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7:35 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Hutch Orchestra Struggles To Keep Playing

The Hutchinson Symphony Orchestra is struggling to make sure the show goes on.

Officials with the 49-year-old orchestra says budget cuts and a drop in donations have the group struggling from concert to concert.

Reductions in state arts funding cost the orchestra aid and federal matching dollars. Those two sources previously made up 21 percent of the orchestra's annual budget.

The city of Hutchinson also reduced its support from $9,600 in 2012 to $8,600 this year. It has not determined how much it will give the orchestra next year.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Book Review: Someone

Alice McDermott's new novel, Someone, focuses on an Irish Catholic family living in Brooklyn.

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Health
5:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Do You Know Enough About The Affordable Care Act?

Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

KMUW's Carla Eckels recently talked to Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger about how the Affordable Care Act is going to affect people in Kansas and what to expect when the health insurance marketplace opens on October 1. Learn more about the basics of the marketplace here.

1. I’ve been asking people about the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and so many people don’t know much about it. They’re a bit confused, not knowing what to expect. Can you give us an overview?

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

A Musical Life: Quinn Lake

Quinn Lake is a Wichita-based cellist who performs with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the ICT Trio. She also runs a private music studio where she has about 35 students.
Credit Tobias Brier

Quinn Lake is a Wichita-based cellist. She performs with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the ICT Trio. She has performed in orchestras around the U.S. and has made appearances nationally as a soloist, chamber musician, and as an instructor at music festivals. She studied at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin; at the Institute for European Studies in Vienna, Austria; and at Wichita State University's School of Music. In addition to her Classical music pursuits, she often performs with bands of a variety of styles and is interested in improvisation.

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Community
9:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

The Big Read Celebrates Literacy, Wichita Heritage

This is the 6th year Wichita is participating in The Big Read, a celebration of literacy where communities nationwide read the same book each October.

Wichita and 77 other cities will read True Grit by Charles Portis.

First published as a serial in the Saturday Evening Post, the story follows a young woman and her journey to seek retribution for her father's murder.

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Education
8:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Kansas Education Official Responds To 'Misinformation'

State Education Commissioner Diane DeBacker says she's sending a "friendly" letter to the state Republican Party this week to correct what she and other education leaders say is misinformation about Common Core standards for reading and math.

DeBacker's letter is in response to a resolution adopted by the Kansas GOP state committee last weekend, calling for the state to withdraw from Common Core.

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Entertainment
7:35 am
Fri September 20, 2013

6 Things To Do At The Great Plains Renaissance Festival

You can see knights, trolls, wizards and elves at the Great Plains Renaissance Festival this weekend.
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Elves, trolls, wizards and knights are just some of the characters that will be walking around Sedgwick County Park while music and the smell of firewood fill the air.

All of this is part of the Great Plains Renaissance Festival, which will be taking place this weekend.  The event has a number of things in store for its expected 12,000 attendees including jousters, musical acts and fire breathers.  

The festival itself has seen a number of changes during the past 14 years.  

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Restaurant Review: Bella Vita Bistro

Credit Fletcher Powell / KMUW

I moved to Wichita after culinary school in the early '90s. The restaurant landscape at the time was just beginning to change and grow. 

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Higher Education
5:23 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Regents Request Budget Restoration

The Kansas Board of Regents has asked the governor to restore tens of millions of dollars in higher education spending that was cut this spring.

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Education
7:54 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Should All KS Students Take The ACT?

Some state officials are wondering if all Kansas students should be required to take the ACT college readiness exam.

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