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10:12 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Professors Ask Board Of Regents To Temporarily Suspend New Social Media Policy

More than 80 professors in Kansas are asking the Board of Regents to suspend a new social media policy.

The University of Kansas and Kansas State University professors signed a letter to the regents, expressing "continued concern" about the policy. They say the policy prevents faculty and staff at the state's universities from exercising their freedom of speech.

The regents passed the policy in December and are now reviewing it.

The professors want the policy suspended while that review proceeds.

Commentary
5:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Tanya Tandoc: Want Something New And Fresh? Try Ceviche!

Credit powerplantop / Flickr / Creative Commons

For those of us who adore fresh fish, ceviche is one of the best ways to eat it.

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Veterans Services
3:43 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Brownback Proposes More Veterans' Services

Governor Sam Brownback is proposing more services for veterans in Kansas.

The proposal includes a $1.4 million renovation of a veterans' home in Fort Dodge. It would also add 40 beds to a veterans' facility in Winfield.

“We’re a big military state and we’re proud of it, and we want to take care of our veterans and do everything we possibly can,” Brownback said.

In addition, the state would hire four new outreach personnel to help veterans access the benefits they've earned.

Crime and Courts
3:00 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Scott Roeder Appeal Set In First-Degree Murder Case Of Dr. George Tiller

The late Dr. George Tiller.
Credit Courtesy photo

Later this month, the Kansas Supreme Court will consider an appeal by the man convicted of first-degree murder in the case of Dr. George Tiller. Roeder fatally shot Tiller inside of Tiller’s church on May 31, 2009 in Wichita, Kan. Tiller performed third-trimester abortions and during the original trial his killer, Scott Roeder, admitted to planning Tiller’s murder for years.

In April 2013, Julie Burkhart, Executive Director of South Wind Women's Center, reopened a clinic in the space where Dr. Tiller’s practice once operated.

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Arts
10:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

UPDATE: Weigh In On The Future Of Century II Tonight And Monday

Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, 2006
Credit Hugh Mason / Wikimedia Commons

You can share your thoughts on the future of Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center at several meetings coming up soon.

There's one tonight at 5:30 pm, and another on Monday night--both at Century II.

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Economy
9:47 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Report: Kansas Could See Slightly Higher Job Growth In 2014

Researchers at Wichita State University predict Kansas will see slightly higher job growth in 2014 than it did last year.

The Center for Economic Development and Business Research predicts employment will increase by 1.4 percent, or about 18,000 jobs.

Professional and business services are expected to see the biggest increase with more than 5,300 new jobs.

A net loss of 700 jobs is forecast for public employment.

Commentary
5:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

'Nebraska' Is Unique, One Of The Best In Years

Bruce Dern and Will Forte in 'Nebraska'
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Nebraska is a terrific movie, and not just because of Bruce Dern's Oscar-worthy performance, which is unlike anything I've ever seen before.

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2014 Election
5:42 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Davis Raises $1M For Gov. Race

Democrat Paul Davis raised a little more than $1 million in cash contributions in less than five months for his campaign to unseat Republican incumbent Sam Brownback in the Kansas governor's race.

Davis' campaign also reported Wednesday that it ended 2013 with almost $771,000 in his campaign treasury. Davis is the Kansas House minority leader and launched his campaign in early August.

His campaign described the fundraising as unprecedented for a challenger.

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Kansas Corporation Commission
5:13 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Brownback Nominates State Senator for KCC Seat

Governor Sam Brownback is nominating a former Kansas Senate majority leader for a seat on the Kansas Corporation Commission.

Brownback has chosen Republican Senator Jay Emler, from Lindsborg, to take the position being vacated by KCC Chairman Mark Sievers.

Brownback says Emler will be a good fit for the commission, which regulates industries including utilities and oil drilling.

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Government
9:57 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Sedgwick County Lawmakers Host Public Forum To Recieve Community Input

Oletha Faust-Goudeau is a Democratic member of the Kansas Senate, representing the 29th District.

Sedgwick County lawmakers will hold a public forum Wednesday night in downtown Wichita. It’s an opportunity for residents to voice concerns and request action from the South Central Legislative Delegation.

State Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau, who represents District 29 in Wichita is chair of the delegation. She says the forum will include discussion on the state budget, jobs, education, guns, taxes and a focus on healthcare.

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