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5:00 am
Thu December 13, 2012

Movie Review: The Paperboy

The Paperboy is the latest of a series of movies about a class of people lower economically, culturally and sometimes morally. Winter's Bone and Beasts of the Southern Wild included people we could admire, but Killing Them Softly, Killer Joe, and now The Paperboy feature characters we would not care to spend time with in real life.

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Aviation
1:10 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Union Approves Spirit Contract

Members of an engineering union at Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita have overwhelmingly approved a six-year
contract.

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Health
5:44 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Americans Living Longer, But Quality Of Life In Jeopardy

Credit Susan NYC / flickr

The 2012 edition of America's Health Rankings says medical advances are helping people live longer, but preventable illnesses and unhealthy behaviors are undermining the quality of that longer lifespan.

The big threats, according to the report from United Health Foundation, are obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and inactive lifestyles. Kansas ranks right in the middle of the 50 states, at 24th overall. However, Kansas has one of the highest obesity rates in the U.S., with more than 630,000 obese adults.

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News
5:39 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Top Morning News 12.12.12

Finances of KanCare begin to get worked out; Americans live longer, but are worse off; Judge says Boeing case should go to trial; KS BOE rejects JROTC as PE.

Kansas Finance Council Reviewing Requests

A special council of Kansas officials is weighing a request for funds to implement the state's new system for administering Medicaid services. 

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Art Review: Occupy Art

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The Wichita Art Museum has assembled a new exhibition from their permanent collection. It’s called “Occupy Art: Protest and Empathy for the Worker.”

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Education
12:52 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

KU Med Requests Millions In State Funds

The University of Kansas is asking the state for millions of dollars to help construct a $75 million medical building at its Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.

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Education
11:30 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Wichita East Senior Wins WSU's $44,000 Barton Scholarship

Kiah Danielle Duggins and Doug Hensler, dean of the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State.
Credit Wichita State University

Kiah Danielle Duggins, an International Baccalaureate senior at Wichita High School East, is the winner of Wichita State University's 2013-2014 Clay Barton Scholarship in Business. Duggins will receive $11,000 a year for four years to attend WSU.

The $44,000 Barton Scholarship is the biggest business scholarship in the state.

Duggins plans to major in international business and Spanish, and minor in political science at WSU.

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Commentary
7:59 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Musical Space: Old and New Standards

As jazz continues to evolve, what becomes a standard in the jazz repertoire has also changed.

One of the most remarkable things about jazz in '40s and '50s was how musicians could appropriate a popular song and turn it into a jazz composition. It was a beautiful artistic juxtaposition - someone could hear a song sung in a film or on a Broadway stage, and then the same night hear that song turned into a bebop tour-de-force in an after-hours jazz club.

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Education
6:10 am
Tue December 11, 2012

KS School Finance Task Force To Meet

A task force created by Gov. Sam Brownback to review the Kansas system for funding public schools held its final meeting Monday in Topeka.

The group was formed by Brownback to look at how funds are spent by school districts and identify areas for improving fiscal efficiency.

Brownback has said school districts should focus more of their resources on classroom instruction and find ways to reduce spending on functions that don't affect teaching. Some ideas that have been discussed are sharing administrative resources and purchasing power.

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Government
5:54 am
Tue December 11, 2012

Brownback Seeks To Merge JJA With Corrections

The Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.
Credit Jimmy Emerson / Flickr

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback wants to merge the state's Juvenile Justice Authority with the Department of Corrections. The governor says he’ll propose an executive reorganization order in the coming legislative session to merge the two agencies.

Brownback says a Legislative Post Audit report this summer showed that the social services approach of previous administration failed to provide safety and security. He says the merger will improve safety, and that programs proven to get youth back on the right path will continue.

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