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6:24 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Despite Major Strides In Sedgwick County Juvenile Justice System, Racial Disparities Still Persist

The results of a state commissioned study on minority youth representation in the juvenile justice system were presented Thursday to community members.

The study, carried out by the Nebraska company Objective Advantage, analyzed data statewide including data from Kansas Judicial District 18, which includes all of Sedgwick County.

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Politics
6:04 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Community Leaders Set Priorities For Legislative Session

Lawmakers meet with area leaders to discuss the 2013 legislative session.
Credit Carla Eckels

The South Central Delegation heard from business, government and community leaders Thursday during their annual meeting in Wichita.

More than 30 Kansas lawmakers who are part of the delegation heard presentations on the budget, the need to fund transportation projects, the Equus Beds Aquifer, preserving Wichita's workforce, and the importance of funding education.

During a break, Kansas Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau said education remains a top priority.

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News
5:37 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Top Morning News 01.11.13

Study results reveal continuing disparities in minority youth detention rates; Brownback names interim secretary for Department of Administration; Community leaders meet to discuss legislative priorities.

Racial Disparities Persist In Sedgwick County Juvenile Justice System

The results of a state commissioned study on minority youth representation in the juvenile justice system were presented Thursday to community members.

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Music
5:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Guitar Virtuoso To Perform With Wichita Symphony Orchestra

Credit eliotfisk.com

Eliot Fisk splits his time as a performer, recording artist, and educator between Europe and North America, but the largely self-taught musician––who did study with guitar master Andres Segovia––says that it’s his native land, the United States, that gives him the strongest sense of identity.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Food: Resolutions

Kale salad
Credit Another Pint Please... / Flickr

Every New Year brings fresh resolutions to us all. Most of them revolve around weight loss and exercise. I am astonished every year by the next new weight loss fad, whether it be some new ketone, or a miracle extract made of exotic fruit, or a fast that promises melting pounds of fat with little or no effort.

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Education
1:59 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

KS Public Schools Receive "C" Grade

According to Education Week's annual rankings, Kansas' public schools are 37th in the country.

The publication released its 2013 "Quality Counts" rankings today, and Kansas' overall grade was a C. The state received a B minus for its standards, assessments and a category called "chance for success." Kansas earned an A for early childhood education, but an F for "college readiness." The rest of the categories were mixed, with Kansas getting a D+ for K-12 achievement, a B+ for workforce readiness, and an A minus for school accountability.

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Crime
9:57 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Emporia BOE: Security Guards Will Be Armed

Security guards at Emporia's high school and middle school will be able to carry guns starting February 1. 

The Emporia school district's board of education voted Wednesday to allow the security guards to carry guns while on duty at the schools. Currently, all school employees are banned from carrying guns. 

Superintendent Theresa Davidson said the change will move the district closer to a comprehensive plan for making all students and staff safe.

Politics
5:57 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Community Leaders To Share Hopes, Concerns For State Legislative Session

The South Central Delegation will hold its annual meeting Thursday at the Wichita State University Metroplex. Wichita leaders will share their agenda with state lawmakers before the 2013 legislative session starts Monday.

Fifty state representatives and senators make up the South Central Delegation and more than half are expected to be in attendance.

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News
5:40 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Top Morning News 01.10.13

Brownback to hold press conference on a new state mental health initiative; McConnell Air Force Base finalist for tanker contract; South-central delegation to hold annual meeting.

Brownback To Unveil Kansas Mental Health Initiative 

Gov. Sam Brownback will announce a new mental health initiative Thursday, before the start of the 2013 legislative session.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Movie Review: Promised Land

Promised Land, startting Matt Damon as the agent of the energy company and John Krasinski as the environmentalist, is a fairly good introduction to the "fracking" process of getting natural gas out of the ground, but it falls a bit into the stereotypes of entertainment movies, and seriously dilutes its message about the pros and cons of the fracking process.

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