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5:37 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Top Morning News 01.23.13

Commission member says the screening process for Kansas appellate courts is biased; Wichita teen under investigation for putting newborn in trash dumpster; Thousands gather for anti-abortion rally at the Statehouse.

KS Commission Member Says Judicial Process Is Biased

A member of the Kansas commission that screens applicants for the state's appellate courts says it was biased against conservative candidates in its most recent deliberations.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Art Review: Stocked

Scott Blake,

This past weekend, the Ulrich Museum opened their newest exhibition Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles.

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Community
6:20 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Grover Norquist Endorses KS Immigration Plan

Feedlots, dairies and big farms in Kansas have complained for years about the lack of workers. Now, they have a high-profile advocate for their cause. 

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Community
6:05 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Wichita Celebrates Life Of MLK, Inauguration

Credit Carla Eckels

Hundreds took part in an annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in Wichita Monday, co-sponsored by The Greater Wichita Ministerial League and Wichita State University.

This year’s event showcased a live broadcast of the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. 

The audience erupted in applause while watching Obama take the ceremonial oath of office on a big screen at the WSU Metroplex.

Attendee Floyd Johnson, Sr. considered the day historic.

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News
5:36 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Top Morning News 01.22.13

Kansas legislators from both sides endorse shorter session; Kansas school efficiency report released; Political figure Grover Norquist endorses Kansas immigration plan.

KS Legislators Agree To Trim 2013 Session

Kansas legislative leaders from both parties have endorsed plans to shorten this year's annual session to 80 days.

If they're successful, the Legislature will trim 10 days off the normal 90 days that leaders expect each year.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

The Human Factor: Eyewitness Testimony

Credit orangeacid / flickr

Eyewitness testimony is often highly regarded by juries and those who write television crime dramas.

Many people believe that their memory is infallible. Whatever they experience is recorded, frame by frame, like a movie, for later retrieval. Depending on one’s own personal history and past experiences, memories can in fact diverge significantly from the actual event.Anxiety, stress, and how questions are worded can conspire to create false memories.

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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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