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Energy
10:27 am
Fri January 31, 2014

The KCC Temporarily Waives Barrel Fee During National Propane Shortage

The Kansas Corporation Commission is temporarily waiving its fee on excess propane storage.

The KCC wants to encourage shippers to send more propane into the state, so it's suspending the 7.5-cents-per barrel fee through February.

About 83,000 Kansas homes use propane for heat.

Its price spiked earlier this week at more than $4 per gallon.

Yesterday, Governor Brownback announced he was directing the state to help poor families relying on propane for home heating. He's also temporarily eased trucking regulations to help shippers.

Government
9:38 am
Fri January 31, 2014

NRA And KSRA Behind Push For New Gun-Rights Bill

Influential gun-rights groups are pushing bill proposals to strip cities and counties of their power to regulate guns.

The House Federal and State Affairs Committee had a hearing yesterday on the bill, which the National Rifle Association and the Kansas State Rifle Association support.

It would keep cities and counties from limiting the open carrying of firearms, and bar them from spending tax dollars to administer firearms buyback programs.

The bill also declares existing ordinances void.

Commentary
5:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Richard Crowson: Wichita's the Top Flag!

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We’ve heard about the state of the union, the state of the state and the state of the city. It’s time we had an update on the state of the city flag.

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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.

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