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1:14 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Kansas Supreme Court Justice Worries About 'Constant Litigation' From School Districts

A Kansas Supreme Court Justice Eric Rosen said during a hearing Tuesday he worries about "constant litigation" if the court sides with school districts that have sued the state to increase public education funding.

A state law enacted in 2006 set the state's base funding for public schools at $4,492 per student each year, but the current base state funding is $3,838 per student, or nearly 15 percent less. In 2010, a lower court ruled that the state must boost its annual spending on public schools by at least $440 million a year.  That lawsuit followed one filed in 1999. 

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

OnWords: The Blame Game Known As Accountability

As someone who has long sought to avoid it, I can tell you that accountability has one distinguishing feature: it's almost always for the other guy.

As a word, though, “accountability” allows its users to pass judgment on others while appearing to be concerned about the good of the whole.

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Politics
8:15 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Roberts May Face Opposition In Run For Senate

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts may have a primary challenge in his bid for re-election.

Milton Wolf is inviting supporters on his website to a "major announcement" Tuesday night regarding the 2014 Kansas Senate campaign.

The Johnson County doctor is expected to say he's moving ahead with a Republican primary challenge to Roberts.

Roberts is seeking a fourth six-year term in the U.S. Senate. No Democrat has announced plans to run.

Government
7:58 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Kansas National Guard Recalled From Shutdown

All but five of the 772 Kansas National Guard airmen and soldiers who were furloughed last week because of the partial federal government shutdown are being called back to work.

The Kansas adjutant general's office said Monday that the recalls came after the Department of Defense issued guidance over the weekend regarding which employees were covered by the federal furlough orders.

Those five National Guard technicians who remain furloughed don't meet the guidance for recalls as stated by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

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Crime
7:37 am
Tue October 8, 2013

City Of Wichita Website Hacked, Compromises Employee Financial Information

Wichita officials say a city website was hacked over the weekend.

The crime possibly compromised the financial information of current or former employees who have been reimbursed for expenses since 1997, as well as vendors that have done business with the city.

The hackers may have stolen social security numbers, taxpayer identification numbers, and banking information.

As many as 29,000 vendors and employees may be affected.

The security breach has been corrected and the city is in the process of notifying those affected.

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Health
7:29 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Drug Overdose Deaths In Kansas Not As Bad As Many Other States

The rate of drug overdose deaths in Kansas has more than doubled since 1999, but the rate has gone up even more in many other states.

As a result, Kansas now has the eighth-lowest drug overdose mortality rate in the country, according to a new report from the non-profit Trust for America’s Health.

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Energy
7:49 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Court Reverses Permit For New Kansas Coal Plant

The Kansas Supreme Court has reversed a state agency's decision to issue a permit to construct a new coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas.

Friday's unanimous decision by the justices is a setback for Sunflower Electric Power Corporation in its plans to build a second plant near Holcomb.

The justices ruled that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment failed to account for new emission standards from the federal Environmental Protection Agency that were in place at the time the permit was issued.

Government
7:45 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Kansas Says Gay Couples Must File Taxes As Singles

Kansas says same-sex couples must file their state income tax returns as if each person were single - even if they filed as married on their federal returns.

The state revenue department issued the guidance Friday. It plans to provide a worksheet in its instruction booklet for calculating income, deductions and other data.

The agency says the approach adheres to the Kansas Constitution's definition of marriage. It contends the recent U.S. Supreme Court case upheld the rights of states to define and regulate marriage.

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Education
7:39 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Enrollment Drops At Kansas Community Colleges

Enrollment is down this fall at the 19 community colleges in Kansas.

A new report by the Kansas Board of Regents says statewide community college enrollments are down more than 3.8 percent. That's a drop of nearly 3,100 students from last fall.

Kansas City Community College experienced the largest decline of 911 students from last fall.

The Board of Regents' head count is based on the first 20 days of the fall semester. Enrollment may go up as students sign up for a second eight-week schedule and for online courses.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Book Review: 'The Gravity of Birds' Is A Mystery Of Time And Art

The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman begins in 1963 with the Kessler Family spending their annual vacation at a lake cabin rental in Maine.

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