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6:20 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Wichita City Council To Hear Presentation On Bicycle Master Plan

The Wichita Bicycle Master Plan would create a network of bike lanes and bike paths.
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The Wichita City Council will hear recommendations Tuesday on a 10-year, $12.5 million plan to improve and connect city bike paths.

Bike shop owner Lee Engler says new riders like safe paths and seasoned riders prefer street improvements, and the steering committee is proposing both.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:00 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Senate Committee Preparing For Talks On School Funding Amendment

A constitutional amendment would give Legislators the power to set school funding levels.
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Lawmakers are considering a change to the Kansas Constitution in response to lawsuits over school funding.

About eight years ago, a lawsuit ended with an agreement to increase spending on students. But lawmakers cut back when the economy slowed, which rekindled the legal battle. 

Now, some Legislators are proposing a constitutional amendment that would give them the power to determine what is a suitable level of funding.

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News
5:47 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Top Morning News 2.05.13

Wichita City Council to hear about the Bicycle Master Plan; Rezoning petition for former Tiller clinic expected at council meeting; Senate panel preparing debate over tax proposals.

Wichita City Council To Hear Presentation On Bicycle Master Plan

The Wichita City Council will hear recommendations Tuesday on a 10 year, $12.5 million plan to improve the city's bike paths.

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Wichita Weather Outlook
3:43 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Warm Temps Should Continue For A Bit

Looking toward downtown Wichita from Intrust Bank Arena.
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Winds across southern Kansas are coming from the south and bringing continued warm temperatures through the middle of the week. However, a weak cold front arrives Wednesday night with isolated showers and a slight chance of a few thunderstorms.

As the front passes to the east, it will pull slightly cooler weather down from the north. Daytime highs on Thursday and Friday will be about 7-10 degrees cooler from earlier in the week.

An early look at the weekend shows a second cold front arriving on Saturday, so a few showers are likely both days.

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Community
1:22 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Rural Opportunity Zones Succeed, Attract College Grads To Rural Kansas

A program to persuade college graduates to move to Kansas is succeeding.

The Rural Opportunity Zones program entices college graduates to move to Kansas counties with declining populations. The program gives these new residents income tax waivers for up to five years. It also pays of their student loan debt--up to $15,000.

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Commentary
1:09 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

The Human Factor: Superstition

Pigeons eating a bagel in Times Square.
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Superstitious behaviors, or the belief that supernatural forces have a causal effect on events, are prevalent throughout all human cultures.

But humans aren’t the only beings subject to this behavior. In fact, scientific research on superstitious behavior began accidentally with pigeons.

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Commentary
8:33 am
Mon February 4, 2013

At Play Theatre Roundup: Feb 4 - Feb 17

Coming to the Wichita theatre community is the world premiere of Radiating Like a Stone, adapted by adapted by Anne Welsbacher and Gina Austin-Fresh from the book of essays, “Radiating Like a Stone: Wichita Women and the 1970s Feminist Movement,” collected and edited by Myrne Roe.

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Business
6:03 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Wichita's Union Station Sold To Developer

The former passenger boarding area at Wichita's Union Station.
Credit Community Photos and Walkshops / Flickr

A Wichita development company has bought Union Station.

Occidental Management plans to restore the 99-year-old former train depot as a place for people to meet, eat, shop and work.

The company closed the deal Friday with Cox Communications. The building had been on the market since 2008.

Occidental chief Gary Oborny says his company wants to retain the marble interior and many of its classic features while also putting in space for office tenants, shops and at least two restaurants.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:56 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Dems Question Constitutional Amendment Costs

Some lawmakers are questioning the number of constitutional amendments proposed this year. At least a half dozen amendments have been filed.

They range from proposals to change the way judges are selected to putting term limits on lawmakers. The costs for publishing and public votes on the amendments could run into millions of dollars. 

The top Democrat in the Kansas House, Paul Davis from Lawrence, says lawmakers should only consider amending the Constitution in rare circumstances when there's a great public need.

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News
5:13 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Top Morning News 2.04.13

Democrats say constitutional amendments will be costly; Developer buys Wichita's Union Station; Abortion supporters to rally at Statehouse; WSU alum behind concussion iPhone app.

Dems Question Constitutional Amendment Costs

Some Kansas lawmakers are questioning the number of constitutional amendments proposed this year. At least a half dozen amendments have been filed.

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Kansas Abortion Rights Groups To Rally

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