5:00 am
Mon April 20, 2015

K-State Salina Program Tests The Boundaries Of Drone Use

At the Kansas State Salina Unmanned Aircraft Systems lab, drones come in all shapes, sizes and prices.
Sean Sandefur

At Kansas State University’s campus in Salina, aviation is a big deal. Students can learn how to fly planes and helicopters, or how to manage an airport. They can also study unmanned aircraft, often called drones. 

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems program at the college tests the boundaries of drone use. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur visited their facilities and has this report…

The Salina campus is a bit rough on the outside, but impressive on the inside. A number of weather-beaten hangars and unassuming buildings house the latest in aviation technology, including drones.

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4:34 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Kansas School Board Delays Vote On Allowing Unlicensed Teachers In Classrooms

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The Kansas State Board of Education has delayed a vote on a plan to let some school districts hire unlicensed teachers.

The proposal would have affected a group of six Kansas districts, known as the Coalition of Innovative School Districts. As Stephen Koranda reports, the board had been set to vote on the plan Thursday.

The delay came after deans of education schools at Kansas universities raised concerns, as did teachers. Nicole Meier is a Kindergarten teacher from Topeka and a Teacher of the Year finalist.

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6:30 am
Fri April 17, 2015

A Musical Life: Michael Engdahl

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Michael J. Engdahl is a guitarist, composer, and teacher based out of Wichita, KS. He plays in the local alt-rock band Coriander, the modern jazz quartet First To Leave, and leads his own trio, ME3. A recent graduate of Wichita State with a B.M. in Jazz Studies, Michael teaches at Senseney Music and has been a part of the local music scene for many years. His most recent recording, Live! At Miller Concert Hall debuts original compositions in the jazz idiom. Michael is looking forward to recording, performing, and touring with all his projects in 2015. 


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5:24 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Kansas Supreme Court To Consider Marijuana Ballot Dispute

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The state’s highest court has taken up the dispute over the legality of a new voter-approved ordinance in the state’s largest city that lessens criminal penalties for marijuana possession.

The Kansas Supreme Court on Thursday ordered Wichita to respond by May 6 to arguments made by the Kansas attorney general seeking to nullify the ordinance because it conflicts with state law. The court also halted for now proceedings in Sedgwick County District Court that had also aimed to resolve the issue.

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2:25 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Regional Jet With 84 Onboard Safely Makes Emergency Landing

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A regional airliner with 84 passengers on board safely made an emergency landing in Wichita on Wednesday, after the plane had cabin pressurization problems.

No one was injured during the Bombardier CRJ-900's landing at Wichita's Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.

Airport spokeswoman Valerie Wise says the flight was operated by Mesa Airlines for American. It had taken off from Wichita and was headed to Dallas-Ft. Worth.

She says the plane wasn't in the air for very long before the pilot declared an emergency around 2:20 p.m. and returned to the airport.

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2:18 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Brownback Signs Bill Tightening Welfare Rules

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Governor Sam Brownback signed into law a controversial welfare bill on Thursday. It would cut the lifetime limit on cash assistance from 48 months to 36 months.

As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, it also says welfare recipients can’t spend the money at places like movie theaters and swimming pools.

Opponents say the bill stigmatizes low-income Kansans and might limit access to needed benefits. It’s also attracted some national attention. Here’s Jon Stewart on the Daily Show.

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11:11 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Take A Trip And See Art Up Close

Exterior of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
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Traveling to see art is one of my greatest pleasures! Whether it’s hunting for Connie Ernatt’s Troll by the river, or jet setting to a far-flung part of the earth, nothing replaces the joy of going and seeing art. 

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5:30 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Pacino Is Exceptional In 'Danny Collins'

Danny Collins is a thoroughly enjoyable comedy-drama made exceptional by a remarkably restrained performance by the usually over-the-top Al Pacino.

He plays an aging rock star whose style has become so outdated that his sellout audiences feature expanding waistlines, bald heads and grey hair, and at one point it is suggested that his audience is too old to be out as late as 9 p.m.

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5:00 am
Thu April 16, 2015

The Wichita Fresh Air Baby Camp

The Fresh Air Baby Camp was built in 1920. Here, it is shown in its current condition.
Credit Abigail Wilson

Updated on 04/16/15:

The building has a new roof, and the triple sash windows have been primed, prepped and painted. A new sewer line was put in place at the beginning of April.

Next steps for the restoration of the baby camp include getting water and electricity as well as finishing the triple sash windows that at one time pulled in much-needed fresh air.

The Friends of the Historic Fresh Air Baby Camp estimate that the restoration will be completed in the fall. The building is located in a city park, so it will be open for public use.

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4:15 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

WSU Foundation Receives Sizable Donation For Honors College

Dorothy and Bill Cohen made a quick stop at the Rhatigan Student Center construction site during a visit to the WSU campus.

The Wichita State University Foundation has received a sizable donation from longtime donors. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, the funds will go towards the school’s honor college…

A gift of $5 million has been given to the WSU Foundation from Dorothy and Bill Cohen.

According to university officials, most of the funds are earmarked for the Honors College, which will be renamed the Dorothy and Bill Cohen Honors College.

The money will be used for student scholarships, fellowships for faculty and an annual program focused on student leadership.

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