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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

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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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Courts
3:37 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

State Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Kline Ethics Case

Whether former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline will keep his state law license is now in the hands of the Kansas Supreme Court.

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Business
8:18 am
Thu November 15, 2012

New Orders Will Help Hutchinson Wind Farm Parts Plant Avoid Further Layoffs

Plant officials at Siemens Wind Energy in Hutchinson say new orders will help the company avoid more layoffs for now.

The plant recently received orders to supply parts for wind farms being built in Southern California and Chile.

Siemens announced in September that it was cutting 60 percent of its Hutchinson workforce. The layoffs were completed this week, leaving the plant with 150 workers.

It once had more than 400 employees. Siemens also laid off 570 people at its Fort Madison, Iowa, plant and 62 others around the country.

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Education
5:52 am
Thu November 15, 2012

KS Board Of Education To Consider Cursive Writing Recommendation

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The Kansas Board of Education could develop a set of recommendations for teaching cursive writing in Kansas schools. The board discussed the issue Wednesday at a meeting in Topeka.

Cursive writing is not required to be taught in Kansas, but some members have heard from their constituents about the issue. 

Education officials surveyed Kansas school districts and 90 percent of the ones that responded said they do teach cursive.

Janet Waugh is a board member from Kansas City, Kan.

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Economy
5:47 am
Thu November 15, 2012

More Kansas Families Struggle As Assistance Shrinks

A new report says more Kansas families are sinking into poverty, but recent changes in state policy will make it more difficult from them to qualify for government assistance. 

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News
5:42 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Top Morning News 11.15.12

Kline hearing in Kansas Supreme Court today; More Kansas families are struggling to make ends meet; Board of Education to consider cursive writing standards.

Kline Ethics Case Before Kansas Supreme Court

The Kansas Supreme Court is preparing to take up an ethics case against former Attorney General Phill Kline over his actions during investigations of abortion providers. The court will hear arguments from attorneys Thursday.

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Commentary
3:03 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Movie Review: Killer Joe

Killer Joe  is one of those movies about a family so dysfunctional that it makes you feel satisfied with your own. Emile Hirsch, the central character and the son, is probably as normal as any son who has ever hired a professional to kill his mother, and Juno Temple is doing not badly for a girl whose mother tried to suffocate her. The father, Thomas Haden Church, is extremely unintelligent, and Gina Gershon, his second wife, is a bit of a tramp, if I may revive a term pretty much abandoned now. And none of them has what I would regard as anything like a normal moral sense.

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Education
1:29 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Report: Science Reduced In Kansas Elementary Schools

A new report says elementary schools in Kansas and surrounding states have reduced, or even eliminated, science education in recent years to emphasize reading and math.

The Kansas State Board of Education was told Tuesday that one in five elementary teachers in Kansas and surrounding states are recording science grades even when they don't teach the subject.

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