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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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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Indie Film Guide: 1/2 - 1/15

No independent and non-commercial movie screenings over the next few weeks. So, instead, as we move from 2012 into the New Year, Fletcher Powell takes a look at a couple of his favorite movies that deal with transitions and change.

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Into It
8:04 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Into It: Space Dives

A famous image of Joe Kittenger's jump from 102,000 feet.
Credit Wikipedia

A year before cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin orbited the earth, American Joe Kittenger took a lift below a two-hundred-foot helium balloon. The ride took an hour and a half in a tiny open-air basket that took him 102,000 feet above New Mexico.

When he jumped from nineteen miles up, the free-fall lasted four and half minutes. Kittenger's space dive began a long and costly race. After Russian Eugene Andreyev set an official free-fall record, an American Nick Piantanida spent the mid-sixties trying to bring the record back to the United States.

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Community
6:25 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Training Helps Professionals Identify Human Trafficking

Dozens of social workers and law enforcement personnel around Kansas recently completed training designed to further understanding of human trafficking, which is a modern form of human slavery.

Classes were held in Wichita, Topeka and Hays. Social workers from the Kansas Department for Children and Families and Kansas Highway Patrol officers gained new insights from nationally renowned expert Dottie Laster.

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News
5:44 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Top Morning News 12.31.12

Professionals get training to recognize the signs of human trafficking; Kobach wants more power to be able to prosecute double-voting cases; New Wichita legislators say election change is a good idea.  

Training Helps Professionals Identify Human Trafficking

Dozens of Kansas social workers and law enforcement personnel recently finished additional training to stop human trafficking, a modern day form of slavery.

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