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6:15 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Senate Passes So-Called 'Pay-Go' Budget Rule

The new rule will block some budget amendments introduced on the Senate floor.
Credit Stephen Koranda

  The Kansas Senate has passed a new rule that will make it harder to increase spending in budget bills.

The rule is known as "pay as you go," or "pay-go." It requires any budget amendment added on the Senate floor to be offset with an equal cut in spending. That means once a bill leaves committee, the overall amount of spending can't be increased.

Opponents of the change say it stifles senators, because they can't add spending to the budget for things their constituents would want.

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News
5:39 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Top Morning News 01.17.13

Kansas being hit hard by flu virus; Senate passes controversial 'pay-go' budget; Medical marijuana bill introduced into Kansas Senate. 

Kansas Among Hardest Hit By Flu Virus

Kansas is among 10 states that are currently being hit hardest with the flu virus.

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Senate Passes So-Called 'Pay-Go' Budget Rule

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Movie Review: Zero Dark Thirty

Those who protest the violence and brutality of the torture scenes in Zero Dark Thirty are apparently not familiar with the standards set by current splatter movies like the Saw series. Those who object to the subject itself may not be considering that the government does not deny using torture so much as it denies that it worked.

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Government
12:36 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Gov. Brownback Outlines New Education Budget Proposals

Gov. Sam Brownback's new budget proposals would phase in a $76 million increase in aid to public schools over two years.  He would would also use $77 million in revenue from state-owned casinos to help fund teacher pensions. 

City Government
6:19 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Wichita City Council Approves Bonds For Sports Complex

A rendering of the GoodSports Fieldhouse at night.
Courtesy illustration City of Wichita

The Wichita City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve phase one of the STAR Bond project plan that will help establish a multi-sport athletic complex in northeast Wichita.

The 430 acre complex site near K-96 and Greenwich road will serve as an attraction for regional and national youth sports competition. The site plan includes hotels, retailers and an aquatic attraction with a goal of increasing tourism for Wichita and the region.

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Government
6:04 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Gov Proposes More Tax Cuts In 2013 State Of The State

Gov. Sam Brownback during the 2013 State of the State address.
Credit Associated Press

Gov. Sam Brownback has laid out his priorities for the legislative session. During a speech Tuesday night, Brownback made proposals dealing with taxes, the budget and more.

Brownback has proposed keeping a temporary sales tax increase on the books. Most of the 1 percent sales tax increase was set to expire later this year, but it would stay under Brownback’s plan.

Last year, lawmakers passed a cut to personal and business income taxes, and now Brownback is pushing for a further reduction in personal income tax rates, and eventually, eliminating them altogether.

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News
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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