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7:46 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Brownback's Office Rejects Request To Disclose Court Of Appeals Applicants

Gov. Sam Brownback's office has rejected a request to publicly disclose the names of applicants for a new seat on the state Court of Appeals.

The League of Women Voters of Kansas filed a request for the applicant names under the Kansas Open Records Act. League President, former Democratic state Rep. Dolores Furtado, says the process for picking judges legislators approved this year is "definitely less open" than the previous method.

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Community
7:01 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Three Downtown Apartment Buildings on National Historic Register

The Naomi Apartment building on south Market street.
Credit via Loopnet

The Kansas Historical Society has added three Wichita apartment buildings to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Musical Space: Start Your Own Band

Playing music is a skill that can be exercised and enjoyed for an entire lifetime. In other words, music is the ideal hobby.

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Division of Emergency Management
5:55 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Kansas Gains Emergency Management Accreditation

Kansas has obtained national accreditation for the agency that oversees the state's preparations for emergencies and its responses to disasters.

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Agriculture
7:56 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Another Kansas Farmer Sues Monsanto

Another Kansas farmer has filed suit against seed giant Monsanto over the discovery of an isolated field of genetically engineered wheat in Oregon.

Harvey County wheat grower Bill Budde sued Monsanto Friday in a lawsuit seeking class-action status. It's at least the third such lawsuit filed in federal court in Kansas against the St. Louis-based company since the field was discovered in May. Similar lawsuits have also been filed in Idaho and Washington state.

Energy
7:05 am
Mon July 8, 2013

There's Another Public Meeting on Westar Energy's Proposed Rate Hikes Thursday

The Kansas Corporation Commission is holding another public hearing on Westar Energy's request to boost rates for residential customers and cut rates for big commercial customers.

Residents can attend the hearing Thursday at 6 pm at the Kansas Corporation Commission office in Topeka.

If you can't make it to Topeka, you can also participate by video conference in several locations:

Commentary
5:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

At Play: Season Of The Farce

July 10 sees the opening of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The King and I at Music Theatre of Wichita. Based on Margaret Landon’s Anna and the King of Siam this production features memorable numbers such as “Getting To Know You,” “Shall We Dance?” and “Something Wonderful.”

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Community
12:49 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Was The Civil War Inevitable? Two Historians Debate On Saturday

One of the cannons engraved with Civil War battles' names on the Battle Monument at West Point
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Two historians are marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg with a debate, asking whether the war could have been avoided.

Dr. Tom Morain of Graceland University in Iowa and Dr. James Juhnke, formerly of Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., will square off Saturday at the Sedgwick County Historical Museum in Wichita.

Morain said the debate's been held in Iowa for years, but this is the first time in Kansas.

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Crime and Courts
8:01 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Robo-Call Scam Targets Senior Citizens in Kansas

A scam to bill senior citizens for medical alert device service is gaining steam in Kansas and other Midwestern states.

The Better Business Bureau says there’s been a significant increase in calls about the scheme. A prerecorded message claims that someone has purchased a medical alert device for the person as a gift. Then, the recipient is asked to verify his or her identity with a bank account or credit card number.

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Agriculture
7:47 am
Fri July 5, 2013

It's A Bumper Wheat Crop For Central Kansas, But A Weak Harvest For Western Kansas

Farmers are hauling bountiful winter wheat crops into elevators in central Kansas, though the drought has decimated yields in the western part of the state.

Yields in some central Kansas fields are reaching 100 bushels an acre. The Mid-Kansas Co-op in Moundridge says its elevators from Sedgwick County to north of Abilene have been taking in 10 percent more than expected and 50 percent more than their average.

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