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Gun Laws
3:57 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Bill Would Cut Back Open Carry Regulation

A legislative committee is considering a bill that would bar local governments in Kansas from passing any rules that restrict the open carry of firearms. It would also invalidate any local rules currently restricting open carry.

Representative Jim Howell, a Derby Republican, says the goal is to create consistency.

“So what this does, it just simply says we’re not going to let cities create a patchwork of laws, so that people can exercise their Second Amendment rights confidently, understanding the law, with simplicity," Howell says.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Your Move: Carcassonne and 'Gateway Games'

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There are hundreds of practically unknown board games available that are incredibly fun to play, but have fairly complex rules. I love playing them, but it’s hard to get my friends interested in playing.

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Energy
10:12 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Brownback Tries To Help Families And Businesses During National Propane Shortage

Governor Sam Brownback wants to help families that use propane for home heating, in light of the national propane shortage.

Industry and state officials say bitter cold, supply line problems, and high propane demands for grain drying have led to the shortage.

Governor Brownback has eased trucking regulations on propane.

Brownback has also asked Department for Children and Families to give priority to propane users in a state program that assists poor families with utility costs.

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Politics
10:03 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Sandy Praeger Breaks Away From Fellow Republicans And Opposes Gov. Brownback's Re-Election

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger is opposing Governor Brownback's re-election as governor.

Commissioner Praeger has joined a new bipartisan group hoping to thwart Brownback's bid for a second term.

Praeger went public yesterday about her break with Brownback and other Kansas Republicans.

She's appearing in an online video criticizing the governor from the Reroute the Roadmap group.

The group's six sponsors include Wichita businesswoman Jill Docking.

Government
9:51 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Bill Strips Local Governments' Power To Regulate Firearms And Limits Buyback Programs

Kansas legislators are considering new gun-rights proposals.

The bill would strip cities and counties of any power to regulate guns, as well as limit local programs to buy guns back from their owners.

The House Federal and State Affairs Committee scheduled a hearing this morning on a sweeping bill containing the new measures.

The bill would keep cities and counties from enacting bans on the open carrying of firearms and prevent them from spending tax dollars to administer firearms buyback programs.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

'The Invisible Woman' Is Incomplete and Unpersuasive

Ralph Fiennes leaves out some important details in 'The Invisible Woman'
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The title The Invisible Woman suggests some kind of comic book sci-fi thing, but The Invisible Woman is actually the supposedly true story of the aging novelist Charles Dickens and an 18-year-old talentless actress for whom he risked his reputation, profession, social standing, home and family. But it never persuades us that it is really telling the story.

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Community
10:28 am
Wed January 29, 2014

State Officials Celebrate Kansas' 153rd Birthday In Newly Renovated Statehouse

State officials are marking Kansas' 153rd anniversary with a dedication of the newly renovated Capitol in Topeka today.

The 13-year renovation cost nearly $330 million dollars.

It included new ventilation and electrical systems, replacing of the roof and dome, and constructing a visitor center.

The project was carried out in phases and financed with bonds.

Hundreds of schoolchildren will join Governor Brownback, legislators and other officials for the festivities today.

Government
10:24 am
Wed January 29, 2014

State Lawmakers Consider Banning Minors From Using Tanning Beds

State lawmakers are considering whether to ban tanning parlors from letting minors use their tanning beds.

The House Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony Tuesday on the bill.

The measure includes a maximum $250 fine for businesses that allow customers younger than 18 to use tanning beds.

Proponents say exposure to harmful levels of ultraviolet radiation from tanning beds increases the chances of developing melanoma later in life.

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Crime and Courts
10:15 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Scott Roeder's Lawyers Appeal Hard 50 Sentence In Kansas Supreme Court

The Kansas Supreme Court in Topeka is preparing to hear arguments this morning in the appeal of the man convicted of killing Dr. George Tiller.

In 2009, Scott Roeder was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 50 years for shooting Dr. Tiller while he served as an usher in his church.

Tiller was one of the few doctors to perform late-term abortions in the U.S., at his clinic in southeast Wichita.

Commentary
5:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Wichita Mosaic: Wakeelah Martinez

Wakeelah standing next to a her painting of African Mother Queens.
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Wichita is a city with people from many cultures and backgrounds. A jigsaw puzzle made up of colorful and interlocking pieces. But how much do we really know about the people that live here?

Hear Wakeelah talk about her life, her travels and her path back to Wichita:


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