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5:25 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Top Morning News 01.04.13

 Largest wind farm in Kansas now operational; Study finds racial disparities persist in state juvenile system; Senator Roberts no longer on ag panel; Lesser prairie chicken listed as threatened by federal agency.

States Largest Wind Farm Now Operational

The largest wind farm ever built in Kansas is now fully operational.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Richard Crowson: An Imaginary Cliff

For 35 years I’ve been a political cartoonist so I know a little bit about false dichotomies. Cartoonists are in the business of depicting current events in black-and-white terms.

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Health
9:46 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Brownback Says State’s Low Public Health Preparedness Ranking Too Harsh

Gov. Sam Brownback and others in his administration are challenging a recent national report that ranked Kansas low for public health preparedness.

The critical report was issued by the non-profit Trust for America's Health. In it, Kansas and Montana tied for last place in rankings of public health preparedness. That means the state isn't as prepared as others to respond to public health threats, such as infectious diseases, food-borne illnesses, bio-terrorism, even extreme weather events.

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Science
6:19 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Kansas Profs Help Make Case For 775 Solar Event

Two Kansas professors are making the case that a major solar burst may have happened more than 1,200 years ago.

Brian Thomas of Washburn University and Adrian Melott of the University of Kansas became interested after reading that tree samples from the years 774 and 775 showed a spike in the amount of carbon-14 in the atmosphere.

The Japanese scientists who made the discovery ruled out a major solar event based on their calculations.

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Crime and Courts
6:09 am
Thu January 3, 2013

State Trying To Make Sperm Donor Pay Child Support

Kansas man who answered an online ad to donate sperm to a lesbian couple is fighting the state's efforts to force him to pay child support for the resulting child.

A Department of Children and Families spokeswoman says the agency would not be pursuing payment if the state hadn't provided more than $6,000 in health care benefits for the child after the lesbian couple ended their relationship. The state tries to establish a child's paternity when benefits are involved.

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News
5:44 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Top Morning News 01.03.13

State Board of Education to hear updates on history, science standards; Kansas Professors present evidence of a solar burst in 775; Another Sedgwick county detention deputy charged with sexual assault.

KS Education Board To Hear Standards Updates

Next week, The State Board of Education will hear about progress in writing new standards for teaching history, government and social studies in Kansas.

The board's agenda for its January 9 meeting also includes a status report on a national project to draft new science standards.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu January 3, 2013

Movie Review: Django Unchained

The biggest problem with Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained is that it is made up largely of two pretty ordinary short bits and then a main story that is interesting but stretches the movie out to two-and-a-half hours plus.

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Crime and Courts
6:35 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Sperm Donor Says Case Is Politically Motivated

A sperm donor says a state effort to make him pay child support for a child conceived through artificial insemination is politically motivated.

William Marotta of Topeka says when he donated sperm to lesbian couple Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner in 2009, he relinquished all parental rights, including financial responsibility. However, when Bauer and Schreiner filed for state health insurance last year, the state demanded the donor's name so it could collect child support for the now 3-year-old girl.

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Politics
5:47 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Brownback Expects Lawmakers to Take on Taxes

Gov. Brownback speaking to reporters last year.
Credit Stephen Koranda

A large tax overhaul takes effect in Kansas now that the New Year has begun, but it may not remain "as-is" for long.

Governor Sam Brownback believes there's a good chance lawmakers could again look at taxes. And the governor himself may address taxes in his budget plans.

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News
5:44 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Top Morning News 01.02.12

Sperm donor says case to require him to pay child support is politically motivated; Brownback says lawmakers will likely take on taxes; The Kansas Chamber of Commerce wants to loosen the state's liquor laws.

Sperm Donor Says Case Is Politically Motivated

A sperm donor says that the state's effort to make him pay child support for a baby conceived through artificial insemination is politically motivated.

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