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Board of Regents
3:54 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Democratic Senator Criticizes Regents Appointments

A Democratic senator from Topeka says Governor Sam Brownback is packing the Kansas Board of Regents with too many Republicans.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

OnWords: Don't Believe The Hype

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The power of hype is its ability to radically lower our expectations.

I remember vividly the 1980s TV show That's Incredible! featuring a yogi so flexible he was able to fold himself into a tiny Plexiglas box.

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Community
9:45 am
Tue July 2, 2013

11 Places To See Fireworks On The 4th Of July

Firework watching near the Arkansas River on July 5, 2009.
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Wichita has not had a fireworks display for an Independence Day celebration since 2010, as the Wichita Eagle recently reported, but luckily there are locations in and around the city that will be hosting festivities that include some pyrotechnics:

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Commentary
6:20 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Into It: The Strange Life Of Discontinued Breakfast Cereals

"Kids didn’t just cuddle E.T., they ate him."

The cereal aisle is run by kids. It’s their purchasing power that brings TV shows, movies, and even stranger products together with the barons of breakfast.

Mr. T cereal debuted in 1984 and was essentially T-shaped captain crunch. But it got a little more cool when it teamed up with Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.

When movies inspire cereals, the commercials sound like trailers. The kids become part of the action and eat like the stars.

Less likely products have tested the waters, including the Nintendo Cereal System, a cereal featuring Mario and Zelda.

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Business
6:18 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Koch Proposing New Oil Pipeline To Connect N. Dakota To Illinois

Wichita-based Koch Pipeline Company is looking for shipping commitments from oil producers to use a proposed pipeline that would carry hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude oil.

Koch says oil shippers have until August 14 to solicit interest in the Dakota Express Pipeline.

The company believes the pipeline could be up and running by 2016 and would have the capacity to move 250 thousand barrels of crude daily. The line would move the crude oil from western North Dakota to Illinois.

Koch did not disclose the cost of the pipeline.

Education
6:14 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Sequester Forces Some Head Start Facilities In Kansas To Close

Budget cuts forced by federal sequestration will mean the end of Head Start and Early Head Start in three south-central Kansas counties.

The closures in Pratt, Stafford and Kingman counties will take place at the end of this month.

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Abortion
6:02 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Kansas Abortion Lawsuit Now On Federal Fast Track

The chief federal judge for Kansas has set what she considers an aggressive schedule for a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood against parts of a new state abortion law.

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Business
2:33 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Salina Home To One Of Only Two FTA-Certified Producers Of Accessible Transit Minivans

An accessible minivan manufactured by ElDorado National in Salina, Kan.
Credit Courtesy photo

A Salina manufacturer is now one of two makers of accessible transit minivans to meet the Federal Transit Administration's "Buy America" standards.

The FTA's decision clears the way for ElDorado National in Salina, Kan., and Braun Corporation in Indiana to handle final assembly of transit minivans.

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Energy
6:21 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Westar Wants Rate Hikes For Residential, Small Business Customers

Westar Energy is asking to raise the rates on residential and small business customers and lower the rates for large businesses.

Homeowners or small businesses would pay 6 to 9 percent more under Westar Energy's latest plan. Big businesses that buy lots of power would pay 6 to 15 percent less.

Westar officials say industrial users and other large-volume customers are paying more than their share.

Government
6:17 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Licensed Guns Now Allowed In State Buildings

As of Monday, properly licensed firearms will be allowed in all state office buildings, except those exempted by law.

The new law stipulates that concealed carry is permitted in any state or municipal building unless the building has adequate security measures to make sure no weapons are allowed inside.

State correctional facilities, courtrooms and law enforcement agencies are generally exempt from the new law.

Some state health care facilities and post-secondary educational facilities have asked for temporary exemptions from the law.

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