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6:26 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Posters Featuring Trayvon Martin Defaced On WSU Campus

Promotional posters featuring a photo of Trayvon Martin were recently defaced on the WSU campus.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

Posters with images of African-American Trayvon Martin were defaced recently at Wichita State University.  The posters were advertising a diversity discussion, which was held Wednesday called "Does My Hoodie Scare You?"

Danielle Johnson is the program director for the WSU Office of Multicultural Affairs. She says someone scratched out the photo of Trayvon Martin on one and drew in a Hitler-style mustache on another. A third poster was marked with a large X.

"So someone took the time to deface the pictures," she says.

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Court Appointments
5:10 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Kansas Senate Confirms Stegall Nomination

The Kansas Senate has confirmed the nomination of Caleb Stegall to the Kansas Court of Appeals.

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Food
2:39 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Waiver That Allowed 20,000 Kansans To Receive Food Stamps To Expire Oct. 1

A federal waiver that allowed about 20,000 unemployed Kansas residents to receive food assistance will be allowed to expire at the end of the month.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families says able-bodied adults with no dependents would need to work for at least 20 hours per week to qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as SNAP or food stamps.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Past and Present: Financial Literacy

Credit 401(K) 2013 / Flickr / Creative Commons

Since the end of World War II, the cornerstone of the U.S. economy has been consumer spending.

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Health
9:23 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Kansas Families Sue Over Tainted Cantaloupe

At least three lawsuits have been filed in Kansas over illnesses caused by cantaloupe tainted with the deadly bacteria known as listeria. The 2011 outbreak infected 147 people in 28 states, 11 of them in Kansas.

Thirty three people died and one pregnant woman miscarried because of the illness. Two lawsuits have been filed in Sedgwick County.

The case filed on behalf of Charyl Rutherford, of Haysville, says she’ll need medical care for the rest of her life. The other case was filed by the family of David Weimer, of Wichita, who died in September of 2011.

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Government
7:32 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Group Seeks Repeal Of Kansas Voter Citizenship Law

About 100 people from the Wichita-based voter advocacy group KanVote rallied at the State House Tuesday urging legislators to repeal the new voter law. But their effort immediately stalled.

The NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union and Equality Kansas have also called publicly for the law's repeal.

More than 15,900 legal Kansas residents' voter registrations are "on hold" because they have yet to provide proper documents; until then, they can't legally vote.

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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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