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6:11 am
Fri December 7, 2012

KMUW Staff, Listeners Bid Farewell To Long Time Host

Frank Dudgeon in the KMUW control room, where he spent many early mornings hosting Morning Edition.
Credit Chandra Stauffer

KMUW’s Frank Dudgeon retires Friday after more than 40 years as a member of the professional radio community. Jedd Beaudoin recently sat down with Dudgeon to talk about his career. And they started at the beginning.

“I was actually born in Arkansas,” he says, “that was because my dad was a country singer and he was on the road. This is back when country music sounded like folk, it was all acoustic. And my mother was with him at the time and I always feel that if you’re born you should be near your mother."

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Community
5:58 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Human Rights Advocate And Peace Activist To Speak Friday

Tom Hayden, internationally known human rights and peace activist, former California state legislator, and Freedom Rider will speak Friday at the Peace & Social Justice Center's 20th anniversary dinner.

Hayden will share his long-time experience in peace, justice and environment movements. He spent years on the forefront of the anti-Vietnam War movement and is against the war in Afghanistan. He says in the '60s, President Lyndon Johnson said that the United States could afford guns and butter, meaning the Vietnam War and domestic programs.

"He was wrong," says Hayden.

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News
5:24 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Top Morning News 12.07.12

Pompeo tells reporters he is pessimistic about the Fiscal Cliff; KS Senators are considering redrawing political boundaries again; Peace advocate and civil rights advocate to speak in Wichita Friday.

Pompeo Pessimistic About 'Fiscal Cliff'

Kansas U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo is pessimistic about the ability of Congress and President Obama to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Richard Crowson: Remembering

We still send out Christmas cards the old-fashioned, analog, low-tech, snail-mail way at my house. And we have an old, well-worn address book that gets hauled out each year for the chore of addressing the envelopes. Sometimes we talk about going to a computerized list of friends and relatives – one that would enable us to print out mailing labels. But I just can’t do it.

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Crime and Courts
7:14 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Dollar General Shootings All Too Familiar For Wichita Dad

On November 30 two men were gunned down at the Dollar General Store near 13th and Oliver in Wichita. The alleged 19-year-old shooter is in custody but the motive for murders has yet to be determined.

It's a situation all too familiar to educator and pastor Riccardo Harris whose own 19-year-old son was killed by another Wichita teen. Harris talked about his new book "From Misery to Motivation: A Father’s Story About the Death of His Son."

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Arts
5:59 am
Thu December 6, 2012

New State Arts Agency Presents Strategic Plan, Hopes To Restore Federal Funds

Leaders in the Wichita arts community Wednesday met with the director of the newly formed Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission to talk about the organization's strategic plan.

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission is the organization formed by the state in the 2012 legislative session in response to the fallout after Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed all arts funding in 2011.

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Health
5:53 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Medicare Open Enrollment Period Ends Friday

This Friday is the deadline for people with Medicare to make changes to change their health and drug coverage.

If you have original Medicare, your benefits are administered by the federal government. If you have Medicare Advantage, your plan is run by a private insurance company. Now is the time when you can switch to Medicare Advantage, if you wish.

On the other hand, if you want to drop your Medicare Advantage plan and switch to original Medicare, that opportunity runs from January 1 through February 14.

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News
5:36 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Top Morning News 12.06.12

New state arts agency presents strategic plan; Pompeo to talk to reporters about 'Fiscal Cliff'; Medicare open enrollment ends Friday; Hawker Beechcraft close to exiting bankruptcy.

New State Arts Agency Presents Strategic Plan, Hopes To Restore Federal Funds

Leaders in the Wichita arts community yesterday met with the director of the newly formed Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, to talk about the organization's strategic plan.

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Movie Review
3:00 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Movie Review: Killing them Softly

Education
11:56 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Kansas School Boards Want To Change Union Bargaining

The Kansas Association of School Boards says it wants teacher evaluations to be separate from union negotiations.

The association voted at its convention last week to lobby lawmakers to remove evaluations from items that must be negotiated with teachers.

Kansas school districts currently are changing the evaluation process for educators and administrators.

By the 2014-2015 school year, districts must meet several federal requirements, including evaluating teachers based in part on students' progress.

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