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8:35 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Musical Space: Reading Music

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For a thousand years, there has been a division between musicians who could read music and those who played by ear. Both skills are essential, and so the music industry has become a strange world in which the literate and illiterate coexist.

Music reading is useful because it is so efficient. When the music is written down, composers don’t have to take the time teach their music to the musicians, and musicians don’t have to rely on memory to play their parts.

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Business
5:59 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Pittsburg Hospital Set To Break Ground For Expansion

The entrance to Via Christi hospital in Wichita, Kansas.
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A southeast Kansas hospital will break ground next week on an $18 million expansion.

Construction of the new surgery center at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg will begin November 19. Crossland Construction Company, of Columbus, Kansas, was chosen recently as the general contractor for the 40,000-square-foot addition.

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News
5:49 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Top Morning News 11.13.12

Brownback to appoint judge to the Kansas Court of Appeals; Brownback to announce Veterans' health initiative; Via Christi expansion in Pittsburg set to break ground.

Panel Interviewing 20 For Court Of Appeals Spot

A statewide nominating commission is interviewing 20 applicants for a seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals.

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Commentary
8:05 am
Mon November 12, 2012

At Play Theatre Roundup: 11/12 - 11/25

Batman Live visits Intrust Bank Arena in downtown Wichita this Tuesday and Wednesday, November 13 and 14. Adapted from the DC Comics characters and stories, Batman Live focuses on Robin’s quest for justice, which leads him to follow in the footsteps of his hero – the mysterious vigilante known as Batman, much to the dismay of his protective guardian, billionaire Bruce Wayne, whom the audience knows is secretly Batman.

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Government
5:43 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Budget Cuts To Juvenile Services Could Mean Fewer Offender Services

Gov. Sam Brownback's administration has asked state agencies to prepare contingency plans for 10 percent budget cuts. The head of the Juvenile Justice Authority told a legislative committee what that could mean for the juvenile corrections system in Kansas.

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Business
5:37 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Machinists Union Approves New Bombardier Contract

A Bombardier plan on the runway.
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Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers approved a five-year contract deal with Bombardier Learjet in Wichita over the weekend.

Machinists Union spokesman Bob Wood said people will be returning to work at the Wichita plan Monday. Wood described Saturday's offering as a "substantial improvement" over the proposal that prompted the October 8 walkout.

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News
5:04 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Top Morning News 11.12.12

Machinists Union approves new contract with Bombardier contract; Major player in opposition to fluoridating Wichita's water vows to take fight nationally; Budget cuts to Juvenile Justice Services could mean fewer services.

Machinists Union Approves New Bombardier Contract

Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers approved a five-year contract deal with Bombardier Learjet in Wichita over the weekend.

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Election 2012
11:58 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Lawsuit Filed Over Provisional Ballots

A Kansas House Democrat has filed a lawsuit hoping to force Shawnee County officials to turn over a list of voters who cast provisional ballots.

Rep. Ann Mah of Topeka is trying to avert a narrow election loss.

Democratic Party officials gave The Associated Press a copy of Mah's petition before it was filed in Shawnee County District Court Friday.

Mah trails Republican challenger Ken Corbet of Topeka by 27 votes out of almost 11,000 cast. She says she wants to ensure that all provisional votes are counted and that maybe 150 votes are in play.

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Film
6:10 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Film Highlights Kansas Farming In The Mid-Twentieth Century

A premiere of the film Harvesting the High Plains will take place Friday at Wichita's Orpheum Theatre.

The film takes western Kansas from the 1930's Dustbowl to post World War II and was inspired by a book of the same name written by the late Craig Miner, former Wichita State professor and Kansas historian.

Director Jay Kriss says the film is a story about a farming operation that started in the middle of the Dustbowl but basically turned the American desert into the breadbasket of the world.

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Government
5:57 am
Fri November 9, 2012

KanCare Launch Date Nears, Lawmakers Consider Oversight

A legislative committee is recommending that lawmakers have greater oversight of a plan to overhaul Medicaid.

KanCare, as the new program will be called, would put most Medicaid recipients into managed care programs run by private companies. The change is slated to take effect January 1.

The Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services heard from advocates saying lawmakers should keep a close eye on KanCare. The goal of the overhaul is to help control costs in Medicaid without hurting patient care.

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