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Budget hard to wrap up

Lacking a time machine they could use to return to 2012 and undo the reckless state income tax cuts, the 2015 Legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback have no choice but to come up with a balanced two-year budget by whatever means necessary in the wrap-up session that starts Wednesday.

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In California, drought widens economic split

The fierce drought that is gripping the West – and the imminent prospect of rationing and steep water price increases in California – is sharpening the deep economic divide in this state, illustrating parallel worlds in which wealthy communities guzzle water as poorer neighbors conserve by necessity. The daily water consumption rate was 572.4 gallons per person in Cowan Heights from July through September 2014, the hot and dry summer months California used to calculate community-by-community water rationing orders; it was 63.6 gallons per person in Compton during that same period.

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Lauer, DeGeneres team for racy Daytime Emmys opening

The ceremony Sunday opened with a pretaped segment in which the pair agreed to end their faux feud. The punchline: DeGeneres had sneakily edited it to put Lauer’s head atop a man’s chiseled body clad only in tasseled pasties, briefs and lace-topped stockings.

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