Top Morning News 11.05.12

Nov 5, 2012

Advance voting in Kansas ends Monday at noon; The Wichita School Board will consider a contract that would end busing; Announcement about disability services waiting list expected.

Advance Voting Ends Today, Election Day Is Tomorrow

In Sedgwick County, advance voting in person ends at noon Monday at the election office.

Tuesday - General Election Day - the polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Every voter must now show a photo ID when voting. Advance ballots must be in the Election Office by 7 p.m. tomorrow.

For more information, or to look up your assigned polling location, go to sedgwick county dot org slash elections.

Plan Would End Forced Busing In Wichita Schools

Wichita School Board members will consider a contract with federal officials that would end 41 years of busing of students to achieve integration.

The board voted five years ago to end busing of African-American and white students across town, but the federal government's Office for Civil Rights hasn't released the district from its voluntary 1971 agreement.

Wichita officials ended crosstown busing for most students in 2008, saying a growing network of magnet schools helped guarantee racial diversity and equity across the district. The proposed contract board members will consider today retains the current plan.

If the board approves it, the OCR would have six months to decide whether to release the district from the 1971 agreement.

KS Officials To Discuss Disabled Waiting List

Two top officials in Governor Sam Brownback's administration are preparing to make an announcement about the waiting list faced by hundreds of physically disabled Kansans seeking in-home services.


Top KS Democrat Says GOP Governor's Campaign Fund Should Pay For Tax Cuts Mailers

Kansas House Democratic Leader Paul Davis says Governor Brownback's campaign fund should reimburse the state for the costs of a brochure about income tax cuts mailed to 146,000 business owners.

Davis held a news conference Friday to criticize the brochure and suggest it represents electioneering. The Department of Revenue began mailing them last Wednesday, six days before tomorrow's election.

Davis called on Brownback to tap his campaign funds to reimburse the department for the $52,000 it spent to print and mail the brochures. Brownback spokesperson Sherriene Jones-Sontag ignored that comment and said the brochures were designed to educate business owners about the tax cuts enacted earlier this year.

The brochure answers questions about the tax cuts. But it also quotes a complimentary Wall Street Journal editorial.

WSU To Hold Town Hall Meeting In West Wichita

The Wichita State University Strategic Planning Steering Committee will hold a community town hall meeting this evening.

At the Strategic Planning kickoff meeting held at WSU on September 5th, there was a presentation by WSU President John Bardo outlining the trends influencing universities, followed by small group discussions and reporting on ideas and issues affecting WSU's future.

At Monday night's meeting, participants will discuss their hopes and WSU's future. The committee would like to hear from anyone who has a stake in the future of WSU.

5:30 to 7 P.M., at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center, 7001 W. 21st Street North, at the corner of 21st Street North and Ridge Road in Wichita.