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5:49 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Youth Symposium In Wichita Saturday

A Youth Symposium for middle and high school teens gets underway in Wichita on Saturday. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

The event, in its 7th year in Wichita, is part of a national effort by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, to focus on education and empowering youth. Organizer Conni Mansaw says a variety of topics will be discussed including college preparation and even swimming techniques.

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Health
4:00 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

'Give Kids A Smile' To Be Held Saturday

The Wichita Sedgwick County Oral Health Coalition is hosting “Give Kids A Smile Day” this Saturday. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports that the event gives free dental care to 350,000 children nationwide who don’t have insurance…

This year’s "Give Kids A Smile Day" has been expanded to include children living in Butler, Harvey, Reno, Sedgwick, Sumner, and Harper Counties. Judy Johnston, who helps coordinate the event, says it's open to children ages 2 to 12, but reservations are necessary.

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Education
2:32 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Budget Panel Proposes Funding Cuts For KU, K-State

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A budget-writing subcommittee in the Kansas Senate has proposed cutting millions of dollars from the University of Kansas and shifting that money to the KU Medical Center. The plan would also cut Kansas State University. Stephen Koranda reports.

The proposal from Republican Senator Tom Arpke would cut KU’s main campus by more than $9 million over the next two years. Arpke says there would be a similar funding increase for KU Med, with the goal of training more doctors for rural areas.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Rethinking 'Birdman'

Michael Keaton in 'Birdman'

Because of all the fuss about Birdman, I saw it again and must admit I have a lot more respect for it on the second try.

I think by original review was too concerned about the transitions between scenes of the past and mental action and shifting points of view, and I didn't concentrate on the scenes themselves, which seem to work together pretty clearly to represent the complexities of a complicated world full of complicated people trying to work together.

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Books
5:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Navigating Through A World Of Lawful Piracy

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Legal historian Robert Spoo is the author of the book Without Copyrights which examines a number of issues related to copyright law in the literary tradition through nearly the first 200 years that this country existed. Spoo believes that some of these practices might better inform the world of intellectual property today.

KMUW’s Jedd Beaudoin spoke with Spoo recently and has more.

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Arts
5:00 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Wichita Dance Studio Celebrates Ruby Anniversary With Dance Show

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One of the oldest community dance studios in Wichita, Amira Dance Productions, will present a special 40th anniversary show this weekend at the historic Orpheum Theatre downtown.

To celebrate this milestone, nearly 90 performers will take the stage, and a slideshow will look back at the studio’s beginnings and its dedicated dancers.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar recently visited the studio to watch a rehearsal.

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Government
2:19 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

UPDATE: State Senator Asks Tough Questions Of Kansas Appeals Court Nominee

Kathryn Gardner speaking during the hearing.
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Updated at 4:00pm 

The chair of a Kansas Senate committee had some tough questions for a nominee for the Kansas Court of Appeals. Republican Senator Jeff King asked Kathryn Gardner if they should reject her nomination because they don't know much about her opinions on legal matters.

“We are lacking that paper trail of your own thought, your own opinion, your own personal writing reflecting that,” says King.

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Environment
1:56 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Kansas House Panel To Have Briefing On Spike In Earthquakes

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A Kansas legislative committee's chairman says it will review data about a spike in small earthquakes in recent years and ways to lessen their number.

Wichita Representative Dennis Hedke said yesterday that he's hoping the briefings he's planning for the House Energy and Environment Committee will reassure residents of south-central Kansas, where the earthquakes have been most numerous.

He has not set a date for the hearing.

The Kansas Geological Survey says there were 161 earthquakes in Kansas last year.

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Environment
1:41 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Statewide Meetings Set To Plan Water Supply Goals And Priorities

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The state will have series of 26 public meetings across Kansas this month to set regional water supply goals and priorities.

Trained facilitators from Kansas State University Research and Extension and the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy will help facilitate the public meetings.

14 regional water leadership teams will create water supply goals based on public input and available resources.

The regional water supply goals that they draft will be presented to the Kansas Water Authority in May.

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Education
1:31 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Kansas Districts Want Lower Court To Stay On Schools Lawsuit

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School districts suing the state of Kansas over education funding are telling the state Supreme Court that they want a lower court to continue handling their lawsuit.

Four districts asked the Supreme Court Tuesday to reject the state's request that the high court handle the lawsuit instead of a three-judge Shawnee County District Court panel.

The districts sued the state in 2010.

The lower-court panel ruled in December that the state is not adequately funding schools.

The state asked the panel to reconsider in January.

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