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Environment
11:59 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Wichita Officials Consider Imposing Water Restrictions

Because two years of drought have lowered water levels at Cheney Reservoir, Wichita officials are thinking about bringing back water restrictions.

Wichita hasn't placed water restrictions on residents since the early 1990s. However, the continued drought has lowered water levels at Cheney reservoir by 40 percent. Wichita has been drawing up to 75 percent of its water from Cheney Reservoir since 1993. The rest comes from groundwater north of the city.

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Commentary
8:37 am
Mon January 21, 2013

At Play Theatre Roundup: Jan 21 - Feb 3

George Bernard Shaw

Friends University presents George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 25, 26, 27. Raina Petkoff is rapturous about the romance of war and idolizes one of its ostensibly heroic warriors until a weary and desperate enemy soldier climbs into her bedroom window to hide. Her world and those who live in it will just have to change as they take a new look at "arms and the man."

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Politics
6:39 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Some Lawmakers May Pursue Cuts During Budget Talks

Gov. Sam Brownback has proposed more income tax cuts in Kansas over the coming years. And to help pay for that, he wants to make permanent part of a temporary sales tax increase that is set to expire later this year.

He's also suggested eliminating some tax deductions, like the home mortgage deduction. Though, some lawmakers may try to alter that plan.

There is now a conservative majority in both the House and Senate, and some lawmakers may try to find additional cuts to state spending instead of using the sales tax and tax deductions to help pay for an income tax cut.

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News
5:48 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Top Morning News 01.21.13

Brownback moves to merge JJA and Department of Corrections; Lawmakers looking to make more tax cuts in 2013 session; City of Wichita to consider water usage.  

Brownback To Merge Juvenile, Adult Corrections

Governor Sam Brownback has submitted an executive order to merge the state's Juvenile Justice Authority with its adult Department of Corrections.

The order takes effect in July unless either the House or Senate reject it.

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Government
1:01 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

KS Governor and AG Propose Human Trafficking Bill

Gov. Sam Brownback and Attorney General Derek Schmidt have proposed a bill that would strengthen the state's human trafficking statues, with an emphasis on protecting children from sexual exploitation. 

The bill they'll submit to the state legislature establishes a Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Fund to support trafficking survivors. Mandatory fines on people convicted of human trafficking and related sex crimes will pay for the fund. The bill also provides for special procedures for children who have been subjected to human trafficking.

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Health
6:05 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Kansas Anti-Tobacco Programs Have Room for Improvement

Credit Fried Dough / Flickr

Kansas has lots of work to do to improve its "grades" on tobacco control, according to a new report card from the American Lung Association.

Kansas gets an “A” for its Clean Indoor Air Act. However, the state gets a “D” for the relatively low rate of taxes on tobacco, and an “F” for efforts to prevent tobacco use, and to help those already using it to quit.

“It’s not a whole lot different than last year, but it’s woefully accurate,”says Linda DeCoursey, head of the non-profit Tobacco-Free Kansas Coalition.

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Community
5:54 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Wichita To Celebrate Life Of MLK With Several Events

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C
Credit Tom LeGro/PBS NewsHour / Flickr

Several events will take place in Wichita this weekend in remembrance of civil rights leader, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Activities are scheduled through the King federal holiday on Monday.

Saturday's kickoff event includes an MLK parade starting at Christian Faith Centre, on South Broadway, winding through downtown Wichita heading to the Chester I. Lewis Reflection Square on Douglas.

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News
5:36 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Top Morning News 01.18.13

Jobless rate remains unchanged; Kansas officials to make anti-human trafficking announcement; Wichita to celebrate MLK day with several events.

Kansas Jobless Rate Unchanged at 5.4 Percent

A new report says the Kansas unemployment rate held steady at 5.4 percent in December while the state recorded modest job growth over the previous year.

The report from the state Labor Department also says last month's jobless figure was down one full point from December 2011.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Richard Crowson: Regulations!

Whew! Sorry, folks, I almost didn’t make it here to the KMUW studio this morning to do my commentary. I was on time when I left my home but as I was going up Hillside my horse stumbled badly and I fell out of the saddle. He had a considerable limp after that so we slowed down and I just now tied him up to the hitching post out front where the KMUW parking lot used to be.

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Government
1:19 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Gov. Brownback Wants To Use Highway Dollars For School Busing

Gov. Sam  Brownback would like to use some the state's highway dollars to help cover the cost of bussing children to and from public schools.

Brownback proposed Wednesday that the state divert $193 million normally set aside for highway projects to school transportation programs during the next two fiscal years. The diversion would be almost $97 million each year.

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