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7:04 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Officials: Do Not Swim In These 5 Kansas Lakes

Kansas health officials say five Kansas lakes have dangerous levels of toxic algae.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Thursday high levels of toxic blue-green algae have been detected at the following lakes:

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Crime and Courts
6:58 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Justice Department Plans To Appeal Kansas Abortion Threat Case

The U.S. Justice Department is challenging a ruling that an abortion opponent's letter saying someone might place an explosive under a Wichita doctor's car is constitutionally protected speech.

The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division filed a brief notice Thursday, saying it will appeal to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals a federal judge's summary decision that Angel Dillard's letter was not a "true threat" under the law.

The Justice Department sued Dillard in 2011 under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.

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Government
6:49 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Kansas Department Of Labor Cancels Worker Furloughs

The Kansas Department of Labor is ending most of the furloughs it imposed on employees because of the federal government's partial shutdown.

Gov. Brownback's office says it will not put others on unpaid leave, either.

The governor's spokeswoman Eileen Hawley says the administration will tap the state's cash reserves to maintain staffing for the state program that provides benefits to unemployed workers.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Richard Crowson: Why The Shutdown?

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Theories abound as to why the Republican Party has shut down our government.

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Kansas Department of Agriculture
4:36 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Ag Department Simulation Prompts False Alarm Tweets

An animal disease simulation exercise in central Kansas this week apparently prompted some Twitter users to question whether a real disease outbreak had been detected.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Your Move: 'Pokémon' Universe Continues To Grow

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Nintendo’s Pokémon series is the second-best selling game franchise in history.

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Crime
9:25 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Agent Hacker Group Of Turkey Takes Credit For Hacking City Of Wichita's Website

An image the Agent Hacking Group posted to its Twitter account, and which it says it posted to the city websites it hacked
Credit @AgentCorporatio / Twitter

A Turkish group calling itself the Agent Hacker Group has taken credit for hacking one of the City of Wichita's websites.

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Community
7:37 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Care Available For Pets Affected By Homelessness

Dr. Christen Skaer performing a routine check-up in her office like the ones to be performed at Project Care.
Credit Nicollette Engels / KMUW

Many of Wichita’s homeless are expected to visit Inter-Faith Ministries Safe Haven Saturday to receive free veterinary care for their pets.

Veterinarian Dr. Christen Skaer and her nonprofit organization, the Sedgwick County Animal Response Team (SCART), are holding the first of their free triannual checkups, called Project Care, for animals affected by poverty and homelessness.

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Courts
7:19 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Justices Mulling Over Education Funding Suit

In the Kansas Supreme Court hearing on school funding this week, justices had some pointed questions for the attorneys.

At issue is whether the state should increase education spending. But how much can we gather about the possible outcome of the case from the questions and comments made by the justices?

Here’s just one example from the oral arguments:

When Justice Eric Rosen pointed out that the state had agreed to increase education funding in a past lawsuit.

“Essentially, it stands before me in my eyes as a broken promise,” said Rosen.

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Health
7:12 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Shutdown Puts WIC Checks For Mothers In Jeopardy

If the shutdown of the federal government continues longer than two more weeks, 70,000 young mothers, babies and preschoolers in Kansas stand to lose access to some of the food they rely on.

KDHE has ordered local WIC offices to withhold checks for November and December until federal funding is assured. WIC checks are normally issued for three months at a time.

Dave Thomason, who heads the federally-funded Women Infants and Children supplemental food program in Kansas, says withholding checks dated later than October is a precautionary response to the federal shutdown.

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