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5:30 am
Fri March 27, 2015

At Long Last, 'The Wrecking Crew' Is Here

The Wrecking Crew at work

 

    

Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

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Flash Gordon

March 27 & 28; 6:30, 9:00 & 11:30

Wichita Big Screen

Palace Theatre

 

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Crime and Courts
4:00 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

WPD Uncovers Information Regarding Mysterious Coffin

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Wichita Police now know how an empty coffin ended up on the roadside near the 3800 block of North Seneca on Thursday. 

Lieutenant James Espinosa says that someone who worked at a cemetery in the area came forward and explained to police that a family had a body of a loved one exhumed for cremation in late February.

"When they did that the family was responsible for the removal of the used casket or coffin, in this case,” Espinosa says.

He says the family contacted a hauling company that took possession of the coffin in the first part of March.

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Education
12:54 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Senate Rejects Bill On Teacher Contracts

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A bill that would have forced a re-negotiation of all teacher salaries at the end of their current term was defeated in the Senate.

The Senate voted 13-27 to reject the bill Wednesday. It would have also eliminated the current teacher pay scale by narrowing salary talks between school boards and teachers unions to minimum salary.

Republican Sen. Jeff Melcher from Leawood inserted the changes into the bill and said they would help school reward good teachers and fire underperformers.

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Education
12:35 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Brownback Signs School Funding Overhaul Into Law

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Republican Governor Sam Brownback has signed a $4.1 billion plan to overhaul Kansas' school funding system.

The governor signed the bill into law Wednesday during a private ceremony in the presence of GOP leaders.

It scraps the current formula for determining state aid and replaces it with "block grants" to school districts based on their current aid. The grant system will be in place for two years while the Legislature develops a new formula.

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Commentary
6:30 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Gateway Games

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There are hundreds of practically unknown board games available that are incredibly fun to play, but have fairly complex rules. I love playing them, but it’s hard to get my friends interested in playing.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu March 26, 2015

'Gunman' Wastes Potential

Sean Penn in 'The Gunman'

Actor Sean Penn has been so deeply involved in the social problems of Africa that it seems odd that he has gotten himself into as shallow a movie about Africa as The Gunman.

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Government
5:00 am
Thu March 26, 2015

UPDATE: Bill Expanding Concealed Carry Heads To Governors Desk

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Update from AP: 

A proposal to allow Kansas residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit has won final approval from the Legislature.

The measure was headed to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback despite some lawmakers' misgivings about the state dropping its requirement that anyone seeking to carry a concealed firearm undergo at least eight hours of training.

Brownback's office didn't say what his plans are, but he's signed every other major gun-rights measure sent to him since taking office in January 2011.

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Government
4:28 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Non-Profit Leaders Host Mayoral Forum

Mayoral Candidate Jeff Longwell, Non-profit Chamber of Service Executive Director Tim Witsman and Mayoral Candidate Sam Williams speak during a forum at the Wichita Boat House.
Credit Beth Golay

At a Mayoral Forum in Wichita on Wednesday, both candidates fielded several questions, including how to grow the economy and generate jobs. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports….

At a luncheon filled with non-profit business leaders, Wichita City Council’s Jeff Longwell says it’s incredibly important to try to maintain aviation jobs.

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Editorial Commentary
3:54 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Crowson: Does Our State Have A New Mascot?

Credit Richard Crowson

Were you as shocked and appalled as I was at the outrageous treatment of our own Governor Brownback by the audacious WSU and KU fans in Omaha? I could not believe my ears when I heard those boos aimed at this fine man. After all he’s done for the state of Kansas, this is his reward???

They boo a man who has saved our state from the ravages of economic recovery? A man who had the foresight to dam up Kansas revenue streams, causing a 25% reduction in income tax collections last year?

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Environment
2:22 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Kansas House Approves Bill To Limit Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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The Kansas House has advanced a bill to set up a greenhouse gas reduction plan.

The House advanced the measure on a voice vote on Tuesday and will take a final vote Wednesday.

The bill would direct the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to develop an emissions plan, and the Legislature's energy committees would be required to approve it.

The Environmental Protection Agency has directed states to develop stricter emissions standards by June of next year.

States without a suitable plan will have federal regulations imposed upon them.

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