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Energy
6:56 am
Fri July 12, 2013

More Than 80 Residents Blast Westar's Proposed Rate Hikes

Around 80 people gathered in Topeka for the hearing Thursday.
Credit Stephen Koranda

State regulators took public comments last night on a proposed Westar Energy rate increase.

Westar is asking to raise rates by 2 percent and to shift more electricity costs from large customers to residential users and small businesses. The company said the cost shift is necessary because larger business customers are paying more than their fair share.

About 80 people showed up in Topeka for the hearing, and many of them lined up to blast the proposal.

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Transportation
6:44 am
Fri July 12, 2013

How Will Passenger Rail Service In Wichita Affect You? City Officials Want To Know

The Southwest Chief Heads west from Kansas toward Trinidad, Colorado.
Credit Wikipedia

Officials want to hear from you about the effect that passenger rail service will have in Wichita.

The Wichita Public Library is hosting a Brown Bag Lunch discussion on the issue at its central location on August 27 at noon, in coordination with the League of Women Voters - Wichita Metro.

Vice Mayor Pete Meitzner will speak. Meitzner is leading Wichita's efforts to enhance transportation.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Restaurant Review: Molino's Mexican Cuisine

Credit Fletcher Powell / KMUW

I am thrilled by the recent opening of Molino’s Mexican Cuisine, on north Waco! Mario and Mara Quiroz are back after their much-loved restaurant Frida’s closed a few years ago.

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Wichita State University
5:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

New Academic Affairs VP Looking To Move WSU Forward

Anthony Vizzini, photo courtesy Wichita State University

Anthony Vizzini is settling into his new role as vice president for academic affairs at Wichita State University. Although he’s only been on the job two weeks, he’s already imagining the opportunities that lie ahead.

“My sense is there is going to be great things happening at Wichita State University in the next few years,” Vizzini says, “I definitely want to be part of that team that’s going to move Wichita State forward.”

Vizzini, 54, assumed the position July 1, left vacant by Gary Miller who became chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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Education
12:40 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

WSU's Chief Information Officer Leaves For Job At Brown University

Wichita State's Chief Information Officer and VP of information technology is leaving for a position at Brown University. 

Dr. Ravi Pendse announced today that he's been named the vice president for computing and information services at Brown University, starting Sept. 1.

Pendse specializes in computer networking and information technology in higher education. He's worked in a variety of areas at Wichita State, from library systems to digital classroom design and campus IT planning.

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Government
8:41 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Governor Brownback Thinks About Releasing Applicant Names, Then Decides Against It

Gov. Sam Brownback has decided that he won't disclose the applicants for the Kansas Court of Appeals, after all. Gov. Brownback says it would prevent some qualified candidates from coming forward. The window for applying doesn't close until July 31.

Brownback says potential candidates told him they preferred that their names remain confidential.

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Economy
8:17 am
Thu July 11, 2013

CEO Group Says International Trade Supports 371,000 Kansas Jobs

A new study by Business Roundtable found that international trade supports about 371,000 Kansas jobs. Business Roundtable is a group of CEOs from America's largest companies. The group advocates for free-trade agreements with Panama, Colombia and South Korea.

The report estimates Kansas exported over $12 billion worth of goods in 2012. About $5.4 billion of the goods were sold to countries with which the United States has free-trade agreements.

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Community
7:56 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Topeka Zoo Welcomes Twin Baby Golden Lion Tamarins

Twin baby tamarins spending quality time with their mother, Devra.
Credit Topeka Zoo

The Topeka Zoo says it's happy to announce that a 3-year-old golden lion tamarin named Devra gave birth to twins Wednesday.

She and the babies' father, Charlie, are first-time parents. They arrived in Topeka in December as part of the Golden Lion Tamarin Species Survival Plan.

The zoo says it will post updates and daily pictures of the baby monkeys on its Facebook page.

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Community
6:53 am
Thu July 11, 2013

30-Year-Old Plant Wakes Up for Wichita

Wichita State's 30-year-old agave plant ready to bloom.
Credit Nicollette Engels

Wichita State University’s three-decade-old agave plant is due to bloom within the next couple of weeks. After a lifetime in a campus greenhouse, the plant has been moved to the university’s Fairmount Street entrance south of the Ulrich Museum of Art.

The agave, also known as a century plant, can only bloom once in a lifetime, making this a rare botanical occurrence. The average century plant blooms in 10 to 30 years, and after it blooms it will die.

The plant sent out a flower stalk June 19 and has grown several inches per day since.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Movie Review: The Lone Ranger

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The Lone Ranger is first-rate for comedy in the beginning, action at the end, and a totally new interpretation of Tonto by Johnny Depp.

It falls short because its main plot seems intended to be separate revenge stories of the Lone Ranger's and Tonto's, but in the end turns into a railroad story; the interpretation of the Lone Ranger is lame; and it is inconsistent in tone and even topic.

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