11:21 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Kansas Mulling Over Lawsuit Against Colorado's Legal Pot

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Kansas hasn't decided whether to join a lawsuit filed by other states against Colorado over its legalization of marijuana.

Spokeswoman Jennifer Rapp said Friday that Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has been considering legal action against Colorado for months.

However, Rapp says Schmidt's office is still weighing its options.

Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a lawsuit Thursday with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional. They argue it's a public safety issue.

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5:30 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Theatre Etiquette

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We are lucky to live in a city that supports a number and a variety of theatres—whether you’re looking for burlesque or stand-up comedy, children’s shows or improv, musical or opera, tragedy or comedy, melodrama or revue, professional or student or community, the chances are good you can find it on stage in Wichita.

And of the literally hundreds of crew members, cast members, administration and staff who are hard at work at producing entertainment for us, a very few are paid to do this work. And it is hard work, done mostly out of love for the art.

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5:12 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

R&B Singer/Composer Howard Hewett To Perform In Wichita

  Sunday, December 21

A conversation with  R&B Grammy award-winning singer/composer Howard Hewett this Sunday on Soulsations. The phenomenal tenor was lead vocalist for the disco/soul late 70s trio Shalamar and recently released a new single. Hear his array of music including Christmas tunes. Hewett will be in concert at Wichita’s 40 Plus Lounge December 27th. For more information on the event, click  here.

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3:40 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Wichita Pubic Library Closes Its Orchard Park Branch


The Wichita Public Library is closing one of its eight branches, as well as moving its collections to other larger branches. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story.

The Orchard Park library branch on West Ninth Street closed for good on Friday because it was no longer meeting the needs of its customers.

Director of Libraries Cynthia Berner says the branch is a very small space inside the Orchard Park Recreation Center and its usage has declined.

Berner says the branch has been a part of the community for 34 years.

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1:55 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Incoming Kansas House Democratic Leader Talks 2015 Session

Incoming House Minority Leader Tom Burroughs
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Kansas is facing a budget deficit next fiscal year.

Lawmakers will start working soon on a way to balance the state budget.

Governor Sam Brownback has already proposed spending cuts for the current fiscal year. It involves diverting from the state highway fund and the public pension plan, known as KPERS.

When the 2015 session begins, Kansas City Democrat Tom Burroughs will become the House Minority Leader.

Burroughs replaces outgoing minority leader Paul Davis, who stepped down to run for governor.

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1:46 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Local Cuban-American Critical Of U.S. Agreement With The Communist Country

Lucinda and Dr. Manuel Alfonso
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President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. will form diplomatic relations and open an embassy in communist-led Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years.

Cuban immigrants across the United States have expressed mixed feelings about the decision, including a long-time resident of Wichita. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports…

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1:38 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Westar Energy Ends Fees For The Use Of Credit/Debit Cards

Westar Energy says it's no longer charging a $2.95 fee to customers who use credit or debit cards to pay their monthly bills.

Westar Vice President Jeff Beasley said the utility has a team focusing on finding ways to make it easier for consumers to do business with the company.

The Topeka-based company says earlier this year, it made its website friendly to mobile devices and introduced text and email updates to customers who wanted to know about power outages.

Westar supplies electricity to nearly 700,000 customers.

1:30 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Falling Crude Prices Are Hurting Kansas Oil Producers

Falling crude prices are hitting oil producers especially hard in Kansas. The oil industry in the state is dominated by small, independent operators who depend heavily on the cash flow from producing wells to pay to drill new ones.

The Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association says the low prices are causing many companies to re-evaluate their drilling plans.

Analysts say the growth in new drilling across the country will slow as drillers avoid rock that is either not well understood or known to be unproductive.

1:24 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Banker And Small-Business Owner Appointed To Saline County Commission

Governor Sam Brownback has named a banker and small-business owner to two newly created seats on the Saline County Commission.

On Thursday, the governor announced the appointments of Luci Larson and David Smith to the commission.

Both are from Salina and take office Jan. 12.

Saline County voters in November approved expanding the commission from three to five members. Under Kansas law, the current commissioners were required to draw new districts within a month, and the governor was required to fill the seats. The new commissioners will stand for election in 2016.

10:06 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Happy Holidays From Richard Crowson

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When I was little I’d wear a big grin, round Christmastime, round Christmastime

The cars were shaped like toasters then, round Christmas way back when

All the coats were plaid and everyone had the funny looking caps with the big earflaps

All the kids would be grinning from flap to flap round Christmastime back then

There was no such thing as a shopping mall round Christmastime, round Christmastime

You shopped downtown if you shopped at all round Christmas way back when

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