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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.

Community
9:52 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Fire Destroys Theater Housed In Historic Abilene Church

Officials say a fire destroyed a theatre housed in a historic church in Abilene.

No injuries were reported after the fire Wednesday night at the Great Plains Theatre.

Dickinson County Emergency Management Director Chancy Smith said the theatre was a total loss. He says no one was inside the building at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The building housing the theater was built in 1881 and served as the First Presbyterian Church for years and was later converted to a live theatre.

Government
9:43 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Gov. Brownback Urges Wind-Energy Advocates And Critics To Compromise

Gov. Sam Brownback is urging wind-energy advocates and critics of a renewable-energy requirement for Kansas utilities to work on a compromise for the policy's future.

The governor made remarks Wednesday in an impromptu meeting with Statehouse reporters suggesting that he supported phasing out the renewable energy rule.

But hours later, spokeswoman Eileen Hawley said the governor was referring to federal tax credits for wind production, not the state's mandate for utilities.

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Arts
7:30 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Rollin Karg: An Exceptional Artist And Accidental Success

Rollin Karg begins to shape a piece of molten glass.
Credit Abigail Wilson.

The artistic works of local artist Rollin Karg can be found in galleries all over the world. His pieces combine two artistic mediums--sculpted metal and blown glass. Karg says he never knew he was an artist and discovered his talents by accident.

The constant hum of a furnace and the clanking and pounding of metal echo through the air outside of Karg Art Glass. Steel sculptures tower near the edge of the property. Vibrant glass platters decorate the fence--blue, orange, yellow and green--displayed together a moving wave of color.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu July 24, 2014

It's Hard To Care About Anyone In Ensemble 'Third Person'

A good cast with nothing to do in Paul Haggis' 'Third Person'
Credit rottentomatoes.com

Two viewings of the movie and discussions with six other viewers failed to uncover anybody who claimed to understand Third Person. I suspect that a third viewing would have led me to a pretty complete understanding, but Third Person is nowhere near good enough to sit through three times.

But I can give you a few hints that might help you get through it with less bewilderment than the seven of us suffered.

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Government
6:25 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Local Organization Critical Of Proposed Sales Tax

Members of Coalition For a Better Wichita gathered at Handy Mailing in west Wichita on Wednesday afternoon. The group was formed to speak out against the City of Wichita's proposed one-cent sales tax.
Credit Sean Sandefur

 

Members of a newly formed organization are criticizing the City of Wichita’s proposed one-cent sales tax, which could appear on ballots this November. Coalition For a Better Wichita spoke out on Wednesday afternoon at Handy Mailing, a local small business. 

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Health
12:55 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Measles: What To Know During Local Outbreak

A small line forms for free MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccines at the Sedgwick County Health Department office.
Credit Abigail Wilson

*UPDATE*

An unidentified person from Fort Worth, Texas has been diagnosed with measles after visiting Wichita earlier this month. There have been a total of 14 reported cases of measles in Kansas so far this year. 

Public Health officials in Fort Worth reported this afternoon that a resident who attended a tournament at South Lakes Softball Complex in Wichita has come down with measles.

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Politics
12:43 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Interviews Provide Insight Into Bob Dole's Career

Bob Dole speaking at an event this year at the Dole Institute.
Credit Stephen Koranda

The Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas has made hours of interviews about Bob Dole's Senate career available online. The announcement coincides with the former Kansas senator's 91st birthday. Stephen Koranda reports.

You can now go online for videos and audio of high-profile people talking about Bob Dole's nearly 3 decades in the U.S. Senate. Here's former president George H.W. Bush.

"I, as president, had to have strong leadership that would be supportive of my programs in the Senate. And Bob Dole proved to be a great leader on that,” says Bush.

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Government
12:36 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Audit Shows Flaws In The Security Of Kansas Computers Systems

Auditors say a lack of accountability by some Kansas agencies that handle sensitive information could make citizens’ personal information vulnerable.

An audit released this week says some agencies aren't complying with requirements to provide detailed information technology plans because they see them as time consuming and of little value. Auditors say they found little state oversight of the required reports.

The audit found that 17 of the 45 agencies that hold data considered “high risk” had not had an independent evaluation of their security in the last three years.

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Health
12:29 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Affordable Care Act Ruling Could Affect Kansas and Missouri

Kansas and Missouri are among the states that would be affected if a federal court ruling on Obamacare subsidies stands.

As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, consumers in both states could lose the subsidies that help make the coverage affordable.

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