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3:40 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Senate Leaders Considering KDOT/KTA Merger

A limited merger of the Kansas Turnpike Authority and the Kansas Department of Transportation recently passed the House, but leaders in the Kansas Senate may be interested in something a bit more comprehensive.

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2013 Legislative Session
5:54 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Kan. Senate Passes Union Contribution Bill

The Kansas Senate has passed a bill barring public employee unions from deducting money from their members' paychecks for political purposes.

Currently, union members can have voluntary contributions automatically deducted from their paychecks to be used for political advocacy.

Some supporters of the bill say it prevents union members' dues from going to candidates or causes they don't support, and it takes government out of the business of processing the contributions.

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Community
5:42 am
Fri March 15, 2013

New Boeing Wing Opens At Kansas Aviation Museum

The Kansas Aviation Museum in southeast Wichita.
Credit David G. Keith/Wikimedia--Creative Commons

The Kansas Aviation Museum opens the new Boeing Science, Math and History Learning Center in southeast Wichita Saturday.

The hands-on education experience is designed for students to work individually or in groups. The learning center has been five years in the making and features four learning stations with computers that will run interactive programs on things like flight and weather conditions.

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News
5:33 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Top Morning News 3.15.13

Union contribution bill passes Senate; Mid-Continent terminal construction ahead of schedule; Boeing Center opens at the Kansas Aviation Museum.

Kan. Senate Passes Union Contribution Bill

The Kansas Senate passed a bill Thursday that restricts how public employee unions collect member payments. They would be barred from deducting money from member paychecks for political purposes.

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New Mid-Continent Airport Terminal Ahead Of Schedule

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Richard Crowson: Dog Therapy

I was considering the paranoid, fearful actions of our oh-so-very-conservative legislature yesterday, and I’m afraid I uttered an unmentionable word out loud. Our Airedale Lucy came bounding into my office to comfort me.

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Taxes
4:48 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Senate Passes Modified Version Of Brownback Tax Plan

The Kansas Senate has passed a bill that would cut income tax rates in Kansas and keep the sales tax at its current rate.

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Government
1:16 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

A Smorgasbord Of Gun Bills Up For Vote In Kansas House

House chambers
Credit Stephen Koranda

The Kansas House is preparing to vote on three proposals to change state gun regulations.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Your Move: Downloadable Content

Game maker Bethesda pokes fun at its own Downloadable Content.
Credit Beelzebozo / Flickr

Before the current generation of consoles, when you bought a video game, the game you bought was the game you had, forever and ever. Today, though, the game you buy is just a shell of what it can become down the line.

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Community
12:00 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Father And Son Build 'Twin Car'

Eric Unruh and his father, Galen built the "Twin Car" together last summer.
Courtesy Eric Unruh

McPherson high schooler Eric Unruh and his dad Galen like building things.

They have put motorcycle engines in go-carts and powered up a pedal tractor with a weed trimmer motor.

Then last summer they put two cars together, creating what they call the “Twin Car.”

“We got the idea from a friend who saw a similar vehicle,” says Eric.

The twin car is the marriage of the front end of a blue 2000 Pontiac Grand Am with the front end of a red 1994 Pontiac Grand Am.

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Health
6:03 am
Thu March 14, 2013

More Than 1 In 3 Counties Lack A KanCare Dentist

More than 1 in 3 Kansas counties do not have a dentist that will accept the KanCare insurance plan.
Credit Courtesy-Kansas Dental Project

A new report from the Kansas Dental Project finds that dental services are unavailable in more than one third of the counties in Kansas for people covered by KanCare. KanCare is the new, privatized Medicaid system in Kansas. 

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