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5:30 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Top Morning News 1.30.13

 Mayor Brewer lays out grim future for Wichita's infrastructure in State of the City; Bill would limit teacher's bargaining rights; Senate vote on judge appointments looms.

Mayor Brewer: Wichita's Infrastructure Needs Costly Repairs

Wichita mayor Carl Brewer delivered his state of the city speech Tuesday to a crowd at City Hall.

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Wichita, Sedgwick County Officials To Release Survey Findings

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Indie Film Guide 1/30 - 2/12

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Fletcher Powell takes a look ahead to the end of the month and Wichita's annual screenings of the Academy Award-nominted short films.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

OnWords: Momentum

“Momentum” is a word that we don’t usually think of as having a technical origin, even though we hear it used a lot by reporters during election season. A typical use would be something like “Senator Belfry’s campaign seems to have gained momentum following his recent speech to the Bloom County Chamber of Commerce.” There seems to be nothing technical about that.

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Education
11:47 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Nearly 74 Percent Of WSU Grads Get Jobs In Kansas

Wilner Hall on the WSU campus.
Credit Wichita State University

Among the state’s public universities, Wichita State graduates are most likely to get a job and stay in Kansas.

According to a study from the Kansas Board of Regents, 73.6 percent of WSU graduates between 2007 and 2009 got a job in Kansas within a year of graduation.

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Commentary
8:00 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Into It: Rubber Ducky

The various routes the spilled rubber ducks took back in 1992.

Back in the seventies, Sesame Street’s Ernie sang to us about his favorite bath time buddy. But the rubber ducky has seen adventures far beyond the tub.

In 1992, three cargo containers leaving Hong Kong spilled into the Pacific Ocean. This released a shipment of 29,000 ducks, leaving them to bob along the open waters. But they didn’t sit idly by for long.

The pioneer duckies set out on separate paths, aimed at far-flung shores. Ten months and 2,000 miles later, they first made landfall in Alaska. Next, they washed onto the coasts of Australia and South America.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:51 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Lawmakers Hear School Efficiency Suggestions

The head of a school efficiency task force Monday presented school efficiency recommendations to lawmakers in Topeka. The House and Senate education committees are meeting jointly this week to review education issues.

Gov. Sam Brownback formed the task force to look for ways to spend education funding more efficiently.

The task force endorsed cutting back teachers' bargaining rights and reviewing tenure, so administrators have more flexibility in hiring and firing. They also recommended merging school district administrations and redrawing some district boundaries.

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News
5:44 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Top Morning News 01.29.13

Kansas GOP names Wichitan as new chair; Task force presents school efficiency ideas to lawmakers; Continuing drought taking toll on Kansas wheat.

Kansas GOP Has New Chair

Kansas Republicans have picked Wichita's Kelly Arnold as the state GOP's new chair.

Kelly Arnold has been the GOP's vice chair for the past two years. He has been both executive director and chair of the Sedgwick County party.

Arnold will replace Amanda Adkins, who chaired the state party for four years.

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Health
1:08 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Kansas Health Department Cuts Most Free HIV Testing

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has stopped providing free HIV/AIDS testing for most Kansas counties.

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Health
6:39 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Tiller's Former Clinic To Reopen This Spring

A Wichita clinic formerly operated by slain abortion provider Dr. George Tiller is expected to reopen soon.

Dr. George Tiller’s former building was recently purchased by an organization called Trust Women Foundation. It’s headed by Julie Burkhart, who used to run Tiller’s political action committee.

Abortion services have been unavailable in Wichita since Tiller was gunned down in 2009. Burkhart says each year, women in the Wichita area have to travel to Kansas City or to Oklahoma to get an abortion.

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Transportation
6:05 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Few Details Released On Proposal To Merge KDOT, Turnpike Authority

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Gov. Sam Brownback has proposed merging the Kansas Turnpike Authority and the state's highway department, but so far few details have been released.

Michael Johnston, president and CEO of the KTA, says he hasn't yet taken a stance on the proposal.

"We've not seen exactly, you know, what the governor plans, and we will in due time, but I'm just awaiting more details," Johnston says.

Brownback has said merging the KTA and KDOT will create around $15 million a year in efficiencies. Johnston says he believes the KTA is running efficiently in its current form.

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