to hold back third-graders who fail the state reading test.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Films Of Paul Thomas Anderson

Daniel Day Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson on the set of There Will Be Blood.
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Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

Coming up: A Filmmaker's Lab from Tallgrass

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Medicaid
3:54 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Poll Shows Kansans Support Medicaid Expansion

A new poll done for the Kansas Hospital Association shows that 60 percent of Kansans support expanding Medicaid to more low-income adults. Association CEO Tom Bell said that support increases to 70 percent when Kansans learn that saying "no" to expansion would cost the state $800 million in increased federal funding.

"Regardless of whether or not we take advantage of this opportunity, our folks in Kansas are going to continue to pay taxes to the federal government, and those tax moneys are going to go to fund Medicaid expansion in some other state," Bell said.

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