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12:50 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Panel Raises Issue Of Kan. Public Defender Funding

During a confirmation hearing, a group of state senators raised their concerns about the level of support for funding the Kansas public defender system.

Questions were raised yesterday during hearings to confirm appointments by Gov. Sam Brownback to various state agency positions. Among them were Paul Eugene Beck and Kevin Mark Smith, who were named to the Board of Indigent Defense.

Senator Tim Owens, an Overland Park Republican, asked the pair if they would be willing to press Brownback for funding to keep the public defenders' office functioning.

Education
10:18 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Lawyers Make Closing Arguments In School Lawsuit

Attorney Arthur Chalmers speaks before a panel of judges in Topeka.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

A panel of district court judges in Topeka heard closing arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit over state education funding.

Attorney Alan Rupe represents a group of school districts, students and parents suing the state.

He says lawmakers aren’t living up to promises to increase school spending and some students aren’t receiving an adequate education.

“We might be doing OK for some of our kids, but when it comes to our constitution - and that’s an adequate education for all kids - we are falling behind,” says Rupe.

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Election Coverage
12:35 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Legal Fight From Special Topeka Vote Not Expected

Officials do not expect a special election in Topeka to result in a legal battle because it didn’t reverse the outcome of a Republican primary for the Kansas House. 

Shawnee County officials Wednesday certified the results from the special election. It was held Tuesday for a single polling place in Topeka where some voters received the wrong ballots in the Aug. 7 primary election.

Animal Rights
10:48 am
Wed August 29, 2012

PETA Files Lawsuit Against Kansas State Fair

The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal is suing Kansas over restrictions imposed on its booth at this year’s Kansas State Fair.

The federal lawsuit filed Monday asks the court to prohibit interference with the group’s free speech rights at next month’s fair in Hutchinson. It also names the Kansas State Fair Board and the fair’s general manager as defendants.

Commentary
5:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Indie Film Guide: 8/29 - 9/11

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.

Coming up: A couple of one-day festivals, an acclaimed young director, and a “Shock” doc.

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Politics
11:17 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Gov Brownback, Shawnee County DA Disagree On Alleged Open Meetings Violations

Gov. Sam Brownback speaks with reporters Monday at the Statehouse.
Stephen Koranda

Gov. Sam Brownback and the Shawnee County district attorney continue to disagree about some alleged violations of the Kansas Open Meetings Act.

Brownback held a series of legislative dinners at Cedar Crest earlier this year. More than 90 lawmakers, virtually all Republicans, were invited.

As Stephen Koranda reports, the investigation looked at whether the legislative dinners violated the open meetings act.

Headlines
11:07 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Top Morning News

Open Meetings Act; Statehouse Repairs Funded; State Withholds Payment to 3M; KU Ticket Scalping Case  

Governor’s Open Meeting Issues Continue

Brownback and the Shawnee County district attorney continue to disagree about some alleged violations of the Kansas Open Meetings Act.

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Statehouse Repairs Funded

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Drought Impact
11:04 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Drought Dwindles Water Levels At Nuclear Power Plant

The continuing drought is causing concern about operating the Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant.

Officials say the dwindling water levels of a reservoir used to cool the plant near Burlington do not pose any safety risk.

The Kansas Water Office projects the John Redmond Reservoir will be almost dry by November 1, if current weather patterns persist.

Wolf Creek officials say it would be difficult to operate the plant if the drought continues for the next several months.

Aviation
1:12 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Court: Age Discrimination Unproven In Boeing Sale

A federal appeals court panel has sided with The Boeing Company and Spirit AeroSystems in an age discrimination lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed by 90 former Boeing workers after the 2005 sale of its commercial airplane operations in Kansas and Oklahoma.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that while employees showed discrimination occurred during the sale, the workers cannot prove a pattern existed.

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Commentary
8:31 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Book Review: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

Being a parent can be a thankless job. Jonathan Evison explores the parent/child relationship in his new novel, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. Through the intersecting lives of his characters, he challenges the definition of a “good” parent.

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