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5:43 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Top Morning News 11.20.12

Group to protest Kobach policies in support of DREAM Act; Larned State Hospital names new director; Kansas Wheat crop suffers from another dry week.

National Group To Protest Kobach Policies

Opponents of immigration policies favored by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach are calling for his resignation.

A group called the DREAM Act Coalition expects up to 75 people from around the country to join with others at an anti-Kobach rally Tuesday at a Topeka state office building.

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Breaking
9:05 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Spirit Aerosystems CEO To Retire In 2013

Spirit AeroSystems President and CEO Jeff Turner accepts and award for the company from Gov. Brownback last month.
Credit Spirit Aerosystems / Flickr

Wichita aircraft company Spirit AeroSystems Monday announced that President and CEO Jeffrey Turner will retire in early 2013.

In a press release, Turner said he announced his plan to retire to “ensure adequate time to find a suitable replacement, and allow for an effective handover of duties."

He will continue to serve as President and CEO until his successor takes office.

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Crime and Courts
5:55 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Judge: No Bond For KS Doctor In Abortion Case

A Kansas doctor won't have to post a bond while appealing the revocation of her medical license over referrals of patients to the late Dr. George Tiller for late-term abortions.

The State Board of Healing Arts wanted to require Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus to post a bond of nearly $93,000 as she pursues a lawsuit in hopes of regaining her license. Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis on Friday rejected the board's request.

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Government
5:37 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Childhood Poverty Task Force to Meet

Phyllis Gilmore during an appearance on the KTWU program I've Got Issues.
Credit KTWU

A task force appointed to look for ways to reduce child poverty will meet for the first time Monday in Topeka. Governor Sam Brownback created the task force to look for ways the state can help reduce the number of Kansas kids living in poverty. 

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News
5:24 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Top Morning News 11.19.12

Kansas jobless rate due out today; Judge says Kansas doctor does not have to post bond in abortion case; Childhood poverty task force is expected to meet today.

October Kansas Jobless Rate Due Monday

The Kansas Department of Labor is preparing to release a fresh look at the state's economy.

The agency says its report on October's unemployment rate will be announced Monday. The state's jobless rate has been on the way down recently, falling to 5.9 percent in September from 6.2 percent in August and 6.7 percent in September 2011.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Book Review: May We Be Forgiven

I chose this book for its cover. Gelatinous cranberry sauce, still holding its can-shaped form on a white plate. It screamed Thanksgiving.

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Music
8:35 am
Sat November 17, 2012

Top Albums: November 12-17

  1. The Bears For Lunch Guided By Voices
  2. Grrr! The Rolling Stones
  3. Celebration Day Led Zeppelin
  4. Psychedelic Pill Neil Young and Crazy Horse
  5. Meat Wave Meat Wave
  6. Waka/Jawaka Frank
  7. Firefly The Wonder Revolution
  8. Wood Widespread Panic
  9. Trey Anastasio Trey Anastasio
  10. Blak and Blu Gary Clark Jr.
Politics
1:45 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Kansas Democrat Won't Force Recount After Losing By 21 Votes

A Democratic legislator who's been a critic of Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach says she won't seek a recount after losing her race for re-election by 21 votes out of nearly 11,000 cast.

State Representative Ann Mah of Topeka said Friday that a recount probably wouldn't change the outcome of the 54th House District contest. She lost to Republican challenger Ken Corbet of Topeka.

The district covers parts of Douglas, Shawnee and Osage counties. The last reviews of ballots - in Shawnee County - finished late Thursday.

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News
5:22 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Top Morning News 11.16.12

Brownback says higher education in the state may see some additional funds for specific projects; The Kansas Supreme Court is expected to rule in Kline case; Finalists have been chosen for the court seat being vacated by Judge Christel Marquardt.

Brownback: Higher Ed May See Targeted Funds

Governor Sam Brownback says the Kansas higher education system might get additional funds next year for specific initiatives, but he's advising officials not to push for general budget increases.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Restaurant Review: Hana Cafe

Credit Fletcher Powell / KMUW

I have been going to Hana Café since it was a little Rock Road hole in the wall. It was tiny then, and very simple and Japanese-looking, complete with a waving kitty and blue and white curtains. The menu was small but excellent, serving sushi, pork tonkatsu, miso soup, and other Japanese specialties. One might also order a few Korean dishes, all well prepared.

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