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5:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Wichita Woman Serves As Embassador for Auctioneering Industry

Megan McCurdy Niedens seeks a higher bid at a recent auction in Wichita.
Credit Carla Eckels

When you go to an auction for anything from antiques to real estate – you will rarely hear a female auctioneer. A woman in Wichita has broken that image and has won international recognition. KMUW’s Carla Eckels has the story…

Wichita Female Auctioneer Megan McCurdy Niedens won the 2013 International Auctioneer Championship Competition- Women’s Division. 

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Education
3:28 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

WSU's Vizzini Elected To National Academy Of Inventors Fellowship

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Wichita State University Provost and Senior Vice President Tony Vizzini has been chosen as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) for his numerous scientific and academic contributions.

Those who have been elected for this high professional distinction have demonstrated "a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society."

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Arts
1:35 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Nine Pieces Of Art Stolen From Old Town Gallery

Wichita Artist Josh Tripoli says he won't press charges if thieves return nine pieces of art that were stolen from an art gallery in Old Town.

Tripoli says someone stole the art right off the walls at Murillo Studios. He said the work likely was wrapped in a tapestry and then taken out the door.

KWCH-TV reports the total loss is estimated at $2,500.

Education
3:34 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

WSU Receives $11.25M: Largest Corporate Foundation Gift To Date

Elizabeth King WSU Foundation president and CEO
Credit Abigail Wilson

The largest corporate foundation gift in the history of Wichita State University was announced Tuesday. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more….

Wichita State University will receive $11.25 million from Koch Industries and the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation. President John Bardo says it will be split five ways.

"It really covers almost the whole waterfront of the University," says Bardo. "Obviously, it starts in athletics and will help us expand our capacities around Koch Arena. That’s particularly important as athletics is always an arms race and this gets us the next step.”

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Energy
3:29 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Westar Energy Expands Renewable Energy Portfolio

Westar Energy is adding to its renewable energy portfolio through a new wind farm, while retiring two older natural gas plants in Wichita. KMUW's Deborah Shaar has the story.

Westar announced Tuesday that it plans to buy wind energy from a new wind farm going up in two western Kansas counties.

The Cedar Bluff wind farm is expected to be running by the end of 2015. It’ll provide Westar with 200 megawatts of electricity.

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Health
1:02 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Two New Programs To Provide Court And Dental Services To The Intellectually Disabled

Two new programs in Topeka will provide court and dental services to people with mental illness.

An alternative sentencing court run through the Topeka Municipal Court will allow mentally ill people who committed relatively minor crimes to be released from a jail earlier than scheduled if they comply with a treatment plan.

The program also will offer employment, housing and substance abuse help. Christine Wills with Valeo Behavioral Health Care says the alternative sentencing court will hear its first docket in early January.

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Health
1:00 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Jay Docs Marks 10 Years With Guadalupe Clinic

Fourth year KU med student Caitlin Chiles assisting second year KU med student Austin Campbell with a test.
Credit Deborah Shaar

There are at least fifteen community health clinics in Sedgwick County that serve people in need. They are known as “safety net clinics.”

One of them, the Guadalupe Clinic, will mark its 30th anniversary next year. For the past decade, Guadalupe has been working with students from the KU School of Medicine-Wichita to increase the level of care offered… and provide these future doctors with very practical experience.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

OnWords: Political Correctness

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The term “political correctness” arose over twenty years ago from the Pentagon’s attempt to package war as cleanly as possible--think “collateral damage” instead of “civilian deaths.” It’s largely been kept alive by conservatives angry at liberal overreach and liberal free speech activists who feel constrained by their own tribe.

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Education
6:10 am
Tue December 16, 2014

KS Education Commission Final Meeting Scheduled For January

K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission Chair Sam Williams.
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The Kansas K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission will continue meeting next month.

Their goal is to wrap up recommendations for cutting costs and improving student outcomes.

As Stephen Koranda reports, the group considered several bills they could recommend to lawmakers Monday, but most of them were either rejected or sent back for more work.

Part of the concern is that several of the proposed bills created new study groups and didn’t actually recommend policy changes for Kansas.

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Commentary
6:10 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Past And Present: Declaring America As A Post-Racial Society Is Premature

Black-and-white photo of a memorial placed during protests.
Credit Jamelle Bouie / Wikimedia Commons

Protests stemming from recent grand jury decisions related to Michael Brown and Eric Garner have featured the refrain “black lives do matter.”

Sadly, one of the unsavory aspects of American history is that there are innumerable documented instances of where it was apparent that black lives, indeed, did not matter.

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