News http://kmuw.org en Carr Brothers' Death Penalty Sentences Overturned http://kmuw.org/post/carr-brothers-death-penalty-sentences-overturned <p></p><p>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."</p><p></p><p>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.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:52:55 +0000 Aileen LeBlanc 38027 at http://kmuw.org Carr Brothers' Death Penalty Sentences Overturned A Musical Life: Annie Adams http://kmuw.org/post/musical-life-annie-adams <p></p><p><i>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.”</i></p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:30:00 +0000 Jedd Beaudoin 38026 at http://kmuw.org A Musical Life: Annie Adams Lack of Auditors Delays Legislator Requests For Internal Audits http://kmuw.org/post/lack-auditors-delays-legislator-requests-internal-audits <p>A legislative committee says internal legislator requests for audits of various state interests are being delayed because of a lack of auditors.</p><p>Twenty-five legislator requests for internal audits have been delayed because the auditors don't have the resources to get to them.</p><p>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.</p><p>The auditing division has fewer than 25 employees, although it has been authorized to add three more this year.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:46:45 +0000 Associated Press 38023 at http://kmuw.org Public University Leaders Encouraged Work On Tuition Proposals Early http://kmuw.org/post/public-university-leaders-encouraged-work-tuition-proposals-early <p>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.</p><p>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.</p><p>The regents traditionally have received tuition and fee requests from the universities in May before approving them in June.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:35:19 +0000 Associated Press 38022 at http://kmuw.org Bombardier To Cut 1800 Jobs Worldwide http://kmuw.org/post/bombardier-cut-1800-jobs-worldwide <p>Airplane maker Bombardier Inc. is cutting 1,800 jobs across facilities worldwide as it restructures operations.</p><p>Spokeswoman Isabelle Rondeau with the Montreal-based company said Thursday that Bombardier plans to reorganize the company into four business segments before Jan. 1.</p><p>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.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:29:39 +0000 Associated Press 38021 at http://kmuw.org Wasabi Gets Crazy With Sushi http://kmuw.org/post/wasabi-gets-crazy-sushi <p></p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:00:41 +0000 Tanya Tandoc 37984 at http://kmuw.org Wasabi Gets Crazy With Sushi Wichita Teen 'Makes A Wish' To Swim With The Sharks http://kmuw.org/post/wichita-teen-makes-wish-swim-sharks <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Carla Eckels 37965 at http://kmuw.org Wichita Teen 'Makes A Wish' To Swim With The Sharks Sen. Moran Says Problems At Wichita VA Put Veterans' Lives At Risk http://kmuw.org/post/sen-moran-says-problems-wichita-va-put-veterans-lives-risk <p>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.</p><p>Moran says the problems at the Medical Center put veterans' lives at risk and forced employees to work under conditions of fear and retribution.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:03:42 +0000 Associated Press 37970 at http://kmuw.org Fire Destroys Theater Housed In Historic Abilene Church http://kmuw.org/post/fire-destroys-theater-housed-historic-abilene-church <p>Officials say a fire destroyed a theatre housed in a historic church in Abilene.</p><p>No injuries were reported after the fire Wednesday night at the Great Plains Theatre.</p><p>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.</p><p>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.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:52:14 +0000 Associated Press 37967 at http://kmuw.org Gov. Brownback Urges Wind-Energy Advocates And Critics To Compromise http://kmuw.org/post/gov-brownback-urges-wind-energy-advocates-and-critics-compromise <p>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.</p><p>The governor made remarks Wednesday in an impromptu meeting with Statehouse reporters suggesting that he supported phasing out the renewable energy rule.</p><p>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.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:43:24 +0000 Associated Press 37966 at http://kmuw.org