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6:17 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Kansas Legislator Plans To Take Action Against Gay Marriage

As Kansas supporters of gay marriage celebrated two U.S. Supreme Court rulings Wednesday, Republican Congressman Tim Huelskamp said he would take action.

The Supreme Court struck down a provision of a federal law that denies federal benefits to married gay couples. It also cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.

Many Kansas residents celebrated at the rainbow-colored "Equality House" in Topeka. Leaders of the Planting Peace organization there unfurled a large banner from the roof of the house that said, "Bye, Bye DOMA."

Commentary
6:00 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Movie Review: The East

The East is a superior movie partly because it is somewhat original, but mostly because it takes its subject and its characters seriously and skirts what would seem to be almost inevitable clichés.

There is nothing particularly new about Brit Marling, who also co-wrote the screenplay with director Zal Batmanglij, taking a job as an infiltrator of a subversive group that is sabotaging the efforts of a big corporation; but the treatment of the group is unusually and very effectively objective and serious.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Past and Present: Route 66

Jay and the Buick Super at the Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, N.M.
Jay Price KMUW

Over the years, I have traveled down various segments of Route 66 that, taken together, have covered or paralleled nearly the entire length of “the Mother Road.”

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Agriculture
12:20 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

More Ag Manufacturing Jobs Coming To Hesston

Poly corn snouts on a New Holland combine
Credit GVL Polymers / GVL Polymers

GVL Polymers Inc., will soon open a plant in Kansas, just north of Newton. 

The company plans to build a 50,000-square-foot facility in Hesston and says it will employ more than 20 full-time workers within its first year. GVL's main plant and headquarters are in Litchfield, Minn., where it employees 40 people. The Hesston location will be the company's second plant.

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Crime and Courts
8:39 am
Wed June 26, 2013

U.S. Chief Judge Vratil Considers Whether To Block Parts Of New Kansas Abortion Bill

Kansas is heading back to court to defend new restrictions on abortion providers.  The state has already spent more than $758,000 on private attorneys in lawsuits over anti-abortion laws.

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Commentary
8:27 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Art: How A Vacant Window Became An Edgy Art Gallery

Randy Regier has given the ground floor of the Sterling Water Systems building, at Market and William, an installation featuring his signature post-war Americana style centering on the theme, “The Future of the Public Library.”
Credit Randy Regier

A wonderful new collaboration has received the support from the prestigious John S and James L Knight Foundation. Activate Wichita, a website that serves as a virtual town hall, has partnered with the Wichita Public Library to commission temporary art installations in vacant downtown windows.

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Education
6:32 am
Wed June 26, 2013

School Districts Getting Paid For Successful Tech Students

The state is rewarding Kansas school districts for trying to get students certified in technical education specialties.

Gov. Brownback presented $703,000 in checks to 111 districts Tuesday.

The state awards districts with $1,000 for each student who completes a technical education program and earns certification through a state vocational or technical college.

The funds are part of a program the state launched in 2012 to increase the number of certified technicians to meet industry demands.

Military
6:27 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Fort Riley To Lose An Infantry Brigade As Army Reduces Its Overall Strength

The Army says it will eliminate one infantry brigade at Fort Riley.

Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno says the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Infantry Division will be inactivated.

The move is part of the Army's plans to reduce its overall strength by 80,000 soldiers, down to 490,000.

The military had already planned the cuts before federal budget reductions were put in place in March.

Fort Riley is home to nearly 18,000 soldiers and three brigades of the 1st Infantry Division, as well as a combat aviation brigade.

Government
6:23 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Kansas Will Do Less Internal Borrowing To Pay Its Bills This Year

The state of Kansas will need to do less internal borrowing next fiscal year to pay the state's bills. Tuesday, a group made up of legislators and the governor approved $300 million in transfers for the new fiscal year, which starts July 1.

Every year tax collections go up and down month to month, meaning the state has to temporarily move money from various programs into the general fund to pay the bills. Those transfers have been going down in recent years. Gov. Sam Brownback says that’s good.

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Commentary
7:02 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Musical Space: Hip Hop

Sampling in Hip-Hop reached its height in the late 80s and early 90s. The legality of using samples from someone else’s song was vague; a lot of djs risked being sued, and ended up doing amazing things by putting together quotations of wildly different familiar music.

Four examples of samples that ended up being used by the band De La Soul:

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