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Small Business
8:33 am
Thu September 13, 2012

State Officials Speak To Small Business Owners On Empowerment Tour

Kansas Secretary Pat George (standing,) Labor Secretary Karin Brownlee and Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan discuss tax reform with small business owners at the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Carla Eckels

State officials stopped in Wichita Wednesday as part of their Kansas Small Business Empowerment Tour.

The officials focused on tax reform and economic development across the state.

Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George, Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan and Labor Secretary Karin Brownlee met with Wichita business owners and other residents to discuss tax reform changes for 2013.

Secretary George says small businesses make up more than 90 percent of the jobs in the state and nationwide. 

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Commentary
8:02 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Crowson Cartoon: Walnut Valley Festival

Wichita City Council
1:01 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Wichita City Council Approves Incentives For NetApp Expansion

The sign in front of NetApp headquarters in Silicon Valley, California.
Ferran Rodenas Flickr

On a 6-1 vote, Wichita City Council members approved an economic incentive grant for NetApp Tuesday, an information technology company that plans to expand in Wichita.

An estimated 418 new customer service employees are expected to double NetApp’s workforce over the next 5 years. The company also plans to invest $86 million in new equipment.

Wichita’s Economic Development Director Allen Bell told the council NetApp had opportunities to expand in other states such as North Carolina, but chose Wichita to grow their customer support center.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Indie Film Guide: 9/12 - 9/25

Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

Coming up: Mike Birbiglia on sleep and comedy, and Ice-T talks about rap.

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Commentary
8:42 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Into It: Stock Sounds

Andrew Bales begins a four-part series on stock sounds and canned emotion.

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Economy
7:13 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Kansas Agency Finds Increase In Job Vacancies

The Kansas Department of Labor says the number of job vacancies increased during the second quarter of 2012 when compared with a year earlier.

The report released Wednesday found an estimated 36,000 vacancies from April to June, a 17.3 percent increase over the second quarter of 2011.

During the quarter, Kansas averaged a little over 88,700 unemployed workers. That meant about 2.5 workers for every job vacancy, which was an improvement from 2011, when there were 3.2 unemployed workers for every job opening.

Politics
6:52 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Brownback, Dems Have Differing Views Of Tax Plan

Protesters hold a sign outside Brownback's speech on the KU campus.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

During a speech at the University of Kansas Monday, Governor Sam Brownback touted a tax-cutting bill he signed into law earlier this year. 

The plan will cut personal income tax rates and eliminate income taxes for nearly 200,000 businesses.  Brownback said that could help attract people and jobs to the state. 

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Politics
6:49 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Ex-Kan. Lawmaker: Doubts About Residency ‘Crazy’

The president of a tea party group in Wichita yesterday questioned whether a former Democratic legislator who’s running again for the Kansas House lives at the address he lists as his home, a concern the ex-lawmaker dismissed as “crazy.”

Craig Gabel, president of Kansans for Liberty, said interviews with neighbors and other information gathered by the group suggest that no one lives at the address listed by former Representative Tom Sawyer when he filed for office in June.

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Commentary
3:35 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Book Review: Lionel Asbo: State of England

Although Martin Amis’s new novel, Lionel Asbo: State of England, has received mixed reviews, it would be hard to argue that it lacks vividly drawn characters, a compelling storyline, or distinctive prose. Perhaps the legitimate complaint is that the title character, Lionel Asbo, falls a bit short on charm.

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Education
6:57 am
Mon September 10, 2012

State Officials Take Home Schooling Talk Off Table

A Kansas lawmaker says there’s no need to talk about new home schooling requirements, despite plans made last month by the state Board of Education to have that discussion.

House-Senate Legislative Educational Planning Committee chair Steve Huebert says several board members have heard of children being kept at home to baby-sit younger siblings.

But he said that current state law is adequate to investigate such claims without having to consider new laws to address the issue.

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