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4:36 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

House Will Work With Senate On Same-Sex Marriage Bill

House Speaker Ray Merrick says if he had to do it over again, he would not have brought a controversial religious freedom bill up for a vote.

The bill would allow businesses, individuals and religious groups to refuse service or employment benefits to same-sex couples on religious grounds.

Critics of the legislation say it will allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

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Community
4:00 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Spray-Painted Racial Epithets Deface Hispanic Students' Mural

Armando Minjarez points to where the faces of three Hispanic youth were spray-painted over. Called the "Dreamers", they represent undocumented Hispanic students working toward high school diplomas.
Credit Carla Eckels

A mural painted by Hispanic teenagers in north Wichita was discovered defaced with racist language Thursday. It was created as an expression of the immigration struggles that undocumented youth face in the American education system.

Visit our original article about the mural's creation, written last Fall.

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Health
11:23 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Domestic Violence Reports In Kansas At A 20-Year High

Joyce Grover, who heads the Kansas Coalition, says the number of domestic violence incidents reported to law enforcement in 2012 represented a 20-year high.

“There is a domestic violence incident that has occurred in Kansas every 21 minutes,” Grover says. “Law enforcement made a domestic violence arrest every 39 minutes and one domestic murder every 15 days.”

In fact, says Grover, more than one in four homicides in Kansas is domestic violence-related.

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Crime and Courts
10:33 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Wrongfully Searched Couple Supports Bill For Easier Access To Police Investigation Reports

A Johnson County couple is supporting a bill that would make it easier to get police investigation reports.

Police conducted a search for marijuana at the home of Robert and Adlynn Harte in Leawood, Kansas, two years ago.

They found nothing.

However, the search lead the Hartes on a crusade for documents to shed light on what led to the search, which produced no charges or evidence.

The Hartes spent $25,000 working to get the records.

They support a bill that would require prosecutors to convince a judge that the records should remain private.

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Government
10:15 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Susan Wagle: Majority Of Republican State Senators Don't Support 'Religious Freedom Bill'

Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle says her chamber is unlikely to pass a bill that would prevent lawsuits against someone who refuses, for religious reasons, to provide services to gay and lesbian people.

Wagle issued a statement Thursday night saying a majority of Republicans in the chamber don't support the bill.

The bill passed the House on Wednesday, drawing strong reaction from across the country.

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Community
5:24 am
Fri February 14, 2014

The Date Maven: Dating In The Modern Age

"The first date is a lot like a job interview if you will, but I always remind people to keep it light and keep it fun." - Suzanna Mathews
Credit srgpicker, flickr Creative Commons

Valentine's Day is one of the most romantic days of the year, and  it's also a busy time for Dating Coach and Strategist, Suzanna Matthews.

Matthews is the Founder and President of The Date Maven. For nearly 25 years, she's been studying dating, mating, gender communications, and human sexuality. She coaches clients throughout the Midwest on how to choose well and find love.

So give us some dating examples. What should we keep in mind on a first date?

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Richard Crowson: Kansas' True Love

Happy Valentine's Day to all you googly-eyed lovers out there! Give your honey an extra little squeeze this morning, safe and secure in the knowledge that your Kansas Legislature is working tirelessly in defense of the sanctity of the right kind of marriage.

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Kansas Budget
5:39 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

House Passes 2015 Prisons Budget

The Kansas House has approved the 2015 budget for the Department of Corrections, authorizing more than $390 million for state prisons and programs.

The bill passed 79-41 on Thursday, sending the measure to the Senate and restoring the funding that was vetoed last year by Gov. Sam Brownback.

The spending covers the fiscal year beginning July 1 and includes funding for additional corrections officers and increased health care costs.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Your Move: A Gaming Table Like You've Never Seen Before

Samuel McConnell KMUW

Normally, furniture isn’t something I’d be talking much about on a segment dedicated to gaming. But where you play can be just as important as what you play.

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Health
10:12 am
Thu February 13, 2014

KS Nursing Home Watchdog Cites Atchison Among Top Performers

The Dooley Center, in Atchison, has not been cited for a single violation the past three years. Mitzi McFatrich, who heads Kansas Advocates for Better Care, says 20 have had five or fewer deficiencies in the last three years.

“None of them are citations that are related to actual harm of a resident, immediate jeopardy of a resident, or mistreatment of a resident,” McFatrich said.

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