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5:39 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Top Morning News 01.28.13

Turnpike CEO doesn't have many details on proposed KDOT merger; Nearly two out of five Kansas inmates are mentally ill; Calif. company buys into Kansas wind.

Few Details Released On Proposal To Merge KDOT, Turnpike Authority

Gov. Sam Brownback has proposed merging the Kansas Turnpike Authority and the state's highway department, but hasn't released many details as to how that will happen.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Book Review: The End Of Space

Albert Goldbarth is the author of six collections of essays and more than 25 books of poetry. He has received the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. Twice. And he lives in our backyard.

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Business
12:43 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Mid-Continent Airport Passenger Numbers Flying At Lower Altitude

Passenger numbers are in a holding pattern at the Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita.

The airport's latest passenger figures show the number of passengers fell four percent in December, compared to the same month of 2011. Nearly 116,000 passengers used the airport last month. That's down by almost 4,000 passengers from the previous year.

Commentary
12:30 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

A Musical Life: Daniel Racer

Daniel Racer

Dan Racer teaches bass, music theory, composition and directs the Chamber Orchestra at Friends University. He is an active musician in the Wichita area performing as principal bassist for the Wichita Grand Opera and as a jazz bassist with many groups in the Wichita area. He also is an active composer with works in a variety of genres from classical to jazz and beyond. Many of his works have been premiered by Friends University ensembles as well as musicians in Wichita and around the world.

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Community
6:13 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Community Members To Hold Vigil In Support Of Immigrant Rights

Students and support organizations in Wichita will lead a prayer vigil at Newman University Friday in support of immigration legislation that creates paths to citizenship.

The Newman University Hispanic American Leadership Opportunity group (H.A.L.O.), student organizations, Sunflower Action, the Wichita Casa De La Semilla, and other organizations are partnering to host the prayer vigil called Respect Human Dignity - Keep Families Together.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:55 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Bill That Limits Unions' Fundraising Options Advances To Full House

A House committee has passed a bill that would stop public unions from making automatic paycheck deductions used for political advocacy.

Currently, union members can agree to deductions from their paychecks that are used for political purposes. The bill would affect teachers and other public workers, and brought up heated debate in the House Commerce Committee.

Opponents of the bill say it takes away an option for public employees to make political contributions.

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News
5:35 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Top Morning News 01.25.13

Inspectors say there are no violations at the former clinic of Dr. George Tiller; Community members to hold vigil for immigrant rights; Union fundraising bill advances to full House.

Inspectors: Tiller Health Clinic OK

Inspectors say they have found no city building code violations at the former Wichita clinic of Dr. George Tiller. 

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Tanya Tandoc: Food Essays

I devour books. When I find one I love I’ll read it cover to cover, as fast as I can, and all other activities pale in comparison. I have a particular passion for food essays that started when I was a little girl.

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Government
1:25 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Should KS Drop Antique Guns From State Definition of 'Firearms?'

Not everyone's happy with a proposal to drop antique guns from the definition of firearms, as part of a bill to change Kansas' firearms regulations. Assistant attorney general C.W. Klebe discussed the proposed changes Wednesday before a Senate committee.

The changes include new regulations that clarify local governments can't bar concealed-carry license holders from bringing guns into their jurisdictions. It's not clear if this regulation change will apply to out-of-state visitors while they are in Kansas. 

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2013 Legislative Session
6:03 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Proposal Would Change Judicial Selection Process

A proposal to give Kansas governors and lawmakers more power over appointments to the state's appellate courts cleared a legislative committee Wednesday.

The measure would amend the Kansas Constitution to allow governors to appoint whomever they choose to the state Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, subject to Senate confirmation. It would scrap the statewide, attorney-led commission that now screens applications.

Currently, the commission nominates three finalists for the governor, who then makes the appointment without legislative review.

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