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5:00 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Book Review: The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards

The protagonist of The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards is a writer who has lost every book he's ever written.

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10:39 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Shockers Advance To Sweet Sixteen

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The Shockers advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2006, while Gonzaga becomes the first top seed to be eliminated.
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SALT LAKE CITY -- Gonzaga's gone. Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker scored 16 points apiece and Wichita State hit a season-high 14 3-pointers, including seven straight late, to knock the top-ranked and No. 1 seeded Bulldogs out of the NCAA tournament 76-70 on Saturday.
Agriculture
5:45 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Legislators Want Corporate Farming Review

Kansas lawmakers have decided they need more information before making changes to the state's laws that restrict corporate farming.

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Legislation
3:50 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Teacher Bargaining Rights Bills Shelved

Two bills that would have cut back teachers' bargaining rights have been shelved for this session.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

A Musical Life: Kyle Cramb

Kyle Cramb's began his solo studio project, The Coma Calling, in 2007.
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 Kyle Cramb (born 1983, Wichita, Kan.) played guitar in progressive post-rock bands between 2000-2006, then established a love for drum machines, sampling and programming.

He's said composing music with the aid of computers instead of other band members made sense to him because he didn't have to rely on someone else to be available. Drum machines and samplers had good timing and were at his fingertips, which he found liberating.

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Music
8:43 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Some Rural, Some Urban In The Music Of The Pines

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The Pines find comfort in rural and urban America.

Iowa natives Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt formed the band The Pines after a chance meeting in Arizona. The pair quickly relocated to Minneapolis, Minn., where the band is based today.

Ramsey says that he and Huckfelt were first drawn together by a love of regional music and the blues.

“We were obsessed with blues music and folk music,” Ramsey says of his early days with Huckfelt.

The move to Minneapolis exposed the pair to the music of St. Paul’s “Spider” John Koerner—who Ramsey calls “a huge influence."

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2013 Legislative Session
6:30 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Committee Authorizes Bonds To Pay KPERS Debt

A state House committee has voted to authorize $1.5 billion dollars in bonds to bolster the state pension system for teachers and state government workers.

The Pensions and Benefits Committee vote was close- 7-6, and reflected a split of opinions over whether the legislation did enough to address a long-term funding gap facing the pension system.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:06 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Bill Would Allow Open Carry Anywhere In Kansas

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Lawmakers are considering a bill that would prevent local governments from barring openly carried firearms. 

The Libertarian Party of Kansas has sued the communities that bar open carry, saying their ordinances violate state law, but lawmakers are also looking at the issue. The House Federal and State Affairs Committee held a hearing on the bill Thursday.

Currently, some communities ban open carry, but the bill before the committee would throw out those ordinances.

Allan Rothlisberg, a Republican from Grandview Plaza, says the Second Amendment protects open carry.

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News
5:43 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Top Morning News 3.22.13

Senate approves $14B budget; Bill would allow open carry anywhere in Kansas; Committee authorizes bonds to pay KPERS debt.

Kansas Senate Approves $14B Budget

The Kansas Senate has given final approval to a $14 billion budget for the next fiscal year.

Thursday's 24-16 vote sends the measure to the House, which approved its own budget bill Wednesday. Negotiators from the two chambers are expected to begin meeting next week to work out a final version.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Restaurant Review: Doo-Dah Diner

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Wichita has a relatively new fun breakfast and lunch spot, the Doo-Dah Diner, just east of the on-ramp to Kellogg, between Broadway and Market.

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