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12:42 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Wagle Wins KS Senate President, Merrick Speaker

Kansas Republicans elected Susan Wagle Monday as the new president of the state Senate.

A veteran Wichita Republican, she is the first woman to lead either legislative chamber. Wagle defeated Steve Abrams of Arkansas City.

Johnson County Republican Ray Merrick is the new speaker of the Kansas House. Merrick won on a second ballot Monday over fellow Johnson County representative Arlen Siegfried.

When the session begins in January, Republicans will outnumber Democrats 32-8 in the Senate and 92-33 in the House.

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Government
5:57 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Budget Projections May Be Recalculated After Unexpected Tax Revenues

The state Revenue Department says Kansas collected $2.6 million more in taxes than expected in November.

The agency said Friday that the state collected about $441 million in taxes this month, when a fiscal forecast predicted it would take in less than $439 million.

The difference is less than 1 percent, but Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan said the numbers contain solid signs that the state's economy is improving. The report was the first since officials issued a new fiscal forecast earlier this month.

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News
5:47 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Top Morning News 12.03.12

Chamber leaders to be picked at the Statehouse Monday; Budget projections will likely be recalculated after revenue numbers from November; Meat prices expected to rise next year.

KS Legislators To Pick Chambers' Leaders

Kansas Republican legislators are meeting at the Statehouse to choose the next Senate president and speaker of the House.

Monday's elections will be held by returning incumbents and those taking office for the first time in January.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Book Review: Life Among Giants

In terms of setting and mood, Bill Roorbach’s novel Life Among Giants contains no shortage of creative derring-do. It largely takes place in the 1970s, when the Miami Dolphins ruled the National Football League. In fact, the narrator of the novel, David “Lizard” Hochmeyer, spends time in a Dolphins uniform as a backup quarterback to Bob Griese.

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Government
12:34 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Lawmakers Asked For Money To Keep Boys Home Open

Sedgwick County officials say they will close a ranch for troubled boys if the state does not provide more financial help.

County officials told lawmakers Thursday that the county can't afford to keep the Judge James V. Riddel Boys Ranch at Lake Afton open past next year. The home offers rehabilitation programs for boys considered at high or moderate risk of reoffending.

The state pays $126 a day for each boy at the ranch. County officials say the actual cost is $201 per boy.

Crime and Courts
6:33 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Juvenile Justice Official Says Topeka Facility Improving

A representation of the juvenile justice facility in Topeka.

A recent, two-part audit pointed out significant problems at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex in Topeka. The first part of the audit found safety and security problems. The second part criticized the facility's education and substance abuse programs.

But, the head of the state's juvenile corrections system testified before lawmakers Thursday and said the facility is improving.

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Arts
6:09 am
Fri November 30, 2012

A Tribute To Gordon Parks On His 100th Birthday

Gordon Parks and Genevieve Young.
Credit Ulrich Museum / Wichita State University

Friday marks the centennial of the birth of photographer, composer, filmmaker and author Gordon Parks.

Celebrations have been held across the country in his honor, including several events at Wichita State University. Parks' third wife, Genevieve Young, spoke Thursday at Wichita State, which houses Parks' personal papers.

Young was former senior editor at Little Brown and Company and vice president of Bantam Books. She edited Gordon Parks' writings.

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News
5:45 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Top Morning News 11.30.12

The state is expected to release new tax revenue numbers today; A Juvenile Justice Official says the facility in Topeka has improved after issues of security arose earlier this year; WSU hosts Gordon Parks' third wife in honor of his 100th birthday.

State Tax Report Out Friday

The Kansas Department of Revenue is preparing to issue a report on whether state tax collections in November met expectations.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Food: Asian Market

Fletcher Powell

I love Asian grocery stores. All of those mysterious, oddly named ingredients-- stinky tofu, anyone? Anyone?-- the smell of rice and soy and dried mushrooms. I visit Asian Market on Central, near Hydraulic, often, because it is close to both the restaurant and home.

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Environment
5:58 am
Thu November 29, 2012

K-State Scientists Help Identify Wheat Genes

Two scientists at Kansas State University are part of an international team of researchers breaking the genetic code of wheat.

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