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12:51 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Kansans Assisting In Storm Prep

Kansans are helping on the East Coast as Hurricane Sandy approaches.

Sharon Watson is with the Kansas Adjutant General's Department. She says Kansas is sending a response team to Maryland.

"To support them in planning, operations, logistics, finance, administration," says Watson. "Those types of behind-the-scenes roles that really help keep the disaster response running smoothly."

Watson says aircraft from some East Coast military bases have also been moved to Topeka to keep them out of harm's way.

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Weather
12:45 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Drought Taking Big Bite Out Of Kansas Cattle Herds

The extended drought is prompting cattle farmers across Kansas to sell some or all of their herds.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported last week that the number of cattle sent to Kansas feedlots in September was the lowest on record for that month, down 25 percent from September 2011.

The number of cattle sold by feedlots to packers in Kansas fell 17 percent from a year ago and tied for the worst month ever.

The cattle industry expected the steep drop in cattle as drought ruined pastures, dramatically increasing the cost of feed.

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Commentary
8:48 am
Mon October 29, 2012

At Play Theatre Roundup: 10.29.12

Irving Berlin’s <i>White Christmas</i> opens November 9 at Crown Uptown Theatre.

A non-Shakesperian Shakesperian comedy, a brief moment with painter Mark Rothko, and a white Christmas:

Wichita Community Theatre closes out its run of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap. The production ends Sunday, November 4 with performances Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m.

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Environment
7:13 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Gov. Brownback Plans Conference On Future Of Water

Texan Wesley Spurlock grows corn. He has replaced some of his sprinklers with water efficient nozzling systems to help conserve water from the Ogallala Aquifer.
Credit USDAgov / Flickr

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is sponsoring a two-day event this week that his office is calling the state's first conference on the future of water.The event is scheduled to begin tomorrow in Manhattan and will include a speech from Brownback. Also on the agenda are U.S. Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas and Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Health
5:57 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Generic Drugs Help Spare Families from High Medical Costs

A study in this month's issue of the journal, Health Affairs, says the number of American families spending more than ten per cent of their income on health care has remained steady-in spite of the recession. 

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News
5:45 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Top Morning News 10.29.12

More cases of Hepatitis confirmed at a hospital in Hays; The Kickapoo Tribe asks for Gov. Brownback's support in water fight; People still spending a lot on health care costs.

6 Cases Of Hepatitis Confirmed At Hays Hospital

The Kansas health department says it has now confirmed six cases of hepatitis C in Hays Medical Center patients linked to a traveling technician.

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Commentary
9:37 am
Sun October 28, 2012

Crowson Cartoon: Halloween Horrors

Business
3:55 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Public Hearing On Aetna Purchase Of Coventry

Kansans will get a chance to comment November 5th on insurance provider Aetna's proposal to buy Coventry Health Care.

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Health
6:46 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Colyer Touts KanCare, Offers No New Details

Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer was the featured speaker Thursday at a forum in Overland Park, aimed at building support for the administration's effort to remake the Kansas Medicaid program.

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Election 2012
6:17 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Early Voting Underway In Sedgwick County, Numbers Down From 2008

Voters casting their ballots early in downtown Wichita Thursday.
Credit Carla Eckels

Some voters in Wichita are taking advantage of casting their ballots early during this election cycle, but so far there hasn't been as many advanced voters in person as in 2008.

On the first day of voting Wednesday, Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says the number of early voters was a little more than 400, about half as many as on the first day of advanced voting during the 2008 Presidential Election.  However, Lehman says voting by mail has significantly increased.

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