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Education
1:00 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Education Official Testifies In School Funding Lawsuit

A Kansas official says school districts are concerned about more than just the resources needed to provide their students with a suitable education.

Deputy Education Commissioner Craig Neuenswander finished testifying today in the trial of a lawsuit over how Kansas funds its public schools. He was called by attorneys for the 54 school districts whose lawsuit claims Kansas has been spending too little to satisfy the state constitution’s requirement for providing a “suitable” education.  He said schools want to make sure students have the knowledge they need to be productive.

Indie Movies
10:26 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Indie Film Guide 6/20 - 7/3

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: 10 different movies, including five documentaries, plus one special event.

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Aviation
12:00 am
Wed June 20, 2012

Airbus To Expand, Looks To Wichita For Suppliers

An Airbus A300B ready for boarding.
Isaac Bordas Flickr

Kansas officials and Airbus Americas Chair Allan McArtor Tuesday announced a partnership intended to grow the state’s aviation industry by increasing contact with local aircraft suppliers.

In a conference call with reporters Airbus’ Allan McArtor along with Senator Jerry Moran and representatives from the City of Wichita announced the Air Capital Supplier Summit will be held in the city later this summer.

McArtor said Airbus currently supports about 210,000 manufacturing jobs in the US and spends about $12 billion dollars a year on components and services.

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Elections
4:31 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

State Objections Board Meets To Rule On Election Complaints

The State Objections Board has upheld a decision by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach that helped dozens of legislative candidates. The board ruled that Kobach did have the authority to assign candidates to new legislative districts, even though those candidates had already filed to run for office in other districts. Kobach assigned more than 80 candidates to run in new districts after a federal court drew new legislative maps. Kobach himself sits on the board that ruled in favor of his office’s decision. Lt.

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Commentary
8:00 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Into It: The Scream

Some distinctive cries come from specific fictional characters, the 1932 Tarzan yell, for example.

Part three of a four-part series on iconic stock sound effects.

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Community
6:00 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Visioneering Announces ‘Priority Project’ To Improve Region

Three area groups hope to improve the region through The Priority Project.
Briana O'Higgins

Visioneering Wichita Monday announced the launch of a new initiative created to determine priorities for community improvement and development.

The initiative is called “The Priority Project” and is a partnership between Visioneering, Young Professionals of Wichita, and Wichita Downtown Development Corporation.

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Commentary
11:17 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Book Review: An Uncommon Education

I’m a sucker for a good prep school story. I’m not sure if it’s the promise of knowledge there for the taking, secret societies, or general student angst that usually leads me to those books, but there was something unique about Elizabeth Percer’s debut novel, An Uncommon Education. The education of Percer’s brilliant protagonist, Naomi Feinstein, was not provided by private boarding schools. Her “preparatory” education came from her father, who recognized early that his daughter could remember everything she ever read.

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Food
2:23 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Celebrity & Chef Cookoff

The winning entry from Jason Febres.

I was on a judging panel for the Orpheum’s annual “Celebrity and Chef Cook-off” a few days ago. I have graduated from contestant to judge in the last few years, and I have to say that judging is no less stressful, but it is less sweaty, and I smell better when it’s all over. As a general rule, I dislike cooking competitions, particularly the ones on TV, but the live ones are exciting, with ingredients flying around, and the smell and sizzle and quiet cursing just adding to the party.

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Wichita State University
8:48 am
Fri June 15, 2012

WSU Holds Farewell Reception For The Beggs

Don and Shirley Beggs enjoying their farewell party
Carla Eckels

A farewell reception for Wichita State University President and First Lady, Don and Shirley Beggs was held Thursday on campus.

A room in Koch Arena was filled with well-wishers, faculty and staff wearing black and gold, the Wu Shock, cheerleaders, all wanting to express their appreciation for the Beggs.

For 13 and a half years, the couple tirelessly supported WSU.

Bobby Gandu was a student during their tenure and is now WSU’s Director of Admissions. He says the Beggs are going out with style, grace and a lot of respect and pride for the institution.

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Community
7:24 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Pair Sets Off To Reasearch Every City In Kansas

Marci Penner and WenDee LaPlant thank VP Cory Hoover of Midway Motors for loaning them the vehicle.
Briana O'Higgins

 

The foundation behind the Kansas Guidebook for Explorers this week kicked off a journey to every incorporated city in Kansas.

The result will be a new guidebook, due out in 2015.

It takes time to research a state guidebook for explorers.

Marci Penner, executive director of the Kansas Sampler Foundation would know, she has written and researched 4.

And earlier this week at Midway Motors in Mcpherson, she started a 2-year trek for book number 5.

“This is ERV,” says Penner.

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