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8:32 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Musical Space: Cartoons

Carl Stalling was the composer who scored the music for Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes cartoons.

Composer Carl Stalling created some of the most recognizable musical scores of the last century, the sounds that fueled many Saturday mornings and weekday afternoons.


[Music: Carl Stalling: “Coyote and Road Runner”]

You may not know Carl Stalling’s name but you do know his work.  He was the composer who scored the music for Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes cartoons, the music that was the perfect accompaniment to sugar-cereal-fueled Saturday mornings, the music we associate with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Foghorn Leghorn, and their various escapades.

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Aviation
7:11 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Airbus Holds Summit, Vows To Double Investments

European airplane maker Airbus Monday announced plans to double investments in the US at the first Air Capital Supplier Summit in Wichita.

Senator Jerry Moran and Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor hosted the event.

Moran says the partnership between Airbus and Kansas suppliers is aimed at growing the aviation industry in the state through more contracts with the France-based aircraft maker.

Airbus has an engineering center here in Wichita with more than 350 employees, making the Wichita facility the company’s largest engineering center outside of Europe.

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Medicaid Reform
7:00 am
Tue August 7, 2012

KanCare Waiver Request Resubmitted To Federal Officials

It’s a little bit later than planned, but the State of Kansas has resubmitted its request for federal authority to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program.

Election 2012
7:43 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Voters Go To Polls Tuesday, Photo ID Required

The primary election is Tuesday and for the second time in Sedgwick County history, photo identification will be required.

This primary election is the second time voters will need to show their ID when they go to the polls in Sedgwick county.

It also also carries more weight than most.

A number of races will likely be decided tomorrow, including the race for Sedgwick County District Attorney, Sedgwick county Sheriff, state Board of Education in district 8, Sedgwick county commissioner in district 3 and 5 of the 6 open seats in the 18th judicial district.

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Election 2012
7:07 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Secretary of State Predicts Low Voter Turnout In KS Primaries

Secretary of State Kris Kobach is predicting 18 percent of registered voters will cast a ballot in the Kansas primary elections next week. Kobach says he doesn’t believe the hotly contested races for the state Legislature will spur much voter participation.

“Historically, while those races sometimes become very fierce and very heavily contested with money spent,” says Kobach.

“They don’t necessarily drive people to the polls like a hotly contested race higher on the ballot might do.”

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Environment
6:50 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Wichita Central Library Closed Due To Bed Bugs

A bed bug on a human hand.
AgriLife Today Flickr

The central Wichita library closed Thursday and will remain closed through at least Monday due to a discovery of bed bugs.

The bed bugs were sighted on a chair late Wednesday evening by a customer. And were found later in another location by inspectors.

The library will keep regular hours Friday and Saturday with lobby services, allowing customers to place holds, collect held items, register for library cards and pay fees. It will be closed on Sunday.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Richard Crowson: Political Climate Change

Stuck as we currently are, in the white-hot heat of another political campaign season, it seems a good time to think for a moment about this climate of ours. Not our global climate but our political climate. It’s out of whack.

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Commentary
8:04 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Movie Review: The Watch

The Watch is a silly little comedy that should keep everybody entertained except some who will find parts of it too grisly realistic and some who are sensitive to bad language.

It is not out to inspire thought or emotions, just laughter, and it doesn’t try to conceal its dependence on other movies, snips of which you will recognize almost like a leit motif, especially if you see more action and sci-fi movies than I do.

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Election 2012
6:18 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Candidates In 8th District BOE Race Discuss NCLB, Evolution

Half of the Kansas Board of Education’s 10 seats are on the ballot in this year’s elections.  The August 7 primary will most likely settle the race in Wichita’s 8th district. Both Republican candidates say they’re ready to serve.

At a recent forum in Wichita, 70 year old incumbent, Walt Chappell, explained why he’s running for a second 4-year term on the state school board. Chappell told the crowd it’s important to provide relevant education to every child.

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Election 2012
6:18 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Advance Voting Begins Thursday

Advance voting begins Thursday at 15 satellite sites in Sedgwick County including The Center for Health and Wellness, Bel Aire City Building and the Sedgwick County Zoo. 

Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says voters can take advantage of the opportunity before the August 7 Primary.

“Voters can start going to any of our satellite sites today beginning at noon and those will be open until Saturday at 4pm and the voters just need to make sure to bring their government issued voter ID,” says Lehman.

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