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1:47 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

VIDEO: How Was Your Commute? Mayor Says Street Crews Did 'Outstanding Job'

Streets are mostly clear in downtown Wichita Tuesday not long after record snowfall.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

During a City Council Workshop Tuesday, Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer thanked the city maintenance crew that cleared snow from streets.

"Through this entire time frame, through both of the snows, we have to say hats off to our guys that were out there working the streets," said Brewer.

Brewer said the crew worked through the first storm and then immediately prepared for the next one to come in.

"They did an outstanding job in getting our streets all taken care of and getting them all cleaned up." said Brewer.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

OnWords: Ideology, Love It Or Hate It?

Credit Alyson_H / flickr Creative Commons

The conflicted and often contradictory ways Americans use the word “ideology” reveals the conflicted and often contradictory ways we view ourselves.

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Government
8:55 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Bill Would Allow Concealed Carry Guns In Public Buildings

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A bill in the Kansas House would require public buildings to be open to people legally carrying concealed weapons, unless the building has adequate security measures.

Under current law, concealed weapons can be barred from public buildings by posting a sign at the door.

Sen. Forrest Knox, an Altoona Republican, spoke in favor of the bill during a committee hearing Monday. He says Kansans with concealed weapons permits should be allowed to carry guns inside public buildings unless the building has enough security to ensure safety.

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Government
8:48 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Brownback's Reading Plan Gets Hearing

Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal requiring school districts to hold back Kansas third-graders who aren't proficient in reading is getting mixed reviews in the Legislature.

The Senate Education Committee heard testimony Monday on the plan. The proposal includes $10 million in grant money for intervention programs to help third-graders meet state standards in reading.

Brownback policy director Jon Hummell says the goal isn't to keep children from advancing to fourth grade but to improve overall education outcomes, including reducing dropout rates.

Commentary
8:40 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Into It: The Imaginary Island Of California

It wasn't until 1747 that the "Island of California" was decreed to not actually exist.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

California’s San Andreas fault is slowly shifting LA away from the mainland. But we don’t have to look to the future to imagine a disjointed coastline. Instead we can look to the past, to the maps of the 17th and 18th centuries that share a strange discrepancy: the inclusion of the Island of California.

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News
6:57 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Top Morning News 2.26.13

Winter weather brings delays and cancellations; Heavy snow won't cure the Kansas drought; Brownback's reading plan draws criticism.

Second Round Of Winter Weather Brings More Cancellations And Delays

Monday's snow storm is winding down and streets are being cleared in Wichita.

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Weather
9:10 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Tuesday School Closings (Updated)

Due to the snowfall predicted overnight and the ability for students to travel safely to school in the morning, some schools in the Wichita area are planning for another snow day.
Credit Bill Pearce / KMUW

Another snow day?

Why not.

UPDATED 5:40 am

Area schools that will be closed Tuesday, February 26:

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Book Review: In The Middle Of America

In the Middle of America: Printmaking & Print Exhibitions is a catalog created as a reference guide for four exhibits to be held this spring:

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News
4:51 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Top Morning News 2.25.13

Wichita officials say the roads will likely be more hazardous with this second storm; Gov. Brownback extends state of emergency declaration to include new storm; Some area schools and universities are closed.

Wichita Officials: Get Ready For Storm, Round Two

City of Wichita officials are urging residents to stay off the roads and prepare for another round of heavy snowfall.

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Weather Closes Area Schools, Universities and Businesses

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Weather
7:53 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Monday School Closings (UPDATED)

Some south-central Kansas schools closed Monday in anticipation of inclement weather.
Credit Briana O'Higgins / KMUW

Updated: 7:05 am

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Wichita and the surrounding areas beginning at midnight Monday until at least noon Tuesday.

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