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Health
6:39 am
Mon June 24, 2013

A Look At KanCare's First Three Months

State officials have submitted their first quarterly update on KanCare to the federal government.

The federal waiver that gives Kansas the authority to experiment with its Medicaid program by privatizing the entire system requires a progress report four times a year.

The first report covers the period from January 1 through March 31.

It shows that a total of more than 344,000 Kansans enrolled in KanCare during the first three months. At the end of March, however, there were fewer than 324,000, a drop of more than 20,000 people.

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Community
6:31 am
Mon June 24, 2013

'Home On The Range' House Gets A Makeover

Restoration work will wrap up soon on the 140-year-old cabin where Dr. Brewster M. Higley wrote the state song, "Home on the Range."

The cabin in Athol, Kan., has been totally reconstructed with the exception of two walls.

The stone wall on the north side was disassembled and rebuilt, using what good stones were left. The rest of the stones came from the area.

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Education
6:22 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Should Southeast High School Be Saved?

Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

The Wichita School Board will decide Monday the future of Southeast High School. The board is looking at options including a renovation of the school or building a new school and relocating students.

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Music
6:00 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Old Crow Medicine Show: From Up-And-Comers To Elder Statesmen

Old Crow Medicine Show will perform at The Cotillion Monday evening.
Credit Courtesy photo

Nashville’s Old Crow Medicine Show has been together for nearly two decades now, earning a reputation as a solid live band and influencing a new generation of American roots musicians.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon June 24, 2013

At Play: Everything's Coming Up Musicals

Music Theatre of Wichita presents Les Miserable June 26 through the 30.
Credit Courtesy / Music Theatre of Wichita

Opening June 28, it’s Cabaret Old Town’s production of Knockin’ ‘Em Dead: A Rock ‘n’ Roll Whodunit. When the murder of popular aging actor Victor Boisington happens backstage at the Stage Door Theatre, it's up to Detective Mike Mallet, and the audience to determine which member of the theatre troupe is responsible.

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2014 Election
6:03 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Brownback Expected To Seek Second Term

A top political supporter confirms that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will seek a second term next year.

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Crime and Courts
8:03 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Wichita Will Pay $300,000 To Family Of Girl Hit By Patrol Car

The city of Wichita plans to settle a lawsuit filed by the family of Suhani Bhakta, a 12-year-old girl who was hit and killed by a police patrol car in Feb. 2012.

A Kansas Highway Patrol investigation verified that the officer was speeding in a 30 mph zone and was not using lights or a siren when the accident occurred. The officer hit Bhakta as she ran across a road near her home. Police said the officer was following policy at the time and that a sports utility vehicle may have obstructed his view.

Government
7:42 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Sen. Knox Defends His Concealed Carry Law Before Legislature

The architect of the new Kansas concealed-carry gun law used the final day of the 2013 legislative session Thursday to respond to his critics.

Republican Senator Forrest Knox of Altoona, Kan.,  urged local governments, schools and courts to abide by the letter and the spirit of the law.

"Armed and law-abiding citizens in Kansas are not a problem," Knox says. "Matter of fact, they're a solution, when trouble comes."

He says the law is intended to enhance public safety.

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Economy
7:15 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Kansas Labor Department: Unemployment And Jobs Both Up Slightly

The latest state labor report says the Kansas unemployment rate edged higher in May.

Despite that, the state also saw modest growth in private-sector jobs over the past year.

The Kansas Department of Labor says the jobless rate stood at 5.7 percent last month, up from 5.6 percent in April but down from 6.1 percent in May 2012. The report also says private companies employed about 14,400 more workers last month than in May 2012, an increase of 1.3 percent.

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Agriculture
6:55 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Winter Wheat Harvest Continues, Though Slowly

Some almost-ready wheat in south-central Kansas
Credit Kansas Wheat's blog, The Wheat Beat

The latest snapshot of the Kansas winter wheat harvest says while farmers are waiting for fields to dry in south-central Kansas, harvest activity is moving slowly.

The industry trade group Kansas Wheat reported Thursday that the Mid Kansas Co-op in Galva began taking in wheat Wednesday night. Test weights have been averaging about 60 lbs., but it's too early to estimate yields or make comparisons to last year's crop.

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