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7:51 am
Mon December 10, 2012

At Play Theatre Roundup: 12/10 - 12/23

Wichita Community Theatre continues its run of Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And then some) now through December 23. Three actors bring together a fast, fun and furious look at every Christmas story, movie or TV special, and all the yuletide traditions we all remember (and some you never knew) in a whirlwind of word play, props, quick costume changes, and sight gags. This production is directed by Crystal Meek.

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Health
6:40 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Feds Approve KanCare, Program To Start Jan 1

It's arguably the biggest change in the history of the Medicaid program in Kansas. KanCare, the privatization of Medicaid, now has the go-ahead from federal officials, and will launch January 1 2013.

The announcement came from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, Friday afternoon. Lieutenant-Governor Jeff Colyer, the Brownback administration’s point man on KanCare, participated in the announcement by speaker phone.

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Energy
6:04 am
Mon December 10, 2012

KS Ratepayers Board: KGS Rate Hike Is Fair

The Citizens Utility Ratepayers Board, a consumer advocacy agency for utility customers, says the agreement recently reached on a Kansas Gas Service rate hike was a fair one.

David Springee, an attorney with CURB, says it's actually a significantly lower increase than the utility had requested.

"There are certain things, like the Kansas Gas Service asked for a 10.75 shareholder profit to be built into rates," says Springee.

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Energy
5:55 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Brownback Applauds EPA's Ruling On Grain Sorghum

Governor Sam Brownback says Kansas could benefit from an Environmental Protection Agency decision that says grain sorghum ethanol qualifies as a renewable fuel under federal standards.

Kansas grows more of the grain than any other state. Brownback noted in a news release 60 percent of Kansas-produced ethanol comes from sorghum. The Renewable Fuels Standard program requires the U.S. to produce 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel by 2022, with an increasing requirement for renewable fuels from non-corn sources.

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Politics
5:40 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Jenkins: Not Easy For KS To Regain Ag Committee Seat

Congressman Tim Huelskamp lost his seat on the Ag Committee last week.
Credit The Associated Press

Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins says it may not be easy to get a Kansan back on the Agriculture Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Kansas congressman Tim Huelskamp lost his seat on the committee last week.

Jenkins says the three remaining members of the Kansas House delegation already serve on high-profile committees, like Appropriations or Ways and Means. House rules say if you serve on one of those powerful committees, you can't serve on a second.

She says it would take a waiver for one of them to be allowed to take Huelskamp's place.

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News
5:39 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Top Morning News 12.10.12

The Kansas Gas Service says the rate hike is fair; Sorgum based fuel qualifies as renewable energy source; Jenkins says it won't be easy for Kansas to retake ag seat.

KS Ratepayers Board: KGS Rate Hike Is Fair

The Citizens Utility Ratepayer Board, a consumer advocacy agency for utility customers, says the agreement recently reached on a Kansas Gas Service rate hike was a fair one.

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Brownback Applauds EPA's Ruling On Grain Sorgum

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Community
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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