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6:13 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Top Morning News 10.15.12

GOP Senators Say Problem Gambling Money Misspent

Two Republican state senators say even if the governor approves a request for increased funding to help problem gamblers, the money probably won’t be spent where it was intended under Kansas law.

Gary Haulmark of the Department for Aging and Disability Services has asked for a $3.5 million boost for problem gambling services. Senator Carolyn McGinn, of Sedgwick, wants lawyers for that department to justify how the money is being spent.

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Wichita State University
6:13 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Bardo Formally Inaugurated As President Of WSU

WSU's 13th president, Dr. John William Bardo.
Wichita State University

After more than three months on the job, Dr. John Bardo was formally inaugurated Friday as the 13th president of Wichita State University.

Bardo gave his inaugural address to a crowd of faculty, staff, students, state officials and community members– including former WSU President Don Beggs and Gov. Sam Brownback.

He said it is more clear to him than ever that the fortunes of Wichita State and those of the greater Wichita area are linked.

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Politics
6:15 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Supporters, Opponents Continue To Tout, Deride Tax Cut

 

Supporters and opponents of tax-cutting legislation continue to talk about the plan, even going on the road to do it.

Members of the governor’s administration toured the state last month, and some Democrats are making stops this week. The cut will reduce personal income tax rates and completely eliminate income taxes for around 200,000 businesses in Kansas.

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Health
6:13 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Frequent ER Patients Not Abusing The System

Several studies released this week dispel the notion that large numbers of patients who make frequent trips to the emergency room are abusing that high-cost form of health care.

Commentary
5:00 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Richard Crowson: Dogs vs. Squirrels

Whenever I get commentator’s block and have difficulty coming up with a topic for these little radio moments of mine, I consult with my think tank. I have a pretty small think tank. It consists of just Hank and Lucy. And, to tell the truth, there are occasional communication difficulties due to the fact that Hank and Lucy are dogs, Airedales to be exact, and I am not.

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Economy
7:30 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Kansas Housing Market ‘Picking Up Steam’

The cover of the 2013 housing market forecast by WSU's Center for Real Estate.
Wichita State University

The Wichita State University Center for Real Estate has released their 2013 Kansas housing markets forecast, and home sales in the state are expected to rise.

Kansas home sales will rise by more that 6 percent in 2013 according to the report released Thursday.

Director of the WSU Real Estate Center Dr. Stan Longhofer says home prices will also begin to inch their way up. Home prices in Kansas have remained basically flat for the last few years.

Longhofer says the Wichita area saw a sharp drop in housing activity after the home buyer tax credit expired in 2010.

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Arts
7:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Broadway Actor And Artist Charles Holt Visits Wichita

Broadway actor and recording artist, Charles Holt.
Carla Eckels

Broadway actor, recording artist and author Charles Holt is in Wichita this week, as part of the Centennial celebration of Gordon Park’s life.

Holt spoke at Wichita State and to public school students and will wrap up his visit at a book signing Thursday.

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Government
7:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Brownback Not Ruling Out Sales Tax Extension

The Kansas Statehouse.
Jimmy Emerson Flickr

Governor Sam Brownback says extending a temporary sales tax increase to help balance the state budget is a possibility.

In 2010, lawmakers passed a 1 percent sales tax to help the state get through the recession, but it was set to expire after three years. Brownback wants to see how the budget shapes up before making any decision.

The current 1 percent sales tax increase is mostly set to expire during the middle of next year. Also next year, a big income tax cut takes effect, which could mean a reduction in state revenue.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Indie Film Guide: 10/10 - 10/23

Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

This time: Tallgrass!

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Commentary
8:55 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Into It: The Scream

Andrew Bales continues with part three of his four-part look at iconic stock sound effects.

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