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5:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Indie Film Guide: 8/29 - 9/11

Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

Coming up: A couple of one-day festivals, an acclaimed young director, and a “Shock” doc.

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Politics
11:17 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Gov Brownback, Shawnee County DA Disagree On Alleged Open Meetings Violations

Gov. Sam Brownback speaks with reporters Monday at the Statehouse.
Stephen Koranda

Gov. Sam Brownback and the Shawnee County district attorney continue to disagree about some alleged violations of the Kansas Open Meetings Act.

Brownback held a series of legislative dinners at Cedar Crest earlier this year. More than 90 lawmakers, virtually all Republicans, were invited.

As Stephen Koranda reports, the investigation looked at whether the legislative dinners violated the open meetings act.

Headlines
11:07 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Top Morning News

Open Meetings Act; Statehouse Repairs Funded; State Withholds Payment to 3M; KU Ticket Scalping Case  

Governor’s Open Meeting Issues Continue

Brownback and the Shawnee County district attorney continue to disagree about some alleged violations of the Kansas Open Meetings Act.

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Statehouse Repairs Funded

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Drought Impact
11:04 am
Tue August 28, 2012

Drought Dwindles Water Levels At Nuclear Power Plant

The continuing drought is causing concern about operating the Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant.

Officials say the dwindling water levels of a reservoir used to cool the plant near Burlington do not pose any safety risk.

The Kansas Water Office projects the John Redmond Reservoir will be almost dry by November 1, if current weather patterns persist.

Wolf Creek officials say it would be difficult to operate the plant if the drought continues for the next several months.

Aviation
1:12 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Court: Age Discrimination Unproven In Boeing Sale

A federal appeals court panel has sided with The Boeing Company and Spirit AeroSystems in an age discrimination lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed by 90 former Boeing workers after the 2005 sale of its commercial airplane operations in Kansas and Oklahoma.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that while employees showed discrimination occurred during the sale, the workers cannot prove a pattern existed.

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Commentary
8:31 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Book Review: The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

Being a parent can be a thankless job. Jonathan Evison explores the parent/child relationship in his new novel, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. Through the intersecting lives of his characters, he challenges the definition of a “good” parent.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Restaurant Review: Chiang Mai

I have talked often of my love for very spicy food. I like to eat things so chili-hot that my eyes water and I get a sort of sparkly endorphin rush. I don’t like heat for heat’s sake, though, so the dish itself has to be delicious and well made, and the chilies need to enhance rather than obscure the flavors within. You aren’t going to see me judging jalapeno eating contests any time soon. I’d much rather be slurping up Thai noodles and curries at Chiang Mai.

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Employment
1:04 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

400 New Jobs Coming To Wichita

A data management company plans to add more than 400 jobs in Wichita over the next five years.

The Kansas department of Commerce and the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition announced Thursday that NetApp, a provider of storage and data management solutions, will significantly expand its Wichita facility.

The plan to add more than 400 jobs over the next five years will nearly double its workforce in Wichita, when added to their existing 450 employees.

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Commentary
7:26 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Art Review: Alexander Calder

Calder mobile in the National Gallery of Art
Eric Wilcox Flickr

Alexander Calder was an American sculptor best known for his large mobiles – kinetic sculptures that use simple air currents to bring life to line, color and shape. A Calder sculpture is instantly recognizable by its awkward geometric shapes delicately balanced on long spindly wires, giving it an almost skeletal look.

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Commentary
9:32 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Musical Space: Jingles

There’s been a noticeable trend away from using jingles in TV commercials. This really doesn’t bother me too much; jingles are designed to lodge themselves into your brain, and an effective one can have the same effect as a toothache. I’m interested, though, in how jingles have been replaced.

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