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5:00 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Indie Film Guide: 12/19 - 1/1

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.

This time: Two Christmas movies and a call for submissions from Tallgrass.

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Weather
12:55 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Emergency Planning Begins For Continuing Drought

While emergency management workers are preparing for snow and ice, state officials are urging water districts to update their plans for water conservation.

All Kansas counties are under a drought emergency, and the drought is predicted to last into 2013.

Kansas Water Office director Tracy Streeter says most of the state's public water supply systems already have conservation plans, but cities and rural water districts should update their drought plans based on their experiences this past year.

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Commentary
11:56 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Crowson Cartoon: Sandy Hook

Credit Richard Crowson
Commentary
8:33 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Into It: Dark Christmas

Postcard featuring Krampus, a goat-like creature who snatches up children to eat.
Credit Wikipedia

Christmas celebrations are not all light and warm as we travel around the world.

Christmas in America is warm and fuzzy, stuffed with Santa, reindeer and helpful elves. We get little exposure to the more sinister, old-world European characters, a host of demonic bogeymen that have been adopted into the Christian tradition over time.

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Community
5:19 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Donated Toys Make Christmas Brighter For Wichita Children

Rows of donated bikes that will be distributed this week.
Carla Eckels

Thousands of families in Wichita will have a brighter Christmas this year due to donations to the Salvation Army.

At the former Big Dog Motorcycle building Monday volunteers helped sort through toys to be distributed later this week.

Two hundred sixty two students, faculty and staff from Friends University helped the Salvation Army prepare to distribute gifts to children donated through the Angel Tree program. Major Douglas Rowland says each year, the volunteers decorate the building, plus organize and assemble some of the toys.

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News
5:16 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Top Morning News 12.18.12

 Vigil held for Topeka officers shot in drug deal bust; Salvation Army makes Christmas wishes come true; Brownback names his team for weight-loss challenge.

Hundreds Attend Vigil For Slain Topeka Officers

Hundreds of people Monday gathered for a candlelight vigil for the two Topeka police officers who were killed while on duty.

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Government
12:20 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Legislators To Propose KanCare Oversight Panel

Kansas legislators will introduce measures during the 2013 session to create oversight of the state's new KanCare Medicaid system.

House Rep. David Crum and Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook announced their plans Monday during a Statehouse news conference. KanCare is the new federally approved system for Medicaid in Kansas, providing health care services to low-income and disabled residents.

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Crime and Courts
5:55 am
Mon December 17, 2012

2 Kansas Officers Fatally Shot Outside Topeka Market

Police in Topeka say two of their officers shot outside a grocery store have died at a hospital.

The 22-year-old male suspect in Sunday's shooting remains at large. He is believed to still be armed.

News
5:02 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Top Morning News 12.17.12

Legislators to propose oversight panel for KanCare; Huelskamp to open satellite office in Manhattan; 2 police officers dead in Topeka.

Legislators To Propose KanCare Oversight Panel

Kansas legislators are planning to introduce measures during the 2013 session to create oversight of the state's new KanCare Medicaid system.

House Representitive David Crum and Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook are expected to announce their plans Monday during a Statehouse news conference.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Book Review: Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

A friend saw me reading Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore and asked what I thought about the magical realism in the novel. I don't read dust jackets before beginning books, so I have to admit that I was a little disappointed to learn I had selected a title with any enchantment attached.

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