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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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Commentary
5:38 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Into It: Barber Pole

Blood letting image from 1860.

The barber pole has come a long way to be stationed above old brick shops, to repeat and repeat its lonely spins. In fact, the barbers themselves have a strange past, their title once denoting a more taxing profession.

In the middle ages, if you required dentistry, surgery, fire cupping, or a session of leeching, you’d visit the barber-surgeon. It was hundreds of years before the roles we now know as doctors and barbers diverged completely.

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Community
9:22 am
Wed August 1, 2012

New Documentary Tells Story Of McPherson Basketball Stars

A team photo of the McPherson Globe Refiners.
Anne Hassler Courtesy Photo

Against the backdrop of the 2012 summer Olympics a small Kansas town is working to spread the word about their 1936 Olympic gold medal winning basketball stars with a new documentary.

The McPherson Globe Refiners aren’t a well-known basketball team.

They were sponsored by the Globe Refining Company and affiliated with the Amateur Athletic Union or AAU - the standard back in the early 20th century.

They were also short lived, but in their two-year existence they won 2nd place in the AAU championships in 1935, then 1st place in 1936.

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Alternative Energy
5:06 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Attracting Few Users

An electric charging station in Lawrence, KS.

Westar Energy has installed about 52 electric vehicle charging stations throughout the state of Kansas.

The company is participating in a pilot program to see who’s using the stations, and how often.

Spokesperson Shane Batchelder says the stations are getting a lot of use, but not by people who drive fully electric cars.

“They charge at night while they are asleep, and that certainly gets them through the day,” says Batchelder.

“I don’t think they billed into the plan a need to have to charge throughout the day.”

Movies
5:00 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Indie Film Guide 8/1 - 8/14

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 handful of movies and a filmmaking competition.

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Water
4:24 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Army Corps Of Engineers To Halt Some Water Releases

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will halt some water releases from three Kansas reservoirs next month. The Corps says they’ll stop releasing water from Tuttle Creek, Milford and Perry lakes. Kansas Senator Pat Roberts supports the move.

“I am pleased to report the Corps will stop releasing waters August 7th, and will not draw down an additional three feet from the reservoirs in October, despite the authority to do so,” Roberts said.

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