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9:09 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Kansas Statehouse Ready To Welcome Visitors After $330 Million Dollar Renovation

After 13 years and 330 million dollars in renovations, the Kansas Statehouse is ready to welcome visitors.

The project's final phase included an auditorium, a classroom, thousands of square feet of exhibition space and a visitors' center.

There's a ribbon cutting today to open the new space.

A formal ceremony to mark completion of the renovation project is scheduled for Kansas Day, Jan. 29.

Visitors will enter the building from the north at the ground level and proceed through the visitor center and into limestone corridors that are the foundation.

Government
9:02 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Kansas Ends 2013 With Budget Revenues On Target

Kansas ended 2013 with budget revenues on target, beating the fiscal year to date estimates by $4.3 million dollars.

The state Department of Revenue's report says Kansas' receipts were $3.3 million dollars, or almost 1 percent, more than expected.

Corporate income revenue receipts were up almost almost 7 percent-- in part because corporations made about $10 million more in payments this month compared to December 2012.

The Department of Revenue says this indicates that corporations had larger profits compared to the prior year.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu January 2, 2014

'Wolf' Is A Blast, If Not Completely Believable

The American Way? Leo DiCaprio revels in the ill-gotten glitz and glamour of 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
Credit rottentomatoes.com

The Wolf of Wall Street is a welcome return to those old-time movies such as Bette Davis used to recommend, in which all the colors are a little brighter than real life, the Ferraris are spanking new, the women are drop-dead gorgeous, the clothes are the peak of fashion, and everything from the tableware to the picture windows are sparkling clean.

In other words, everything is a little more exciting than real life.

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Taxes
3:01 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Gay Couples Sue to Overturn Kansas Tax Filing Policy

Legally married same-sex couples are suing the Kansas Department of Revenue over a policy that says they must file separate state tax returns.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

OnWords: Freedom!

Credit U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Northeast Region / Flickr / Creative Commons

The word “freedom” is both dear to the American heart and almost never well defined.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Past and Present: How Brown v. BOE Could Have Happened Earlier

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
Credit J. Stephen Conn / Flickr / Creative Commons

2014 marks the 60th anniversary of the landmark civil rights case, Brown v. Board of Education. However, Brown could have been decided one year earlier, if not for some unusual circumstances that brought the lawyers back to the Supreme Court to argue the case… for a second time.

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Health
8:58 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Advocates Likely To Push Harder For Expanded Medicaid In 2014

Kansans will likely increase the pressure to expand Medicaid next year, to cover thousands of uninsured residents.

Advocates say they'll push for an expansion once lawmakers convene their annual session January 13.

The Republican-dominated Legislature's displeasure with the federal health care overhaul led it to reject the expansion, which would be paid for with federal dollars.

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Education
8:46 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Despite BOE Support, State-Funded All-Day Kindergarten Not Backed By Lawmakers

A five-year, $80 million plan to pay for full-day kindergarten has support from the State Board of Education, but leaders of the Kansas House and Senate education committees aren't backing it yet.

House Education Committee Chairwoman Kasha Kelley of Ark City says she wants to know how the added spending would affect other services and the state's reserve fund.

Governor Brownback's proposal calls for spending $16 million dollars a year for the next five years until all-day kindergarten is funded fully by the state.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Four Books For The New Year

With a new year upon us, this is when many of us stop to perform mental audits of our lives. I can’t help you in the gym, but I can offer you these 90 seconds of self-improvement reading in the areas of art, history and literature.

The folks who gave us the coffee-table book The Louvre: All the Paintings have accomplished the same feat with The Vatican. The slip-cased volume contains every Old Master painting on display in the Vatican, as well as hundreds of additional masterpieces and treasures in the papal collection, featuring 976 works of art in all.

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Aircraft
5:41 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Wichita Leaders Hopeful About Beechcraft Merger

Civic leaders in Wichita are expressing optimism following the sale of one of the community's linchpin aviation companies to a competitor.

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