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7:52 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Musical Space: Story Of A Comedic Musical Staple

Flatt and Scruggs used a variation of "Shave and a Haircut" to end their famous “Ballad of Jed Clampett.”

“Shave and a Haircut” is a ditty that has been a part of American culture for more than a hundred years; a sort of musical meme that worked its way deeply into our collective brain. You’ve heard it a million times.

Its ubiquity comes partly from its characteristic rhythm, which is related to the famous clave or “Bo Diddley beat” from the Caribbean by way of New Orleans.

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Health
7:47 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Kan. Plans Events On Medicaid Changes For Disabled

Kansas officials have scheduled four meetings next week to discuss how people with disabilities will be affected when they're included in an overhaul of the state's Medicaid program.

The Department for Aging and Disability Services says the meetings are intended for physically and developmentally disabled Kansans, their families and groups that provided services. The sessions will give those parties a chance to ask questions about the overhaul.

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Common Core Standards
5:44 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

GOP Committee Opposes New Education Standards

The Kansas Republican Party's central committee is taking a stand against new standards approved by the state Board of Education for teaching math, English and science.

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2014 Election
5:09 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Sebelius To Stump For Possible Kan. Governor Candidate

Former Democratic Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius will return to the state later this week. The visit is connected to an event being held for a statehouse politician who's weighing a run for the governor's office.

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Education
2:39 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Kansas BOE Considers How To Force Prosecutors To Report Felons

The State Board of Education is reopening a discussion about how to make prosecutors do a better job of reporting felony convictions. The Board of Education wants their help weeding out problem teachers. 

In August, the board revoked the licenses of six teachers who had felony convictions. Four of those teachers had been convicted of sex offenses against minors.

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Transportation
7:21 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Some Rural Bridges May Not Avoid Collapse

Kansas may have more problem bridges than states like California and Illinois, but state engineers say that doesn't tell the whole story.

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Education
7:16 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Walt Chappell: Kansas Schools Don't Need More Money

A former member of the Kansas State Board of Education says schools don't need more money and he opposes a school finance suit.

Wichita Republican Walt Chappell submitted an amicus brief to the Kansas Supreme Court this month.

Government
7:13 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Audit: State Overspent $1.5M In Tax Incentives

A recent audit says the state has mishandled an economic development program. And in response, Gov. Sam Brownback says his administration will look at possible changes.

The Kansas Department of Commerce administers the PEAK program, short for Promoting Employment Across Kansas. It provides tax incentives for companies creating jobs in the state. The audit says the program overspent its $6 million budget for incentives last fiscal year by $1.5 million. Gov. Brownback says his office is studying the report.

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Commentary
5:52 am
Mon September 16, 2013

At Play: Tom Stoppard, Andrew Lloyd Weber Productions On Tap

The Crown Uptown Theatre continues its run of Cats. The musical is Broadway’s second longest running show in history and fourth longest running production in London’s West End history. This show is an audience favorite and is composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Cats tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as “the Jellicle choice” and decide which cat will ascend to the Heavyside Layer and come back to a new life.

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Community
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.

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