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12:03 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Orman Acknowledges Business Tie To A Man Convicted For Insider Trading

Independent Kansas Senate candidate Greg Orman acknowledges having a modest business tie to a former Goldman Sachs board member convicted of insider trading in 2012.

Orman said Wednesday during a news conference that Rajat Gupta is a friend and that he won't abandon a friend who's made a mistake.

Orman is promoting his business experience as he tries to unseat three-term Republican incumbent Pat Roberts.

The race is competitive, making Kansas an unexpected battleground in the fight for control of the Senate.

Health
11:53 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Kansas To Share Suicide, Homicide Data with CDC

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has received a federal grant of almost $1 million to help the CDC develop strategies to reduce the number of violent deaths. As Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson explains, the state will share homicide and suicide data with the National Violent Death Reporting System for five years.

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Education
11:47 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Task Force Begins Reviewing Proposals To Find Efficiencies In Public Schools

A new Kansas commission tasked with creating efficiencies within the state's public school system is beginning a two-day meeting on Thursday at the Statehouse.

A draft recommendation prepared for consideration by the K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission shows the panel is considering many proposals.

One calls for offering school districts incentives to consolidate. Another calls for overhauling how teachers are paid.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

"The Drop" Is A Convincing Adult Drama About The Lower Regions Of Criminal Life

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The Drop is a thoroughly enjoyable excursion into the lower regions of criminal life, if you don’t mind the fact that the characters are such that writer Dennis Lehane and director Michael R. Roskam have seen fit to introduce a puppy dog to provide a touch of humane behavior into the seamy lives of James Gandolfini, Noomi Rapace, Tom Hardy and the even grislier supporting cast.

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Music
5:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Rose’s Pawn Shop Rises With 'Gravity Well'

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When the members of California’s Rose’s Pawn Shop sat down to make their new album, Gravity Well, they decided to work, for the second time in their career, with an outside producer. This time it was Ted Hutt, a man who had worked in the past with bands such as Gaslight Anthem.

Rose’s Pawn Shop guitarist Paul Givant says he couldn’t be happier with that decision.

“He was really hands on and had a long of strong opinions," he says. "We actually appreciated that. It helped us sculpt the record in a way that we weren’t really able to in the past.”

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Government
4:55 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Sedgwick County Approves $5.3 Million For Elephant 'Barn'

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After a discussion that lasted nearly an hour, the Sedgwick County Commission agreed to help fund a new, roughly $10 million elephant "barn" at Sedgwick County Zoo--their contribution being $5.3 million.

An expansion is needed after new standards from The Association of Zoos and Aquariums stated that facilities must have at least three elephants, or none at all. The Sedgwick County Zoo currently has room for only two.

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Crime and Courts
11:46 am
Wed September 17, 2014

KS Supreme Court Justices Mulling Senate Ballot Dispute

The Kansas Supreme Court still considering whether Democrat Chad Taylor should be removed from the ballot as a candidate for the U.S. Senate.

Taylor's attorney told the justices yesterday that Secretary of State Kris Kobach did not have the authority to reject Taylor's request to withdraw from the race.

The justices had pointed questions for both sides, but they had more questions for Kobach's attorney.

Stephen Koranda has more...

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Government
11:34 am
Wed September 17, 2014

A Petition To Repeal Roeland Park's Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Moves Forward

According to the Johnson County legal department, a petition to repeal Roeland Park's anti-discrimination ordinance can move forward.

If 472 registered voters sign the petition within 180 days, Roeland Park's City Council must either repeal the ordinance, which was approved in August, or place it on a citywide ballot. The county has approved the ballot language that will appear if enough support is garnered.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Exhibition Celebrates 60 Years Of Bruce Conner's Print Works

Bruce Conner, Bombhead, 2002. Pigmented inkjet print on paper, 32 x 25 in.
Credit Courtesy Magnolia Editions, Oakland, CA. © 2014 Conner Family Trust, San Francisco / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Ulrich Museum’s fall exhibition Bruce Conner: Somebody Else’s Prints is a retrospective that celebrates 60 years of Bruce Conner’s print works. Conner grew up in Wichita and attended University of Wichita. He settled in San Francisco by 1957, and soon became a key visual artist of the Beat generation.

Conner was an experimental, poetic and subversive artist who made video art as early as 1958. In this exhibit, his subversion of printmaking traditions – like signing his work with a thumbprint - along with obsessive mark-making--characterize his early years.

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Community
5:23 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Mayor Carl Brewer Accepts Challenge To End Veteran Homelessness

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Back in June, First Lady Michelle Obama challenged mayors across the country to end veteran homelessness in their cities by the end of next year.

On Tuesday morning, Mayor Carl Brewer accepted that call to action for the city of Wichita.

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