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Top Morning News 12.05.12


With O'Donnell leaving for the statehouse, Wichita City Council moves to fill his seat; GOP Senators plan to meet next week to name committee members; A study says new health insurance regulations favor individual plans.

Wichita City Council Moves To Fill O'Donnell's Seat

The Wichita City Council is working through the process to temporarily fill the District 4 council seat soon to be vacated by Michael O'Donnell.


GOP Senators To Discuss Committees Next Week

Top Republicans in the Kansas Senate plan to meet next week to discuss naming committee chairs.

The all-GOP Organization, Calendar and Rules Committee is expected to meet Monday. Under the Senate's rules, it designates committee chairs and makes committee assignments.

The panel includes incoming Senate President Susan Wagle of Wichita, Vice President Jeff King of Independence and Majority Leader Terry Bruce of Hutchinson.

Six other members were selected by their fellow Republicans. The Senate is likely to see widespread turnover in committee chairs because GOP conservatives defeated eight moderate incumbents during August primaries.

Study Says New Insurance Regs Benefit Individual Plans

A new report from the non-profit Commonwealth Fund says people who buy individual health insurance are saving money because of new regulations in the Affordable Care Act.


Florida Detective Wants To Exhume 'In Cold Blood' Killers

A Florida detective wants to exhume the bodies of two Kansas murderers who were featured in Truman Capote's book "In Cold Blood." The detective says she believes there is evidence linking Perry Smith and Richard Hickock to the 1959 murders of a family of four in a rural community south of Sarasota. Smith and Hickock were convicted in Kansas of murdering Herb Clutter, his wife and two of their children, also in 1959.