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5:17 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Drug Testing Law For Legislators Has No Penalties

Some Kansas lawmakers could be required to submit to drug testing next legislative session as part of a new law. But it appears there would be no legal or financial consequences if they test positive for drug use.

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Commentary
10:51 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Richard Crowson: The Real Spirit of the Season

For too long we have suffered under the delusion that the “spirit of the season” is sweetness and love. Truth is, nowadays it’s bitterness and hate! So here’s a seasonal song to fit our times:

Deck the next guy who says “Happy holidays!”

Hum-hum-hum-hum hum-hum-humbug!

Tis the season to argue ‘bout Santa’s race!

Hum-hum-hum-hum hum-hum-humbug!

Shop while you gripe that it’s too commercial!

Hum-hum-hum hum-hum-hum hum-hum-humbug!

Everything’s now controversial!

Hum-hum-hum-hum hum-hum-humbug!

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Commentary
10:05 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Crowson Cartoon: A Kansas Carol?

Crime and Courts
9:06 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Wichita Bombing Plot Suspect Terry Loewen Returns To Court For Detention Hearing

Federal prosecutors say Tery Lee Loewen intended to inflict "maximum carnage" with a suicide bomb plot at the Wichita Airport.

They say a bomb would have killed or injured hundreds of people--and those factors alone should compel a judge to keep him behind bars before trial.

Loewen will return to court for a detention hearing on Friday.

He'll have to convince U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Humphreys that he does not pose a public danger or flight risk.

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Unemployment
5:43 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

State Jobless Rate Falls

Kansas labor officials say the state's unemployment rate dropped to 5.1 percent in November, its lowest mark in nearly five years.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Your Move: Play These With Your Family

'Apples to Apples'
Credit Chapendra / Flickr / Creative Commons

With everyone home for the holidays, Christmas time is a great time to break out games to play with the whole family around.

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Government
9:13 am
Thu December 19, 2013

The State Will No Longer Reimburse Travel Expenses For Retiring Or Defeated Lawmakers

Lawmakers have also taken steps to keep retiring or defeated lawmakers from going to conferences and taking trips at the state's expense.

House and Senate leaders agreed unanimously Wednesday to revise the Legislature's travel reimbursement policies.

House Minority Leader Paul Davis suggested the change.

The new policy says if lawmakers don't file for re-election or are defeated, they aren't entitled to state reimbursement of expenses for out-of-state trips.

Government
8:59 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Capitol Police: State Lawmakers With Guns In The Kansas Statehouse Could 'Lead To Problems'

The new concealed carry law allows state lawmakers to carry concealed guns into the Kansas Statehouse.

Capitol Police told lawmakers yesterday that could lead to problems.

The was designed to allow people with concealed carry permits to bring their weapons into public buildings. The weapons can't be banned unless the buildings have security measures, like metal detectors, in place.

However, the law written so that legislators--who have greater access to the building than the general public--can legally carry concealed weapons if they hold state permits.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu December 19, 2013

'The Hobbit' Is Visually Stunning, But Goes On And On (And On And On)

Credit rottentomatoes.com

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a visual delight and a miracle of special effects and CGI.

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Government
10:27 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Insurance Companies Pay The State Of Kansas For Miscalculations Over Death Benefits

Kansas will receive more than $510,000 from six insurance companies as part of a national settlement over the calculation of death benefits.

The insurance commissioner's office they reached the settlements after reviewing how the companies determined when a policy holder had died.

Previously, the companies used the Social Security Death Master File to search and stop payments for deceased annuity holders.

However, the database wasn't being used to identify those life insurance policy holders who had died.

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