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1:21 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Musical Space: Why Street Music Is So Important

Unidentified multi-instrumentalist busking at Bumbershoot, a music and arts festival held every Labor Day weekend in Seattle, Wash.
Credit Joe Mabel / Wikimedia Commons

Street music has probably been around as long as there have been streets.

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Commentary
9:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

The Human Factor: That's Not Science!

A phrenology diagram from the People's Cyclopedia of Universal Knowledge (1883).
Credit Wikipedia

Throughout history snake oil salesmen have tried and succeeded at duping people with pseudo scientific nonsense:

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Kansas Storms
8:50 am
Tue May 28, 2013

4 Tornadoes Hit Northeast Kansas Monday Night

At least four tornadoes hit different counties in northeast Kansas Monday night, but there were no fatalities or serious injuries, according to preliminary reports from emergency management officials.

The most significant damage was reported in and around Marysville, which is about 150 miles northwest of Kansas City near the Nebraska border. A tornado touched down about 9:50 p.m., said Bill Schwindamann, Marshall County emergency management director.

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Commentary
8:44 am
Tue May 28, 2013

At Play: Cooks, Cakes And The Kingdom Of Spam

Wichita Community Theatre presents The Dixie Swim Club June 6-23. Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. The Dixie Swim Club focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of 33 years.

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Education
6:24 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Cowley College Keeps Ban On Concealed Weapons

Cowley College in Winfield will continue banning concealed weapons inside its buildings and residence halls, as officials study how to implement a new Kansas law.

The law taking effect July 1 prohibits most public entities from banning concealed firearms in their buildings unless the buildings have adequate security. But it also lets public universities and junior colleges exempt themselves for four years. Trustees of Cowley College recently approved such an exemption last week.

Government
6:20 am
Tue May 28, 2013

New Kansas Biodefense Lab Officially Gets Underway

Kansas officials will formally break ground on a new federal biodefense lab in Manhattan.

Officials including Gov. Sam Brownback and leaders of Kansas State University will hold a ceremony Tuesday as ground is broken for the lab's utility plant.

It marks the start of construction on the $1.15 billion National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility, scheduled to be operational by the end of the decade.

The lab will research dangerous animal diseases and ways of protecting the nation's food supply.

2013 Legislative Session
6:14 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Kan. Lawmakers Unsure When They'll Finish Session

Kansas legislators are going back to work on tax cuts and the budget, still uncertain when they'll wrap up their annual session.

House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a plan to cut personal income taxes to follow up on massive reductions approved last year. The proposal sets the sales tax at 6 percent in July to raise additional revenues to prevent budget shortfalls.

The House would vote first on the plan, but its leaders haven't announced when the chamber will take up the measure.

Military
8:05 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Your Chance To Fly In A World War II Bomber

A restored World War II bomber will offer flights over Wichita next month to give passengers a sense of what veterans saw in combat more than 60 years ago.

The B-17 Flying Fortress should draw attention with a scheduled flight over Wichita Monday.

The bomber is named for the famed Memphis Belle. It was never used in combat but is painted in that plane's colors and was used in the 1990 feature film "Memphis Belle."

2013 Legislative Session
7:59 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Some Kansas Legislators Turn Down Extra Pay

Some Kansas lawmakers have decided to turn down additional pay as the Legislature heads past its 90-day session limit.

The 90-day deadline passed on Thursday. Lawmakers have missed their deadline 32 of the last 40 years.

And each extra day of the session is estimated to cost taxpayers $45 thousand dollars.

A list provided by Legislative Administrative Services shows that five of 40 senators and 17 of 125 House members have declined the legislative salaries they'll accrue after the 90th day of session.

KDOT
6:06 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Plan Suggests Toll Lanes In Eastern Kansas

A long-range plan for the state's highways suggests that Kansas Highway 10 between Lawrence and Johnson County become a partial toll road.

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