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Military
3:58 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Parents Remember Chris Norgren, A Marine Whose Helicopter Crashed In Nepal

Theresa and Ron Norgren of Wichita hold a photo of their son, Chris. A Marine Helicopter that Chris Norgren was onboard crashed in Nepal on Tuesday
Credit Sean Sandefur

  

The parents of a Marine who died in a helicopter crash in Nepal spoke with reporters in Wichita on Friday. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

 

For three days, Ron Norgren and his wife Theresa waited for an update about the missing helicopter their son Chris was aboard. U.S. officials have now confirmed that the helicopter crashed in eastern Nepal while conducting a relief mission.

Ron Norgren says he last talked to his son on Mother’s Day.

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Transportation
2:14 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Union Pacific Plans To Spend $120 Million On Kansas Rail

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Union Pacific says it plans to spend about $120 million this year in Kansas to improve the state's rail infrastructure.

The company announced in a news release Tuesday that it will spend almost $110 million to maintain railroad track. Other expenditures include $2.2 million to improve its signal systems and $7.5 million to maintain or replace bridges in the state.

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Government
3:47 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

KS Lawmaker: Time Is Running Out To Compromise With Uber

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Kansas Senator Jeff Longbine says time is running out for ride-hailing company Uber to come to a compromise with the Legislature over regulations.

Republican Sen. Longbine from Emporia said Monday that he and representatives from the insurance and banking sectors continue to negotiate with Uber after it announced May 5 it was leaving the state.

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Government
3:26 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Kansas Legislators Agree To Move Local Elections To Fall In Odd-Numbered Years

Credit Carla Eckels

State lawmakers have agreed to move local elections to the fall in odd-numbered years.

Representatives from the Senate and House came to a compromise on Monday, after each chamber passed different versions of the same elections reform bill earlier in the session.

Republican Representative Mark Kahrs of Wichita says the move would boost turnout to between 30 percent and 40 percent - more than double the turnout in most recent local elections.

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Government
3:07 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Kansas House Committee Votes To Roll Back Business Income Tax Cut

Credit Stephen Koranda

A Kansas House committee has voted to undo part of the tax cuts that Governor Sam Brownback pushed.

The committee voted to reinstate some business income taxes, which were completely eliminated by the 2012 tax cut.

The bill would raise nearly $134 million during the next fiscal year.

The state would impose a 2.7 percent tax on most of the business owners' and farmers' profits, but income from rents and royalties would be taxed at 4.6 percent - mirroring the two income tax rates on wages.

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Government
11:37 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Kansas Lawmakers Must Finish This Week To Avoid Overtime

Kansas legislators must wrap up their business for the year within a week to avoid having their annual 90-day session go into overtime.

Lawmakers are returning to the Statehouse today without yet having drafted a plan for raising taxes to close a budget shortfall and with a full plate of other issues.

It's 85th day of their annual session. Legislative leaders schedule 90-day sessions each year, though the state constitution doesn't limit the length in odd-numbered years.

The 90th day of the session would be Saturday.

Government
11:34 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Kansas' Broad Marijuana Bill Attracts Bulk Of GOP Votes

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Supporters of a broad bill that would ease marijuana laws that's making its way through the Kansas Legislature claim the bill is a narrow enough set of reforms that conservative Republicans can vote for it.

Supporters also say it demonstrates a shift in a long-running discussion.

The Republican-dominated House passed the bill by a wide margin Thursday.

It would decrease penalties for marijuana possession, launch a study of industrial hemp and legalize the limited production and sale of hemp oil for seizure treatments.

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Government
11:30 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Kansas House Panel To Debate Proposals For Raising Taxes

Credit Stephen Koranda

A Kansas House committee is preparing to debate proposals for raising taxes to erase the budget shortfall.

The Taxation Committee plans to discuss various revenue-raising proposals today. Legislative researchers say lawmakers must eliminate a $422 million deficit in the state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Budget problems arose after the Legislature aggressively cut personal income taxes at Gov. Sam Brownback's urging in 2012 and 2013 in an effort to stimulate the economy.

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Science
11:26 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Kansas State To Add Drone Cybersecurity Training

Credit Sean Sandefur

Kansas State University is expanding into drone cybersecurity training.

The training will be available starting in June for students enrolled in a master's degree program at its Salina campus. The cybersecurity courses will be offered online.

The university says unmanned aircraft systems use computer networking for critical control systems, communication, navigation, payload delivery and intelligence coordination.

Concerns have arisen about potential takeover of the information control systems.

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Education
3:06 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Kansas Officials To Testify In Kansas School Funding Lawsuit

A top Kansas education official and a school superintendent are preparing to testify in a state district court hearing on a new school funding law.

Deputy Education Commissioner Dale Dennis is expected to face questions today in Shawnee County District Court from attorneys for four school districts who are suing the state over education funding.

The Dodge City, Hutchinson, Wichita and Kansas City districts are asking a three-judge panel to block the new law.Their attorneys said Hutchinson Superintendent Shelly Kiblinger also would testify.

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