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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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2013 Legislative Session
6:27 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Legislative Committee Considers Ban On Sex-Selective Abortions

Abortion opponents are urging a Kansas Senate committee to back legislation barring doctors from terminating pregnancies solely because a woman doesn't want a baby of a certain sex.

Monday's hearing by the Public Health and Welfare Committee began a push by anti-abortion groups and legislators for new restrictions on abortion and abortion providers.

The bill on so-called "sex-selection abortions" would make it a misdemeanor the first time a doctor was caught performing such a procedure. Doctors also could face lawsuits from family members of abortion patients.

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News
6:27 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Top Morning News 2.12.13

Panel to debate Gov's tax plan; Bill would bar public entities and governments from using tax dollars to lobby; Bill would ban sex-selective abortions.

Kansas Senate Panel To Debate Gov's Tax Proposals

Gov. Sam Brownback's tax plan is facing a crucial early test of its support among Kansas legislators.

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Commentary
6:19 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Into It: Henry Ford Builds Colony In Brazilian Forest

Felling a Favina Branca with hand axe, Fordlandia 1931.
Credit The Henry Ford / flickr

If there's a pilgrimage for the industrialized world, it probably ends in the Amazon Rainforest, at the center of a abandoned town called Fordlandia.

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Legislation
3:44 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Democrats Unveil Jobs Proposals

Democrats in the Legislature have unveiled their jobs proposals for this session.

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Wichita Weather Outlook
1:26 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

You Might See Snow Tuesday

A storm system moves out of the southwest Tuesday bringing a mix of light snow and rain to southern Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Wichita is on the fringe of this system so little accumulation is expected and the sky will clear by Wednesday.

The remainder of the week will be mostly sunny with high temperatures in the 40s, but the long-range forecast shows slightly warmer weather likely on Sunday.

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