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Government
7:01 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Shutdown Recovery: Kansas Federal Sites Resume Operations

Federal employees and government facilities are returning to normal operations Friday.

Congress agreed to fund the federal government after partially shutting it down for 16 days.

The Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene is open again. The complex is part of the National Archives system and had been closed since October 1.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Tanya Tandoc: Mole, Oaxacan Style!

Design on a chair at Rostizeria Los Reyes
Credit Tanya Tandoc / KMUW

Mexican restaurants abound in Wichita, and each is unique in quality, authenticity, menu and style.

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Business
9:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Ghost Hunt In Wellington: Do You Hear The Voices?

A view of the second-floor hallway at the old Wellington High School.
Sheree Smith KMUW

Kansas is home to a surprisingly large number of paranormal investigation groups. Many of them are volunteer-driven; members buy their own ghost-hunting equipment and spend their own time researching locations and recording their own data.

In this sense, Moonlit Ghost Hunts or MGH is unique. It's a business that lets amateur ghost hunters--or people simply curious about the paranormal--research along with the paranormal investigators.

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Education
6:24 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Kan. Board, Lawmakers Meet For Talk On Schools

Kansas legislators and the State Board of Education met Wednesday to discuss the status of public education, and to find common ground.

The Statehouse meeting included the 10-member state board and members of the House and Senate education committees.

Most of the discussion focused on how Kansas can spend education dollars more efficiently while also boosting student achievement.

Kansas spends more than $3 billion dollars annually on K-12 education.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Despite Its Jumpy Camera, 'Captain Phillips' Is Engaging, Nuanced and Suspenseful

Tom Hanks encounters Somali pirates in 'Captain Phillips'
Credit rottentomatoes.com

Captain Phillips is the supposedly true story of the hijacking of an American cargo ship by Somalian pirates in 2009, and on the whole it's a suspenseful and convincing account with, unfortunately for me, two or three elements that grind me. But they may not bother you, and may actually appeal to you.

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Commentary
8:47 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Art Review: How A Gallery Space Affects An Exhibition

This week, I returned to the Wichita Art Museum eager to visit the exhibition: Learning to See: Josef Albers and The Interaction of Color.

This small exhibition pulls work from the museum’s permanent collection to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Albers’ now-classic publication, The Interaction of Color. Albers’ book and formalist artwork explore color relationships, asserting that how we perceive color is highly dependent on its surroundings. Albers’ assertion is correct, as evidenced by the unfortunate display of his work in the Vollmer Gallery.

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Education
7:40 am
Wed October 16, 2013

School Snack Rules Under Review

The Kansas Board of Education reviewed new federal rules Tuesday on food sales in schools slated to take effect next year.

The healthy snack requirements govern the kinds of food items that can be sold to students during the school day. Kansas already has requirements in place that in many cases meet or exceed the new federal rules.

Cheryl Johnson, the director of child nutrition and wellness at the Kansas Department of Education, told the board that much of the work in Kansas will be creating exemptions for certain activities, such as fundraising bake sales in schools.

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Education
7:29 am
Wed October 16, 2013

WSU, Emporia State Strike Dual Degree Deal

A new agreement will allow students to start science and math degrees at Emporia State University and finish them at Wichita State.

University leaders signed the agreement Tuesday.

It allows students to spend their first three years at Emporia State and their last two at Wichita State.

Students completing the so-called "3+2" program will have earned bachelor of science degrees in mathematics or physics from Emporia State.

They'll also have bachelor's degrees in any of several engineering fields from Wichita State.

Community
6:48 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Why Wichita Is Perfect For Kite Flying

Carla Eckels KMUW

 There's a store on the east side of Wichita called Wings of the Wind; they sell kites.

On a bright, windy afternoon store owners Mark and Susan Adams are at Wichita’s Coleman Middle School, doing what they really love, flying kites.

“If it dives down then you just give out a lot of line and most of the time it will correct itself and give it a jerk when it's pointed back up and then it will go right back up again,” says Mark.

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Commentary
10:54 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Musical Space: The Bo Diddley Beat

Credit Aconcagua / Wikimedia Commons

Bo Diddley left a huge legacy for American pop music. He was one of the main links in the evolution from the blues to rock and roll. There is even a beat named after him, the one that goes chank-a-chank, a-chank, a-chank-chank. It comes from the caribean music that had an influence on the American south where he grew up, and it became a souvenir he took with him in his family’s move to the south side of Chicago, where he fused it with the blues.

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