Government
6:25 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Local Organization Critical Of Proposed Sales Tax

Members of Coalition For a Better Wichita gathered at Handy Mailing in west Wichita on Wednesday afternoon. The group was formed to speak out against the City of Wichita's proposed one-cent sales tax.
Credit Sean Sandefur

 

Members of a newly formed organization are criticizing the City of Wichita’s proposed one-cent sales tax, which could appear on ballots this November. Coalition For a Better Wichita spoke out on Wednesday afternoon at Handy Mailing, a local small business. 

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Jim McLean, Executive Editor of KHI News Service, oversees the KHI News Service. From 2005 until 2013, McLean coordinated all communications activities at KHI as Vice President for Public Affairs. The position he now occupies was created as part of a strategic initiative to solidify the editorial and operational independence of the KHI News Service. Prior to coming to KHI, McLean had a distinguished career as a journalist, serving as the news director and Statehouse bureau chief for Kansas Public Radio and a managing editor for the Topeka Capital-Journal.

Health
12:55 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Measles: What To Know During Local Outbreak

A small line forms for free MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccines at the Sedgwick County Health Department office.
Credit Abigail Wilson

*UPDATE*

An unidentified person from Fort Worth, Texas has been diagnosed with measles after visiting Wichita earlier this month. There have been a total of 14 reported cases of measles in Kansas so far this year. 

Public Health officials in Fort Worth reported this afternoon that a resident who attended a tournament at South Lakes Softball Complex in Wichita has come down with measles.

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Politics
12:43 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Interviews Provide Insight Into Bob Dole's Career

Bob Dole speaking at an event this year at the Dole Institute.
Credit Stephen Koranda

The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has made hours of interviews about Bob Dole's Senate career available online. The announcement coincides with the former Kansas senator's 91st birthday. Stephen Koranda reports.

You can now go online for videos and audio of high-profile people talking about Bob Dole's nearly 3 decades in the U.S. Senate. Here's former president George H.W. Bush.

"I, as president, had to have strong leadership that would be supportive of my programs in the Senate. And Bob Dole proved to be a great leader on that,” says Bush.

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Government
12:36 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Audit Shows Flaws In The Security Of Kansas Computers Systems

Auditors say a lack of accountability by some Kansas agencies that handle sensitive information could make citizens’ personal information vulnerable.

An audit released this week says some agencies aren't complying with requirements to provide detailed information technology plans because they see them as time consuming and of little value. Auditors say they found little state oversight of the required reports.

The audit found that 17 of the 45 agencies that hold data considered “high risk” had not had an independent evaluation of their security in the last three years.

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Health
12:29 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Affordable Care Act Ruling Could Affect Kansas and Missouri

Kansas and Missouri are among the states that would be affected if a federal court ruling on Obamacare subsidies stands.

As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, consumers in both states could lose the subsidies that help make the coverage affordable.

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Community
12:20 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Salina City Commission Places Ban On Open Carry Weapons In City-Owned Buildings

Open carry of weapons will not be allowed in city-owned buildings in Salina.

The city commission voted Monday to impose the ban in public buildings currently exempt from the state's concealed carry law. The state allows concealed carry in public buildings but Salina was granted a four-year exemption from that law last year.

City Manager Justin Gage said that to prohibit open carry in city-owned buildings, commissioners needed to pass a resolution directing staff to post signs on the buildings. He says the ordinance will not cost the city much money.

Community
12:08 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Kansas Humane Society Releases Adoption Numbers

The Kansas Humane Society euthanized about 4,000 animals last year but an official says the number of animals saved continues to improve.

Spokeswoman Melissa Houston says the society provided services for 17,000 animals last year, with about 13,000 homeless. Of that number, more than 9,000 were adopted but the other 4,000 had to be euthanized.

Houston says decisions on which animals to put down are usually based on health and behavior, but some are based on space at the shelter.

Economy
11:57 am
Wed July 23, 2014

KS Kids’ Economic Well-Being On Downward Trend

The annual KIDS COUNT Data Book ranks Kansas 15th overall for child well-being. While that’s one spot higher than last year in the overall state rankings, Bryan Thompson reports the numbers aren’t so good, in terms of the economic well-being of Kansas kids.

Shannon Cotsoradis, who heads the advocacy group Kansas Action for Children, says Kansas families are struggling, economically.

“In 2012 we have 19% of children living in poverty,” she says. "That’s unchanged from 2011, but the trend has increased significantly over time. Just a few years ago, we were at 15%.”

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Politics
11:45 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Scott Morgan: 'Duel' Voting System Will Confuse Voters And Suppress Turnout

Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s opponent in the Republican primary predicts that a “dual” voting system for helping Kansas enforce a proof-of-citizenship rule will confuse voters and suppress turnout.

Challenger Scott Morgan's criticism Tuesday of the Kobach-designed system came a day after the secretary of state's office began mailing notices to dozens of voters about it. The voters registered using a national form without providing proof of their U.S. citizenship to election officials.

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