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5:55 am
Wed October 31, 2012

PACs Raising, Spending Big Bucks In Kansas

The top of the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka peeks out from the trees.
Credit Jimmy Emerson / Flickr

Political action committees, or PACs, have submitted their last campaign finance reports before the fall election. Two of the wealthiest in Kansas are a PAC connected to a teachers' union and another affiliated with the Kansas Chamber of Commerce.

The two PACs both have raised and spent big bucks, but they have very different goals.

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News
5:23 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Top Morning News 10.31.12

Campaign finance reports show Dems out spending their Republican challengers; PACs have big money to spend in last days leading up to election; Kansas cold weather law goes into effect.

Dems Outspend GOP Challengers In Key KS Senate Races

New campaign finance reports show Democrats in hotly contested Kansas Senate races out spending their Republican opponents over the past three months.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Art Review: WAM Art Chatter

Credit Wichita Art Museum

On Friday, the Wichita Art Museum debuts a new series of events they’re calling “Art Chatter.” In collaboration with WAM Contemporaries and the Young Professionals of Wichita, this event offers a fresh way to learn about projects, happenings, and current thoughts on the local art scene.  It’s a renewed effort to make the museum a dynamic place for the community; a place that reflects the range of creative spirits in Wichita.

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Politics
1:01 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Kansas Boating Measure Causing Confusion

Supporters of a Kansas constitutional amendment that would change the way property taxes are charged on boats say the wording on the ballot is confusing.

The change would give legislators the authority to reduce property taxes on boats. Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Secretary Robin Jennison says that two words on the page-long question are confusing early voters.

The question is asking voters to add the words "and watercraft" to the constitution regarding the levying of property taxes.

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Commentary
7:52 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Musical Space: Auto-Tune

Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Auto-tune first appeared in the late 1990s and quickly took hold of pop music with its use in Cher’s 1998 hit, “Believe.” She, and other artists, such as T-Pain were responsible for its popularity, its synthetic voice effect in electronic dance music and hip-hop.

Scary, though, is the more subtle use of auto-tune to correct the performance of a less-than pitch perfect singer. A great vocal performance can be accurate and expressive; electronics can often get in the way.

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Health
6:01 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Small Kansas Hospital Tops Magazine's List Of Best Healthcare Workplaces

Wamego City Hospital CEO and staff members, attend Modern Healthcare's 2012 Best Places to Work awards ceremony in Nashville.

Wamego City Hospital is the best healthcare workplace in America, according to this year's rankings from a hospital industry magazine. 

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News
5:55 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Top Morning News 10.30.12

Revenue forecasters expected to meet Election Day to draft state revenue projections; Kansans helping out with superstorm response; Small town hospital considered best healthcare workplace.

Kansas Revenue Forecasters To Meet Election Day

Kansas officials and university economists plan to meet Election Day to draft new revenue projections for Governor Sam Brownback and legislators to use in making budget decisions.

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Weather
12:51 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Kansans Assisting In Storm Prep

Kansans are helping on the East Coast as Hurricane Sandy approaches.

Sharon Watson is with the Kansas Adjutant General's Department. She says Kansas is sending a response team to Maryland.

"To support them in planning, operations, logistics, finance, administration," says Watson. "Those types of behind-the-scenes roles that really help keep the disaster response running smoothly."

Watson says aircraft from some East Coast military bases have also been moved to Topeka to keep them out of harm's way.

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Weather
12:45 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Drought Taking Big Bite Out Of Kansas Cattle Herds

The extended drought is prompting cattle farmers across Kansas to sell some or all of their herds.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported last week that the number of cattle sent to Kansas feedlots in September was the lowest on record for that month, down 25 percent from September 2011.

The number of cattle sold by feedlots to packers in Kansas fell 17 percent from a year ago and tied for the worst month ever.

The cattle industry expected the steep drop in cattle as drought ruined pastures, dramatically increasing the cost of feed.

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Commentary
8:48 am
Mon October 29, 2012

At Play Theatre Roundup: 10.29.12

Irving Berlin’s <i>White Christmas</i> opens November 9 at Crown Uptown Theatre.

A non-Shakesperian Shakesperian comedy, a brief moment with painter Mark Rothko, and a white Christmas:

Wichita Community Theatre closes out its run of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap. The production ends Sunday, November 4 with performances Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m.

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