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Shedding gridlock, key members of Congress reached a modest budget agreement Tuesday to restore about $63 billion in automatic spending cuts from programs ranging from parks to the Pentagon and eliminate the threat of another partial government shutdown early next year.
The increases would be offset by a variety of spending reductions and higher fees elsewhere in the budget totaling about $85 billion over a decade, enough for a largely symbolic cut of more than $20 billion in the nation's debt, now $17 trillion and growing.
Federal civilian and military workers, airline travelers and health care providers who treat Medicare patients would bear much of the cost.Full Story
The executive campaign manager for U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts filed a complaint with the Senate Ethics Committee saying that primary opponent Milton Wolf failed to file a financial disclosure report within 30 days of becoming a candidate, a violation of Senate rules.
Wolf’s campaign said Tuesday the report will be filed within a 30-day grace period provided by the rules.
Also on Tuesday, Wolf, a distant cousin of President Obama’s, picked up an endorsement from the Senate Conservatives Fund, a national organization that is backing a number of conservatives against sitting Republicans, including challengers to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss.Full Story
The Wichita City Council approved without comment Tuesday an extra $90,000 for utility work on the K-96 interchange at Greenwich, the final step in getting visitors to retail and sports attractions there.
The city added $90,000 from its water mains replacement or relocation program for the utility work. That brings the city contribution to the intersection project to $3.59 million, including $1.5 million from a community improvement district established for Cabela’s and $2 million in city capital improvement money.
The existing interchange includes a westbound entrance ramp and an eastbound exit ramp on K-96. The proposed improvements include adding a westbound exit ramp and an eastbound entrance ramp, along with traffic signals at the ramps.Full Story
Share the Season is an annual campaign that offers one-time aid to people affected by unforeseen hardships. The people are not identified to protect their privacy.
A number of people requesting financial help this season have noted that in the past they have been among those giving and not asking.
One of those is this husband and wife who have encountered health problems.Full Story
In a November shooting that killed a Valley Center-area woman and injured her husband, investigators gathered cartridge casings and guns “related to the incident,” a court document says.
Investigators also found a purse and “what appears to be a long-sleeved shirt/garment” with one of the firearms, according to the document, which was filed Friday by District Attorney Marc Bennett.
On Nov. 25, Bennett’s office charged four people with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in the shootings of Melissa and Roger Bluml. One of the defendants, Anthony Bluml, is the couple’s 18-year-old adopted son. Another defendant, Kisha Schaberg, is Anthony Bluml’s 35-year-old biological mother.Full Story
A Wichita doctor’s funeral service is set for 11 a.m. Thursday at NewSpring Church, 12200 E. 21st St.
Douglas Douthit, an obstetrician and gynecologist for Wichita OB-GYN Associates, died Thursday in a snorkeling accident while vacationing in Mexico, Krista Long, practice manager for the clinic, confirmed Tuesday. Dr. Douthit was 59.
He is survived by his wife, Denise; daughter, Halle Harper (Seth), of Wichita; and son, Sam Douthit, of Los Angeles; father, Duane Douthit, of Houston; grandchildren, Cale Harper, Lainie Harper; siblings, Gay and Urbin McKeever, of Fort Worth, Nancy and James McMath, of Burleson, Texas, Tom and Celia Douthit, of Houston, Laura and Joe Kohlmaier, of Houston; sister-in-law, Diane (Alan) Yock, of Wichita; many beloved nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Justice For All, 113 N. Martinson, Wichita, KS 67203, or Choices Medical Clinic, 538 S. Bleckley Dr., Wichita, KS 67218.Full Story