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Westar Energy says it will buy energy from a new wind farm to be built in Pratt County.

The utility company announced yesterday that it will buy the energy from a 200-megawatt farm built for it by an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources.

The Ninnescah wind farm is expected to be built late this year or early next year and be operational by late 2016.

The company said in a news release that the new wind energy purchase will increase Westar's renewable energy commitment to nearly 1,300 megawatts.

Sean Sandefur

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will participate in a public meeting on Monday, June 8, to review the metropolitan transportation planning process for the Wichita area. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

The meeting gives both agencies the opportunity to jointly review the metropolitan transportation planning process for the Wichita Metropolitan Area. It's also designed to allow Wichitans to give their ideas and feedback.

Kansas and Maryland led an investigation into FTD, the floral delivery company, and Classmates Inc, a social networking company. The two will pay a combined 11 million dollars to consumers who lost money due to their business practices. KMUW'a Aileen LeBlanc reports...

Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today that Classmates, Inc., along with Florists’ Transworld Delivery, Inc. and FTD.com Inc. (collectively “FTD”) have agreed to pay refunds to consumers who lost money because of the companies' misleading advertising and billing practices.

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Kansas lawmakers return to Topeka Tuesday after a four-day weekend. As Stephen Koranda reports, they’ll have to wrap up tax and budget issues before they can end the session.

Lawmakers can’t leave until they balance the budget. They seem to be leaning towards a tax increase following tax cuts in recent years, but there’s still division among lawmakers over what kinds of taxes should be increased.

The Senate will take up their first tax proposal this week, after abruptly canceling a debate on a bill last week and then leaving town for the holiday.

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The Kansas Highway Patrol says a 54-year-old man died when a small plane crashed in southwestern Kansas.

The patrol says Anthony Englert, of Syracuse, died in when his Yak-52, a small trainer plane, crashed near Syracuse in Hamilton County on Monday.

The patrol says the plane had flown only a short distance before hitting the ground nose first about one mile south of the intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and Kansas Highway 27.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.

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When I think of songs that mention Wichita, I can’t help but try to find a common thread, some consensus from songwriters about what they think of us. Unfortunately, there’s a sadness that comes through, an image of Wichita as a distant locus of ordinariness.

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Fifty Hispanic high school seniors in the Wichita area will be awarded $67,000 in scholarships. The Kansas Hispanic Education & Development Foundation will present the awards at a recognition banquet in Wichita Wednesday night. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports:

The students will receive scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $5,000 to help them pursue their higher education goals. Irma Luna, administrative director for the Wichita-based foundation, says the awards are based on financial need, academic achievements and community involvement.

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Producer and emcee Amir Mohamed el Khalifa, who goes by the name Oddisee, writes music that lives up to his name.

Hailing from the DC-Maryland-Virginia triangle, he developed as an artist in a kind of geographic and political ambiguity. And if place truly informs who we are as people, it will be no surprise that Oddisee is a musician who has an uncanny ability to flow, navigating both space and rhyme with ease.

Signs Of Summer

May 25, 2015
Kechi Playhouse

In local theatre, among the seven signs of the impending summer includes the re-opening of the Kechi Playhouse, home of light comedy and farce.

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A Marine Corps veteran in Wichita volunteers his time to play what many call the hardest 24 notes a musician will ever play...taps. Few melodies are as easily recognized or emotional as the tune, which is standard at military funerals.

Today, there are so few buglers available that the military services can not always provide one. KMUW's Abigail Wilson presents this sound portrait with Tim Emerson who is a member of Bugles Across America.

 

"I graduated from high school in 1987, started at Wichita State University immediately thereafter and left for a time to join the military. I served in the reserves in the Marine Corps and served on active duty for about a year and a half."  

"Meeting family members and knowing about who it is that you're honoring that day is pretty important.  I recognized the significance of that, so I decided that I would start keeping track.

After I do an honor guard, I will write their name and what their rank was; what branch of the service it was that they served in. If I know their date of birth, anything about their service, I'll write that down as well." 

"Patrick Featherby was a young man who I grew up with who died relatively recently and I had heard about his death on social media right around the same time that Bugles Across America sent me the request to play taps at his funeral."

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