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Insurance Premiums
2:06 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

State Reviewing Health Insurance Rate Increases

State insurance regulators have started closely reviewing health insurance premiums that increase by 10 percent or more.

In the past, the state insurance department didn’t review rate hike proposals of less than 12 percent.

The change complies with a requirement in the federal Affordable Care Act, which Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration strongly opposes.

The Kansas Department of Insurance is led by an elected commissioner, who is not part of the executive branch.

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Commentary
10:35 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Book Review: Evel Knievel Days

Pauls Toutonghi has a way with words. He writes about the unique circumstances surrounding smart, quirky, and loveable characters. At Watermark, we found his first novel, Red Weather, so endearing that we named a sandwich after it. Toutonghi’s newest book, Evel Knievel Days, features a protagonist named Khosi Saqr from Butte, Montana—Evel Knievel’s hometown. Khosi is an obsessive-compulsive Egyptian-American trying to find his identity. Well, half of his identity, anyway.

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Election 2012
6:22 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Candidate Forum To Take Place Sunday At Wichita State

With the August 7 primary approaching, voters will have the opportunity to hear from some of the candidates.

The Wichita Voter Empowerment 2012 Committee will sponsor a Community Candidates Forum at a church near Wichita State this Sunday.

Candidates running for office on the National, State and Local level have confirmed their attendance at the forum.

Several candidates will participate in a question and answer period after their platform presentations.  A meet the candidate reception will follow. 

Commentary
5:00 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Restaurant Review: Delish Deli

Rawcos at Delish Deli

I have been curious about the new Delish Deli at Food For Thought since they opened a few months ago. Food for Thought is a locally owned natural food store that’s been in business since 1971, so they know what they are doing in the healthy food department.

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Commentary
8:20 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Movie Review: Safety Not Guaranteed

Safety Not Guaranteed is a completely successful but highly peculiar little movie the Eagle’s Rod Pocowatchit started by calling “deadpan funny,” and then never mentioned humor again, referring instead to it as an “imaginative, unexpectedly wondrous journey,” “charming and warm,” using words like “heart and conscience” and “electric” and “the tenderness of the human condition.” I refer you to last week’s “GO!” section. Pocowatchit is dead on.

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Sedgwick County
5:55 am
Thu July 26, 2012

County Commissioners Hear Concerns About 2013 Budget

Sedgwick county residents Wednesday voiced concerns to the county commissioners about recommended cuts in the proposed 2013 budget.

The public hearing on the budget was the first of three feedback sessions scheduled before the commissioners are expected to adopt a budget on August 15.

County residents expressed concern over cuts to senior centers, Exploration Place, and the County Extention Center, and the closure of Judge Riddle Boys Ranch.

Under the recommended budget senior centers would be cut $66,300.

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Downtown Development
5:55 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Ground Broken On ‘Block 1’ Downtown

A digital representation of the completed 'Block 1'.
Press courtesy photo

A ground breaking event was held Wednesday to build new headquarters for the Kansas Leadership Center and Kansas Health Foundation Conference center in downtown Wichita. 

The 3-story building will feature a 200-seat town hall meeting space, offices and classrooms and an unfinished 3rd floor for future expansion. 

KLC’s Ed O’Malley says the building is designed as a flexible, functional space that contributes to developing more engaged leaders in healthier communities. 

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Government
3:56 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Brownback Touts State’s Fiscal Health

Governor Sam Brownback touted the state’s fiscal health Wednesday during a press briefing at the Statehouse. Brownback announced that Kansas will pay off bonds early for a variety of projects. He says the state’s finances are now solid enough to handle a large income tax cut lawmakers approved last session.

“We will be in a solid fiscal position, and we’re going to do everything we can here to continue to reduce the cost of state government while protecting K-12, Medicaid, public safety,” Brownback said.

Commentary
10:51 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Art Review: Louise Nevelson

Louise Nevelson, Night Tree, 1971. Cor-ten steel, 128 1/2 x 41 x 30 in. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University. Gift of the artist and the WSU Student Government Association.

Louise Nevelson was a key American sculptor in the mid-20th century. Her Modernist artwork changed the world of sculpture – much like what Jackson Pollock did for painting.

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HIV / AIDS
6:06 am
Wed July 25, 2012

New National Policy On HIV Cuts Funds To Kansas

As part of national HIV awareness month in July Morning Edition has been looking at the state of the global fight against HIV and AIDS.

This morning we hear about how a recent change in public policy intended to reform HIV care will deplete services in Kansas and many other mid-western states.

Two years ago the Obama Administration released the nation’s first ever strategy to combat HIV and AIDS.

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