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Politics
5:24 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Kansas Supreme Court To Consider Marijuana Ballot Dispute

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The state’s highest court has taken up the dispute over the legality of a new voter-approved ordinance in the state’s largest city that lessens criminal penalties for marijuana possession.

The Kansas Supreme Court on Thursday ordered Wichita to respond by May 6 to arguments made by the Kansas attorney general seeking to nullify the ordinance because it conflicts with state law. The court also halted for now proceedings in Sedgwick County District Court that had also aimed to resolve the issue.

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Aviation
2:25 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Regional Jet With 84 Onboard Safely Makes Emergency Landing

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A regional airliner with 84 passengers on board safely made an emergency landing in Wichita on Wednesday, after the plane had cabin pressurization problems.

No one was injured during the Bombardier CRJ-900's landing at Wichita's Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.

Airport spokeswoman Valerie Wise says the flight was operated by Mesa Airlines for American. It had taken off from Wichita and was headed to Dallas-Ft. Worth.

She says the plane wasn't in the air for very long before the pilot declared an emergency around 2:20 p.m. and returned to the airport.

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Education
2:20 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Despite Pleas From Parents, Mount Hope Elementary Set To Close

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Despite pleas from parents, the Haven school board has reaffirmed an earlier decision to close an elementary school.

The board voted 4-3 Monday night to close Mount Hope Elementary School at the end of the current school year. The south central Kansas school has fewer than 40 students in kindergarten through eighth grades.

Parents, students and Mount Hope residents showed up at Monday's meeting to argue that closing the school would devastate Mount Hope.

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Government
1:59 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Kansas Agency Criticized For Mockery Response

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The state Department for Children and Families is catching heat for social media comments that critics say were too partisan.

On its Facebook page Friday, the Kansas DCF accused the left of "mocking the State of Kansas" and said it has "stood in the way of progress."

The post defended restrictions approved by the Legislature in April on how welfare recipients can spend their money.

The Facebook post:

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Health
2:47 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Kansas State Reports Increased Rabies Cases So Far This Year

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A Kansas State University laboratory says it is seeing an increase in rabies cases so far this year.

The university's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory says it had verified 28 positive cases of rabies from January through March, compared with only 10 cases during the same period last year.

Rolan Davis, a diagnostician at the lab, says all but five of the 28 cases were found in skunks. Three others were found in cats, one in a bovine and one in a fox.

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Food
2:14 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Hostess To Reopen Lenexa Plant

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A former Hostess Brands bakery in Lenexa will reopen this summer and provide about 100 jobs.

Flower Foods, which acquired part of the former plant in 2013, announced it will begin producing its Nature's Own, Wonder, and Home Pride breads at the plant.

The company says it spent more than $10 million dollars to upgrade the plant.

Bread baked in Lenexa is expected to be sold in Kansas, Missouri and eastern Oklahoma.

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Crime and Courts
11:47 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

FBI: Man Plotted Suicide Bomb Attack At Kansas Military Base

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom holds news conference on Friday, April 10, 2015 at the Federal Courthouse in Kansas City, Kan. John T. Booker was charged Friday with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to damage property by means of an explosive and attempting to provide material support to the terrorist group. Grissom says Booker was arrested Friday near Manhattan, Kan., about 100 miles west of Kansas City.
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Update: A top federal prosecutor for Kansas has also charged another Topeka man, Alexander E. Blair, 28, with failing to report Booker's plans to authorities. The complaint alleges that Blair and Booker shared some "extremist views" and that Blair loaned Booker money to rent space to build and store a bomb.

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Transportation
1:07 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Uber Steps Up Lobbying Efforts In Kansas

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Ride-hailing company Uber is increasing its lobbying efforts to persuade Governor Sam Brownback to veto a bill Uber says will force it to leave the state.

The bill would increase the insurance requirements for Uber drivers and force them to undergo background checks through the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Uber connects drivers and riders through a mobile app.

The company has arranged for a truck with a sign saying, "SB 117 Destroys Kansas Jobs" to circle downtown Topeka since the bill passed the Legislature.

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Crime and Courts
12:47 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Judge Refuses To Toss Out Charges In Suicide Bomb Plot Case

A judge has once again refused to dismiss charges against a man accused of a suicide bomb plot at Wichita's airport because the explosives used in the undercover sting were fake.

Terry Loewen was arrested in December 2013. The former avionics technician allegedly tried to bring a van filled with inert explosives onto the tarmac at Mid-Continent Airport.

He is charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to use an explosive device to damage property, and attempting to give material support to al-Qaida.

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Crime and Courts
5:31 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

U.S. District Judge Blocks Appeal In Boeing Age Discrimination Lawsuit

A nine-year legal battle waged by former aircraft workers, who claim they lost their jobs because of their age, may have come to an end after a federal judge blocked their attorney from appealing the court's dismissal of their remaining claims because the paperwork was filed too late. KMUW's Carla Eckels reports...

The age discrimination lawsuit was sparked by the 2005 sale of Boeing's Wichita commercial operations to the parent company of Spirit AeroSystems.

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