News

Pages

Affordable Care Act
2:40 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Health Care Reform Questions? Local Workshops Have Answers

Sheldon Weisgrau, Director of the Health Reform Resource Project, discusses the impact of the new Affordable Care Act at a workshop in Wichita.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

A health care reform expert fielded questions in Wichita Thursday about the Affordable Care Act.

Read more
Commentary
12:00 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

A Musical Life: Bruce Huss

In addition to being an award winning reporter and photographer, Bruce Huss is a acoustic solo guitarist, a fingerstyle guy and a singer-songwriter.
Credit Courtesy photo

Bruce Huss has released three albums to date, including Migration Day, Acoustical Romance, and My Father’s Son. In addition to being an award winning reporter and photographer he has placed as a top three winner at the Kansas Fingerstyle Championships. His music brings together elements of guitar masters such as Tommy Emmanuel, Stephen Bennett and Chet Atkins. Website:
www.reverbnation.com/brucehuss
 

My name is Bruce Huss I’m an acoustic solo guitarist, a fingerstyle guy and a singer-songwriter.

Read more
Health
8:02 am
Fri September 6, 2013

E-Cigarettes Usage Growing Among Youth

e-cigarette user
Credit Flickr photo by momentimedia

The CDC says nearly seven percent of middle and high school students have tried e-cigarettes, and more than two percent are current users. Erika Sward, of the American Lung Association, says the rapid growth is due in large part to an aggressive marketing campaign.

“We’ve seen glamorized ads on TV. We’ve seen flavors that come in e-cigarettes now of bubble gum and cotton candy. All of the traditional tobacco industry playbook for targeting kids has been used by the e-cigarette industry.”

Read more
Crime and Courts
7:33 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Changes To The Hard 50 Law Could Take Effect Soon

Changes in the Kansas law allowing convicted murderers to be sentenced to at least 50 years in prison are likely to take effect by September 19th.
 
A bill says they take effect once it's printed in the Kansas register, which is published each Thursday.
 
Under the bill, juries--and no longer judges-- will determine whether a defendant convicted of premeditated, first-degree murder gets the "Hard 50" sentence.

Commentary
5:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Restaurant Review: Cafe Maurice

Credit Fletcher Powell / KMUW

I have talked before about how lucky we are to live in an area with such fantastic Lebanese food.

Read more
Court Appointments
5:44 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Legislators Not Finished With Court Appointment Debate

Leaders of the Kansas House and Senate Judiciary committees expect lawmakers to renew consideration of the way judges are appointed to the state Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.

Read more
U.S. Congress
4:39 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Syria Strike Not Popular with Kansas Delegation

The all-Republican Kansas congressional delegation is almost unanimous in its opposition to a U.S. military action in Syria.

Read more
Government
1:02 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Despite Gains Last Year, KPERS Funding Gap Rose By $1 Billion

Though the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System reported a 14.5 percent net return on investment last year, the fund's gap between assets and liabilities rose by $1 billion last year.

KPERS executive director Alan Conroy told state lawmakers Wednesday that deferred losses from the market collapse in 2008 are mostly to blame for the system's unfunded liability increase to $10.2 billion.

Read more
Court Appointments
7:43 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Stegall: Kansans Value Loyalty To State

Newly confirmed Kansas Court of Appeals Judge Caleb Stegall says the state's residents want their public servants to show more loyalty to the state and their neighbors than to a particular political party.

Stegall added that loyalty to what he called "our mutual home" and to the common good will continue to drive him as he serves on the state's second-highest court.

Read more
Commentary
5:00 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Movie Review: The Spectacular Now

Credit rottentomatoes.com

The Spectacular Now was written by the screenwriters of 500 Days of Summer, and director James Pensoldt apparently respected their efforts, because The Spectacular Now is very nearly as great as 500 Days of Summer-- maybe just as great, because what it lacks in not having Zooey Deschanel it gains in having Shailene Woodley, whose final close-up does with facial expression more than I can imagine any other current performer doing.

Read more

Pages