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Health
7:27 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Kansas Hospitals Getting Better At Preventing Infections

The first-ever statewide report on infections occurring in Kansas hospitals shows progress against two specific types of infections.

Hand-washing is one of the most important precautions to keep from spreading germs to susceptible patients. Hospitals are also trying to use urinary catheters only when there’s no other option. They’re also reducing the use of central lines—IV ports that go into a large blood vessel.

The results from 2011 show that Kansas is well below national averages for usage of those devices, and for the infections that result.

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Economy
7:18 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Kansas' Economy Not Growing As Quickly As Nation's

Researchers at The Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University say the Kansas economy is growing at a slower rate than the nation as a whole.

Their report says the number of jobs in the state has grown one percent so far this year and isn't keeping up with the growth of the labor force. The jobless rate in Kansas rose to 5.9 percent in August.

The largest growth forecast for 2014 is expected to be in the service sectors. Education and health services are expected to add more than 4,200 jobs.

Commentary
5:00 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Richard Crowson: Under The Spell Of Poetry In Autumn

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Something about September has brought poetry back into my consciousness.

It might be the way the amber, diffused light knocks the sharp edges off of summer’s harsh palette. It could be the rhythmic pulsations of the crickets that seem to serenade just outside every window. Possibly it has to do with the mild temperatures previewing just the slightest hint of the chill that will soon set fireplaces aglow.

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Education Standards
4:49 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Lawsuit Says New Science Standards Violate Religious Freedom

An anti-evolution group has filed a federal lawsuit to block Kansas from using new, multistate science standards in its public schools.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Your Move: Steam OS Could Bring Big Changes For PC Gaming

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For as long as I’ve been gaming, console games have been played on the couch in front of a TV, and PC games up close to a computer monitor.

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Music
7:52 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Carrie Nation And The Speakeasy Spotlight Social Issues on 'Hatchetations'

Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy perform Thursday at The Brickyard to celebrate the release of their latest album.
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Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy’s 2010 self-titled debut featured mostly songs about fun and friendships, but when you listen closely to the band’s new record, Hatchetations, you see stark images of American life in the wake of the Great Recession.

Vocalist, guitarist and main songwriter Jarrod Starling says the music now has a narrower lyrical focus, which provides even more emphasis to the social commentary.

“It’s a much darker album," he says. "But I think it explores themes that are universal at least to Americans trying to make a living."

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Energy
7:22 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Westar Proposed Rate Hike Under Review

Kansas regulators will review a proposal to let the state's largest electric company raise rates for residential customers by an average of $3 a month.

The Kansas Corporation Commission's hearing Thursday focuses on a settlement involving Westar Energy and representatives of its customers. The deal would let Westar boost overall rates by about $31 million annually, or less than 2 percent.

The company had proposed a slightly higher overall increase, mostly to pay for environmental upgrades at its La Cygne power plant in eastern Kansas.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Movie Review: 'Prisoners' Full Of Solid Twists And Turns

Hugh Jackman, brutally restrained in his treatment of Paul Dano, in 'Prisoners'

Prisoners starts out as a pretty realistic story about youngsters who go missing, morphs into a story of how people react to terrible loss and lust for vengeance-- almost an anti-vigilante story-- and ends up as a fairly standard mystery with a lot of twists and turns.

And, and is common these days, it's less a trail of clues to be unraveled to a logical solution than a story of dogged pursuit of possible suspects, until almost by accident the truth comes out.

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Dinosaur Fossils
5:42 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

KU Paleontologists Get A Shot At A T-Rex

Paleontologists at the Biodiversity Institute at the University of Kansas are getting a chance to study the bones of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Politics
8:59 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Schodorf To Challenge Kobach For Secretary Of State

Former Republican state senator Jean Schodorf says she will run for Kansas Secretary of State next year as a Democrat.

Schodorf, from Wichita, confirmed her intention to run Tuesday during a meeting of the Saline County Democratic Party. Schodorf will challenge incumbent Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

After serving 12 years in the state Senate as a moderate Republican, she lost a bid for re-election after conservative Republicans targeted her for defeat in 2012. Schodorf switched her party affiliation to Democrat in September 2012.

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