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1:38 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Election 2012: The Results

Voters casting paper ballots in Sedgwick County Tuesday.
Credit Carla Eckels

Updated at 4:55 am

2012 General Election unofficial results for Sedgwick County, Kan.

With nearly all precincts reporting, Sedgwick County residents cast 179,784 votes, which resulted in a 65 percent turnout.

Wichita Water Fluoridation:

  • Yes ...... 50890 / 40%
  • No ...... 74788 / 59%

Constitutional Amendment on water craft taxation:

  • Yes ...... 92712 / 60%
  • No ...... 62646 / 40%

U. S. Representative 4th District:

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Politics
3:56 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Voters See Long Lines On Election Day

Residents waiting to vote at Bel Aire City Hall.
Carla Eckels

Several voting sites throughout Sedgwick County were busy Tuesday.

A steady line of voters snaked throughout the hallway at the Bel Aire polling place just north of Wichita.

Supervising Judge Vickie Woodworth said the turnout has been tremendous with more than 500 people voting before noon.

"To me, it seems like there's a larger turnout this time than 4 years ago," said Woodworth. "I think that it's just a very important election and people want their views known."

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Transportation
1:11 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Crash Near Mid-Continent Airport Kills Fed Ex Pilot

A small plane crashed Tuesday south of Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport, killing the pilot.

The pilot, who was not identified, was the only person on board.

Tony Molinaro, spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration, says the pilot of the Cessna reported engine trouble shortly after taking off from Mid-Continent Airport. Molinaro says the pilot was trying to return to the airport when the crash occurred about two miles from Mid-Continent. He says the plane was headed to Garden City.

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Commentary
8:56 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Into It: Pop Tarts

Kellogg’s rushed Pop-Tarts onto the market in 1964, shortly after their competitor announcement a similar toaster snack release called Country Squares. Since then, the evolution of the Pop-Tart has been long and strange.

Pop-Tarts began simply, with a handful of flavors. Though they come wrapped in tinfoil and ready-to-eat, they’ve always been closely tied to the toaster. Pop-Tart’s first mascot was an animated toaster named Milton.

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Election 2012
6:15 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Ballot Measure On Boat Taxes Could Confuse Voters

Boats tied down on the shore of a lake.
Credit Frederick R. Ewing / Flickr

When voters flip over their ballot, they'll be greeted with a long, wordy ballot question. The issue has to do with how boats are taxed in Kansas, and is a proposed constitutional amendment. 

A yes vote would allow lawmakers to reduce property tax rates for boats to bring them more in line with tax rates for cars and other recreational vehicles. A no vote would leave tax rates as they are.

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Government
5:43 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Kansas Validates 2,200 On Physical Disability Waiting List

Credit Stock photo / http://www.sxc.hu/profile/jvangalen

State officials say the actual number of physically-disabled Kansans legitimately in line for home and community-based Services is about 2,200.

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News
5:40 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Top Morning News 11.06.12

Polls are open for election day 2012; State revenues are expected to be forecast today; Kansas officials say there are 2,200 people on waiting list for disability services.

In Sedgwick County, the polls are open for General Election Day - the polls will be open from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. Every voter must now show a photo ID when voting . Advance ballots must be in the Election Office by 7 p.m. Tuesday night. For more information, or to look up your assigned polling location, go to sedgwickcounty.org/elections

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Transportation
2:24 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Kansas Turnpike Rates To Increase Feb. 1

The Kansas Turnpike Authority announced Monday that cash rates for cars and light trucks will increase an average of 10 percent on February 1.

Rates for K-TAG users will increase an average of 5 percent.

Drivers of large commercial vehicles will pay about 5 percent more, whether they pay cash or use the electronic K-TAG.

The Turnpike Authority said in a news release Monday the increased revenue will pay for future capital needs, including deck replacements for some of the turnpike's 348 bridges.

No tax dollars are used to maintain the turnpike.

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Government
6:02 am
Mon November 5, 2012

KS Officials To Discuss Disabled Waiting List

Two top officials in Governor Sam Brownback's administration are preparing to make an announcement about the waiting list faced by hundreds of physically disabled Kansans seeking in-home services.

Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer and Aging and Disability Services Secretary Shawn Sullivan have planned a Statehouse news conference Monday. The administration didn't provide details before the event.

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News
5:24 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Top Morning News 11.05.12

Advance voting in Kansas ends Monday at noon; The Wichita School Board will consider a contract that would end busing; Announcement about disability services waiting list expected.

Advance Voting Ends Today, Election Day Is Tomorrow

In Sedgwick County, advance voting in person ends at noon Monday at the election office.

Tuesday - General Election Day - the polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Every voter must now show a photo ID when voting. Advance ballots must be in the Election Office by 7 p.m. tomorrow.

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