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12:49 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Kansas Ed. Department Asks For Help Clarifying New "Innovative Districts" Law

Kansas education officials are asking the state's attorney general for guidance about how to implement a new law about "innovative" schools.

Brad Neuenswander, the Deputy Commissioner for the state Department of Education, told the State Board of Education Wednesday the agency is trying to figure out how to implement a new law that creates a coalition of so-called "innovative districts."

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Past and Present: The Disappearance of the Negro Leagues

The Washington / Homestead Grays of the Negro Leagues
Credit Al_HikesAZ / Flickr

During the spring and summer months, baseball receives a lot of attention in the United States. In 2013, fans have not just discussed the current Major League Baseball season, but because of the recently-released movie 42, have also discussed the 1947 Major League season when Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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Transportation
7:23 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Grant For $18 M To Fund 35 Pedestrian, Bicycle, Historic Site, Highway Projects In Kansas

The Redbud Trail winding its way through Wichita, between 9th and 13th streets.
Credit Kansas Department of Health and Environment

The Kansas Department of Transportation has awarded nearly $18 million to 35 projects around the state through its transportation enhancement program.

Transportation Enhancement  is a federally funded program that provides cities, counties, and other groups with funding for transportation projects like bike paths, pedestrian traffic, bicycle safety education, historic restoration, scenic highway programs, and the conversion of abandoned railroad lines into trails, among other things.

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Politics
7:21 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Wade Hapgood Named Merrick's New Chief of Staff

Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick has named Wade Hapgood as his new chief of staff.

Hapgood replaces Christie Kriegshauser, who is leaving to join the Kansas Chamber of Commerce as vice president for political affairs.

Hapgood has been Merrick's legislative director since January. He was previously an aide to Merrick when the Stilwell Republican was House majority leader from 2007 through 2010. Merrick says he'll name a new legislative director soon.

Commentary
5:00 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Art Review: Ray Turner Population

courtesy Wichita Art Museum

The portraits of California-based artist Ray Turner engage viewers with their direct gaze and thick, luscious strokes of oil paint that rest on top of 12-by-12-inch panels of glass.

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Education Standards
5:46 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

State Board Of Education Adopts Science Standards

The Kansas state school board has approved new science standards for public schools.

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Education Standards
5:26 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Educators Speak In Favor Of Common Core

Teachers and school district superintendents lined up before the Kansas Board of Education Tuesday to support Common Core education standards.

They argued the standards will help students transfer more easily between schools and create students who are better at critical thinking and problem solving.

Sarah Berblinger is a teacher in the Buhler School District. She said the standards also help build a strong foundation for education.

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Health
8:46 am
Tue June 11, 2013

KU Doctors Fix 3-Week-Old Girl's Aneurysm With Super Glue

Gina Julian talks to her daughter, Ashlyn, after her surgery.
Credit Keith Myers of the Kansas City Star / Kansas City Star

Doctors at the University of Kansas Hospital expect a three-week-old girl to make a full recovery after they closed an aneurysm in her brain…using super glue.

Jared and Gina Julian knew there was something wrong with their three-week-old daughter, Ashlyn, when she suddenly began screaming.

Her mother says "She was very stiff, and then very rag-doll limp. And then... not super responsive." Later that night after Ashlyn threw up a second time, her parents went to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

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Health
8:00 am
Tue June 11, 2013

KS Medicare Users: Your Statements Are Changing This Month

Kansas residents who receive Medicare benefits will soon see new information on their claim statements. These changes include:

Energy
7:51 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Fort Hays State Installs Wind Turbines to Generate 97% Of Campus Power

Construction of the wind turbines on FHSU's campus.
Credit The Hays Post

Fort Hays State University will begin generating most of its electricity from wind turbines by the end of the summer.

After more than six years of planning and a $9 million investment, work crews are installing two 400-foot wind turbines at the university in Hays. Crews started installing the first turbine last week.

Fort Hays President Edward Hammond says the turbines should be operational by Aug. 1.

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