5:00 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Here Comes Summer!

Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

This time: Tallgrass and WAM say hello to summer, plus some stuff for kids and a gritty documentary.

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Kansas Budget
6:09 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Transportation Group Praises Funding

A Kansas coalition that's been a vocal advocate for continued spending on highway projects is pleased that legislators preserved funding for the state's ongoing transportation program.

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12:00 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

OnWords: Is Childhood Innocence Only For Grown-Ups?

Credit jeevan jose / Wikimedia Commons

Innocence is much more about a grown-up sense of loss than a precious quality of childhood. At best, our ideas about innocence evoke a pining sort of regret; at worst, they're used to make nostalgia a form of tyranny.

After all, it's a child's job to grow up, and so he's active every day trying to lose that innocence that he sees as keeping him away from adult freedom and power. Our attempts to preserve that child's innocence just reinforce his sense of powerlessness. This only serves to exacerbate his little rebellions, his need to prove how grown up he is.

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8:46 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Via Christi Cuts 28 From Staff In Pittsburg

Via Christi Health Systems says it is laying off 28 employees in Pittsburg as part of a statewide effort to cut costs.

The heath system in Pittsburg includes the hospital, physician offices and care facilities.

Via Christi spokesperson Michael Hayslip says the layoffs will help meet a goal of reducing expenses in Pittsburg by $3.5 million. He says cost reductions in contractual services helped prevent even more layoffs. And 25 open positions will not be filled.

7:23 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Into It: Whatever Happened To The Segway?

Segway tour at Washington, D.C. (Pennsylvania Ave & 7th) in 2010.
Credit Mariordo Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz / Wikipedia

The rumors began circulating in 2001 about something called The Ginger Project, or simply “It.” Talk of changing the world, of reorganizing cities, of "Reinventing the Wheel"—as Time Magazine called it in one article title—all of these hopes were in the air.

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6:31 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Salina Liquor Stores Will Soon Sell On Sundays

City commissioners in Salina have voted to allow sales of packaged liquor on Sundays and three designated holidays.

Monday's unanimous vote clears the way for the new ordinance to take effect in 61 days, unless a petition is filed to block it.

The petition would have to be signed by 25 percent of the registered voters who participated in the most recent city election.

Salina businesses will be able to sell packaged retail liquor between noon and 8 p.m. on Sundays and on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day.

6:25 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Emergency Responders Want Storm Chasing Rules

The head of a group that represents Kansas emergency responders says it's time to consider rules for storm chasers.

Brian Stone is president of the Kansas Emergency Management Association. He says there should be rules to determine who can chase storms and to ensure they know what they're doing.

However, Stone concedes that he's not sure whether law officers could enforce such rules.

Three professional chasers in Oklahoma were killed Friday when a tornado turned on them in Reno, Okla.

Kansas Bureau of Investigation
5:58 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

New Budget Includes KBI Projects

The budget approved by Kansas lawmakers over the weekend includes funding for two priorities of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

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Water Future
11:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

7 Questions (And Answers) About Wichita's Water Future (Updated)

Credit r. Vore / flickr Creative Commons

Updated a 11:03 a.m.

There was a significant development this weekend with water levels at Cheney Reservoir.

Last Thursday's storm created heavy drainage into the lake, causing the level to rise from 64 percent last Thursday to 72 percent on Saturday. As of Monday morning, Cheney is up more than 13,000 acre feet of water since before the rain event last Thursday.

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8:44 am
Mon June 3, 2013

'In Cold Blood' Case Files Now Online

A file from Perry Smith's clemency hearings.
Credit Kansas Historical Society

The inmate case files for convicted murderers Richard Eugene “Dick” Hickock and Perry Edward Smith have been added to Kansas Memory, the Kansas Historical Society’s online archives of photographs, manuscripts, and government records.

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