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5:00 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Almodóvar!

Pedro Almodóvar directs 'I'm So Excited'
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Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

Ahead: A Spielberg tour-de-force and the latest from Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar.

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Rural Opportunity Zones
5:58 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

More Counties Join Student Loan Program

Eight more Kansas counties have joined a rural economic development program that helps new residents repay their student loans.

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Crime and Courts
2:57 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Kansas Court Of Appeals Judges To Hear Case Arguments At WSU

The hearings will be held in WSU's CAC Theater.
Credit Wichita State University

A three-judge panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals will hear seven cases on Sept. 17 at Wichita State University, as part of the college's Constitution Day events.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

OnWords: Behavior, A Product Of Environment Or Evolution?

Credit Wikipedia

When I was a kid, the word “behavior” still had a mostly neutral meaning. You might hear the word when Marlin Perkins on Wild Kingdom described the doings of a parched hippo during the dry season, for example.

But even then another, much more accusatory, meaning of the word behavior was establishing itself. This behavior referred to things kids did that grown-ups didn't like. “You'd better change your behavior, junior!” an evil vice-principal might yell, when we thought we were just having fun.

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Commentary
8:21 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Into It: Ghost Highways Of America

A ghost ramp off of a ramp (still existing) conveying US 30 from I-405 via I-5 to the western terminus of I-84 on the east bank of the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon.
Wikipedia

America's highways are littered with loose ends. In Houston, relics of an incomplete inner city project loom on the east and west ends with nothing in-between. In Portland, ramps built to merge with the Mt. Hood Freeway simply drop off into an overgrown field.

In the 1930s, construction began on a highway that would cross Pennsylvania’s unruly terrain, following a path developed by the railroad magnate William Vanderbilt. But by the 60s, the route had bypassed a long segment and a narrow tunnel in Breezewood, Pennsylvania. The highway is now slowly being recaptured by nature.

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Community
8:01 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Kansas Counties Charging Visitors Extra To Use DMV

Some Kansas counties have started charging out-of-county residents extra fees for flooding their driver's license offices to avoid long lines in larger cities.

Harvey and Butler counties have started charging fees, and county treasurers in smaller counties are thinking of doing the same.

Wichita resident Tammy Katzenmeier says she didn't mind paying an extra $20 last week to get her driver's license renewed in Harvey County. Katzenmeier says she avoided a several-hour wait in a Wichita office.

She was in and out of the Newton motor vehicle office in 10 minutes.

Government
7:48 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Democrat Kicks Off Campaign To Win Back Kansas House Seat

Topeka Democrat Ann Mah kicked off her campaign for the Kansas House Monday.

Mah served in the House for eight years before losing to Topeka Republican Ken Corbet by only 21 votes last November.

Mah was the Legislature's most vocal critic of Secretary of State Kris Kobach. A political action committee formed by Kobach backed Corbet.

After the 2012 election, Mah fought successfully in court to obtain the names of voters whose ballots had been set aside by election officials, in hopes of contacting them and helping them correct problems.

Health
7:33 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Wolf Creek Back To Normal, But New Problems Surface

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has taken the only nuclear power plant in Kansas off of its special "watch list" for plants with problems needing closer scrutiny.

The NRC has listed Wolf Creek in the “degraded performance” category for more than a year. That’s the next-to-the-lowest of four ratings. Those problems have been resolved, and the plant has been upgraded to normal status.

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Voting Laws
5:51 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Problems Linger With Voter Citizenship Law

Kansas lawmakers have learned that administrative issues are likely to linger from a state law requiring new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship.

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Criminal Sentencing
4:54 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Special Session Yields Ideas For 2014 Legislation

The recent special legislative session in Kansas could lead to new bills for consideration in 2014.

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