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6:28 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Kansas Housing Resources Corp. Wants Your Help Spending $2 M For Rural Housing

The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation is asking for proposals for using $2 million in state funding for rural moderate-income housing.

The program is open to communities across Kansas with populations of less than 60,000 residents. The grants and loans are for building multi-family or single-family housing, to rehabilitate housing and to build utility extensions to support new developments.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

At Play: Of Fun And Song

The Say What? Improv comedy troupe

You can see Glory Days in a very limited engagement Friday and Saturday at Newman University’s Jabara Black Box Theatre.

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Community
6:30 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Kansas Needs $4 Billion In Drinking Water Infrastructure Upgrades

A new EPA report to Congress says the nation's drinking water infrastructure will need $384 billion dollars worth of improvements over the next 20 years, including more than $4 billion in Kansas.

William Carr manages the revolving loan fund that finances drinking water projects in Kansas. He says most of the projects on the list are for transmission and distribution, especially the underground pipes that carry water to homes and businesses.

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Environment
6:22 am
Fri June 7, 2013

As Drought Drags On, Fish Species Are Disappearing

A Kansas State University researcher says the prolonged North American drought is taking a toll on some species of fish and affecting their long-term viability.

Biology professor Keith Gido says a few species have disappeared, including the silver chub that was once found in a southern Kansas river.

He said a survey found 300 of the fish in the summer of 2011 but only three in 2012 - and none in a sampling this spring.

Community
6:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Get Help Making Your House More Energy Efficient

Ernest Tolon makes minor repairs to a Wichita home to increase its energy efficiency.
Credit Courtesy / Kansas Chapter of Sierra Club

Two local groups are partnering in an attempt to reduce Wichita’s energy use and save homeowners money.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Richard Crowson: I Vote! (By Rote)

How could the Kansas Legislature do what they did? Maybe it’s because they know the Kansas voters always sing the same song.

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Kansas Budget
3:54 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

KS Regents Blast University Budget Cuts

Members of the Kansas Board of Regents Thursday criticized the cuts to higher education in a budget passed by the state Legislature.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Your Move: Fluxx

Credit C_Dave / Flickr

Some card games have entire books and online forums devoted to debating their rules. The game Fluxx, on the other hand, has exactly two rules: draw one card, and play one card. That is, until you actually start playing cards.

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Business
9:40 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Via Christi Announces Details Of 230 Statewide Layoffs

Via Christi Health is eliminating 360 positions in its workforce this month.

The Kansas-based health care provider says the layoffs will affect 230 full and part-time workers statewide. The remainder of the reductions will come from recently vacated positions that will not be filled.

“This is an extremely difficult undertaking as these staff members have made valuable contributions to Via Christi during their careers in our ministry,” said Jeff Korsmo, Via Christi Health’s president and CEO, in a news release Wednesday.

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Community
8:33 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Take A (Simulated) Ride To The International Space Station

A new simulation ride opens this weekend at the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson.
Credit Courtesy / Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson will debut a motion flight simulator this week that comes with a choice of six themed rides.

The pod-like machine is called the "naviGATOR." Former Hutchinson resident Julie Purin won a contest to name the simulator and said her choice was inspired from the movie "Flight of the Navigator."

It will give visitors the experience of blasting off to the international space station, flying with the Blue Angels or they can choose to take part in another flight option.

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