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7:00 am
Sun September 15, 2013

Grants To Help Disabled Kansas Job Seekers Awarded

The first grants under a United Healthcare initiative to help disabled Kansas job seekers are going to groups with a collective presence across the state.

The health insurer said Friday it will provide $1.5 million in "Empower Kansas" grants over the next three years to community groups. The first five recipients were announced at a news conference in Overland Park.

The Wichita-based Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation is getting the largest grant, at nearly $116,000. The Sedgwick County Developmental Disability Organization was awarded $9,000.

Commentary
5:36 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Crowson Cartoon: Winfield!

Community
8:53 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Services For Former KMUW Gospel Host To Be Held Saturday

Dennis Shaw with KMUW's Carla Eckels during a pledge drive in the 1990s.
Credit KMUW

Funeral services will be held Saturday for former KMUW gospel announcer Dennis Shaw, who died last week from an illness. For more than two decades, Shaw hosted the program Gospel Express.

He coined the phrase “Dennis Shaw from Wichita” and "The Man with the Tan on Radio Land.” Shaw gained an extensive following as host of his show heard Sunday mornings from the summer of 1972 to the mid-'90s. He was a devoted volunteer host who aired choir and quartet music and community announcements.

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Energy
7:49 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Air Conditioning Failures Plague Wolf Creek Power Plant

The Wolf Creek Nuclear Generating Station, the only nuclear power plant in Kansas, remains shut down due to problems with an air conditioning compressor. The unit is needed to cool safety-related equipment.

Operators shut down the reactor late Wednesday afternoon when they noticed abnormal vibration in the compressor while doing maintenance work.

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Agriculture
7:44 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Kan. Corn Crop Projected To Be Considerably Higher Than Last Year

A new government forecast says Kansas farmers are on track to harvest 38 percent more corn than a year ago.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports the state's corn crop should in at about 525 million bushels.

Farmers are cutting 4.2 million acres of corn this season, which is up 6 percent from last year. Yields are also far better at 125 bushels per acre. That's 29 bushels an acre more than a year ago.

Commentary
5:00 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Richard Crowson: Kansas Tourism

In 2012 the state of Kansas ranked in the bottom five for tourism, to no one’s surprise hereabouts.

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KanCare
5:13 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Colyer Says KanCare Will Achieve Promised Savings

Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer says the state's new Medicaid managed care program will deliver on its promise to save $1 billion over five years.

Colyer says the three private insurance companies managing the KanCare program will achieve those savings because their bottom lines depend on it.

"And the big stick in this is, we're going to hold back half a billion dollars from the insurers over the next five years," Colyer says.

Business
1:37 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Spirit Aerosystems Lays Off 150 Salaried Workers

Credit Spirit Aerosystems

Spirit Aerosystems continued downsizing Thursday by laying off about 150 salaried and management employees in Wichita.

In addition to the layoffs, the company says a "significant number" of salaried employees have expressed interest in voluntary retirement and voluntary layoff programs.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Your Move: Nintendo 2DS

Credit ewen and donabel / Flickr / Creative Commons

Nintendo started selling the Nintendo DS in 2004, and since then, there have been more than 153 million sold. It’s the best-selling handheld game console in history.

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Community
8:42 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Meet KMUW's New News Director

Aileen LeBlanc, KMUW news director
Credit Chandra Stauffer / KMUW

KMUW has hired a new news director, and we're happy to welcome Aileen LeBlanc to the KMUW staff.

Aileen is a public media veteran with more than 30 years in the industry.

She comes to KMUW after working as a documentary film producer for three years. And before that, as the news director at WYSO, a public radio station in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

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