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Child Care Regulations
1:52 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Kansas Officials Say New Law Improves Child Care

State officials say a law passed two years ago has dramatically improved child care in Kansas.

The 2010 law is known as Lexie’s Law, after a 13-month-old girl who died from injuries she suffered at a Johnson County day care in 2004.

Among other things, it requires training for day care providers. It also requires day cares that take in up to six children to be regularly inspected. In the past, those small day cares were inspected only in response to complaints.

Hep C, Voter ID, NCLB, Jobless Rate
7:04 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Top Morning News 7/23/12

460 Patients at Hays Medical Center Potentially Exposed to Hepatitis C

Hays Medical Center and state health officials are trying to reach 460 people who may have been exposed to Hepatitis C two years ago.

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NYU Study: Voter ID Laws Could Affect KS Voters

A new study says thousands of potential voters in Kansas could encounter trouble getting required government-issued photo identification.

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Health
7:01 am
Mon July 23, 2012

460 Patients at Hays Medical Center Potentially Exposed to Hepatitis C

Hays Medical Center and state health officials are trying to reach 460 people who may have been exposed to Hepatitis C two years ago.

No Child Left Behind
6:59 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Kansas NCLB Waiver Could Have Unintended Consequences

The No Child Left Behind Act was designed by President George W. Bush’s administration to improve failing schools. But since its passage, several states have sought exemptions from the program, which implements national educational standards.

Kansas received one of those waivers last week, but state Board of Education member Walt Chappell says there’s no real advantage to being waived from the requirements of the program.

Wichitan Spotlight
8:41 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Wichita Auctioneer Hopes To Win International Competition

Carla Eckels

Meet Megan McCurdy.

“Here we go ladies and gentlemen! What do you want to give?”

The 29-year old auctioneer conducts a recent charity auction at Wichita’s Botanica Gardens.

(Auctioneer chanting.)

Megan will compete Friday in the 2012 International Auctioneer Championship in Spokane, Washington.  It’s not her first time though, she was named first runner up in the final round of vigorous competition last year.

“Well, it’s intense. I will say that,” says McCurdy.

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Sedgwick County
6:41 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Wichita City Council Member Makes Case For Passenger Rail

An Amtrak Surfliner passenger rail train.
Mark Beeson Flickr

Wichita city council member Pete Mitzner Wednesday presented a case for passenger rail service through the city to the Sedgwick county commissioners.

City council member Mitzner told the county commission passenger rail service is expanding across the nation and he and fellow council member James Clendenin believe Wichita could be a part of that expansion, especially considering there is existing unused rail infastructure downtown.

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Power Outage
1:37 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Lawn Watering Ban In East Wichita, Andover

City of Wichita officials are urging water customers east of Rock Road in Wichita, and in all of Andover, to not water their lawns until Saturday due to a loss of electrical power at a water pump station on Webb Road.

The power outage has reduced water pressure in areas east of Rock Road. Westar is working to restore the power to the pump station.

The voluntary watering restriction is not requested of customers west of Rock Road, because they are not affected by the power outage.

Crime
7:32 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Cameras At Juvenile Correctional Complex Aided Audit Investigation

A recent audit uncovered mismanagement and safety problems at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex in Topeka. 

The Legislative Division of Post Audit compiled the report on the facility, which houses around 250 juveniles.

Auditor Scott Frank says this report was unique, because cameras at the facility aided the investigation.

He says the cameras allowed them to confirm assaults or other issues, and it can sometimes be difficult to confirm claims made during an audit investigation.

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Commentary
7:24 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Movie Review: Ice Age: Continental Drift

I try to avoid children’s movies because all that matters about them, most of the time, is whether they are funny and whether they may be offensive to parents, and my sense of humor does not seem to match that of thirteen-year-old boys who think nothing is as funny as gas leakages, and I do not empathize with parents who want to protect their young-uns from language they hear every day at recess. But every so often I am forced to review kiddies’ movies for lack of anything else new, and often as not I find myself thoroughly entertained from beginning to finish.

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Sedgwick County
6:23 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Proposed Sedgwick County Budget Includes Broad Cuts, Layoffs

The Sedgwick County Courthouse.
Jim Good Flickr

The Sedgwick County Manager Wednesday presented his 2013 recommended budget to the commissioners. It proposes layoffs, cuts to services and closing the Judge Riddel Boys Ranch.

County Manager Bill Buchanan said he had to do “less with less” to reach the goal of eliminating the county’s $9.3 million deficit by the end of 2013.

Buchanan said in their analysis the budget team focused on the core missions of programs and looked for duplications of services.

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