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12:30 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Past and Present: Architect Behind Some Well-Known Wichita Buildings

Uel Clifton Ramey
Credit Steve Ramey

Historians study those who shape the world in which we live, including those who designed the physical space around us. One such person was architect Uel Clifton Ramey.

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Government
5:55 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Senator Roberts Anticipates NBAF Funding 'Breakthrough'

The logjam over federal funding for a state-of-the-art animal disease laboratory at Kansas State University is on the verge of breaking, according to Kansas Senator Pat Roberts.

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Energy
5:41 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Westar To Help Customers With Energy Assistance Program

A Westar advisor will be in Wichita to help customers complete the paperwork for energy assistance.
Credit Westar Energy

Westar Energy advisers will be in Wichita Wednesday as part of an outreach program that helps low income Kansans fill out applications for assistance with home energy costs.

The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program or (LIEAP) is a federally funded program that helps eligible households pay a portion of their utility bills by providing a one-time per year benefit.

Westar Energy spokesperson Gina Penzig says advisers are helping customers in several cities in Kansas complete the application process.

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News
5:38 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Top Morning News 2.20.13

Kansas senator expecting announcement on NBAF; Action expected on school funding formula; Gas explosion destroys restaurant in KC.

Sen. Roberts Anticipates NBAF 'Breakthrough'

The stalemate over federal funding for a state-of-the-art animal disease laboratory at Kansas State may soon be over.

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Panel OKs School Amendment

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Art: Navigating Final Friday

Photo courtesy Center Gallery from the Midwest Center for Photography Juried Exhibition
Credit Miska Draskoczy

On the last Friday of every month, local art galleries keep their doors open late for visitors.

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Government
2:15 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

New Bill Says Guns Made, Sold in Kansas Not Subject To Federal Rules

Gun rights advocates in Kansas want lawmakers to counter any moves by the federal government to restrict access to firearms.

Advocates traveled to Topeka Tuesday to hear the House and Federal State Affairs Committee consider a bill that aims to protect gun rights in Kansas.  

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Commentary
8:24 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Musical Space: Why You Can't Sing 'Happy Birthday' Anytime, Anywhere

Credit freakgirl / flickr

“Happy Birthday to You” is one of the best known songs in the world, but one rarely hears it in a movie or on TV.

There is a monetary reason for this: “Happy Birthday To You” is copyright protected, and to use it can cost a producer as much as $30,000.

It is incredible to me that the song is not in the public domain, but this is one of those strange stories born at the intersection of popular music and copyright law.


The tune was written for a song "Good Morning to All" in 1893 by Louisville kindergarten teachers Patty and Mildred Hill.

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Health
7:51 am
Tue February 19, 2013

WSU Professor Seeks Parkinson's Prevention

Dr. Kandatege Wimalesena works in his lab at Wichita State University.
Credit Milt Radford

At least 50,000 people in America are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year and that number is expected to increase as the population ages.

Parkinson's disease is a neurological disorder caused by the death of dopamine producing cells in the brain. The symptoms include impaired movement, rigid muscles and impaired posture.

Wichita State University biochemistry professor Kandatege Wimalesena is leading a research effort to find some answers.

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Pancake Racing
7:00 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Why Does Liberal Have An Annual Pancake Race Against A Town In The UK?

Liberal winner Caitlin Demarest leads the pack
Fletcher Powell KMUW

Eight hundred miles from the bright colors, music and costumes of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, a quiet snow falls on the southwest Kansas town of Liberal. It’s not obvious right away that something important is happening, but as you move downtown it becomes pretty clear that Liberal is not going to let a few inches of snow stop them from their annual celebration—the International Pancake Race between Liberal and Olney, England.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:19 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Senate Budget Would Cut $10M for KU Med Building

There was a setback for the University of Kansas Medical Center in state budget discussions Monday.

A Senate committee voted to cut out $10 million that would help pay for a new health education building.

Republican Senator Tom Arpke from Salina originally proposed the cut. Arpke pointed to the tuition increases at KU compared to other universities in the state

“Looking at the overall performance at the Regents universities, it seems to me that the University of Kansas was being... a little fiscally irresponsible,” he said.

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