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Musical Space
7:39 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Musical Space: Four On The Floor

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Four on the floor is certain style of drum beat where the bass drum is hit with a steady quarter-note pulse; four equal stomps on the foot-pedal per measure. It’s very different from older pop beats where the bass drum typically hits beats 1 and 3. It really came into prominence with disco in the seventies, a real departure from rock and funk. Four on the floor is popular now as the driving force of many kinds of electronic dance music.

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Health
7:30 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Kansas 14th Most Obese State In Nation

A new report on obesity in America says Kansas is now the 14th most obese state in the nation.

A new report on obesity in America says Kansas is now the 14th most obese state in the nation.

The annual “F as in Fat” report says 29.9 per cent of adults in Kansas are obese. That’s barely changed from last year.

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Government
7:13 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Kansas Republicans Unsure How To Stop Obamacare

Members of Kansas' all-Republican congressional delegation agreed the coming weeks are critical to the future of the federal health care law, though they are still unsure how to stop it.

U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp urged the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association members at their annual conference in Wichita to tell people in Washington how the new health care law affects small businesses.

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Education
7:26 am
Mon August 19, 2013

KU Asked To Build Model Statewide Anti-Bullying Policy

Researchers at the University of Kansas have been hired by the State Department of Education to develop a model anti-bullying policy for use in schools statewide.

All Kansas schools must have an anti-bullying policy, but coming up with effective policies and practices to meet that requirement can get complicated. Researchers at the University of Kansas plan to launch a statewide series of meetings in October to present educators with a model policy to build their own programs around.

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Government
7:17 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Wichita Attorney Seeking Resigning Lawmaker's Seat

Democrat John Carmichael says he wants to replace Representative Nile Dillmore in the Kansas House after Dillmore steps down next month.

The Wichita Attorney is the secretary of the Kansas Democratic Party and a former member of the Kansas Human Rights Commission.

Democratic precinct committee members in Dillmore's 92nd House District in northwest Wichita will decide this fall who will fill the seat through the end of Dillmore's current term.

But Carmichael is also preparing to run for the seat in 2014.

Community
7:12 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Cleanup Continues After Train Derailment In Hays

A Union Pacific freight train derailed at the Hays rail yard on July 16. Three of the derailed cars contained beer, six had wood products, and one contained poultry meal.

Union Pacific says the contractor responsible for removing the chicken meal has finished transferring the stockpile to the Barton County landfill.

The contractor is removing soil with meal and diesel fuel, and that work is expected to be finished by Friday.

The railroad also says work to remove the damaged rail cars should be finished Thursday.

Commentary
5:38 am
Mon August 19, 2013

At Play: End Of Summer Brings Drama And A Look Into The Past

Coming in September to the Scottish Rite Temple it’s A Few Good Men.

Now through September 1, Kechi Playhouse presents Not Now Darling. The play is set in the exclusive London fur salon of Bodley, Bodley, and Crouch, where Crouch struggles to keep things above board while his partner, Mr. Bodley, tries to secure the affections of a would-be mistress by “selling” her husband an expensive mink coat for a fraction of its real worth. Clothes, furs and scruples all fly out the window in this fast-paced and witty farce.

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Government
2:04 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Kansas Budget Director Resigns

Gov. Sam Brownback says he's accepted the resignation of state Budget Director Steve Anderson. The governor commended his work and diligence.

Anderson will leave his office, effective the end of this month. He says he's taking more time with his wife and sons.

Anderson is a certified public accountant and managing partner of Anderson, Reichert and Anderson, LLC. The governor named him budget director in late 2010. As a member of the Governor's Economic Growth Team, he worked to strengthen the economy and create jobs for Kansans.

Crime and Courts
7:50 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Judge Sides With Abortion Opponent In Kansas Case

A federal judge has found in favor of a Kansas abortion opponent accused of sending a threatening letter to a Wichita doctor who was training to offer abortion services.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten ruled Thursday that Angel Dillard's letter to Doctor Mila Means in 2011 was not a "true threat."

The Justice Department had filed the civil lawsuit against Dillard under a law protecting access to abortion services.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Richard Crowson: Cool, Clear Water

For years hereabout we’ve dealt with drought

And gone without much water, cool water.

Through it all, old Wichita, without rainfall

Did cry for water, cool, clear water.

Raise the water rate, higher bills are just our fate

‘Cause we’re living in a state without water

Cool water

But, wait, can it be?

What’s that cloud up there I see?

Now it’s raining down on me, such water!

Cool water

The rains did fall, Mother Nature heard our call

And she flooded Wichita with water, cool water.

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