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Crime
6:51 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Ex-Volunteer Firefighter Gets Probation For Arson

A former volunteer firefighter has been sentenced to a year of probation for setting three Reno County grass fires amid severe drought last fall.

Cody Knox, 19, apologized Friday in Reno County District Court.

Knox was initially charged with setting 14 grass fires from Oct. 16 to Nov. 27, 2012.

Prosecutors dropped 11 counts last month in exchange for his guilty pleas to three of the charges.

Knox used a cigarette lighter to set the fires, all of which occurred near Arlington. No structures, fences or livestock were threatened.

Education
6:40 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Lawmakers To Tour University Campuses

A group of Kansas lawmakers will begin visiting college and university campuses this week to talk budget issues. The visits come in the wake of nearly $50 million in budget cuts over two years passed by legislators.

Lawmakers have said they want to talk to university officials about efficiency and how they spend money.

Gov. Sam Brownback, who opposed the funding cuts, says he wants lawmakers to learn more about the role of higher education in Kansas and the impact of the cuts.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Book Review: Picking Up The Pieces In 'The Aftermath'

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The title of Rhidian Brook's new novel, The Aftermath, refers to the years immediately following World War II.

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Commentary
11:16 am
Fri October 18, 2013

A Musical Life: Phil Ross

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Phil Ross is a founding member of the instrumental duo Cricket Wand. A 10-year veteran of the Wichita music scene, he has performed in a variety of bands including Arms For Hands, the experimental noise project Leavenworth, and Low Oriole. He is also owner of 5nakefork Records, co-owner of both Spektrum Music and Straight Screen Printing. Ross counts Primus bassist Les Claypool as his main inspiration for picking up the instrument. Cricket Wand’s current release is called Mega Series Fantastic.

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Business
7:12 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Kansas City's Boulevard Brewing Sold To Belgian Firm

Kansas City-based Boulevard Brewing is being sold to Belgian Brewer Duvel Moortgat.

Boulevard is one of the country's largest craft beer makers.

Company founder John McDonald said in a letter on the company's website that the sale will "take Boulevard to another level."

McDonald says he approached Duvel three months ago. They struck a deal that's expected to close by the end of the year. Financial details were not disclosed.

Boulevard has grown rapidly since its founding in 1989.

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Government
7:01 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Shutdown Recovery: Kansas Federal Sites Resume Operations

Federal employees and government facilities are returning to normal operations Friday.

Congress agreed to fund the federal government after partially shutting it down for 16 days.

The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene is open again. The complex is part of the National Archives system and had been closed since October 1.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Tanya Tandoc: Mole, Oaxacan Style!

Design on a chair at Rostizeria Los Reyes
Credit Tanya Tandoc / KMUW

Mexican restaurants abound in Wichita, and each is unique in quality, authenticity, menu and style.

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Business
9:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Ghost Hunt In Wellington: Do You Hear The Voices?

A view of the second-floor hallway at the old Wellington High School.
Sheree Smith KMUW

Kansas is home to a surprisingly large number of paranormal investigation groups. Many of them are volunteer-driven; members buy their own ghost-hunting equipment and spend their own time researching locations and recording their own data.

In this sense, Moonlit Ghost Hunts or MGH is unique. It's a business that lets amateur ghost hunters--or people simply curious about the paranormal--research along with the paranormal investigators.

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Education
6:24 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Kan. Board, Lawmakers Meet For Talk On Schools

Kansas legislators and the State Board of Education met Wednesday to discuss the status of public education, and to find common ground.

The Statehouse meeting included the 10-member state board and members of the House and Senate education committees.

Most of the discussion focused on how Kansas can spend education dollars more efficiently while also boosting student achievement.

Kansas spends more than $3 billion dollars annually on K-12 education.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Despite Its Jumpy Camera, 'Captain Phillips' Is Engaging, Nuanced and Suspenseful

Tom Hanks encounters Somali pirates in 'Captain Phillips'
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Captain Phillips is the supposedly true story of the hijacking of an American cargo ship by Somalian pirates in 2009, and on the whole it's a suspenseful and convincing account with, unfortunately for me, two or three elements that grind me. But they may not bother you, and may actually appeal to you.

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