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5:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Richard Crowson: Why The Shutdown?

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Theories abound as to why the Republican Party has shut down our government.

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Kansas Department of Agriculture
4:36 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Ag Department Simulation Prompts False Alarm Tweets

An animal disease simulation exercise in central Kansas this week apparently prompted some Twitter users to question whether a real disease outbreak had been detected.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Your Move: 'Pokémon' Universe Continues To Grow

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Nintendo’s Pokémon series is the second-best selling game franchise in history.

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Crime
9:25 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Agent Hacker Group Of Turkey Takes Credit For Hacking City Of Wichita's Website

An image the Agent Hacking Group posted to its Twitter account, and which it says it posted to the city websites it hacked
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A Turkish group calling itself the Agent Hacker Group has taken credit for hacking one of the City of Wichita's websites.

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Community
7:37 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Care Available For Pets Affected By Homelessness

Dr. Christen Skaer performing a routine check-up in her office like the ones to be performed at Project Care.
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Many of Wichita’s homeless are expected to visit Inter-Faith Ministries Safe Haven Saturday to receive free veterinary care for their pets.

Veterinarian Dr. Christen Skaer and her nonprofit organization, the Sedgwick County Animal Response Team (SCART), are holding the first of their free triannual checkups, called Project Care, for animals affected by poverty and homelessness.

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Courts
7:19 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Justices Mulling Over Education Funding Suit

In the Kansas Supreme Court hearing on school funding this week, justices had some pointed questions for the attorneys.

At issue is whether the state should increase education spending. But how much can we gather about the possible outcome of the case from the questions and comments made by the justices?

Here’s just one example from the oral arguments:

When Justice Eric Rosen pointed out that the state had agreed to increase education funding in a past lawsuit.

“Essentially, it stands before me in my eyes as a broken promise,” said Rosen.

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Health
7:12 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Shutdown Puts WIC Checks For Mothers In Jeopardy

If the shutdown of the federal government continues longer than two more weeks, 70,000 young mothers, babies and preschoolers in Kansas stand to lose access to some of the food they rely on.

KDHE has ordered local WIC offices to withhold checks for November and December until federal funding is assured. WIC checks are normally issued for three months at a time.

Dave Thomason, who heads the federally-funded Women Infants and Children supplemental food program in Kansas, says withholding checks dated later than October is a precautionary response to the federal shutdown.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Movie Review: A Portrait of Real-Life Communication In 'Enough Said'

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Enough Said is a very good realistic romantic comedy in which people act very much like people do in real life, and life rolls along at a nice steady pace without a lot of shouting and battle.

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Community
11:01 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Kansas Will Stop Using Federal Grants To Sign People Up For Food Stamps

The Kansas Department for Children and Families will stop using federal grants to help low-income residents sign up for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

"We simply do not believe taxpayer dollars should be used to recruit people to be on welfare," said DCF spokeswoman Theresa Freed.

The federal program had awarded grants to five groups across Kansas, to help low-income residents apply for SNAP funds.  The state notified the groups of the change on September 30, one day before the grants were to be renewed.

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Education
8:04 am
Wed October 9, 2013

WSU Promotes Science Careers For Girls

Wichita State University is hosting a career conference emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for young women.

The Expanding Your Horizons conference for middle school girls is in its first year.

The students can participate in workshops like "Polymers, Polymers Everywhere!," "Clean Air is Always in Fashion," and "The Slime is ALIVE!" The girls will also meet role models in science disciplines.

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