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Taxes
3:45 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Chamber Of Commerce Wants To Preserve State Tax Cuts

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce says that in the 2014 legislative session, it will push to protect recently-enacted tax cuts.

The organization released a survey Tuesday of businesses in the state, showing that 57 percent of businesses say the taxes they pay are too high.

Former Kansas House Speaker Mike O'Neal is the president and CEO of the Kansas Chamber. He says some businesses may not have felt the impact of recent tax cuts yet.

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Agriculture
9:41 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Cattle and Wheat In Frigid Conditions Concerns Kansas Ranchers And Farmers

Kansas farmers are coping with frigid conditions as they look after cattle herds.

Most Kansas ranchers have not begun calving yet. But the lack of snow on the ground means cattle can stay dry and better weather the subzero weather.

It also means there is little protective cover for exposed winter wheat crops. It will be spring before farmers know the full extent of freeze damage.

The National Weather Service says Garden City and Cottonwood Falls had the state's lowest temperatures early Monday at minus 12 degrees.

Business
9:34 am
Tue January 7, 2014

KCC Launches New Electronic Filing System

The Kansas Corporation Commission is now allowing consumers, attorneys and the utilities it regulates to file documents electronically.

The agency made the new e-Filing Express system available through its website on Monday.

Commission executive director Kim Christiansen says the new system will be more convenient for parties in regulatory cases and reduce costs.

The commission receives about 8,500 paper documents a year.

Commentary
9:14 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Musical Space: Streaming Live Concerts

Credit Wikipedia

As always, I’ve been fretting over the state of live music, and I think I’ve found a way that maybe the internet can help. Concerts are not new to the internet, of course. NPR’s All Songs Considered, for instance, has its excellent Tiny Desk Concert series. But these are just recordings.

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Government
12:01 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Lavonta Williams Appointed Chair Of National League Of Cities Committee

LaVonta Williams joins volunteers in painting the historic Dunbar Theater in 2013.
Credit Hugo Phan / KMUW

Wichita City Council Member Lavonta Williams has been appointed to chair the 2014 Community and Economic Development Steering Committee of the National League of Cities. 

The National League of Cities provides resources and advocates for 19,000 cities, towns and villages in the U.S. 

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Commentary
9:54 am
Mon January 6, 2014

At Play: Driving Miss Daisy Comes To The Forum

Driving Miss Daisy opens January 16 at the Forum Theatre in Wichita. Set in mid-century Atlanta the 1987 play tells the story of an elderly Jewish matron, Daisy, and her chauffeur, Hoke. At first Daisy is none too happy about being forced to rely on a black man. But Hoke gradually wins her over, and during the 25-year span of the play the two develop a deep-rooted affection.

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Education
9:21 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Kansas Universities Join Forces To Seek More Funding From The State

Several Kansas universities are joining forces to make an appeal for higher education spending to be restored after two years of multimillion-dollar budget cuts.

Officials at Washburn University, Kansas State University and the University of Kansas say they won't be shy about arguing for stronger state investment in higher education.

They want to see lawmakers restore $23 million dollars in the current fiscal year and $25 million dollars that was scheduled to be withdrawn in the upcoming fiscal year.

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Community
9:15 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Bombardier Will Furlough 300 Learjet Employees

Bombardier says it will put about 300 of its Learjet employees on furlough during the first half of the year.

The company released a memo to employees, saying that the furloughs will take place in two-week blocks over a six-week span.

Vice president and general manager Ralph Acs says that the furloughs involve production of the Learjet 70 and 75 and direct support staff members.

Employees will find out this month who is affected and what dates they will be furloughed.

Weather
6:34 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Despite Weather, Classes Resume Today for Wichita Public Schools

Credit Wichita Public Schools

Despite the wind chill advisory in affect for the Wichita area today and unseasonably low temperatures, classes for Wichita Public Schools are still set to resume today (Jan 6.)

USD 259 officials are asking students to bundle up extra warmly, and asking parents to expect delays on school bus routes throughout the day.

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Traffic Fatalities
5:40 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Traffic Deaths Drop in 2013

Kansas Department of Transportation officials are reporting a drop in the number of traffic fatalities in 2013 to the lowest number since statistics were first kept in 1947.

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