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5:54 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Tips For Keeping Safe From Holiday Fires

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The Wichita Fire Department reminds residents to be aware of potential fire hazards with Christmas trees and decorative lighting during this holiday season. Last week, a candle fire in south Wichita damaged a home and claimed the life of a family pet.

Bob Thompson is the Wichita Fire Department's Chief Prevention Officer, he says the candle was burning too close to a Christmas tree.

"As a result, the tree was ignited by the candle, the family was displaced and they lost a pet," he says.

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News
5:30 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Top Morning News 12.14.12

 Date for the governor's State of the State address is set; Koch Industries announces large expansion; Fire safety reminders during the holiday season.

Brownback To Deliver State Of The State Jan. 15

Governor Sam Brownback has chosen January 15 as the date to deliver his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature. Brownback will outline his legislative agenda for 2013 one day after lawmakers begin the annual session.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Food: Holiday Relaxation

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The holidays can be extraordinarily stressful for even the most spirit-filled person. If you are the one doing the cooking, replicating a giant, fancy holiday meal can bring one to wit’s end, particularly if you just did another elaborate dinner at Thanksgiving.

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Business
2:28 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Koch Industries To Expand Wichita Campus, Create More Jobs

A rendering of the planned expansion at Koch Industries.
Howard and Helmer Architecture Koch Industries

Wichita based Koch industries Thursday announced plans to expand its northeast campus on 37th Street between Hillside and Oliver.

The new 210,000-square-foot building will be three stories, include a large cafe and have space for 745 employees. Koch spokesperson Melissa Cohlmia says currently Koch Industries in Wichita employs 2,800 people.

"That number, we know, will be significantly increasing," says Cohlmia.

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Education
5:55 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Kansas Board Encourages Cursive Instruction

Cursive handwriting instruction is getting a nod of support from the Kansas Board of Education.  

During Wednesday's meeting, the board unanimously adopted a statement encouraging educators to ensure students can write legibly in cursive and comprehend text written in cursive.

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Health
5:40 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Lawrence Man Appointed KanCare Ombudsman

A Lawrence man has been appointed to the newly-created position of KanCare Ombudsman. 

James Bart is a former corporate attorney. More importantly, perhaps, he’s the father of a 19-year-old son with developmental disabilities. As such, the young man will be a KanCare consumer.

As ombudsman, Bart’s job is to help consumers with any problems they may have with benefits, services, and access under the privatized Medicaid system called KanCare.

“I’m going to be the person that says what’s your needs, and how can I fulfill that?" he says.

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News
5:15 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Top Morning News 12.13.12

KS senate considers new rules panel; KanCare ombudsman appointed; Cursive writing standards adopted; Volunteer groups seek to help Haitians, break record.

New KS Senate Leaders Pondering Rules Panel

Kansas Senate's new Republican leaders are weighing changes in how the chamber settles disputes over its rules.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Movie Review: The Paperboy

The Paperboy is the latest of a series of movies about a class of people lower economically, culturally and sometimes morally. Winter's Bone and Beasts of the Southern Wild included people we could admire, but Killing Them Softly, Killer Joe, and now The Paperboy feature characters we would not care to spend time with in real life.

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Aviation
1:10 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Union Approves Spirit Contract

Members of an engineering union at Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita have overwhelmingly approved a six-year
contract.

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Health
5:44 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Americans Living Longer, But Quality Of Life In Jeopardy

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The 2012 edition of America's Health Rankings says medical advances are helping people live longer, but preventable illnesses and unhealthy behaviors are undermining the quality of that longer lifespan.

The big threats, according to the report from United Health Foundation, are obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and inactive lifestyles. Kansas ranks right in the middle of the 50 states, at 24th overall. However, Kansas has one of the highest obesity rates in the U.S., with more than 630,000 obese adults.

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