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2:48 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Wichita State's Century Plant Now In Mid-Bloom

The nearly 30-year-old agave plant is in mid-bloom at Wichita State.
Nicollette Engels KMUW

The 26-year-old agave plant on Wichita State’s campus that we reported on previously  is now in mid-bloom.

Campus floral supervisor Kari Ossman has kept a close eye on the plant and considers the plant’s blooming a real education.

“The next phase will be to watch it bloom, to measure it, and to kind of watch it after it blooms to see if the plant really does die,” she said.

Century plants typically die after blooming, and Ossman looks forward to seeing the process.

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Education
1:33 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

School-To-Career Program 'Jobs For America's Graduates' Comes To Kansas

Kansas joined 30 other states in enrolling students in a federally funded program to raise high school graduation rates and help students prepare for college and careers.

The program, Jobs for America's Graduates, helps students who might be at risk of dropping out of school by offering them mentoring and extra support. Figures from Jobs for America's Graduates show that 90 percent of students in the program finish high school.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

OnWords: The Threat Of Brilliance

Credit Wikimedia Commons

While we throw the word around like it’s a good thing, nothing threatens us quite like brilliance.

At a recent youth leadership conference for kids with psychiatric diagnoses, I met a young man nobody seemed to know what to do with. During breakout sessions, he wrote bizarre responses to the questions we asked and gave similarly inscrutable answers when we reconvened.

When we asked what you do to help yourself feel well, most of the others mentioned normal kid stuff: “Go to my room,” “Play a video game,” “Call a friend.”

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Community
8:37 am
Tue August 27, 2013

New Mural Tells The History Of Historic Dunbar Theater

Volunteers from the Ulrich Museum help paint the history of the Dunbar Theater on the side of the building.
Hugo Phan KMUW

With the help of some volunteers and community members on Monday, work began on a mural for the north side of the historic Dunbar Theater located at 1007 N. Cleveland in the McAdams neighborhood.

The event was a collaboration between WSU Student Involvement, WSU's Ulrich Museum, Power CDC and the city of Wichita. The artwork being painted helps detail the history of the theater gathered through firsthand accounts and public records at Wichita State University.

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Crime and Courts
7:39 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Lawmakers Recommend Fix For KS Hard 50 Law

A legislative committee is recommending a bill to amend the state's so-called Hard 50 sentencing law. The changes would allow juries to decide if convicted murderers deserve 50 years in prison without the possibility of parole.

Under the old system, judges would decide if a crime warranted the harsher sentence of 50 years without parole. But the U.S. Supreme Court recently said judges can't make those decisions.

The bill would also apply some changes retroactively to past crimes. Some attorneys told the committee that it would be unconstitutional to do that.

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Environment
7:31 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Study: High Plains Aquifer Mostly Gone in 50 Years

A new study forecasts that 69 percent of the water in the High Plains Aquifer in Kansas will be depleted within 50 years at current usage rates.

The paper by researchers at Kansas State University was published Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. It focuses on the Ogallala aquifer in western Kansas.

The study estimates that 30 percent of the aquifer was depleted by 2010 and an additional 39 percent is expected to disappear by 2060.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Into It: Human Civilization On A Golden Record

Credit NASA / Wikipedia

Carl Sagan is the go-to guy for interstellar greeting cards. During the 1970s, he developed plaques for equipment that NASA thought had the potential of being discovered millions or billions of years in the future.

The most ambitious project was the golden records for the Voyager probes. Sagan was given the daunting task of assembling a guide to all things human. Something that would fit on a standard 12-inch record.

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Health
9:38 am
Mon August 26, 2013

ConAgra Recalls Kroger Break 'N Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies

The cross-contaminated cookie dough was being sold in The packages were sold in 26 states.
Credit ConAgra Foods

ConAgra Foods is recalling some Kroger's Break 'N Bake chocolate chip cookie dough packages because they contain peanuts.

ConAgra says peanut butter cup cookie dough was inadvertently packed into the packages, which poses a danger to people with peanut allergies. No illnesses have been reported so far.

The recall is limited to 16-oz. packages of Kroger's "Break 'N Bake Chocolate Chip" cookie dough with the unit UPC code "11110 87530" and the use by date "24NOV13C21."

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Transportation
7:10 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Lawrence Looking At Natural Gas To Fuel New City Buses

City leaders in Lawrence are putting the brakes on plans to purchase new buses for their public transportation fleet. They're giving another look at using compressed natural gas as a power source. The city had planned to buy three diesel and diesel-electric hybrid buses, but it's re-thinking the purchase because of the lower cost of natural gas.

A feasibility study four years ago compared the fuel costs, but that was before natural gas prices dropped and supplies increased.

The average price for diesel fuel nationally is about $3.90 per gallon.

Commentary
5:00 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Book Review: The Distancers: An American Memoir

When Lee Sandlin was a young boy growing up in Chicago, each summer he was dropped off at the family home in Edwardsville, Ill., to stay with two great-aunts and two great-uncles. Sandlin describes his time there as a boot camp in old-fashioned values.

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