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1:12 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Visit Wichita Parks, Answer Some Trivia, Maybe Win A Prize

A new program that encourages and rewards residents for visiting public parks was announced Friday.

The new Park Passport program encourages residents to visit 18 specific local parks, including Oak, Buffalo and Fairmont, and answer trivia-like questions posted on signs in each park.

If you visit Oak Park, for example, you'll be asked, "What is the slogan on the back of the 18th disc golf basket?"

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Science
11:40 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Engines Once Powered Astronauts To Moon, Now On Display In Hutchinson

Jerrad Alexander, SpaceWorks Technician, uses a fine brush to clean an Apollo F-1 Thrust Chamber.
Gavin Peters Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson launches the Apollo F-1 Conservation Project Friday with a grand opening in their new SpaceWorks Observation Gallery.

Cosmosphere visitors will be able to follow the journey of the historic Apollo F-1 engines from lift off to their fiery violent dissent back to Earth.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:25 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Senate's New Plan Would Lower Sales Tax On Groceries

Top Republicans in the Kansas Senate don't yet know whether a new tax plan they've pushed through their chamber will find favor with GOP House members.

The bill approved Thursday by the Senate would lower the state sales tax on groceries to 4.95 percent in January while keeping it at 6.3 percent for all other items subject to the tax. The vote was 24-15.

House members could take an up-or-down vote Friday on the measure, deciding whether to send it to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

Health
6:20 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Ammonia Leak Sends Seven To Hospital

Seven people have been released from an Emporia hospital after an ammonia leak at the city's Tyson Foods plant.

Emergency workers were sent to the plant on Thursday.

KVOE News in Emporia reports that levels of ammonia at the site were registering at 10 parts per million, which is well below the lethal limit of 300 parts per million.

OSHA says workers can be exposed to a leak of 50 parts per million during an 8-hour shift.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Richard Crowson: A Tinfoil Dome

I was at the grocery store the other day when I rounded a corner and almost crashed my cart into that of another customer.

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Legislature
5:53 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Legislative Session Extends Past Deadline

The Kansas Legislature's annual session will go into overtime because of disagreements on tax issues among Republicans.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Your Move: Xbox One

Credit Dekuwa / Flickr

A few months ago, I spoke about the upcoming PlayStation 4 console. I think there is a law about giving equal time to all sides, so this week I’m going to talk about the Xbox One, Microsoft's new console. It was unveiled Tuesday.

While the PlayStation 4’s focus is on games and the way we play them with our friends, Microsoft’s new console is firmly rooted in the living room and bills itself as the hub for all of your living room entertainment.

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Environment
10:13 am
Thu May 23, 2013

You May Be Fined $1,000 For Using Too Much Water

Wichita residents and businesses might be required to pay a $1,000 fine a month if they use too much water.

The city staff made that recommendation as part of a water conservation proposal unveiled Wednesday.

The fine would be imposed on those who use 310 percent more than their average winter water usage.

Public Works official Ben Nelson says surveys and meetings found that water rates and indoor and business water use were residents' top priorities, while outdoor use was the lowest priority.

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Weather
6:34 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Weekend Tornado In Western Kansas Was An EF4

The National Weather Service says a tornado that traveled seven miles across rural western Kansas during the weekend was an EF4, with winds of 165 to 185 miles per hour.

The report from the agency's Dodge City office follows a survey of the tornado's path Saturday night in Pawnee County.

An EF4 is the second-strongest on the scale used to measure the strength of tornadoes.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

Spock and Kirk assess the situation in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'
Credit rottentomatoes.com

Science fiction movies always are hard for me to discuss, because they go by rules that are obscure to me, such as those allowing amputations—and even death—to be temporary conditions. But let’s see what can be done with Star Trek Into Darkness.

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