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:

Montana Senator Comes Under Fire For Plagiarism Allegations

Sen. John Walsh of Montana was appointed to his seat, and he's preparing to face voters for the first time. The Democrat's bid will be complicated by plagiarism allegations.

UNICEF Report On Female Genital Mutilation Holds Hope And Woe

The practice is on the decline in many countries. But the population boom in Africa and the Middle East will put millions of girls at risk unless more progress is made.

The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.

DOJ Reaches Agreement For Oversight Of Albuquerque PD

The deal follows a Justice Department report released in April that showed the city's police used excessive force in dealing with many suspects.

Who Are The Kids Of The Migrant Crisis?

Many kids and teenagers leave Central America to avoid climbing levels of gang violence, extortion and drug trafficking. Sometimes, it's to find their families.

5 Things I Learned About TV's Future From The Critics Press Tour

From being mistaken for Randy Jackson to confronting network executives about diversity issues, TV critic Eric Deggans runs down highlights of the two-week blizzard of parties and press conferences.

The Death Clerk, And Other Details Of Last-Minute Execution Appeals

An hour into Wednesday's botched execution in Arizona, an attorney for the inmate reached out to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy seeking his intervention. How do such appeals work? And how often do they happen?

Botched Ariz. Execution Renews Unease Over Lethal Injections

Activists against the death penalty are seizing on a botched execution in Arizona Wednesday. Witnesses say that death row inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood gasped for air, taking nearly two hours to die by lethal injection.

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