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8:42 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Judge Eric Melgren To Hear Arguments Over Voter Citizenship Law

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren will hear arguments on Friday in a lawsuit seeking to force the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to change the national voter registration form for Kansas and Arizona.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Arizona counterpart Ken Bennett want instructions on the federal form that requires Kansas and Arizona residents to provide proof of citizenship when registering to vote.

Kobach and Bennett want these changes made before next year's mid-term elections.

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Government
8:34 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Kansas Delegation Split On House Budget Bill

The all-Republican Kansas delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives was evenly split on the House's budget bill.

Congressmen Mike Pompeo and Tim Huelskamp voted against the bill.

Both said one reason was because it undoes some of the sequestration cuts that took effect earlier this year.

Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins supported the agreement because it cuts long-term spending, and she says there would be increases in short-term spending with or without this bill.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Tanya Tandoc: CHEESE!

Credit MetaGrrrl / Flickr / Creative Commons

When I was growing up in Newton in the '70s, I was unaware that there were more than five kinds of cheese.

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State Finance Council
5:41 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

State Delays Land Purchases

State officials on Thursday put on hold the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism's purchases of two large parcels of land in northeast and southeast Kansas over concerns about the timing of the sales and lack of legislative input.

The state finance council delayed its decision after several legislators on the council said some of their colleagues questioned the purchases. The council includes top House and Senate leaders and Gov. Sam Brownback.

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Politics
8:44 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Senate Conservatives Fund Endorses Tea Party Candidate Milton Wolf

The national group "Senate Conservatives Fund" has endorsed Milton Wolf in campaign against Senator Roberts for the Kansas Republican primary.

Wolf is a radiologist in Leawood, Kansas, and is running against Roberts as a tea party candidate.

He's criticized Roberts on budget, tax and health care issues and sees the endorsement as helping him build momentum.

Former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint founded the Senate Conservatives Fund.

Commentary
5:00 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Movie Review: 'Out of the Furnace' Is Well Made, But Isn't Subtle

Woody Harrelson, being vile, and Christian Bale, being unsubtle, in 'Out of the Furnace'
Credit rottentomatoes.com

Out of the Furnace is rated by Entertainment Weekly as the eighth-best movie of the year, and it is well written, well photographed, well acted, and generally worth a lot of praise. It is a serious drama for grownup audiences.

But it is also thoroughly unpleasant, with unsympathetic characters, occasional ugly violence and some artsy camerawork that implies subtlety that isn't there.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Then Came Mandela!

Bust of Nelson Mandela in Southbank, London
Credit mrgarethm / Flickr / Creative Commons

Pastor Reuben Eckels offers his perspective on how Nelson Mandela affected his life and the lives of many African Americans across the United States.

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Politics
5:35 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Roberts, Opponent Spar Over Budget Deal

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts has announced he'll vote against a bipartisan budget deal, but the Kansas Republican's primary opponent says Roberts should have spoken up earlier.

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Health
1:18 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

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Government
8:41 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Concealed Guns Now Allowed In 91 Out Of 107 Public Buildings In Wichita

Wichita will allow concealed guns in nearly all of its city-owned buildings including libraries, recreational centers, CityArts and the Wichita Art Museum.

The city council voted on Tuesday to allow people carrying concealed guns in all but 16 of 107 city-owned buildings, beginning Jan. 1.

The Wichita Eagle reports that council member Janet Miller called the vote a "tragedy."

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