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5:14 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Top Morning News 01.16.13

Gov. Brownback calls for more tax cuts in his 2013 State of the State address; New group jumps into the Kansas school funding debate; Wichita City Council approves bonds for sports complex.

Governor Proposes More Tax Cuts In 2013 State Of The State

Gov. Sam Brownback has called for a fresh round of aggressive cuts in the state's income taxes and changes in the state's constitution to rein in the judiciary.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Indie Film Guide: 1/16 - 1/29

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.

This time: A baby boomer favorite and a second chance to see an acclaimed documentary.

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City Government
1:34 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Paul Gray Sworn In As Interim District IV City Council Member

Municipal court judge Jennifer Jones swears in Paul Gray as the interim city council member for District IV.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

The Wichita City Council chose former council member Paul Gray to fill the interim District IV seat, which represents southwest Wichita.

The vote was 4-2, with Mayor Carl Brewer and Vice Mayor Janet Miller voting for former council member Stan Reeser.

Gray previously served two terms with the council and left due to term limits.

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Politics
1:02 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Legislators May Consider Changing Corporate Farming Rules

Gov. Sam Brownback's administration may ask state legislators to repeal laws that restrict corporate involvement in farming.  

State Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman told freshmen legislators Tuesday that the state's anti-corporate farming laws need to be repealed. He added later that the state can't expand agriculture as much as it could because of those restrictions. 

Also, Attorney General Derek Schmidt recently told Secretary Rodman that some of the restrictions are likely unconstitutional.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

OnWords: Proper English

What we consider correct or proper English has long been bound up in class distinctions. Prior to the advent of public education, this was much more obvious than it is now. Proper English defined itself as the English used by proper people. “Real” English was the English of aristocrats, thus the phrase “The Queen's English,” which is still with us today.

But even in the supposedly classless or at least socially mobile U.S., we tend to attribute correctness to the social “winners”: educated, urban, northerners, preferably those from “old money.”

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Economy
12:13 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Kansas Below National Average For Food Stamp Use

Monthly averages for Kansas food assistance recipients.
Credit dcf.ks.gov

Despite record levels of participation, Kansas remains below the national average in residents enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or food stamps.

A new fact sheet released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says 315,000 Kansans were enrolled in the program in September 2012. That is 11 percent of the state population, or 1 in 9 people. 

That is up from 184,036 Kansas enrollees in 2008.

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Commentary
7:51 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Into It: Lesser Water Boatman

The lesser water boatman is known for its male mating call.
Credit Piet Spaans / Wikipedia Creative Commons

The lesser water boatman is an insect usually found feeding on ponds and lakes across Europe. Only a few millimeters long, they look a bit like a sunflower seed with big black eyes and paddling arms.

They're not known for their good looks, but rather the male's mating call, which brings them the status of the loudest animal alive, relative to body size. The call is nearly 100 decibels, equivalent to standing a stone's throw away from a roaring freight train.

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Politics
5:08 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Education Funding Ruling May Prompt Constitutional Change

Lawmakers are sworn in on the first day of the 2013 legislative session.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Education funding took center stage on the first day of the 2013 Kansas legislative session.

Lawmakers returned to Topeka just days after a district court ruled that the state needs to increase school funding. Some lawmakers may try to change the Kansas Constitution in response to the ruling.

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News
5:04 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Top Morning News 01.15.13

Gov. Brownback to deliver State of the State; Education funding ruling may bring constitutional change; Wichita youth to hold town hall meeting on underage drinking.

Brownback To Deliver State Of The State

Gov. Sam Brownback will outline his 2013 agenda for legislators in his third State of the State address Tuesday.

Brownback is expected to share his plans for balancing the state budget, which faces a projected shortfall of $267 million.

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Education
8:21 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Butler Community College Considers Banning All Tobacco

Butler Community College leaders are considering a proposal to ban smoking and tobacco on all of its campuses. A task force presented its findings last week to the college's Board of Trustees. The board could vote on the issue in March.

Butler currently bans smoking inside campus buildings, but smoking is allowed outside 25 feet from the buildings. Bill Rinkenbaugh, one of the school's vice presidents, estimates the college would spend between $25,000 - $30,000 on signs and educational materials to implement the ban.

About a dozen Kansas colleges have banned tobacco.

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