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KPR Web Operations Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Plans to put a cap on state spending -- and phase-out the income tax -- are commanding a lot of attention at the Kansas Statehouse. Governor Sam Brownback is pushing one plan. House Republicans prefer another. Meanwhile, a coalition of moderate Republicans and Democrats in the Senate could stand in the way of either plan becoming law. Jim McLean of the KHI News Service has been looking into arguments for and against the tax plans.    

KPR Web Operations Monday, February 20th, 2012

  MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will travel to Kansas in April to speak at Kansas State University. The university said Monday the former two-term Iowa governor will deliver the spring Landon Lecture on April 10 at 10:30 am in McCain Auditorium. Vilsack became USDA secretary in January 2009. Kansas State officials note that the Department of Agriculture funds the university's Center of Excellence for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs. Click here for more information on the Landon...

KPR Web Operations Monday, February 20th, 2012

Photo courtesy of J. Stephen ConnThe small southwest Kansas town of Ulysses is being featured on CNN.  Unlike many small towns in Kansas, the county seat of Grant County has been booming in recent years.  The town has seen an influx of immigrants from south of the U.S. border.  In its report, CNN says most home-grown locals have been excited by -- and welcoming of -- the new residents.  They're spending money, buying homes and filling schools with kids.  Click here to...

KPR Web Operations Monday, February 20th, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — On the surface, Edward Maher and his wife appeared to enjoy a comfortable middle-class life. They had homes in quiet neighborhoods, drove late-model cars and took occasional weekend trips. They raised two sons.  But beneath that veneer lay a darker past.  Maher was an international fugitive.  He was wanted in Britain on allegations that he stole a fortune worth $1.5 million back in 1993, while working as a security guard for an armored truck company.  When he was captured in rural Missouri, the suspect dubbed "Fast Eddie" by the British media had managed to evade...

KPR Web Operations Monday, February 20th, 2012

  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, 2012

  ============================== 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, 2012

  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, 2012

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

KPR Web Operations Friday, February 17th, 2012

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, 2012

  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.

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