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7:02 am
Wed July 3, 2013

WSU Supporter Velma Wallace Leaves $6 M To Wichita State

Wichita State University says the late Velma Wallace has left $6 million in an estate gift to the school's foundation. She died last July at the age of 95.

Velma had supported Wichita State in many ways, including the Wallace Scholarship Program for years. Both she and her husband, Cessna Aircraft Executive Dwane Wallace, who died in 1989, loved and supported WSU.

Commentary
5:00 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Park Chan-Wook Comes To America

Park Chan-Wook directs Mia Wasikowska in the thriller 'Stoker'
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Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

Coming up: The English-language debut of an acclaimed Korean director.

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Kansas Corporation Commission
5:41 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

KCC Approves Operations Changes

The Kansas board that regulates utilities has approved operational changes after replacing its top staff member and facing allegations that it violated the state's Open Meetings Act.

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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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