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12:34 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Lawmakers Asked For Money To Keep Boys Home Open

Sedgwick County officials say they will close a ranch for troubled boys if the state does not provide more financial help.

County officials told lawmakers Thursday that the county can't afford to keep the Judge James V. Riddel Boys Ranch at Lake Afton open past next year. The home offers rehabilitation programs for boys considered at high or moderate risk of reoffending.

The state pays $126 a day for each boy at the ranch. County officials say the actual cost is $201 per boy.

Crime and Courts
6:33 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Juvenile Justice Official Says Topeka Facility Improving

A representation of the juvenile justice facility in Topeka.

A recent, two-part audit pointed out significant problems at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex in Topeka. The first part of the audit found safety and security problems. The second part criticized the facility's education and substance abuse programs.

But, the head of the state's juvenile corrections system testified before lawmakers Thursday and said the facility is improving.

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Arts
6:09 am
Fri November 30, 2012

A Tribute To Gordon Parks On His 100th Birthday

Gordon Parks and Genevieve Young.
Credit Ulrich Museum / Wichita State University

Friday marks the centennial of the birth of photographer, composer, filmmaker and author Gordon Parks.

Celebrations have been held across the country in his honor, including several events at Wichita State University. Parks' third wife, Genevieve Young, spoke Thursday at Wichita State, which houses Parks' personal papers.

Young was former senior editor at Little Brown and Company and vice president of Bantam Books. She edited Gordon Parks' writings.

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News
5:45 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Top Morning News 11.30.12

The state is expected to release new tax revenue numbers today; A Juvenile Justice Official says the facility in Topeka has improved after issues of security arose earlier this year; WSU hosts Gordon Parks' third wife in honor of his 100th birthday.

State Tax Report Out Friday

The Kansas Department of Revenue is preparing to issue a report on whether state tax collections in November met expectations.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Food: Asian Market

Fletcher Powell

I love Asian grocery stores. All of those mysterious, oddly named ingredients-- stinky tofu, anyone? Anyone?-- the smell of rice and soy and dried mushrooms. I visit Asian Market on Central, near Hydraulic, often, because it is close to both the restaurant and home.

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Environment
5:58 am
Thu November 29, 2012

K-State Scientists Help Identify Wheat Genes

Two scientists at Kansas State University are part of an international team of researchers breaking the genetic code of wheat.

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Election 2012
5:42 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Political Watchers To Gather At Washburn, Discuss 2012 Election

Voters in Douglas County cast ballots on election day.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Political science professors from around Kansas will gather Thursday to discuss the 2012 election.

Washburn University in Topeka is hosting the meeting, which will focus on the campaign and the election results. Nationwide, Democrats held the presidency and gained some seats in Congress.

Washburn political science professor Bob Beatty says they'll look at how different the election results were nationally and in Kansas, where conservative Republicans gained power in the state Legislature.

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News
5:35 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Top Morning News 11.29.12

KS election results to be certified; Politicos gather at Washburn U to discuss 2012 election; K-State researchers mapping the genome of wheat.

Kansas Officials To Certify Election Results

Kansas officials are preparing to certify results from this month's general election. The State Board of Canvassers scheduled a meeting Thursday to review totals from races for congressional, legislative and other state offices.

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Commentary
3:41 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Movie Review: Life of Pi

The really great thing about Life of Pi is the most incredible job of computer generation you’ve ever seen, a tiger you simply will not believe is not the genuine furry article; after all, do the end credits not say that the Humane Society saw to it that no animals were harmed during the making of this picture? Well, maybe the Humane Society looked after the hyena and the orangutan and the big fish. But the tiger, improbably named Richard Parker, was computer generated, and so astonishingly well generated that I tremble that the day is at hand when human actors will be replaced by machines and we may not even notice.

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Environment
12:32 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Federal Judge Grants Extension In Salina Cleanup

A federal judge has granted authorities in Salina and the federal government more time to agree on a financial settlement to cover the cost of cleaning up contaminated groundwater and soil.

The city of Salina, Salina Airport Authority, Salina School District and Kansas State University at Salina filed a federal lawsuit in 2010, seeking to recoup the cost of cleaning up the industrial solvent TCE, or trichloroethylene, left at the former Schilling Air Force base.

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