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Unions
3:12 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Committee Continues Hearings On Union Paycheck Bill

A Kansas Senate committee continued hearings Wednesday on a controversial bill affecting union paycheck deductions.

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Energy
1:29 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Renewable Fuel Mandate Could Get Deadline Extension

A Kansas Senate committee is debating whether to delay or change requirements that the state's utility companies use more renewable fuels.

The state required major utility companies to be able to generate 10 percent of their energy through a renewable source by 2011.

Those requirements would increase to 15 percent by 2016 and 20 percent by 2020.

The Senate committee on utilities is considering extending the 15 percent mandate to 2018 and the 20 percent requirement to 2024.

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Community
1:21 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

USPS Says So Long To Saturdays, Could Affect Readers Most

A notice that USPS posted on their Facebook page on Wednesday.
Credit USPS

The United States Postal Service announced plans Wednesday to stop mail delivery on Saturdays beginning in August.

Under the new schedule, packages will continue to be delivered on Saturdays and post offices currently open on Saturdays will continue to provide that service. Mail addressed to PO boxes will also continue to be delivered.

The USPS says the move will save the organization about $2 million.

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Commentary
1:15 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Past and Present: Wichita's Black Entrepreneurs

“Rip” Gooch represented a pioneering enterprise in the aviation industry, starting in the 1950s.
Credit Bonita Gooch

Compared to other major cities, Wichita has a relatively small African-American population.

Because of this large, black-owned commercial enterprises, such as insurance companies, never developed here. Nevertheless, there exists a strong tradition of smaller-scale African-American entrepreneurship in this city.

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Crime
6:19 am
Wed February 6, 2013

How Wichita Can Save Its Kids From Sex Trafficking

Jess and Rondell with the Wichita Children's Home Street Outreach Services drive down Broadway in downtown Wichita.
Credit Briana O'Higgins

Wichita continues to be a city where minors are lured into sex-trafficking; runaway and homeless youth are picked up then taken across state lines, often into Texas or Missouri.

This happens, in part, because Wichita and Sedgwick county are situated at the crossroads of America. There is easy access to major highways that can quickly take people across state lines. This location makes south-central Kansas a prime spot for domestic minor sex-trafficking, known as DMST, which is the buying and selling of children and youth for sexual purposes.

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Wichita City Council
6:05 am
Wed February 6, 2013

City Council Approves 10-Year, $12.5M Bike Plan

An illustration of one bike-friendly design option for Wichita streets.
Credit City of Wichita - Bicycle Master Plan

The Wichita City Council Tuesday approved the Bicycle Master Plan. It recommends ways to make bicycling easier, safer and more convenient in Wichita.

A 19-member steering committee worked on the plan for two years. More than 4,000 people participated in the planning process at various meetings and events.

At the council meeting, Scott Wadle of the city's planning department outlined some of the recommendations:

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2013 Legislative Session
6:00 am
Wed February 6, 2013

KS Senate Committee Delays Work On Gov's Tax Plan

Les Donovan (R-Wichita), chair of Senate Tax Committee, speaking to reporters after the delay.
Credit Stephen Koranda

A Senate Committee has delayed work on Gov. Sam Brownback's tax proposal. A printing mix-up meant the scheduled debate was left off the official Senate calendar for Tuesday, and the committee's chairman says he didn't want to work on the tax plan without letting the public know about it.

The committee was scheduled to debate the bill and offer amendments, also called "working" the bill.

Senate Tax Committee chairman Les Donovan says they’ll benefit from the extra time to prepare.

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News
5:49 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Top Morning News 2.06.13 (Updated)

Mark McCormick returns to KAAM; Reno County Residents Consider Jail Renovation Tax; Wichita City Council approves bike plan; Kansas Senate Committee has to delay work on tax plan because of a printing problem; Sen. Michael O'Donnell introduces legislation to have Kansas college basketball teams play.

Updated 2/6/13 9:27 am

Mark McCormick Returns To Direct Kansas African American Museum

The former director of the Kansas African American Museum in Wichita has returned to the job.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed February 6, 2013

Art Review: Under Pressure

Robert Indiana, American Dream #5, 1980. Screenprint. Collection of the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation © 2012 Morgan Art Foundation/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image courtesy Wichita Art Museum.

The Wichita Art Museum opened a new show this past weekend. The exhibition is Under Pressure: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation. This exhibition features 40 artists from this private collection of postwar American artists.

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Community
4:46 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

What Did $100M Do For Downtown Wichita?

View of downtown Wichita from the top of the Old Town Square parking garage.
Credit chris.locke / flickr

Nearly $100 million was invested in downtown projects last year including the Ambassador Hotel, St. Mary's Cathedral and the YMCA.

This figure comes from the 2012 Project Downtown annual report that was presented to the Wichita City Council Tuesday by Jeff Fluhr, president of the Wichita Downtown Development Corp., and Scott Knebel from the city.

David Dixon, principle for planning and urban design at Goody Clancy out of Boston, was also part of the presentation because he helped craft the master plan.

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