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5:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Restaurant Review: Fizz Burgers and Bottles

Fizz Boursin burger
Credit Tanya Tandoc

I took my mangled friend Teri to Fizz Burgers and Bottles out at 37th and Rock Road before her orthopedic appointment the other day, to cheer her up and to eat something good.

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Senate
4:44 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

KU Cancer Center Recognizes Wagle

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle was recognized at the Statehouse Thursday for her support of cancer research.

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Community
12:49 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Fred Phelps' Granddaughters Leave Westboro Baptist Church, Apologize For Hurting Others

Megan Phelps-Roper and her sister, Grace Phelps-Roper--granddaughters of Fred Phelps--have left the Westboro Baptist Church and are apologizing for their past behavior. 

Megan Phelps-Roper and her sister, Grace Phelps-Roper, left the controversial Topeka church back in November.  Westboro Baptist Church has gained national attention for, among other things, picketing the funerals of gay people and of soldiers. 

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Environment
6:48 am
Thu February 7, 2013

How Close Is Kansas To Another Dust Bowl?

A huge dust storm moves across the High Plains during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
Credit USDAgov / Flickr

If Kansas' current drought continues through 2013, the severity of the water shortage may rival the bad years of the 1930s and '50s.

The drought is already causing problems and prompting Wichita city officials to think about water rationing.

The drought is bad by several measures. This year's winter wheat harvest will likely be well below normal, due to low rain during planting last fall.

For ranchers, there isn't as much grazing land, so they'll likely have to sell their cattle earlier at lower weights. And area rivers and streams are near record low levels.

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Economy
5:59 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Kansas Housing Agencies Receive $1.2M To Help Renters

A row of houses in Lawrence, Kansas.
Credit Kathryn Greenhill / Flickr

Ten nonprofit groups and public housing agencies in Kansas have been awarded $1.2 million to help renters find affordable housing.

The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation announced the grants Wednesday. They say the funds can be used on subsidies for renters or to help them pay utilities and security deposits. 

The award money comes from the federal government but the grants are administered by the state's housing corporation, an independent agency with a board appointed by the governor.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:48 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Committee Backs Gov's Reorganization Of Juvenile Justice Authority

A House committee has endorsed Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to reorganize the state's juvenile corrections system.

Brownback signed an order last month to move the Juvenile Justice Authority inside the Department of Corrections. The JJA is currently an independent agency.

Supporters of the reorganization point to legislative audits that showed repeated safety and security problems in a facility run by the JJA.

Representative John Rubin, a Republican from Shawnee, says the move is needed to improve the agency.

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News
5:33 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Top Morning News 2.07.13

Gov's reorganization of JJA gets more support; Legislators question Brownback's tax plan; Kansas housing organizations get money to help renters.

Committee Backs Gov's Reorganization Of Juvenile Justice Authority

A House committee has endorsed Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to reorganize the state's juvenile corrections system.

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Kansas Official Faces Questions On Business Taxes

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Movie Review: Quartet

I thought Quartet was a short-story movie, like the 1948 classic of Somerset Maugham stories. I was delighted to find that it is one of those multi-starred character studies that the British are so good at, but Americans hardly touch except on television like "Seinfeld," which is famously about nothing.

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Unions
3:12 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Committee Continues Hearings On Union Paycheck Bill

A Kansas Senate committee continued hearings Wednesday on a controversial bill affecting union paycheck deductions.

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Energy
1:29 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Renewable Fuel Mandate Could Get Deadline Extension

A Kansas Senate committee is debating whether to delay or change requirements that the state's utility companies use more renewable fuels.

The state required major utility companies to be able to generate 10 percent of their energy through a renewable source by 2011.

Those requirements would increase to 15 percent by 2016 and 20 percent by 2020.

The Senate committee on utilities is considering extending the 15 percent mandate to 2018 and the 20 percent requirement to 2024.

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