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6:35 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Father And Son-In-Law Sought 'Land Of Opportunity'

Thanh Phan and Tran Van Vi
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

In 1975, Tran Van Vi was a news reporter in his homeland of Vietnam before, at the age of 50, making the journey to start a new life in Wichita.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Restaurant Review: Harry's Uptown Bar & Grill

Credit Fletcher Powell / KMUW

If you have lived in Wichita for longer than a year and haven’t made the trip to Harry’s Uptown Bar & Grill, you are missing out on some of the best atmosphere in town.

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Community
12:42 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

With A Few Precautions, It's Safe For You To Use The Arkansas River

The confluence of the Little and Big Arkansas rivers, taken in 2007.
Credit djmcaleese / flickr Creative Commons

With the annual Wichita River Festival approaching, the city says the Arkansas River is suitable for recreational use.

However, there are some advisory conditions you should follow:

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Community
10:21 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Six Kansas Sites Added To National Register Of Historic Places

Santa Fe Trail Map
Credit Legends of Kansas

The Kansas Historical Society recently placed six Santa Fe Trail locations in Kansas on the National Register of Historic Places. With the addition of these sites in Marion and Morton counties, the state now has 1,310 registered historic sites.

Thirty properties were nominated for the Santa Fe Trail project, and these six were the first to be approved by the National Park Service.

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Weather
8:58 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Weather Service Says Watch Out For Floods, Hail And Wind

Updated 9:00am

Heavy rainfall is flooding in parts of downtown Wichita Thursday morning, as well as part of Valley Center.

The National Weather Service reports that excessive runoff from rainfall will cause flooding in small creeks, streams, and low-lying streets and underpasses. Drive carefully and watch for flooded roadways.

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Community
7:02 am
Thu May 30, 2013

From Vietnam To Wichita, In Search Of Freedom

Christine Cao moved to Wichita when she was 16. Now, 22 years later, she is the owner of Perfect Nails.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

According to the 2010 US Census, more than 1.5 million immigrants from Vietnam live in the U.S. The Vietnamese population in Kansas has increased by 21 percent in the last decade. And more than 9,000 Vietnamese Americans live in Sedgwick County.

Vietnamese business owner Christine Cao moved to Wichita 22 years ago when she was 16. She graduated from Wichita's North High School and in 2005 she earned her bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University in public health in organization and public policy.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:34 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Gridlock In Statehouse, Session Could Run Into June

Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick says no new tax proposals have emerged from his survey of dozens of Republicans.

Merrick met Republicans in small groups Wednesday after the House rejected a proposal to the lower the state sales tax from 6.3 percent to 6 percent in July. It's currently scheduled by law to drop to 5.7 percent on July 1.

Merrick says House GOP leaders don't yet have a new plan. Lawmakers involved in the meetings said House Republicans expressed a variety of positions.

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Commentary
6:26 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Movie Review: Epic

Credit rottentomatoes.com

There are animators who could give Pixar a run for its money, and among them are the makers of Epic.

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Government
6:24 am
Thu May 30, 2013

KS Early Childhood Programs Are Almost Out Of Money

As Kansas lawmakers continue to search for common ground on a budget, an advocacy group says the long-term future of early childhood programs is at stake.

So far, the competing versions of a state budget for 2014 have all included Gov. Sam Brownback’s plan to transfer $9.5 million dollars from the Children’s Initiative Fund to the State General Fund.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Past and Present: DOMA and Equal Protection

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In June, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue its decision in United States v. Windsor, the case addressing the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA.

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