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1:11 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Hawker Beechcraft Loses Incentives As Its Local Employment Dips

Hawker Beechcraft says its total number of Kansas employees has fallen below the level required to receive the full state and local government incentives.

The aircraft manufacturer had 3,372 employees as of December 31st. The company was granted $45 million in incentives back in 2010 in exchange for committing to keep 4,000  people employed in Kansas for 10 years.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Your Move: Budget Gaming

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Video games are expensive. Brand new console games routinely cost $60, which can add up very quickly. This problem isn’t without a solution, though, and I’ve come up with a few ways to save without ever running out of games to play.

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Business
6:14 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Chamber Survey Suggests Strong Support For Tax Cuts

Results from the 10th annual Kansas Chamber CEO Poll were released Wednesday. The Chamber uses the results to assist in developing its agenda.

Project Director Pat McFerron says the survey showed strong support for continued state tax reform.

"Twenty-nine percent of Kansas business owners say that taxes are their top concern," says McFerron.

"It's the same percentage that we had last year and again, for 10 years it's been a top concern and this is asked at the start of the survey without us mentioning anything else."

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Government
5:59 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Community Survey Will Gauge Priorities, Your Willingness To Pay For Them

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer speaking to the media Wednesday at City Hall.
Credit Briana O'Higgins

The City of Wichita and Sedgwick County Wednesday unveiled a new plan to help establish the communities priorities for public investments

Kansas state law requires communities have a plan for public spending on infrastructure and facilities to guide elected officials. The plan is called "Community Investments Plan... A Framework For The Future" and will begin with a survey created by Wichita State University. The survey will be mailed this week to a random sample of 25,000 registered voters in Sedgwick County.

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News
5:46 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Top Morning News 1.31.13

Chamber survey suggests continuing support from businesses for tax cuts; Wichita homeless count and services fair to be held Thursday; City and county announce survey to gage community priorities.

Chamber Survey Suggests Strong Support For Tax Cuts

Results from the 10th annual Kansas Chamber CEO Poll were release yesterday. The the Chamber uses the results to assist in developing its annual agenda.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Movie Review: Parker

Parker is one of those standard violence thrillers, with Jason Statham as one of those heroes who can push a knife blade through the palm of his hand in order to get a grip on the villain, and Michael Chiklis, who can take six bullets in the chest at close range and not even be slowed down.

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Government
12:54 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Job Applicants' Online Privacy Would Be Preserved With Proposed State Bill

Two state lawmakers from Wichita are seeking support for a measure that would limit employers' access to job applicants' social media accounts. 

Rep. Gail Finney and Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau both back measures to keep employers from requiring applicants to provide their usernames and passwords for social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.  

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Wichita Weather Outlook
11:45 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Weekend Temps Should Be Warmer

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We’ve seen a dramatic change in our weather this week. Wichita recorded record high temperatures on Sunday and Monday but a cold front passed over us on Tuesday, bringing much colder temperatures and a light mixture of rain and snow.

Through Friday, we’ll see daytime high temperatures in Wichita in the 40s and overnight lows dropping into the 20s.

Just in time for the weekend, temperatures will moderate with highs climbing back into the 50s and overnight lows in the 30s.

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Government
7:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Mayor Brewer: Wichita's Infrastructure Needs Costly Repairs

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer delivers his 2013 State of the City address to a crowd at City Hall Tuesday evening.
Credit Milt Radford / KMUW

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer delivered his annual State of the City address Tuesday to a crowd at City Hall.

Brewer said the majority of the city's water and sewer systems will need to be repaired or replaced in the next 30 years and the work will cost more than $2 billion.

He also said nearly half of Wichita's streets are below national standards and almost a third of its bridges need repair or maintenance.

Brewer said economic development is vital to increasing city revenue.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:37 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Bill Would Limit Collective Bargaining For Teachers

A bill in the House would limit the bargaining rights of teachers in Kansas.

A committee heard from supporters and opponents of the bill Tuesday. Supporters of the measure want administrators to have more flexibility to hire, fire and assign teachers.

The bill would take out some bargaining rights teachers currently have and would limit what can be negotiated by unions. For example, teacher evaluation processes could no longer be part of contract negotiations.

Some lawmakers say we need to look at new ways of recruiting, hiring and evaluating teachers.

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