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3:56 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Brownback Touts State’s Fiscal Health

Governor Sam Brownback touted the state’s fiscal health Wednesday during a press briefing at the Statehouse. Brownback announced that Kansas will pay off bonds early for a variety of projects. He says the state’s finances are now solid enough to handle a large income tax cut lawmakers approved last session.

“We will be in a solid fiscal position, and we’re going to do everything we can here to continue to reduce the cost of state government while protecting K-12, Medicaid, public safety,” Brownback said.

Commentary
10:51 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Art Review: Louise Nevelson

Louise Nevelson, Night Tree, 1971. Cor-ten steel, 128 1/2 x 41 x 30 in. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University. Gift of the artist and the WSU Student Government Association.

Louise Nevelson was a key American sculptor in the mid-20th century. Her Modernist artwork changed the world of sculpture – much like what Jackson Pollock did for painting.

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HIV / AIDS
6:06 am
Wed July 25, 2012

New National Policy On HIV Cuts Funds To Kansas

As part of national HIV awareness month in July Morning Edition has been looking at the state of the global fight against HIV and AIDS.

This morning we hear about how a recent change in public policy intended to reform HIV care will deplete services in Kansas and many other mid-western states.

Two years ago the Obama Administration released the nation’s first ever strategy to combat HIV and AIDS.

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Hawker Bankruptcy
2:29 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Justice Department Opposes Hawker Bonus Plan

The Justice Department’s bankruptcy watchdog agency opposes a move by Hawker Beechcraft to pay eight senior executives more than $5.3 million in bonuses.

In a court filing yesterday, U.S. Trustee Tracy Hope Davis argued that Hawker Beechcraft hasn’t shown that its proposed bonus plan isn’t a disguised retention plan. Bonus plans are allowed, but must do more than simply reward managers for staying during a bankruptcy reorganization. Hawker Beechcraft calls it an incentive award and says its plans are consistent with its commitment to strongly emerge from bankruptcy.

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Commentary
7:21 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Musical Space: Life Aquatic (Repeat)

Some film scores are best when they take the familiar and make it unfamiliar, as Mark Foley notes this week on Musical Space.

Let’s talk about the score to the 2004 Wes Anderson-directed film The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou. The film and its score are remarkable for their refreshing perspectives on the familiar.

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Election 2012
7:12 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Opponents Face Off At Forum For Judicial And DA Candidates

The Wichita Women Attorneys Association Monday night held a candidate forum for the judicial and district attorney races in Sedgwick county.

The DA race and 5 judicial races will be decided in the Republican Primary.

The forum held at the Hughs Metroplex on the WSU campus featured candidates from the six contested judicial races, and the two candidates for District Attorney.

Republicans Kevin O’Connor and Marc Bennett are running for the spot that will be vacated by DA Nola Foulston who is retiring after 24 years of service. The race will be decided in the primary.

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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.

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