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Kansas lawmakers are wrestling with a budget deficit and looking at a wide range of tax proposals to help cover the shortfall. A House committee considered the merits of a flat tax Monday, but the bills don’t seem to have much support.

The plans would eliminate tax brackets, so there would only be one Kansas income tax rate. One bill would set that at 3.9 percent, the other at 5 percent.

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Most state employees in Kansas would receive about a 2 percent raise under a budget plan to be considered by the Kansas Senate. The Ways and Means Committee started work Monday on a spending plan for the next two fiscal years. They're battling a budget shortfall, but the committee voted to shift money around to provide the worker raises.

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A man who has been charged with plotting to bomb a Garden City apartment complex which houses a significant Somali population wants to get rid of his attorneys.

Patrick Stein asked the court to let his attorneys withdraw from his case saying that they have been providing "ineffective assistance of counsel." The attorneys for Stein are court appointed, but he says he wants to hire his own.

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The Wichita Police Department has released more information about an officer-involved shooting over the weekend that left a man and a police dog dead.

At a news briefing, Chief of Police Gordon Ramsay identified the dead man as 25-year-old Kevin C. Perry.

Ramsay says officers were called to a domestic disturbance at a home on west MacArthur, when Perry exited the residence. That's when the canine officer, named Rooster, was sent after the suspect to stop him from re-entering the home. 

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget plan assumes millions of dollars in savings on education based on an efficiency study. It looks like those savings might not materialize, at least for the coming fiscal year.

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A forum was held Sunday at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Wichita between two of the three candidates looking to fill the seat former congressman and current CIA director Mike Pompeo vacated in Kansas' 4th District.

Democrat James Thompson and Libertarian Chris Rockhold participated. Republican Ron Estes, although he had confirmed to take part, was absent due to a conflict.

The candidates commented on the budget, school funding, race issues and the Affordable Care Act.

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Wichita Public Schools has named a new Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools. Michele Ingenthron will fill the position that is soon-to-be-vacated by Dr. Alicia Thompson as she transitions to the role of future Superintendent for the entire district.

Ingenthron, who is currently the principal of Colvin Elementary, will begin her new position after Spring Break. She previously served as principal at Ortiz Elementary and Lincoln Elementary, as well as an assistant principal at Mueller. Ingenthron began her teaching career in Dodge City.

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There have always been Americans worried about some pending religious, social or natural cataclysm. But the business of catering to those fears, and helping people prepare to survive the next big calamity, has changed substantially in the age of Donald Trump.

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The organization that administers the local Meals on Wheels program says its funding source isn’t among the cuts considered in the Trump administration’s recently released budget. But Senior Services of Wichita might still feel the effects of millions of dollars of cuts to federal programs.

Trump is considering cutting the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant Program, which helps fund Meals on Wheels programs across the country.

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Roads, bars, and restaurants in Wichita will be busy this afternoon and evening, not only because of St. Patrick's Day, but also because KU, K-State and Wichita State are all scheduled to play in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

At a news briefing this morning, Sgt. Nikki Woodrow with Wichita Police Department encouraged everyone to be safe, and to avoid drinking and driving.

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