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12:23 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Realtors Rally To Save Income Tax Breaks For Kansas Homeowners

More than 200 real estate agents rallied in Topeka Wednesday morning to ask lawmakers to preserve two different income tax breaks for homeowners.

The Kansas Association of Realtors gathered at the Statehouse before sending members to meet with state legislators.

Environment
6:39 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Coffeyville Refinery To Pay $2M In Penalties

Flooding at the Coffeyville refinery in 2007.
Credit zyxwvuu / Flickr

An oil refinery in southeast Kansas has agreed to pay federal penalties totaling more than $2 million as the result of a 2007 oil spill.

The spill took place during a flood in 2007. According to the EPA, the refinery operated by Coffeyville Resources Refining and Marketing discharged more than 2,000 barrels of crude oil, diesel fuel, and oil water into the Verdigris River.

The company has agreed to pay a civil penalty of more than $500,000. In addition, they will pay more than $1.7 million to reimburse the federal government for costs involved in cleaning up the spill.

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Wichita City Council
6:09 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Loss Of Federal Funds Will Reduce Programs For Wichitans

After a lengthy discussion Tuesday, the Wichita City council decided which programs would be funded by a federal block grant.

The Community Services Block Grant is expected to be cut in half, providing about $532,000 to support various service programs in Wichita. That means some programs that were previously funded will get less - or none.

Mary Kay Vaughn, Director of Housing and Community Services, told the council that the review committee had to prioritize what programs would get funded.

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News
5:36 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Top Morning News 2.13.13

City grant application excludes programs that were previously funded; Kansas realtors to rally at Statehouse; Coffeyville refinery will pay millions in penalties.

Loss Of Federal Funds Will Reduce Programs For Wichitans

After a lengthy discussion Tuesday, Wichita City Council members decided what programs would receive funds from a federal grant.

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Kansas Realtor Group To Rally At Statehouse

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Indie Film Guide: 2/13 - 2/26

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.

Ahead: A peculiar Valentine's Day event and the next installment in a landmark documentary series.

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Government
4:30 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

City Council Approves Landfill Contract, Increasing Capacity

The Wichita City Council approved a new contract Tuesday with Greengroup to operate a construction and demolition landfill in northwest Wichita.

Greengroup, formerly Herzog Environmental, has operated the landfill since 2001. The landfill will continue with current staff.

Don Henry, assistant director of Public Works and Utilities, told the council the contract includes ongoing operations of the landfill and provides for the opening of a new construction and demolition cell.

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Government
1:35 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Senate Committee Approves Gov. Brownback's Tax Plan

The Kansas Senate Assessment and Taxation committee endorsed most of Gov.  Sam Brownback's tax plan Tuesday.  The committee spent fewer than 10 minutes discussing the governor's proposals before approving the bill.  The legislation could move to the full senate for debate next week.

Gov. Brownback wants to phase out personal income taxes in Kansas over the next four years. The committee kept the governor's call to balance the tax cuts by making a temporary sales tax hike permanent. However, they cut his proposal to eliminate an income tax deduction for property taxes on homes.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

OnWords: Disorder Is Often Quite Orderly

"Brain Art"
Credit Betty Lee/Ars Electronica / flickr

The word “disorder” gets thrown around a lot in diagnostic circles, but it rarely accurately describes what's going on.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:50 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Bill Bars Use Of Tax Dollars to Lobby KS Legislature

Opponents and supporters of the bill packed a committee room at the Kansas Statehouse.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Supporters and opponents of a bill that would bar local governments and public entities from spending tax dollars on lobbying gathered Monday.

The bill would affect the abilities of cities, counties and universities to support or oppose legislation and make it a crime to spend public money on lobbying.

Manhattan Mayor Loren Pepperd says lobbying helped them get an airport, and allows them to stay on top of what’s happening in Topeka.

He says he talks to their local lawmakers, but that’s not enough.

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Health
6:34 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Feeling Dizzy? What You Need To Know About Vertigo

Dr. Robert Jensen demonstrates infrared goggles used to diagnose vertigo on Angelica Garcia.
Credit Carla Eckels

A growing number of patients suffer from vertigo, an unsettling sense of one's environment spinning or moving.

Carol Taylor, 68, recalls the first time she had vertigo after a shopping excursion.

She had spent an entire Saturday shopping with friends, doing what they call "shop 'til you drop."

Which, she says, is exactly what she did when she got home.

"I found out later it was a vertigo attack," she says. "I went from an upright position to laying flat on the floor."

She was also sick to her stomach and extremely disoriented.

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