Local News:

Hawker Beechcraft Intends To Emerge From Bankruptcy As Standalone Company

Hawker Beechcraft says it will no longer pursue the sale of its operations to Chinese-based Superior Aviation Beijing Company.

Top Morning News 10/18/12

ACT Scores Dropped From KS Report Card; New Portal For Reporting School Inefficiencies; Kobach Recall Effort

Kansas Man Launches Effort To Recall Kobach

A Topeka resident formally launched an effort Wednesday to recall Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, but state law creates large hurdles to force an election.

ACT Scores Will Not Be Included In KS Report Card

Three school districts in Kansas have stopped using the official state assessment tests for student performance.

Top Morning News 10/17/12

KS Officials Defend Science Standards; New KS Driver’s License; Applications For Court Vacancy Due Nov. 14

New Kansas Driver’s License Is Harder To Fake

Kansas has unveiled a new driver’s license. The update includes new holograms and hidden images that can only be seen under an ultraviolet light.

Sen. Steve Abrams Running For Senate President

Abrams, a Republican who has represented the 32nd District since 2008, says he would champion conservative principles if he is chosen Senate president.

Top Morning News 10/16/12

Last Day To Register To Vote; School Board Reviews Science Standards; Mild Flu Season Expected

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NPR Headlines:

Obama's Budget Would Undo Broad Cuts Made In 2013

The across-the-board spending cuts made in 2013, known as the sequester, reduced defense and domestic budgets by hundreds of millions each. Republicans are expected to fiercely defend that plan.

And So We Meet, Again: Why The Workday Is So Filled With Meetings

Office workers are spending more and more time in meetings and preparing for meetings. Experts say it's often a waste of time, and managers — as well as a "meeting culture" — are to blame.

For Long-Haul Drivers, Cheap Gas Means A Sweeter Commute

The plunge in gas prices is expected to save the average household about $750 this year. For rural families and others who drive a lot, the savings will likely be even greater.

Insurance Choices Dwindle In Rural California As Blue Shield Pulls Back

When Blue Shield Of California stopped selling individual health policies in many zip codes in 2014, even insurance agents were surprised. Blue Shield says it dropped out to keep premiums low.

ISIS Hostage Said To Announce New Deadline For Prisoner's Release

A Japanese hostage held by the violent extremist group ISIS has reportedly been forced to record a message setting a Thursday deadline for Jordan to release an Iraqi prisoner.

The Next Air Force One Will Be A Boeing 747-8

The Air Force says the decision came down to the American-made 747-8 or the Airbus A380, which is manufactured in France. But even with that pick, the 747 program might not last much longer.

Rare Fox Takes A Walk In The Park, And Yosemite Staff Cheer

It's been nearly 100 years since a sighting of a Sierra Nevada red fox was documented in Yosemite National Park, according to park staff.

AG Nominee Lynch Says She Differs From Obama On Marijuana

The moment contrasted with other exchanges between Lynch and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, such as when she defended Obama's right to take executive action on immigration rules.

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