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11:58 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Lawsuit Filed Over Provisional Ballots

A Kansas House Democrat has filed a lawsuit hoping to force Shawnee County officials to turn over a list of voters who cast provisional ballots.

Rep. Ann Mah of Topeka is trying to avert a narrow election loss.

Democratic Party officials gave The Associated Press a copy of Mah's petition before it was filed in Shawnee County District Court Friday.

Mah trails Republican challenger Ken Corbet of Topeka by 27 votes out of almost 11,000 cast. She says she wants to ensure that all provisional votes are counted and that maybe 150 votes are in play.

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Film
6:10 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Film Highlights Kansas Farming In The Mid-Twentieth Century

A premiere of the film Harvesting the High Plains will take place Friday at Wichita's Orpheum Theatre.

The film takes western Kansas from the 1930's Dustbowl to post World War II and was inspired by a book of the same name written by the late Craig Miner, former Wichita State professor and Kansas historian.

Director Jay Kriss says the film is a story about a farming operation that started in the middle of the Dustbowl but basically turned the American desert into the breadbasket of the world.

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Government
5:57 am
Fri November 9, 2012

KanCare Launch Date Nears, Lawmakers Consider Oversight

A legislative committee is recommending that lawmakers have greater oversight of a plan to overhaul Medicaid.

KanCare, as the new program will be called, would put most Medicaid recipients into managed care programs run by private companies. The change is slated to take effect January 1.

The Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services heard from advocates saying lawmakers should keep a close eye on KanCare. The goal of the overhaul is to help control costs in Medicaid without hurting patient care.

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News
5:37 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Top Morning News 11.09.12

Brownback says he won't support a Kansas insurance exchange; With the launch of KanCare near lawmakers consider oversight of program; Film about Kansas farming premieres Friday.

Union, Bombardier Reach Tentative Agreement

The Machinists union says it has reached a tentative contract agreement that could end a month-long strike at Bombardier Learjet's aircraft plant in Wichita.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Richard Crowson: The Punctuation Of Autumn

We’ve been inundated for so many months with political exclamation points. How great is it now to be able to relax a bit and let nature remind us that there is more to life than Republican red and Democratic blue.

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Government
2:52 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

KanCare Start Date Looms, State Lacks Federal Approval

A major overhaul of the Kansas Medicaid program is scheduled to take place in a little more than seven weeks, but the state's plans still haven't received a green light from the federal government.

Many of the changes that would be enacted require approval from federal officials.

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Education
6:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

End Of Busing Soon Could Be Official In Wichita

A school bus waiting for students
Credit Bill McChesney / Flickr

More than four years after the Wichita school district stopped transporting students across town to racially integrate schools, the district has taken another step toward being freed from a voluntary busing agreement.

The Wichita School Board voted this week to approve a new contract with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. The move gives the agency six months to tell the district whether it's released from the busing agreement.

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Health
5:17 am
Thu November 8, 2012

KanCare Enrollment Packets To Be Mailed

Kansans whose health insurance is provided through the Medicaid and HealthWave programs will begin receiving a very important mailing in the next few days.

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News
5:07 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Top Morning News 11.08.12

Hawker Beechcraft To Close 3 Facilities, Cut Jobs

Wichita-based airplane maker Hawker Beechcraft says it's closing facilities in three states and laying off more workers in Kansas. 

The company said Wednesday that 240 employees will lose their jobs with the closing of Hawker Beechcraft Services facilities in Little Rock, Ark.; Mesa, Ariz.; and San Antonio, Texas. It also plans to cut a total of 170 jobs at its Wichita headquarters and at its completion center in Little Rock.

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Commentary
3:03 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Movie Review: Flight

Jim Erickson reviews a movie that he says is deserving of its Oscar buzz.

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