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8:59 am
Wed May 22, 2013

McConnell Chosen As Home For New Tankers

Wichita's McConnell Air Force Base has been selected to be the main operating base for the Air Force's new KC-46A air refueling tanker.

Members of the Kansas congressional delegation issued a joint statement Wednesday announcing the Air Force decision. The aircraft will replace the aging KC-135 fleet flown by crews for the past 50 years.

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Community
8:47 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Kansas Gets C- For Infrastructure

Civil engineers have given Kansas' infrastructure an overall C-minus grade.

The regional chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers released their report card Wednesday.

It's an evaluation of the state's aviation, bridges, roads, dams, drinking water, energy, levees, railroads and schools.

The engineers found the most faults with the state's bridges and dams, rating them a D-minus. They say Kansas has nearly 3,000 structurally deficient bridges.

They awarded the highest grades for the state's roads and schools; both got a C-plus.

Environment
6:25 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Iola Site Added To Superfund List

The Superfund National Priorities List now includes nine new sites, one of them where a smelter used to operate on the east side of Iola, Kan.

The EPA says the soil on hundreds of residential and commercial properties in and around Iola is contaminated with lead, arsenic, cadmium and zinc.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Indie Film Guide: The Summer of Harry Potter Begins

Harry Potter has a lot of work ahead of him
Credit rottentomatoes.com

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.

Coming up: A sing-a-long and a bit of Harry Potter.

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Taxes
6:01 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Legislative Tax Talks Continue

Negotiators from the Kansas House and Senate are moving closer to a deal on canceling all or part of a scheduled drop in the state sales tax.

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Business
2:48 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Via Christi To Cut More Than 350 Jobs

Via Christi says months of lowered hospital and physician visits put the company $18 million dollars behind budget for fiscal year 2013.

They'll eliminate between 350 and 400 jobs, about 4 percent of the company's Kansas workforce, by the end of June. About 80 of those will be taken care of by not filling current vacancies, but 80 percent of total job cuts will be designated for Wichita.

In addition, about 35 senior leaders in the company will take a 4 percent salary deduction.

Staff members who lose their jobs will receive severance and other support.

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Emergency Response
1:07 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

KS Officials: Cash Donations Best Way to Help in Oklahoma

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management is urging Kansans who want to help the recovery in Oklahoma to make cash donations.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

OnWords: Jargon Is Sometimes Necessary, Sometimes Annoying

Credit Gavin Llewellyn / flickr Creative Commons

Even if we can agree that jargon is absolutely necessary, we still can't help but be annoyed by it.

Every profession has jargon: specialties and sub-specialties are shot-through with special terms like “endoplasmic reticulum” or “moment of inertia” particular to them.

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Courts
6:44 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Firm To Appeal Wolf Creek Whisteblower Case

An engineering firm wants to appeal a decision by federal regulators.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration--or OSHA--found in favor of a whistleblower at Wolf Creek Plant in Burlington, Kan.

OSHA found the engineer was fired for reporting unsafe working conditions at the nuclear plant.

Georgia-based Enercon Services owns the Wolf Creek plant. OSHA says Enercon violated whistleblower protections when it retaliated against an employee for raising concerns during construction work.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Into It: The Resurgence Of Records

The Neumann Record Cutting Machine.
Credit JacoTen / Wikimedia Commons

It seems like every new technology tries its best to kill off the vinyl record.

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