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4:51 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Top Morning News 2.25.13

Wichita officials say the roads will likely be more hazardous with this second storm; Gov. Brownback extends state of emergency declaration to include new storm; Some area schools and universities are closed.

Wichita Officials: Get Ready For Storm, Round Two

City of Wichita officials are urging residents to stay off the roads and prepare for another round of heavy snowfall.

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Weather Closes Area Schools, Universities and Businesses

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Weather
7:53 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Monday School Closings (UPDATED)

Some south-central Kansas schools closed Monday in anticipation of inclement weather.
Credit Briana O'Higgins / KMUW

Updated: 7:05 am

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Wichita and the surrounding areas beginning at midnight Monday until at least noon Tuesday.

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Weather
12:43 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Wichita Officials: Get Ready For Storm, Round Two (UPDATED)

Updated: Monday 11:30 am

City officials are now saying that they have replenished the supply of sand and salt to treat the roads. However, they are still urging residents to stay home, if possible.

Joe Pajor with the Public Works and Utilities department says they will plow the roads throughout the duration of the storm, but will keep the majority of the salt and sand to treat the roads at the storm's end.

The conservation approach will likely make roads slicker and more difficult to navigate.

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Medicaid
4:07 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

House Resolution Opposes Medicaid Expansion

Kansas lawmakers are considering a resolution that would underscore the Legislature's opposition to a proposed expansion of Medicaid programs.

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Weather
3:17 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Why Wichita Didn't Call The Storm 'Q'

Winter storm "Q" blanketed the Wichita State University Campus with snow.
Credit Briana O'Higgins / KMUW

The Weather Channel tried its hand at winter storm naming for the 17th time this week.

The storm they named "Q" made its across the state, dumping 14.2 inches of snow in Wichita, making it the second worst snow storm in the city’s recorded history.

But if you were following storm updates from Wichita residents and media, you might not have even known it was called "Q."

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Weather
3:07 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

VIDEO: 'Boulder-Sized' Snow Falls From Old Town Office Building

Giant chunks of snow fall from office building in Old Town Square Friday afternoon.
Credit Amanda Laviana

  There's been an endless supply of snowy photos and videos posted to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram the past two days as the historic snowstorm rolled through. 

But this one sets itself apart:

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Government
6:20 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Brownback Faces Growing Pressure To Expand Medicaid

The issue of Medicaid expansion is beginning to simmer at the Kansas Statehouse. Competing cost estimates and a report about the economic benefits of expansion are bringing renewed attention to the issue and the decisions facing Gov. Sam Brownback.

The issue of Medicaid expansion is heating up all over the country.

Wednesday, Florida's Rick Scott joined a growing list of Republican governors who agree to the expansion. Like Brownback, many of them are opponents of the federal health reform law.

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Abortion Debate
5:38 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Former Tiller Clinic Will Not Be Rezoned

David Gittrick of Kansans for Life addresses the Wichita Metropolitan Planning Commission Thursday.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

The Metropolitan Area Planning Commission voted 6-4 Thursday against moving forward with a rezoning request regarding the former Tiller clinic in east Wichita. The vote came after more than an hour of discussion.

Commissioner Chuck Warren asked his colleagues where they draw the line between how the clinic will affect the neighborhood and protecting the private property rights of a business owner.

Warren told the Commission he thought they should explore options with a public hearing, which the commissioners voted down.

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News
5:05 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Top Morning News 2.22.13

Former Tiller clinic will not be rezoned; Schools remain closed Friday due to weather; City services will likely be slow Friday, due to weather.

Former Tiller Clinic Will Not Be Rezoned

The Metropolitan Area Planning Commission voted 6-4 Thursday against moving forward with a rezoning request regarding the former Tiller clinic in east Wichita.

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Friday School Closures

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Food: Slow Cooking

Credit nemuneko.jc / Flickr--Creative Commons

My plan for today was to talk about leftovers and what to do with them, but as I sat in my office Wednesday, typing and watching snow fall beautifully onto our patio, I changed my mind.

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