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Health
6:46 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Colyer Touts KanCare, Offers No New Details

Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer was the featured speaker Thursday at a forum in Overland Park, aimed at building support for the administration's effort to remake the Kansas Medicaid program.

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Election 2012
6:17 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Early Voting Underway In Sedgwick County, Numbers Down From 2008

Voters casting their ballots early in downtown Wichita Thursday.
Credit Carla Eckels

Some voters in Wichita are taking advantage of casting their ballots early during this election cycle, but so far there hasn't been as many advanced voters in person as in 2008.

On the first day of voting Wednesday, Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says the number of early voters was a little more than 400, about half as many as on the first day of advanced voting during the 2008 Presidential Election.  However, Lehman says voting by mail has significantly increased.

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News
6:16 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Top Morning News 10.26.12

A US Trustee says attorney fees in Hawker Beechcraft's bankruptcy proceedings are excessive; Early voting has begun in Sedgwick County, but turnout for early voting is not expected to be as high as 2008.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Richard Crowson: Halloween Traditions

There’s a memorable Halloween night scene in the book To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. The story’s protagonist, 6-year old Scout is walking home after dark from a Halloween school program. Scout is still wearing her clumsy chicken wire and paper costume from the program in which children represent different agricultural products: she’s dressed as a cured ham.

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Government
12:30 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Dems Unveil "Buy American" Plan For KS Government

Democratic leaders from the Kansas Legislature have laid out a proposal that they say will create jobs. The lawmakers unveiled the plan during a series of stops across Kansas Thursday.

The proposal would create a "buy American" rule for state government. That means when state agencies are making purchases, they would have to look for products from American manufacturers.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley and House Minority Leader Paul Davis announced the plan, saying it would create new manufacturing jobs.

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Election 2012
6:39 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Candidates Speak At Event For League Of Women Voters

Candidates and constituents talk politics at a League of Women Voters event in downtown Wichita
Credit Carla Eckels

Key political issues were on the minds of attendees at a League of Women Voters membership drive in downtown Wichita Saturday. Some candidates were invited to share what they see as priorities during this election season.

Seated at round tables with white linen tablecloths and steaming cups of coffee, League members and guests wait for three politicians take to the podium in Larkspur's banquet room. Kenya Cox is running for State Senate district 29. Cox says generating jobs is essential.

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News
6:01 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Top Morning News 10.25.12

Ethics complaint against Jan Pauls dismissed; Democratic leaders expected to unveil jobs proposal Thursday at events across state; Feds ease Medicare restrictions.

Ethics Complaint Against Kansas Lawmaker Dismissed 

The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission has dismissed a complaint against a conservative Democratic House member.

The commission concluded Wednesday that Representative Jan Pauls of Hutchinson didn't intend to violate the law when she failed to list a rental property she owns on annual financial disclosure forms.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Movie Review: Frankenweenie

Frankenweenie had several strikes against it before it even came on, so I consulted with no less than eight people about it after it ended, and must report that nobody, including me, rated it at less than three stars out of a possible four, with half giving it a maximum four.  I don’t like Tim Burton’s stop-motion puppets because they are either spherical heads with tiny pyramidal noses or grotesque but too traditional caricatures.  But you have to credit Frankenweenie with effective emotional expression whenever emotional expression is attempted.  But only the caricature

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News
7:39 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Top Morning News 10.24.12

Gov. Brownback in Ohio stumping for Romney; Healthcare firm moving 300 employees into Kansas; Executive bonuses are considered a factor in KS gas rate.

Gov. Brownback Stumps For Romney In Swing State Of Ohio

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback spent Tuesday on a five-city tour of northeastern Ohio stumping for the Republican presidential ticket of Mitt Romney and and Paul Ryan.

Brownback is a former U.S. senator. Ryan served on Brownback's U.S. Senate staff in the 1990s.

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Election 2012
7:05 am
Wed October 24, 2012

KS Dems, Republicans Have Different Outlooks On Education

Education funding is a leading issue for many Kansans this election year and when voters go to the polls Nov. 6 they will be choosing between vastly different philosophies on how to create and maintain effective, efficient K-12 public schools.

Funding for public schools in Kansas has been a hot topic in the state legislative races this year, and for good reason.

Despite major cuts, more than half of the state’s budget is still spent on public schools.

Yet performance has been lackluster in many districts and among the state’s minorities.

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