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8:17 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Lightning Ignites Oil Tanks In Leavenworth County

Authorities in northeast Kansas are blaming a lightning strike for an explosion and fires at an oil tank farm.

No injuries were reported when three 8,500-gallon crude oil tanks were struck around 4:30 Wednesday morning in northern Leavenworth County.

Emergency management officials say two of the tanks exploded. One went airborne and landed about 200 yards away. The top of a third tank was blown off, and most of the oil inside burned.

Education
8:09 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Kansas Legislators Conclude Higher Education Tour

Kansas legislators said Wednesday that a two-week tour of the state's public colleges and universities provided a good exchange of information ahead of their 2014 session.

Members of the House Appropriations and Senate Ways and Means committees finished the tour at two campuses of the University of Kansas in Kansas City, Kansas, and Lawrence. The fact-finding trek began October 22 and included visits to each of the state's six universities, a community college and technical school.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Movie Review: Unlikeable Characters In 'The Counselor' Lead To An Unlikeable Movie

The Counselor has this in common with The Butler: that the main character has very little to do with the action of the movie.

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2014 Election
5:43 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Schodorf Officially Announces Secretary Of State Run

Former Republican state Sen. Jean Schodorf has formally announced that she'll run for Kansas secretary of state next year as a Democrat, hoping to challenge incumbent Republican incumbent Kris Kobach.

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Government
10:27 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Kingman County Voters Reject Measure To Build New Law Enforcement Center

Kingman County voters have rejected a tax increase that would have been used to build a new law enforcement center.

Unofficial returns from Tuesday's voting showed the measure lost 802 to 749. The proposal was for a new one-quarter percent retailers' sales tax for 20 years and to extend a current three-quarters percent sales tax, also for 20 years.

The county planned to use the sales tax revenue and payments from a commercial wind farm to build an $11.8 million law enforcement center. It would have housed the county sheriff's office and Kingman police.

Health
7:43 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Watchdog Says Kansas Assisted-Living Regulations Are Inadequate

Assisted living facilities often claim to offer a carefree lifestyle for people in their so-called golden years. But state regulations may not be adequate to ensure that these facilities live up to that promise.

What many people don’t realize is that many assisted living facilities don’t have the needed staff to care for people who lose the ability to take care of themselves.

Mitzi McFatrich heads the non-profit Kansas Advocates for Better Care. She’s just back from a national conference where these issues were highlighted.

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Community
7:35 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Cold Weather Rule For Utilities Begins Friday

A rule that prevents utilities from disconnecting Kansas customers during extreme cold takes effect when November arrives.

The cold weather rule is enforced by the Kansas Corporation Commission and runs from Friday through March 31.

The rule bars utilities from disconnecting electric or natural gas service for nonpayment when temperatures of 35 or lower are forecast for the following 24 hours.

Utility companies must offer customers a 12-month payment plan to maintain or re-establish service.

Commentary
5:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

What Can Contemporary Art Tell Us About Our Environment?

Top:Charles Lee, 'Dissipative System', 2010. Diamond ink jet print, 27 x 30 in. Bottom: Andrea Ackerman, 'Rose Breathing', 2003. 3D Computer animation, stereo sound, projector, 34-second continuous loop, dimensions variable. San Jose Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds contributed by the Museum’s Collection Committee.
Credit Courtesy of Wichita Art Musuem, Bios Design Collective and the Art Works for Change traveling exhibition

On November 8th and 9th, the Ulrich Museum and the Wichita Art Museum team up for a joint symposium called Nature’s Impact, Art’s Force. While the title is a little awkward, the collective symposium appears intriguing, as it will tackle issues of nature, ecology and technology through the lens of contemporary art.

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Crime
7:12 am
Tue October 29, 2013

2 Texas Men Sent To Prison For Illegal Hunting In Kansas

A federal judge has sentenced two Texas brothers to prison for what prosecutors say may have been the largest deer poaching operation in Kansas history.

James Bobby Butler Jr. owned and operated a hunting camp near Coldwater, Kan., where his brother, Marlin Jackson Butler, worked as a guide.

The brothers from Martinsville, Texas, pleaded guilty in 2011 to conspiring to violate a federal law prohibiting interstate transport of wildlife taken in violation of state regulations.

James Butler also pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.

Health
7:09 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Is Kansas Short-Changing The Disabled?

A Kansas advocacy group says the state has failed to comply with targets for delivering services to developmentally disabled people for years.

The Disability Rights Center says 3,300 developmentally disabled Kansans who qualify for Medicaid services continue to be denied aid.

The DRC says number of vacancies has grown each of the past four years.

And these vacancies have contributed to people having to wait up to five years to start receiving home- and community-based aid.

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