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7:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Vigil To Focus On US Deportation Policies

Opponents of U.S. policies on deportation are holding a vigil Friday afternoon in Wichita for nine people who were detained in Arizona after demanding re-entry from Mexico on humanitarian grounds.

Among those taking part are relatives of 37-year-old Claudia Amaro, one of the detained. 

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Restaurant Review: Thai House

Curry at Thai House
Credit Tanya Tandoc / KMUW

I love spicy food.

I love it when I eat something so hot that I get a little high from it, or start to hallucinate just a little. I want to sweat and pant as I eat. It may seem sadomasochistic to you, but it’s my kind of fun. 

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Business
1:43 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Alco Agrees To Merger With Atlanta Investment Firm

Discount retailer Alco Stores Inc. has entered into an agreement to merge with private investment firm Argonne Capital Group LLC. 

The Kansas-based company said in a news release today that Atlanta-based Argonne will buy all outstanding shares of Alco Stores' common stock for $14 per share in cash. The transaction will total about $47 million dollars.

Alco's Board of Directors has unanimously approved the merger agreement and is recommending that shareholders approve it.

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Business
1:21 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Spirit Aerosystems Confirms 360 Layoffs In Kansas, Oklahoma

Credit Spirit Aerosystems

Spirit Aerosystems has confirmed that it is laying off 360 salaried support and management employees in both its Kansas and Oklahoma locations.

The company said in a news release Thursday that this is a "strategic move to make the company more competitive in a cost-sensitive environment." It says the reductions are designed to "reduce overhead costs, increase efficiency, and drive improved performance."

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Crime and Courts
8:24 am
Thu July 25, 2013

9 Wichita Massage Parlors Focus Of Sex Trafficking Investigation

Federal prosecutors  have charged three people in a sex trafficking scheme operating at nine Asian massage parlors in Wichita; the charges allege they recruited women from outside Kansas and coerced them to engage in prostitution.

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Sports
8:12 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Practice, Passion And Dedication Pay Off In Horse Showing

Amanda Conner with her horse Sis on a farm in Abbyville, Kan. Amanda and Sis will compete this weekend on the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

On a small farm about 60 miles northwest of Wichita lives a winner: an American quarter horse named Sis, a leading contender this year in 12 horse shows in the state.

Sis will show off her skills in a competition held by the South Central Stock Horse Association this weekend in Hutchinson and is expected to win big this fall.

Amanda Conner, 26, owns Sis and takes care of the mare on her family’s farm in Abbyville, Kan.

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Crime and Courts
7:26 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Kansas AG Questions 'Hard 50' Sentencing Law

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is holding a news conference Thursday to discuss his push for a special session of the Legislature.

Schmidt wants to revise the state's "Hard 50" sentencing law.

The law allows judges to sentence people convicted of first-degree murder to a minimum of 50 years in prison before they can seek parole.

The state Attorney General says a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision raised questions about the constitutionality of the Kansas law.

Junction City
5:56 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Faulty Meters Cited In Junction City Water Loss

Authorities in Junction City are cracking down on illegal water consumption but say old and faulty meters are the biggest reason for the apparent overuse of water.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Past and Present: An Overlooked History of Tolerance

During President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Africa, he made a stop in the West African nation of Senegal. Traditionally, the U.S. press corps’ coverage of Africa has tended to focus on military coups, religious and ethnic conflicts, and the AIDS epidemic. Because of this, Senegal, a former French colony, has fallen through the cracks of American media scrutiny.

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