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Economy
11:57 am
Wed July 23, 2014

KS Kids’ Economic Well-Being On Downward Trend

The annual KIDS COUNT Data Book ranks Kansas 15th overall for child well-being. While that’s one spot higher than last year in the overall state rankings, Bryan Thompson reports the numbers aren’t so good, in terms of the economic well-being of Kansas kids.

Shannon Cotsoradis, who heads the advocacy group Kansas Action for Children, says Kansas families are struggling, economically.

“In 2012 we have 19% of children living in poverty,” she says. "That’s unchanged from 2011, but the trend has increased significantly over time. Just a few years ago, we were at 15%.”

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Politics
11:45 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Scott Morgan: 'Duel' Voting System Will Confuse Voters And Suppress Turnout

Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s opponent in the Republican primary predicts that a “dual” voting system for helping Kansas enforce a proof-of-citizenship rule will confuse voters and suppress turnout.

Challenger Scott Morgan's criticism Tuesday of the Kobach-designed system came a day after the secretary of state's office began mailing notices to dozens of voters about it. The voters registered using a national form without providing proof of their U.S. citizenship to election officials.

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Commentary
6:16 am
Wed July 23, 2014

A Dazzling Spectrum of Floating Color

Courtesy Ulrich Museum of Art

Working on the installation Sen by artist Lisa Solomon was an all-hands-on-deck affair at the Ulrich Underground. I was one of many on the team and its completion was nothing short of a Herculean effort.

The title, Sen, is the Japanese word for ‘one thousand’. Most literally, this title describes the 1,000 hand-made doilies pinned to the wall. These doilies were made by participants from around the world.

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Transportation
10:34 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Emporia Residents Raising Funds For Amtrak Impact Study

A group of Emporia residents is trying to raise funds for an impact study in the hopes of bringing Amtrak back to Emporia.

Members of the Emporia Amtrak Task Force have been talking to Amtrak and BNSF railroad staff, as well as Emporia State University and community leaders.

BNSF owns the tracks on which Amtrak's Southwest Chief runs.

Government
9:22 am
Tue July 22, 2014

KS Attorney General Plans Public Hearing On Regulations For Gun Signs

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt plans to have a public hearing in September on new regulations for signs that businesses and groups must post if they want to ban guns from their premises.

The hearing is set for Sept. 17 in the building near the Kansas Statehouse that houses the attorney general's office.

A state law that took effect this month makes the open carrying of guns legal across the state. But businesses and groups still can ban both concealed and unconcealed guns from their premises if they post signs.

Commentary
8:20 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Musical Space: How To Turn Your House Into A Concert Venue

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Things are changing in the live music business. Clubs aren’t hiring live acts like they used to, and corporate integration has changed the concert scene into mainstream monotony. On the bright side, though, house concerts--musical events in private homes--are emerging as the hot, new venue.

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Health
5:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Salina To Vote On Fluoridation

A petition to remove fluoride from Salina’s water supply was submitted on Monday to the city clerk.

A grassroots organization called Salina Cares delivered the petition and its 2041 signatures to city clerk Shandi Wicks on July 21st.

The petition is a request to the city of Salina to remove fluoride from the city’s public water supply.

The group intends to put the issue up for a vote in the November elections.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Finding The City Under The City

Credit Tiffany Bailey / Flickr / Creative Commons

What do skateboarders, graffiti artists and French post-structuralists have in common?

Let’s start with the skateboarder. The sport that essentially began as a land-based substitute for surfing in the late 1940s has moved from empty pools and the sidewalks of Venice Beach, to enclosed parks built by cities, to huge stadiums where corporations plaster their names on every fun box, half-pipe and hand-rail available.

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Military
12:17 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Contracts with KS Army National Guard Investigated for Possible Corruption

The Kansas Adjutant General's office says federal authorities are investigating possible corruption involving outside medical companies' contracts with the Kansas Army National Guard.

Sharon Watson is spokeswoman for the adjutant general's office, she confirmed the investigation Friday to The Lawrence Journal-World but declined to release specific details. She said the investigation involves concerns of "inappropriate conduct" on medical contracts.

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Environment
12:13 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Harper County Hit With Two Minor Earthquakes

The U.S. Geological Survey says two minor earthquakes were recorded over the weekend within 12 hours of each other in Harper County.

No injuries or severe damage were reported after either earthquake.

The first earthquake was recorded about 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

It registered a 3.0 magnitude, with the epicenter about 5 1/2 miles northwest of Harper.

The second, registered a 3.3 magnitude, and was recorded about 6.5 miles southeast of Harper about 7:25 Sunday morning.

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