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11:21 am
Fri July 12, 2013

A Musical Life: Kylie Brown

Kylie Brown
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Kylie Brown is a video producer, CreativeRush event curator, storyteller and a melancholy musician. She currently plays cello with The Broslyn Bards, Raging Sea and Everything and Nothing. She began learning cello at age seven, grew up in the classical world and participated in Wichita's Youth Symphonies; she became burned out and quit before her love of music diminished. After living and working in another state for seven years, she returned to Wichita, and ended up meeting musicians, artists, and poets who reignited this love of music.

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Community
11:15 am
Fri July 12, 2013

The Carnival Parade Is Back For The State Fair's Centennial

The Kansas State Fair in the early 1900s.
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The Kansas State Fair is reviving its fair parade through Hutchinson to celebrate the fair's 100th anniversary.

Back when the carnival traveled by train, people would line up on Main Street in Hutchinson to see the procession of rides and animals from the depot to the state fairgrounds.

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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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