Top Morning News 2.04.13

Feb 4, 2013

Democrats say constitutional amendments will be costly; Developer buys Wichita's Union Station; Abortion supporters to rally at Statehouse; WSU alum behind concussion iPhone app.

Dems Question Constitutional Amendment Costs

Some Kansas lawmakers are questioning the number of constitutional amendments proposed this year. At least a half dozen amendments have been filed.


Kansas Abortion Rights Groups To Rally

Abortions rights groups are planning to rally in Topeka against proposals for more regulation of abortions in Kansas.

The gathering is scheduled for Monday morning near the Statehouse. College students from around the state are expected to take part; representatives from Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union will also participate.

The protestors are concerned about a bill in the state legislature that would ban the use of state funds for abortions. Abortion rights activists say that would limit women's access to reproductive care.

Last month, at least 1,000 abortion opponents gathered at the Statehouse to mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

Wichita's Union State Sold To Developer

A Wichita development company has bought Union Station.


Wichita State Alum Behind Concussion-Detecting iPhone App

An entrepreneur with ties to Wichita State University has developed an iPhone application to help detect and treat concussions. The app is called "Sway Balance," and it's won the Food and Drug Administration's approval.

Wichita State alumnus Chase Curtiss of Tulsa developed it. Curtiss tested the app at Wichita State and on hundreds of athletes, including those at Wichita East and Andover Central high schools.

Trainers ask an athlete who may have suffered a concussion to hold the iPhone or iPad on his or her own chest. The athlete is then put through a series of tests, including lifting a dominant foot. The app compares those results to stats taken at the beginning of the athletic season.