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5:00 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Wait Wait Live!

"Wait, Wait..." panelists Mo Rocca, Paula Poundstone and Tom Bodett at a live staging of the show.
Credit KUER 90.1 / Flickr

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 couple docs and an NPR favorite... live!

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Trials
5:40 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Shawnee DA To Retry Capital Murder Case

A Kansas prosecutor says he's planning to retry a capital murder suspect rather than ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the man's convictions for killing two women in Topeka.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

OnWords: Do You Have A Sense Of Entitlement?

Calling Social Security an entitlement program implies that those who receive the benefits do not deserve them. - Lael Ewy

The recent history of the word “entitlement” shows how a word’s connotation can take over its existence and taint everything it touches.

As opposed to its denotation, or dictionary definition, a word’s connotation is about the associations we have with a word. In the case of the word entitlement, it’s almost all negative.

The phrase “sense of entitlement” is at fault for this negative connotation.

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Commentary
7:25 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Into It: History Of The Horse Companion

Owners pair their horses with companion ponies, sidekicks that keep them social.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Horses get lonely, just like the rest of us. Left isolated, they become withdrawn and take on bad habits called stable vices.

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News
7:07 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Top Morning News 4.23.13

Brownback wants higher education funding left uncut; Bill signed establishing KU Med stem cell center; Warmer temps needed to assess wheat crop damage.

Brownback Wants Higher Education Funding Left Uncut

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Education
6:50 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Brownback Wants Higher Education Funding Left Uncut

Gov. Sam Brownback speaking on the WSU campus Monday about the need to leave higher education funding at its current level.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

Gov. Sam Brownback met with leaders at Wichita State University Monday to solicit support for his funding proposal that would help maintain state dollars for higher education.

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Crime and Courts
6:28 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Human Trafficking Laws Updated

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill to combat human trafficking and exploitation of underage sex workers.

The governor signed the bill Monday, saying it will provide increased criminal penalties and services for victims of sexual exploitation.

"This would not only strengthen our ability to severly punish traffickers," said Brownback. "It would give us valuable new tools to protect vulnerable young victims so they can have hope of a new life and break the cycle of exploitation."

The bill modifies Kansas human trafficking laws passed nearly a decade ago.

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Agriculture
6:01 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Warmer Temperatures Needed To Assess Wheat Damage

A new report says warmer temperatures are needed before Kansas farmers can assess the freeze damage to their winter wheat crop.

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Medicine
3:39 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Governor Signs Bill Establishing KU Med Stem Cell Center

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill that will establish a stem cell research center at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The new facility would work with adult stem cells and cells taken from umbilical cord blood.

Brownback signed the bill during a ceremony Monday at the Statehouse. He was joined by people who have successfully undergone medical treatments using stem cells.

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Environment
7:28 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Ozone Alerts Coming Your Way This Summer

Credit davedehetre / flickr Creative Commons

The city of Wichita is implementing a new plan for the 2013 ozone season in an effort to reduce the impact on area ozone levels.

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