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5:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Complex Worlds and Complex Families

In her novel The Land of Love and Drowning, Tiphanie Yanique takes us to the Virgin Islands in the early 1900s, as rule is transferred from Denmark to the United States.

Two sisters, Eona and Annette, and a brother they don’t know they have, all possess a particular beauty and sensuality. Orphaned after a shipwreck and stripped of their social status, the siblings traverse the next 60 years on the beloved island that is bound by the sea that killed their father.

Yanique, a native of St. Thomas, creates a multifaceted world you won’t soon forget.

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Carr Brothers
12:52 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Carr Brothers' Death Penalty Sentences Overturned

Reginald and Jonathan Carr
Credit http://www.doc.ks.gov

The Kansas Supreme Court has overturned the death penalty sentences for the two Carr brothers. The brothers were responsible for what was called the "Wichita Massacre."

    

In December of 2000, Jonathan and Reginald Carr broke into a house in Wichita and subjected five young men and women to sexual abuse. They then drove them to ATMs and forced them to empty their accounts. Finally they took them to an abandoned soccer field and shot them all in the head. One of the brothers then drove over the bodies with a stolen truck. The bodies lay naked in the snow.

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A Musical Life
12:30 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

A Musical Life: Annie Adams

Credit Courtesy photo

Annie Adams is currently working on an Evasive Flowers EP and performing live under that name as well as with the band Domestic Drone. The latter band will release a full-length album later this year. She is also collaborating with her former partner in Evasive Flowers, Hugo Zelado, once more. “I wouldn’t have had the confidence to start writing music if it wasn’t for him. I’m eternally grateful for that.”

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Crime and Courts
12:23 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

WPD Holds Briefing On Death Of Child Left In Hot Car

The Wichita Police Department held a briefing Friday morning to release information about a 10-month-old girl who died after being left in a hot car outside a house in south Wichita. KMUW's Abigail Wilson reports…

Officers found the infant unresponsive inside the car Thursday evening in the 1500 block of south Topeka. She was pronounced dead a short time later.

Lt. Todd Ojile spoke at the briefing.

“When officers arrived, the windows in the car were all up,” Ojile said.

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Government
10:46 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Lack of Auditors Delays Legislator Requests For Internal Audits

A legislative committee says internal legislator requests for audits of various state interests are being delayed because of a lack of auditors.

Twenty-five legislator requests for internal audits have been delayed because the auditors don't have the resources to get to them.

One factor in the slowdown is a 2013 law that required the Division of Legislative Post Audit to audit three school districts per year for the next three years.

The auditing division has fewer than 25 employees, although it has been authorized to add three more this year.

Education
10:35 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Public University Leaders Encouraged Work On Tuition Proposals Early

Public university leaders in Kansas are being encouraged to start working on next year's tuition proposals now, rather than wait until the spring semester.

Kansas Board of Regents chairman Kenny Wilk says the revenue stream from tuition is too significant to wait until the last minute to get it figured out.

The regents traditionally have received tuition and fee requests from the universities in May before approving them in June.

Economy
10:29 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Bombardier To Cut 1800 Jobs Worldwide

Airplane maker Bombardier Inc. is cutting 1,800 jobs across facilities worldwide as it restructures operations.

Spokeswoman Isabelle Rondeau with the Montreal-based company said Thursday that Bombardier plans to reorganize the company into four business segments before Jan. 1.

Bombardier says production-related jobs will not be affected. It plans a 15 percent reduction in what the company calls "indirect functions," such as human resources, finance and communications.

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Commentary
6:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Wasabi Gets Crazy With Sushi

Lu Anne Stephens / KMUW

Sushi, the wonderful Japanese preparation of rice and fish, used to be impossible to find anywhere in Wichita. It took a while to catch on here, possibly because of a Midwestern aversion to raw fish.

Now, sushi is everywhere, even in the grocery store. Once a rarity, sushi and Japanese food in general are firmly part of Wichita’s diverse culinary scene.

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Community
5:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Wichita Teen 'Makes A Wish' To Swim With The Sharks

(Craig Lehman sent an update after his swim. It has been added to the end of this story.)

Wichita teenager Craig Lehman was diagnosed with brain cancer two years ago. But today he is fulfilling a life long dream--to swim with the sharks. Lehman’s desire to get close to the big fish was granted by Make-A-Wish Kansas.  

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Health
10:03 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Sen. Moran Says Problems At Wichita VA Put Veterans' Lives At Risk

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran says the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita left its laboratories unstaffed for entire shifts and sometimes resorted to "begging, borrowing and manipulation" to obtain vital surgical equipment. Moran made the allegations in a letter sent last week to Sloan Gibson, the acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Moran says the problems at the Medical Center put veterans' lives at risk and forced employees to work under conditions of fear and retribution.

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