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6:03 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Gospel Music Executive To Start Network In Wichita

Gospel music executive, Carla Williams.
Credit Michael Gomez

For more than two decades, Carla Williams has worked as a gospel music executive. She’s helped manage the careers of platinum and Grammy award-winning gospel artists.

A couple of years ago, she started her own company, CW Creative, and recently returned home to Wichita to start a new initiative to help area artists.

KMUW’s Carla Eckels talked with Williams about her expertise in the industry and launching The Gathering Network.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:35 am
Fri February 1, 2013

School Board Group Supports Brownback Tax Plan

Some conservative groups are opposing Gov. Sam Brownback's new tax plan because it includes revenue-raising measures along with additional income tax cuts.

But the Kansas Association of School Boards is supporting the plan because it's aimed at filling a $500 million budget gap caused by last year's tax cuts.

The group's position surprised Senate Tax Committee Chairman Les Donovan, when he called on KASB lobbyist Mark Tallman to testify at a recent hearing.

Donovan said he had Tallman down as a proponent, but he wasn't sure if that was correct.

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News
5:31 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Top Morning News 2.01.13

Kansas House passes union fundraising bill; A school board group supports Brownback's tax plan because of school funding issues; Numbers reveal wind energy's impact on Kansas economy.

Kansas House Passes Automatic Union Contribution Bill

The Kansas House passed a bill Thursday that restricts one type of political fundraising used by public employee unions.

The bill would ban public sector unions from making automatic withdrawals from employee paychecks for political purposes. The bill passed in the House on a 68-56 vote.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Richard Crowson: A Capitol Crime

Richard Crowson borrows the tune from Woody Guthrie's "Union Maid" to give his take on what's happening in the state legislature. Hear Richard singing his original song by clicking the play button above.

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Arts
3:39 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

4 Ways Arts Funding In Kansas Has Changed

Visitors look at an exhibit at the Ulrich Museum of Art on the Wichita State University campus.
Credit Ulrich Museum of Art

In 2011, Kansas became the first state in history to completely eliminate funding for the arts.

That resulted in the loss of more than $1 million in matching funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and other organizations. And, severely impacted hundreds of Kansas arts organizations.

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Education
2:14 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

2 Kansas High School Seniors Win $52,000 WSU Scholarships

Reegan Innes, left, and Amanda Johnson are winners of the 2013 Harry Gore Memorial Scholarships. They will each receive $52,000 to attend Wichita State.
Credit Wichita State University

Kansas high school students Amanda Johnson and Reegan Innes have won Wichita State University's Harry Gore Memorial Scholarships.

Innes and Johnson will receive $13,000 a year for four years to attend Wichita State.

The scholarships, awarded annually, recognize leadership and academic skills and are two of the largest undergraduate scholarships in Kansas.


Amanda Johnson

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Business
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

Credit Dekuwa / Flickr

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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