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Crime and Courts
7:25 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Kansas House Passes Rewrite Of 'Hard 50' Law

Kansas House has unanimously passed a fix for the state's Hard 50 sentencing law.

The law allows judges to sentence certain convicted murderers to at least 50 years in prison before the possibility for parole.

The House's proposed revision would change the process so that juries also play a part in giving the sentences.

Republican representative Lance Kinzer of Olathe says the fix will help preserve the original intent of the bill:

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Music Festival
5:30 am
Wed September 4, 2013

ICT Fest Aims To Revitalize Wichita's Youth Culture

The Birthday Suits from Minneapolis performing at the 2012 ICT Fest.
Credit Landon Taylor / ICT Fest

Friday marks the beginning of the 9th annual ICT Fest.  The local music festival is changing things up this year by targeting Wichita’s youth unlike they have before.

ICT Fest has always been about providing an all-ages festival, but this year it is making an effort to specifically draw in more adolescents. Organizer Matthew Clagg and founder Dan Davis both said they believe the future of the festival is dependent on pulling in a younger crowd.

“We want to grow the next generation of Wichita performers,” Clagg said.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Art Review: Nature's Toolbox

Charles Lee, 'Dissipative System', 2010. Diamond ink jet print, 27 x 30 in. Courtesy of Bios Design Collective and the Art Works for Change traveling exhibition, Nature's Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art and Invention

Over the Labor Day weekend, the Ulrich Museum opened their new fall exhibition: Nature’s Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art and Invention. The exhibition aims to raise awareness of the human impact on the environment.

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Kansas Legislature
3:45 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Hard 50 Fix Clears House Committee

A Kansas House committee Tuesday passed a proposed fix for the state’s Hard 50 sentencing law.

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Commentary
7:58 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Musical Space: Stage 5 Makes Bold Difference At Walnut Valley Festival

Split Lip Rayfield launched their international reputation on Stage 5 at the Walnut Valley Festival.
Credit Ryan Hendrix

One of the most important expressions of local musical culture happens every third week in September, when thousands become willing refugees from the city and head south to live in a shanty town founded on bluegrass. It's called the Walnut Valley Festival, but the regulars just call it “Winfield.”

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Court Appointments
3:45 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Hearings On Court of Appeals Nominee To Begin

Kansas Senate hearings begin Tuesday on Gov. Sam Brownback's nominee for the state Court of Appeals.

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Commentary
7:54 am
Mon September 2, 2013

At Play: Deer And Deserts

Credit Wichita Community Theatre

Opening September 13 at the Crown Uptown Theatre it’s Cats. Broadway’s second longest running show in history and fourth longest running production in London’s West End history. This musical is an audience favorite composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It tells the story of a tribe of cats called the Jellicles and the night they make what is known as “the Jellicle choice,” deciding which cat will ascend to the Heavyside Layer and come back to a new life.

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Health
7:29 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Study: Working Overtime Could Harm Your Well-Being

A Kansas State University researcher says working overtime may cost people their health.

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No-Call Laws
5:47 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Kansas Cites Two Companies For No-Call Violations

Companies from Missouri and California have been ordered to pay about $1 million in combined penalties for violating do-not-call laws in Kansas.

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Court Appointments
3:43 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Column Questions Kansas Judicial Selection System

Former Republican Kansas Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker and former U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Deanell Tacha are skeptical about the new judicial selection system that Kansas has adopted.

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