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KPR Web Operations Monday, February 20th

  WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita State University researcher says people fib more while texting.  Assistant professor David Xu is lead author of a study that will appear in the March edition of the Journal of Business Ethics. The paper compares the levels of deceit people use in a variety of media, from text messages to face-to-face interactions.  For the study, 170 students from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia were promised cash awards of up to $50 for performing mock stock transactions.  Students designated as "buyers" were given inside knowledge that...

KPR Web Operations Monday, February 20th

  ============================== Kansas House Panel Approves Income Tax Bill TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas House committee has approved a plan for cutting individual income taxes, reducing taxes for business owners and keeping a promise to cut the state sales tax next year. The measure endorsed Monday by the House Taxation Committee is an alternative to a tax plan proposed by Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. The committee's voice vote sends the measure to the House for debate. The committee modified a plan drafted by Republican leaders in the...

KPR Web Operations Sunday, February 19th

  Kansas House Speaker's Remap Plan Splits KC Area TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas House Speaker Mike O'Neal is floating a new congressional redistricting plan that would split the Kansas City area between two districts and put part of it in a district with rural western Kansas communities 400 miles away. The proposal from O'Neal was among several for redrawing the state's four congressional districts unveiled this week during a meeting of the House Redistricting Committee. O'Neal's plan would put most of Wyandotte County in the 1st District of western and central Kansas. Senate Minority Leader...

KPR Web Operations Saturday, February 18th

AP headlines, Ron Paul, Kansas City, Shawnee, fire, explosives, fireworks, Koch, Ford, Mulally

KPR Web Operations Friday, February 17th

photo credit: Stephen Koranda TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas authorities say explosives found in a pickup near the state Capitol earlier this week were illegal homemade fireworks. Capitol Police spokesman Patrick Saleh declined to give more details about the devices Friday. He also refused to say how powerful they might have been. The Capitol Police, overseen by the Highway Patrol, previously had described several devices in the pickup as homemade bombs. The Kansas Highway Patrol said it still plans to ask the Shawnee County district attorney to file criminal charges against the pickup's owner....

KPR Web Operations Friday, February 17th

  TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An eastern Kansas sheriff says a would-be armed robber left a rural home empty-handed after he confronted the occupant and had the door slammed in his face. Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn says a resident of the home in the northern part of the county answered a knock around 6:30 a.m. Thursday. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the occupant found himself face-to-face with a man holding a gun. The home's occupant slammed the door, locked himself in a bathroom and called for help. Dunn says the gun-wielding man drove away.

KPR Web Operations Friday, February 17th

 Ford Motor Company President and CEO Alan Mulally will be the featured speaker during commencement ceremonies at the University of Kansas on May 13.  Mulally is a KU graduate himself, earning a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering in 1968 and a master’s degree from KU in 1969.  He became president and CEO of Ford in 2006.  Prior to joining Ford, Mulally was executive vice president of The Boeing Company and president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Those roles capped a career at Boeing that began in 1969.  Mulally is also one of four inaugural recipients of KU honorary degrees...

KPR Web Operations Friday, February 17th

  TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A courtroom inside the federal courthouse in Topeka this week became part of a pilot project to determine the impact of cameras on court proceedings. Four video cameras recorded arguments in a water case from Douglas County. The cameras focus on the witness stand, the lectern where lawyers ask questions, the judge's bench and a desk where evidence is displayed. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the courtroom deputy operates the cameras from her desk. The proceedings will be posted online after the hearings. The Court Administration and Case Management Committee is...

KPR Web Operations Friday, February 17th

  =========================== Explosives in Kansas Capitol Incident Were Fireworks TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas authorities say explosives found in a pickup near the state Capitol earlier this week were illegal homemade fireworks. Capitol Police spokesman Patrick Saleh declined to give more details about the devices Friday. He also refused to say how powerful they might have been. The Capitol Police, overseen by the Highway Patrol,...

KPR Web Operations Thursday, February 16th

The Lawrence Journal-World is reporting that two Lawrence police officers have been suspended in connection with a ticket-fixing scheme.  According to the newspaper, city leaders have confirmed that the officers were suspended following an investigation conducted by the FBI related to traffic tickets being fixed in exchange for Kansas University basketball tickets.  City Manager David Corliss has confirmed that the person whose traffic tickets were fixed is now serving time in a federal prison related to the broader KU ticket scandal.

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