Women's Prison
6:57 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Advocacy Group Members Hope For Improvements At Women’s Prison

Some advocates hope allegations of misdeeds at a state women’s prison will prompt improvements at the facility.

In a letter last week, the U.S. Justice Department alleged sexual abuse by staff and other misconduct at the Topeka Correctional Facility.

Audra Fullerton, with the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, says the group works with officials at the prison. She says there have been improvements at the facility, but there are other steps she’d like them to take.

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Women's Prison
3:30 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

State Officials Refute Topeka Women’s Prison Report

Topeka Correctional Facility Warden Hope Cooper and Secretary of Corrections Ray Roberts.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

Governor Sam Brownback’s administration is refuting a federal report criticizing management and conduct at a Topeka women’s prison.

A letter from the U.S. Justice Department alleges there are serious problems at the Topeka Correctional Facility, including sexual misconduct by staff and prisoner abuse. Secretary of Corrections Ray Roberts says the letter doesn’t take into account improvements made at the facility.

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6:44 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Summit Focused On Strategies To Combat Obesity

Participants in the obesity summit reach for the ceiling as part of a mid-morning activity break.
Stephen Koranda Kansas Public Radio

More than 60 percent of Kansans are classified as overweight or obese, and summit in Topeka Thursday was aimed at finding ways to tackle that problem.

Governor Sam Brownback told the gathering about the steps he’s had to take to control his weight - specifically, watching his eating.

Brownback has a simple message for people fighting obesity: don’t give up.

“Most of America struggles with weight at one time or another,” he said. “This is not an unusual situation that you are in or that anybody else is in. We all have, just don’t give up.”

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5:00 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Restaurant Review: Doc's Steak House

Want to step into a time machine? I know how. Go to Doc’s Steakhouse on North Broadway and hold onto your hat. Doc’s is retro all the way, from cobbled exterior to entirely brown interior. This is old-school Wichita.

Doc’s is a real experience, in every sense of the word. It is located on North Broadway, between a couple of Mexican restaurants, a Vietnamese market, and a pawn shop. It is a part of Wichita history, where our Mad Men would drink and eat meat and drink martinis, and deals of all kinds were brokered. Nothing about it is modern in any way, except for the televisions.

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Health Reform
3:24 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Insurance Commissioner Urges Health Care Plans

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger says the state needs to decide soon what health benefits it would offer under federal health care reform.

During a meeting with health care officials Wednesday, Praeger said if Kansas doesn’t pick its own plan for a health insurance exchange, the federal government will make the decision for the state.

Under the federal Affordable Care Act, states have until September 30th to decide what benefits will be included in a health insurance exchange.

6:12 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Kansas Agency Finds Increase In Job Vacancies

The Kansas Department of Labor says the number of job vacancies increased during the second quarter of 2012 when compared with a year earlier.

The report released Wednesday found an estimated 36,000 vacancies from April to June, a 17.3 percent increase over the second quarter of 2011.

During the quarter, Kansas averaged a little over 88,700 unemployed workers. That meant about 2.5 workers for every job vacancy, which was an improvement from 2011, when there were 3.2 unemployed workers for every job opening.

Health Reform
6:08 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Advocates Talk Health Insurance Requirements In Meeting

The state of Kansas will need to write new standards for health insurance policies as part of the federal health care law. State officials will need to decide on the minimum coverage requirements for policies sold on a state health insurance exchange.

At a public meeting in Topeka Wednesday, the Kansas Insurance Department took public comments on the standards.

Some advocates at the meeting argued for more comprehensive benefits, especially for children. Pediatrician and KU Med professor Pam Shaw would like to see more extensive benefits for vision and dental care.

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7:45 am
Wed September 5, 2012

Art Review: Gordon Parks Exhibitions

Gordon Parks, date unknown. Gelatin silver print.
Toni Parks The Gordon Parks Foundation

The art world tends to lull during the summer. But around this time, as (hopefully) cooler temperatures approach, that lull grows into quiet anticipation as the museums, galleries, and other art institutions begin to turn up the heat with heavy-hitting fall exhibitions.

As Wichita enters into the fall season, there are some changes to the local art scene. Regrettably, some key contemporary art galleries have lost their spaces, most notably Tangent Lab and NakedCity Gallery.

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3:34 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Top 40 Albums August 2012

  1. Curtis Salgado - Soul Shot (Alligator)
  2. Johnnie Bassett - I Can Make That Happen (Sly Dog)
  3. Little Feat - Rooster Rag (Rounder)
  4. Rockin' Johnny Band - Grim Reaper (Delmark)
  5. Rick Estrin and the Nightcats - ONe Wrong Turn (Alligator)
  6. Albert Castiglia - Living the Dream (Blues Leaf)
  7. Mannish Boys - Double Dynamite (Delta Groove)
  8. The 44s - Americana (Rip Cat)
  9. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Everybody's Talkin' (Sony Masterworks)
  10. Anthony Gomes - Up 2 Zero (Anthony Gomes)
  11. Nathan James and the Rhythm Scratchers - Wh
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Free Speech
1:07 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Federal Court Sides With Fair Against PETA

A federal judge has agreed with the Kansas State Fair in a free speech challenge filed by an animal-rights group.

U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten ruled Tuesday the fair is a so-called "limited public forum." He said fair officials acted reasonably in requiring People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to shield people walking by its booth from easily seeing images depicting animal slaughter.

PETA sued the state, the Kansas Fair Board and the fair's general manager, arguing the restrictions violate its free speech rights.