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7:24 am
Thu February 14, 2013

StoryCorps' Dave Isay On Love, Laughter And Making You Cry

The cover of Dave Isay's book, "All You Need Is Love: Love Stories From StoryCorps."

More than 40,000 interviews have been conducted by StoryCorps in the last 10 years. Of those interviews, founder Dave Isay says love is one of the most common themes.

The paperback version of of Isay's book "All There Is: Love Stories from StoryCorps," was released this month, just in time for Valentine's Day.

StoryCorps' Roots

Isay says he got interested in storytelling one Thanksgiving when he was around 12 years old.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:17 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Work Starts On School Funding Constitutional Change

A Senate committee has started work on a constitutional amendment aimed at blocking lawsuits over school funding.

The committee heard from supporters Wednesday. The proposal would alter the Kansas Constitution to say only the Legislature can set school spending levels.

Lawsuits over school funding have riled up some lawmakers, helping drive the push for the change. Last month, a district court ruled that the state needs to increase school funding, and that’s just the most recent in a series of lawsuits over the issue.

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Community
6:06 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Lecture Covers The History Of Black Newspapers In Kansas

Historian Aleen Ratzlaff holds up The Community Voice while speaking at the Wichita Public Library.
Credit Carla Eckels

Dozens took part in a lecture Wednesday on African-American newspapers and communities in Kansas at the Wichita Public Library downtown.

Historian Aleen Ratzlaff, professor of communications at Tabor College in Hillsboro, says Kansas has a rich history of newspapers that were owned and published by African-Americans and targeted to black readers.

"The emphasis has been on mainstream newspapers, but there were vital publications that were part of the African-American community as well as other ethic communities," he says.

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News
5:33 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Top Morning News 2.14.13

Legislators move forward on school funding amendment; Historian gives lecture on Kansas Black newspapers; Historic site offers travel scholarships to teachers.

Work Starts On School Funding Change

A Senate committee started working on a constitutional amendment to block lawsuits over school funding. The proposal would alter the Kansas Constitution to say only the Legislature can set school spending levels.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Movie Review: Side Effects

Among more important things, Side Effects is a first-rate mystery of the classic school in which all the clues are out in sight and the solution links everything together into a single coherent story. The story is usually not particularly credible, because crime is more banal than the mystery story form likes to suggest; but it does fit together into a logical pattern with no loose ends. This is a very rare situation these days, on film, and congratulations for it.

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Government
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.
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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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