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12:30 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Past and Present: Demographics, Education and Economics

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One of the consequences of the Presidential election of 2012 is an increased awareness of the changing demographics of American society. Specifically, it is projected that, by the year 2050, non-whites will constitute the majority of the American population.

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Community
6:27 am
Wed May 1, 2013

It's Law Day: US Attorney Speaking At WSU

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom will be at Wichita State University Wednesday to talk about public safety and human rights.

The speech, which is in conjunction with Law Day, begins at 1:15 in Hubbard Hall, room 209.

Government
6:21 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Kansas Just Missed April Revenue Expectations

State revenue officials say Kansas missed its expected revenue projections for April by less than $5 million dollars.

The monthly report was released Tuesday.

Kansas collected $764,800 dollars in taxes, though it expected just over $769 million for April.

Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan says Kansas collected $25 million dollars more in individual income taxes this April compared to last April.

Commentary
5:00 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Art: Ulrich Faculty Biennial

The artists of the 19th Ulrich Faculty Biennial
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Over the weekend, the Ulrich Museum of Art opened their 19th Faculty Biennial.

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Government
5:28 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

State Ordered To Pay Some Redistricting Lawsuit Expenses

Three federal judges have ordered Kansas to cover $389,000 worth of attorneys' fees and expenses for parties involved in a lawsuit last year over political redistricting.

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Economy
2:43 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Job Growth Expected To Increase In Kansas

A  report from WSU’s Center for Economic Development and Business Research projects modest job growth in Kansas this year.

It’s driven partially by the energy, construction and services sectors.

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Education
2:13 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Maize Schools End Random Drug Tests For Students In After-School Activities

The Maize School District has decided to stop doing random drug tests on students who participate in extra-curricular activities.

Maize's School Board recently voted to eliminate the testing after hearing reactions from school administrators and students. The suburb just west of Wichita had conducted the random tests on students from grades 7 through 12.

A spokeswoman says the district has spent almost $31,500 on the program since it began in 2007.

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Business
7:31 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Copper Theft Up; Westar Says Customers Will Pay for Replacements

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Westar Energy officials who are dealing with $200,000 in damage at a substation over the weekend say thieves also hit two other substations.

The utility discovered damage Monday at substations near Valley Center and in Wichita.  Westar Manager Doug VenJohn says thieves have hit 31 substations just in April. There were only 15 similar thefts in all of 2012.

Westar crews were at six different substations Monday to make repairs related to copper thefts. The company will replace the stolen copper with materials that have no scrap value.

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Tourism
7:25 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Tourism Is Big Business In Kansas, $8 Billion In 2011

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State officials say travel and tourism in Kansas generated almost $8 billion in 2011. Becky Blake, the state director of tourism, says 32 million people visited Kansas in 2011 -- and each visitor spent about $236.

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Environment
7:08 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Climate Change: Violent Weather And Missing Bees

Mary Catherine Bateson, a well-known cultural anthropologist, says climate change is killing colonies of bees, which we are extremely dependent on.
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Mary Catherine Bateson is a well-known cultural anthropologist and writer. She serves on the boards for the National Science Foundation and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

For decades Bateson has worked in the field of anthropology. She is a Harvard and Radcliffe graduate and the daughter of social anthropologist Margaret Mead and cybernetics pioneer Gregory Bateson. She’s written on religion, family dynamics and aging but now is deeply involved in environmental issues. 

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