Government

Abortion Debate
5:38 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Former Tiller Clinic Will Not Be Rezoned

David Gittrick of Kansans for Life addresses the Wichita Metropolitan Planning Commission Thursday.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

The Metropolitan Area Planning Commission voted 6-4 Thursday against moving forward with a rezoning request regarding the former Tiller clinic in east Wichita. The vote came after more than an hour of discussion.

Commissioner Chuck Warren asked his colleagues where they draw the line between how the clinic will affect the neighborhood and protecting the private property rights of a business owner.

Warren told the Commission he thought they should explore options with a public hearing, which the commissioners voted down.

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Government
10:41 am
Thu February 21, 2013

What The City Is Doing About All This Snow

Snowy conditions on West 13th Street and across Wichita Thursday. Drivers were asked to stay home and off the roads if at all possible.
Credit Briana O'Higgins / KMUW

Wichita city officials held a news conference Thursday morning to give an update on the conditions in the midst of one of the city’s worst snow storms.

The Wichita area has already received more than 10 inches of snow over the past two days, causing drifts, vehicle accidents, delays and school closings.

Here are the updates from multiple city departments: 

Wichita Police Department

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Government
6:22 am
Thu February 21, 2013

How To Get Answers To Your Questions About Kansas Government

Librarians at the state library want to remind residents they can access legislative documents and information with a simple phone call.

For nearly 40 years the State Library of Kansas has operated the toll free legislative hotline that connects Kansans with a state reference librarian.

Residents can access state information on government, legislation and public policy. They can also leave messages for legislators our request documents like voting records, committee agendas and copies of bills.

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Abortion Debate
6:09 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Will The Former Tiller Clinic Be Rezoned?

The Metropolitan Area Planning Commission is expected to consider a request Thursday to rezone the clinic that formerly belonged to assassinated doctor, George Tiller. He performed abortions at the facility in east Wichita.

A representative from Kansans for Life and the new owner of the medical clinic are expected to address the commission.

THE QUEST TO REZONE

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Abortion
5:12 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

House Committee Takes Testimony On Abortion Bill

A Kansas House committee held hearings today on a bill that would put new restrictions on abortion in Kansas.

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Government
1:51 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Senate VP Sponsors Bill To Drug Test State Aid Recipients

Credit Stephen Koranda

Supporters say a bill to require some recipients of state benefits to be tested for drug use will help people improve their lives, not punish them.

Senate Vice President Jeff King told the Commerce Committee Wednesday that the proposals in Senate Bill 149 will help those receiving assistance payments or unemployment benefits to receive treatment and find employment.

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Government
5:55 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Senator Roberts Anticipates NBAF Funding 'Breakthrough'

The logjam over federal funding for a state-of-the-art animal disease laboratory at Kansas State University is on the verge of breaking, according to Kansas Senator Pat Roberts.

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Government
2:15 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

New Bill Says Guns Made, Sold in Kansas Not Subject To Federal Rules

Gun rights advocates in Kansas want lawmakers to counter any moves by the federal government to restrict access to firearms.

Advocates traveled to Topeka Tuesday to hear the House and Federal State Affairs Committee consider a bill that aims to protect gun rights in Kansas.  

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2013 Legislative Session
6:19 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Senate Budget Would Cut $10M for KU Med Building

There was a setback for the University of Kansas Medical Center in state budget discussions Monday.

A Senate committee voted to cut out $10 million that would help pay for a new health education building.

Republican Senator Tom Arpke from Salina originally proposed the cut. Arpke pointed to the tuition increases at KU compared to other universities in the state

“Looking at the overall performance at the Regents universities, it seems to me that the University of Kansas was being... a little fiscally irresponsible,” he said.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:06 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Sales Tax Proposal Faces Challenge In KS House

The Kansas Senate could vote on Gov. Sam Brownback's tax proposal this week, but it is unclear if the provision that cuts income tax rates can pass the House.

To balance the budget, the bill would eliminate some income tax deductions and keep the sales tax elevated. But Speaker Ray Merrick, a Stilwell Republican, says House members are cool to keeping the sales tax.

“Of course we’re a long way from the finish, and the finish changes a lot of thinking, but right now I don’t see a lot of appetite out here to retain the sales tax,” he says.

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