9:28 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Musical Space: Math Rock

Cover of King Crimson's <>Larks Tongues In Aspic

Mark Foley explores the relationship between math, meter, and music.

Music is almost always arranged in a repeating pattern of beats; the pattern, or “meter,” usually corresponds with a rhythm that is easy to dance to, so the meter of a song is usually a simple group of 2, 3, or 4 beats. There is, however, a history of composers making things more complicated. “Money,” from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, has a strange, lop-sided groove because it is in an undanceable seven-beat meter.

Example 1: “Money”

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6:49 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Council OKs Pay Raises For Kansas State Employees

Highway patrol officers are among those state employees that will see a pay raise this year.
Nick Young Flickr

More than $11 million in raises for thousands of Kansas state employees have cleared a final step.

The increases were given formal approval Monday by the State Finance Council, made up of Governor Sam Brownback and top legislative

Kansas lawmakers approved $11.2 million for the raises in May as part of the state budget for the fiscal year that began in July.

Nearly 4,300 state employees will benefit, including some Highway Patrol troopers and corrections officers at state prisons and juvenile detention centers.

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Election Coverage
2:18 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Obama Will Appear on November Ballot

Courtesy Photo

President Barack Obama will appear on the November election ballot in Kansas. On Monday, the State Objections Board formally ended a review of a complaint filed by a Manhattan man.

Joe Montgomery had argued Obama wasn't eligible to run for president. Montgomery withdrew his challenge last week because of what he called intimidation. After reviewing documents from the state of Hawaii, Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he now has no doubts about the president's citizenship, but he says the board had to investigate the claim.

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5:46 am
Mon September 17, 2012

U.S. Secretary of Education to Stop in Topeka, Emporia

The entrance to the Brown vs. Board of Education Historic Site.
Aaron Sumner Flickr

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is coming to Kansas this week.

He has two stops in the state Tuesday. Duncan will be holding a town hall meeting at Emporia State University. He’ll also deliver a speech in Topeka.

Duncan will make a stop in Topeka at the Brown v. Board of Education historic site on Tuesday. Dave Smith is superintendent there. He says Duncan is on a cross-country tour of places with connections to public education.

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5:45 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Transcripts Show KS Lawmakers Didn’t Know Law

The Kansas State capitol.
Jimmy Emerson Flickr

Transcripts of interviews with a prosecutor’s office show that Kansas legislators didn’t know the state’s Open Meetings Act when they were questioned about private dinners with Governor Sam Brownback at his official residence.

The transcripts show that hardly any of the legislators had read the law.  Most reported receiving no formal training on how to avoid violating it.

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8:16 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Richard Crowson: The Kind of Convention We Really Need

My fellow Americans, our nation is on the verge of an historic decision. In a very short time a great honor will be bestowed on one of the candidates. Either a candidate who has been tested and proven a winner in the past will be chosen, or a candidate who is new will be deemed victorious.

No, no, no. I’m not talking about that election business between the President and Mr. Romney. Their conventions are over and done with.

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1:22 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Kansas Star Casino Exceeding Revenue Expectations

The Kansas Star Casino near Mulvane continues to easily exceed revenue projections.

The Kansas Lottery said Wednesday that entering September, the casino generated $129.5 million since it opened in mid-December last year. It has been averaging more than $15 million a month. The lottery owns and operates the casino's games.

If that pace continues, the casino will bring in more than $180 million this year. In 2010, consultants predicted the casino would generate $159.1 million in 2012.

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Small Business
8:33 am
Thu September 13, 2012

State Officials Speak To Small Business Owners On Empowerment Tour

Kansas Secretary Pat George (standing,) Labor Secretary Karin Brownlee and Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan discuss tax reform with small business owners at the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Carla Eckels

State officials stopped in Wichita Wednesday as part of their Kansas Small Business Empowerment Tour.

The officials focused on tax reform and economic development across the state.

Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George, Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan and Labor Secretary Karin Brownlee met with Wichita business owners and other residents to discuss tax reform changes for 2013.

Secretary George says small businesses make up more than 90 percent of the jobs in the state and nationwide. 

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8:02 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Crowson Cartoon: Walnut Valley Festival

Wichita City Council
1:01 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Wichita City Council Approves Incentives For NetApp Expansion

The sign in front of NetApp headquarters in Silicon Valley, California.
Ferran Rodenas Flickr

On a 6-1 vote, Wichita City Council members approved an economic incentive grant for NetApp Tuesday, an information technology company that plans to expand in Wichita.

An estimated 418 new customer service employees are expected to double NetApp’s workforce over the next 5 years. The company also plans to invest $86 million in new equipment.

Wichita’s Economic Development Director Allen Bell told the council NetApp had opportunities to expand in other states such as North Carolina, but chose Wichita to grow their customer support center.

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