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7:39 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Enrollment Drops At Kansas Community Colleges

Enrollment is down this fall at the 19 community colleges in Kansas.

A new report by the Kansas Board of Regents says statewide community college enrollments are down more than 3.8 percent. That's a drop of nearly 3,100 students from last fall.

Kansas City Community College experienced the largest decline of 911 students from last fall.

The Board of Regents' head count is based on the first 20 days of the fall semester. Enrollment may go up as students sign up for a second eight-week schedule and for online courses.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Book Review: 'The Gravity of Birds' Is A Mystery Of Time And Art

The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman begins in 1963 with the Kessler Family spending their annual vacation at a lake cabin rental in Maine.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

A Musical Life: Aaron Wirtz

Aaron Wirtz, whose stage name is Cutter J the Absurdist, performing what he calls "a living collage of music."
Credit Georgia Andersen / Courtesy photo

Wichita-native Aaron Wirtz is an electronic music and video performance artist whose stage persona, Cutter J the Absurdist, combines the phases of his life into a living collage of music, technology and dance. By combining traditional American folk arts such as tap dancing and spoons playing with an ever-evolving approach to DJing, turntablism, and interactive video art, he seeks to explore the emotional vocabulary of digitally influenced consciousness. Aaron is married to singer Reby Wirtz, recently graduated from Wichita State with his MFA in creative writing, works full time as a social media manager, and contributes to F5, Wichita’s weekly alternative newspaper.

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Community
9:13 am
Fri October 4, 2013

WSU Speech Language Clinic Offering Free Screenings

Wichita State University's Evelyn Hendren Cassat Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic is offering free hearing screenings on Mondays the rest of this month, on Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Appointments are open to the general public and available from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m.

The clinic also offers hearing evaluation services, hearing aids, etc.

The clinic is located at the WSU Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Entrance T, at 29th and Oliver. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 978-3289.

Music
8:29 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Longtime Wichita Musician Explores His Lyrical Side With New Album

Shane Marler celebrates the release of Just A Fool Friday evening at The Artichoke.
Credit Courtesy photo

Shane Marler, who issues the album Just A Fool this week, has been an active musician for more than two decades now.

Although he’s written music before, it’s only within the last year that he began writing lyrics. He wasn’t sure how to start that process, he says, so he called his friend—and labelmate—Wichita singer-songwriter Nikki Moddelmog for help. He says the worked happened rather quickly.

“We got together and three hours later, we had three songs,” says Marler.

Before long, he had a better grasp on writing both music and lyrics.

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Government
7:59 am
Fri October 4, 2013

During Government Shutdown, State Parks Still Open

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism is reminding people that state parks are still open during the federal government shutdown.

Park camping areas, trails, cabins, boat ramps, and other amenities are open, as are many of the businesses who serve lake visitors.

State nature centers are also open during regular hours. Access wildlife areas and fishing lakes operated by the department remains unchanged.

The federal shutdown has created some confusion about state parks.

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Health
7:17 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Kansans Struggle With Online Health Marketplace

Kansas residents who want to find health insurance through the new online marketplace are still struggling to do so.

High user traffic on the federal exchange at healthcare.gov is jamming servers and causing long waits.

Even now, on the third day the exchange has been open, people are having to wait an hour or more to buy health coverage.

Topeka's public library opened its computer training center Thursday to people who wanted to sign up.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Tanya Tandoc: A Peek Into My Inspiration

Tanya Tandoc KMUW

I read cookbooks like novels, and I have ever since I discovered my mother’s late '60s edition of Betty Crocker. I have more than 400 food books, and I love them all, even the ones that aren’t very good.

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Juvenile Corrections
6:50 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Corrections Tightening Security At Topeka Juvenile Complex

The Kansas Department of Corrections has announced plans to improve security at Topeka's juvenile detention facility.

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Community
8:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Photos: Four Places In Delano You Might Not Suspect Were Haunted

Nancy Lawrence of Central Plains Novelty.
Credit Kate Clause / KMUW

When you think of haunted places, certain venues come to mind: creaky old houses, churches, hospitals, cemeteries perhaps. But if you take a walk in the historic Delano district in Wichita, you might be surprised where people are claiming to find ghosts. Here are some surprising places in Delano that people swear are haunted.

1. Central Plains Novelty, 905 W. Douglas

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