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Agriculture
7:56 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Another Kansas Farmer Sues Monsanto

Another Kansas farmer has filed suit against seed giant Monsanto over the discovery of an isolated field of genetically engineered wheat in Oregon.

Harvey County wheat grower Bill Budde sued Monsanto Friday in a lawsuit seeking class-action status. It's at least the third such lawsuit filed in federal court in Kansas against the St. Louis-based company since the field was discovered in May. Similar lawsuits have also been filed in Idaho and Washington state.

Energy
7:05 am
Mon July 8, 2013

There's Another Public Meeting on Westar Energy's Proposed Rate Hikes Thursday

The Kansas Corporation Commission is holding another public hearing on Westar Energy's request to boost rates for residential customers and cut rates for big commercial customers.

Residents can attend the hearing Thursday at 6 pm at the Kansas Corporation Commission office in Topeka.

If you can't make it to Topeka, you can also participate by video conference in several locations:

Commentary
5:00 am
Mon July 8, 2013

At Play: Season Of The Farce

July 10 sees the opening of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The King and I at Music Theatre of Wichita. Based on Margaret Landon’s Anna and the King of Siam this production features memorable numbers such as “Getting To Know You,” “Shall We Dance?” and “Something Wonderful.”

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Community
12:49 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Was The Civil War Inevitable? Two Historians Debate On Saturday

One of the cannons engraved with Civil War battles' names on the Battle Monument at West Point
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Two historians are marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg with a debate, asking whether the war could have been avoided.

Dr. Tom Morain of Graceland University in Iowa and Dr. James Juhnke, formerly of Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., will square off Saturday at the Sedgwick County Historical Museum in Wichita.

Morain said the debate's been held in Iowa for years, but this is the first time in Kansas.

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Crime and Courts
8:01 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Robo-Call Scam Targets Senior Citizens in Kansas

A scam to bill senior citizens for medical alert device service is gaining steam in Kansas and other Midwestern states.

The Better Business Bureau says there’s been a significant increase in calls about the scheme. A prerecorded message claims that someone has purchased a medical alert device for the person as a gift. Then, the recipient is asked to verify his or her identity with a bank account or credit card number.

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Agriculture
7:47 am
Fri July 5, 2013

It's A Bumper Wheat Crop For Central Kansas, But A Weak Harvest For Western Kansas

Farmers are hauling bountiful winter wheat crops into elevators in central Kansas, though the drought has decimated yields in the western part of the state.

Yields in some central Kansas fields are reaching 100 bushels an acre. The Mid-Kansas Co-op in Moundridge says its elevators from Sedgwick County to north of Abilene have been taking in 10 percent more than expected and 50 percent more than their average.

Education
7:41 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Kansas Board Of Education Will Try To Find More Funding For Schools

Kansas' State Board of Education will open discussions next week about pushing for more state funding for public schools.

The agenda for Tuesday's meeting includes reviewing proposals for increased state aid, more money for professional development, and for school lunch programs in the next fiscal year. One proposal would raise the state's base aid to school districts by $640 per student, almost 17 percent. The current figure for the next fiscal year is $3,852 per student.

Commentary
5:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Richard Crowson: A Truth Barometer

Here we are again. The dog days of summer. The perfect time to reflect... on dogs.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Your Move: The Big Sandbox

The Xbox and Playstation are great platforms for huge, cinematic, big-budget action games. However, the PC is a big sandbox for people who really want to experiment with the medium and make games that may be more art than game.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu July 4, 2013

Movie Review: The Heat

Biff-- er, Captain Woods-- tries to separate our heroes in 'The Heat'
Credit rottentomatoes.com

The Heat is an unusual buddy-cop movie in that the odd couple cops are women-- it's also unusual in being very funny indeed, and has a plot that pretty clearly hangs together, though it does not particularly feature credibility.

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