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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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Health
6:05 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Kansas Will Have Federally Operated Health Exchange

The new online health insurance marketplace going into effect next year in Kansas as part of the Affordable Care Act will be operated by federal, not state, officials.

That is because Gov. Sam Brownback refused to have any role in implementing what he calls "Obamacare."

Last Friday was the final deadline for states to notify federal officials of their interest in creating a federal-state partnership model for the new health insurance exchange. The deadline came and went with no action by Gov. Brownback.

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News
5:32 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Top Morning News 2.19.13

Health exchange in Kansas will be federally operated; Budget director apologizes for numbers error; KU building gets slashed from Senate budget.

Kansas Will Have Federally Operated Health Exchange

The new, online health insurance marketplace going into effect next year will be operated by federal officials.

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Brownback Budget Director Apologizes For Incorrect Number

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Wichita Weather Outlook
12:30 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Wednesday Could Bring Rain To Wichita

Clouds will increase Tuesday night ahead of a strong cold front that will likely bring a mix of rain and snow to much of Kansas.

The precipitation will begin on Wednesday as mostly rain in the Wichita area and likely turn to freezing rain for part of the overnight hours into Thursday.

Dry weather is expected for the weekend with warmer temperatures.

Commentary
12:30 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

The Human Factor: How Do You Know How To Hold A Coffee Mug?

The handle on this blue coffee mug is an example of an affordance. Its design makes obvious the purpose or function.
Credit ~dgies / flickr

Human Factors aims to better integrate humans and systems to increase effectiveness and safety, and to reduce errors and accidents.

Sometimes, these systems can be simple, such as a human using a pen; and sometimes they can be much more complex, such as the systems in place to launch shuttles and rockets into orbit. One principle that is often used in our field is called “Affordance.”

Affordances are defined as a quality of an object or environment that makes it obvious what that object or environments purpose or function is.

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