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12:30 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Your Move: Xbox One

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A few months ago, I spoke about the upcoming PlayStation 4 console. I think there is a law about giving equal time to all sides, so this week I’m going to talk about the Xbox One, Microsoft's new console. It was unveiled Tuesday.

While the PlayStation 4’s focus is on games and the way we play them with our friends, Microsoft’s new console is firmly rooted in the living room and bills itself as the hub for all of your living room entertainment.

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Environment
10:13 am
Thu May 23, 2013

You May Be Fined $1,000 For Using Too Much Water

Wichita residents and businesses might be required to pay a $1,000 fine a month if they use too much water.

The city staff made that recommendation as part of a water conservation proposal unveiled Wednesday.

The fine would be imposed on those who use 310 percent more than their average winter water usage.

Public Works official Ben Nelson says surveys and meetings found that water rates and indoor and business water use were residents' top priorities, while outdoor use was the lowest priority.

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Weather
6:34 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Weekend Tornado In Western Kansas Was An EF4

The National Weather Service says a tornado that traveled seven miles across rural western Kansas during the weekend was an EF4, with winds of 165 to 185 miles per hour.

The report from the agency's Dodge City office follows a survey of the tornado's path Saturday night in Pawnee County.

An EF4 is the second-strongest on the scale used to measure the strength of tornadoes.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

Spock and Kirk assess the situation in 'Star Trek Into Darkness'
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Science fiction movies always are hard for me to discuss, because they go by rules that are obscure to me, such as those allowing amputations—and even death—to be temporary conditions. But let’s see what can be done with Star Trek Into Darkness.

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Education
6:01 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Legislation To Stop Common Core Standards Dropped

A question about the legality of putting a policy statement in the Kansas budget stalled some lawmakers' efforts to block the implementation of Common Core reading and math standards in state schools.

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Government
8:59 am
Wed May 22, 2013

McConnell Chosen As Home For New Tankers

Wichita's McConnell Air Force Base has been selected to be the main operating base for the Air Force's new KC-46A air refueling tanker.

Members of the Kansas congressional delegation issued a joint statement Wednesday announcing the Air Force decision. The aircraft will replace the aging KC-135 fleet flown by crews for the past 50 years.

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Community
8:47 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Kansas Gets C- For Infrastructure

Civil engineers have given Kansas' infrastructure an overall C-minus grade.

The regional chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers released their report card Wednesday.

It's an evaluation of the state's aviation, bridges, roads, dams, drinking water, energy, levees, railroads and schools.

The engineers found the most faults with the state's bridges and dams, rating them a D-minus. They say Kansas has nearly 3,000 structurally deficient bridges.

They awarded the highest grades for the state's roads and schools; both got a C-plus.

Environment
6:25 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Iola Site Added To Superfund List

The Superfund National Priorities List now includes nine new sites, one of them where a smelter used to operate on the east side of Iola, Kan.

The EPA says the soil on hundreds of residential and commercial properties in and around Iola is contaminated with lead, arsenic, cadmium and zinc.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Indie Film Guide: The Summer of Harry Potter Begins

Harry Potter has a lot of work ahead of him
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Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

Coming up: A sing-a-long and a bit of Harry Potter.

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Taxes
6:01 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Legislative Tax Talks Continue

Negotiators from the Kansas House and Senate are moving closer to a deal on canceling all or part of a scheduled drop in the state sales tax.

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