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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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Education
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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