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Economy
6:09 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Department of Labor Expects Continued Job Growth in KS

The unemployment rate in Kansas continues to beat the national average.

In Kansas, the unemployment rate stands at 5.4 percent. That's well below the U.S. average of 7.8 percent.

Tyler Tenbrink is with the Kansas Department of Labor. He says the state is expecting continued improvement in 2013.

"Currently we are at 5.4 percent, we project that to continue to come down - not quite at that rapid pace, but a more moderated pace," he says.

Wichita City Council
5:49 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Vote To Fill Vacant City Council Seat Delayed

Joshua Blick withdrew his name from consideration for the interim District IV seat while addressing the Council Tuesday.
Credit Carla Eckels

The Wichita City Council voted Tuesday to postpone a vote for the interim District IV seat vacated by Kansas senator-elect Michael O'Donnell. 

The council plans to fill the position next week.

Council members spoke with candidates Joshua Blick, Jeff Blubaugh, Paul Gray and Stan Reeser Monday during one-on-one interviews.

During Tuesday's meeting, each of the candidates addressed the council. Blick said southwest Wichita will suffer if a selection isn't made soon.

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News
5:19 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Top Morning News 01.09.13

 The Wichita City Council delayed their vote to choose an interim candidate for the District IV seat; A women's organization is remodeling Dr. Tiller's old clinic to meet the states new abortion regulations; State expects continued job growth.

Vote To Fill Vacant City Council Seat Delayed

The Wichita City Council voted Tuesday to postpone a vote for the interim District Four seat vacated by Kansas senator-elect Michael O'Donnell. The council plans to fill the position next week.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Art: Early Year Exhibitions

Chuck Close,
Credit Chuck Close / Jordan Schnitzer Family

Early January always holds such great optimism. A new year. A fresh start. A clean slate. This fades of course as the daily grind, well, grinds away. But until then, reveling in the newness of the year feels great. And with this excitement, I look to what Wichita has in store for the arts in 2013.

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Wichita City Council
4:39 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Wichita City Manager Gets First Pay Raise

The Wichita City Council today unanimously approved an 8 percent raise for City Manager Bob Layton.

The council had not given Layton a pay raise since he was hired in 2008, due to overall economic budget restraints.

All of the council members thanked Layton for his efforts including Jeff Longwell who says he appreciates the hard work that Layton has done on behalf of the citizens in the city.

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Government
10:50 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Incoming KS Senate Majority Leader Selects Staff

Incoming Kansas Senate Majority Leader Terry Bruce has filled out his staff with a former congressional intern and an aide to the state House speaker.

Bruce chose Kara Evans to be his legislative director. Evans recently graduated with a bachelor of arts in political science and government from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. Evans has worked as an intern for Republican U.S. Sens. Jerry Moran of Kansas and James Inhofe of Oklahoma.

Bruce has also hired Katrina Abraham as his executive assistant. Abraham held the same position for outgoing House Speaker Mike O'Neal.

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Environment
6:03 am
Tue January 8, 2013

State Warns Against Kansas-Caught Fish Consumption

Credit Brick1083 / Flickr

State officials have issued revised fish consumption advisories for 2013 because locally caught fish may be contaminated by environmental pollutants.

Children and pregnant or nursing women are advised not to eat fish caught in Kansas more than once a week. They should limit bass consumption to once a month, due to mercury contamination. Everyone else should eat bass no more than once a week.

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Government
5:53 am
Tue January 8, 2013

KS Legislators Warn About Drop in State Revenue

Democrats in the Kansas House say legislators have been warned that Governor Sam Brownback's tax cuts are likely to mean there's less cash to go around. 

"Legislative services who are the people we rely on, have always relied on for years, told you there would be a problem, tax experts in the state told you we would have a deficit before the session even started, that makes sense," says Democratic Representative Barbara Ballard of Lawrence.

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News
5:33 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Top Morning News 01.08.12

Legislators worried about the drop in state revenue; Bills have already be introduced for the 2013 legislative session; State warns about Kansas-caught fish consumption.

KS Legislators Warn About Drop In State Revenue

Democrats in the Kansas House say legislators have been warned that Governor Sam Brownback's tax cuts are likely to mean there's less cash to go around.

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Bills Coming In For 2013 Legislative Session

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Commentary
5:30 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Musical Space: John Cage

John Cage was one of the most influential and revolutionary composers of the 20th Century.

John Cage, one of the most influential and revolutionary composers of the 20th Century, was born almost exactly 100 years ago. He was very well schooled as a composer, but it seems as though his mission was to reject nearly every compositional technique he was taught, and instead push the boundaries, even the very definition of music. His results were, to say the least, interesting.

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