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6:18 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Kansas Attorney General To Governor: Don't Cut My Budget

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is urging Gov. Sam Brownback to veto provisions in the proposed state budget.

Schmidt says he and county prosecutors object to two provisions that would take funds from his agency. One is a provision that diverts $600,000 in fees from applications for concealed carry permits. Schmidt says the  money shouldn't be used for general government programs.

He also opposes a salary cap for state agencies.

Music Camp
5:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Children’s Choir Ready To Sing—In Five Languages

laine Quilichini conducts the WSU Kodaly Children's Choir during a rehearsal.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

Forty-one students from schools in Wichita and around Kansas have been sharpening their vocal skills as part of a week-long camp at Wichita State University.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Restaurant Review: R Coffeehouse

Credit Fletcher Powell / KMUW

I was recently treated to Sunday brunch with a friend who “kidnapped” me and took me to R Coffeehouse, in the remodeled building that used to house the Riverside Perk.

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Aircraft
6:00 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Beechcraft Protest Fails

A federal agency has rejected Wichita-based Beechcraft's protest of the award of an Air Force contract to another company.

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Government
2:01 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Gov. Brownback Signs Tax Bill Into Law: Lower Income Tax, Higher Sales Tax

Legislation that cuts Kansas income taxes over the next five years is now law.

Gov.  Brownback signed House Bill 2059 this morning during a signing ceremony at a construction site in Overland Park.  Brownback followed that event up with a signing ceremony this afternoon at the McGinty Machine Company in downtown Wichita.

Read a summary of the bill here.

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Politics
7:32 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Holcomb Delays Allowing Concealed Weapons In Public Buildings

Holcomb city council has voted to delay implementing a new state law that allows concealed weapons in public buildings. City administrator Robin Pena said the six-month extension will give Holcomb time to create a plan to keep everyone safe.

The law takes effect July 1, but local governments are allowed to seek a delay until Jan. 1, 2014.

Education
7:27 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Education Institute Says Kansas Is Scrapping "Superior" Science Standards For Worse Ones

Credit via the Thomas B. Fordham Institute

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute says the Kansas is replacing some of the nation's strongest science standards for public schools with weaker, multi-state guidelines. The education think tank released its findings today.

Educators from 26 states, plus the National Research Council, worked together to develop the new standards. The Kansas Board of Education voted to adopt just this week.

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Business
7:12 am
Thu June 13, 2013

EagleMed LLC of Wichita May Lose Accreditation After Helicopter Crash

The EagleMed helicopter crash is the third one since 2010.
Credit www.flyeaglemed.com / EagleMed

A commission that evaluates medical transport services has placed the accreditation of EagleMed LLC of Wichita on hold. Eileen Frazer of the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems said her agency will look for trends as it investigates the third EagleMed helicopter crash since 2010.

The helicopter crashed Tuesday night near the Choctaw Nation Health Care Center in Talihina, Oklahoma. A patient in the helicopter died, but it was uncertain whether it was because of the crash or the patient's previous medical condition.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Movie Review: The Internship

Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn stare into the abyss
Credit rottentomatoes.com

Many moons ago, I read somewhere about Google's way of treating its employees, which was almost like pampered children-- with free food, and weight rooms, and office compounds very much like amusement parks.

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Local Business
5:00 am
Thu June 13, 2013

A World Of Fish In Northeast Wichita

Saltwater aquarium designed by Vince Mott
Carla Eckels KMUW

Marine Extremes carries the largest volume of saltwater fish and corals in Wichita.

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