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7:50 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Democrats Say They’ll Be Competitive In Fall Elections

Representative Paul Davis (left, D-Lawrence) and Senator Anthony Hensley (D-Topeka) talk to reporters.
Stephen Koranda

Democrats in the Legislature say they are in a good position to pick up some seats in the fall election.

In this week’s primary elections, conservative Republicans beat more moderate candidates in many races.

Democrats say that could affect their chances in the fall election.

Business
7:19 am
Thu August 9, 2012

US Negotiator To Discuss Trade With KS Producers

The nation’s chief agricultural negotiator plans to meet with Kansas producers to talk about trade issues.

Isi Siddiqui is a presidential appointee in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. He planned several stops in Kansas today to discuss efforts to bring down trade barriers and increase U.S. farm exports.

In Johnson County, Siddiqui is to tour Bayer Animal Health Company and Kansas State University’s research lab. He also plans to tour the Cargill Innovation Center in Wichita and host a roundtable meeting with the Wichita Agribusiness Council.

Wichita City Council
8:42 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Hyatt Revenue Factored Into Wichita City Budget

The City of Wichita anticipates a quarter million dollars in projected hotel cash flow from the city-owned downtown Hyatt as part of the proposed 2013-14 budget.

Wichita City Manager Bob Layton gave an overview of the proposed budget as part of a formal public hearing during Tuesday’s city council meeting.  Layton told council members one issue that helped shape the budget has to do with the Hyatt.

“This budget anticipates for the first time, a revenue flow to the city from the Hyatt operations,” said Layton.

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Commentary
8:14 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Crowson Cartoon: Kansas GOP

Credit Richard Crowson
Election 2012
5:45 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Election Results From Major Races In August 7 Primary

Marc Bennett won the Republican primary for Sedgwick County district attorney over Kevin O’Connor.  There was no Democratic candidate.

Karl Peterjohn kept his seat on the Sedgwick County Commission winning over Wichita City Council member Jeff Longwell.

Jeff Easter defeated incumbent Bob Hinshaw in the Republican primary for Sedgwick County sheriff.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Art Review: Naymlis Entertainment

I recently attended one of the most avant-garde art events I've seen in Wichita for some time. This event brought together local art, music, and food trucks to Abode Venue for a dynamic night of cutting edge culture.

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Health
1:28 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Kansas Resubmits Medicaid Waiver Proposal

Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration resubmitted a Medicaid waiver proposal to the federal government after the first proposal needed to be withdrawn.

The state needs the waiver in order to use federal Medicaid dollars for the Brownback administration’s managed care plan, called KanCare.

State officials withdrew a proposal that was submitted April 26 after realizing that they had not notified Haskell Health Center in Lawrence and the White Cloud Health Station.

Commentary
8:32 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Musical Space: Cartoons

Carl Stalling was the composer who scored the music for Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes cartoons.

Composer Carl Stalling created some of the most recognizable musical scores of the last century, the sounds that fueled many Saturday mornings and weekday afternoons.


[Music: Carl Stalling: “Coyote and Road Runner”]

You may not know Carl Stalling’s name but you do know his work.  He was the composer who scored the music for Warner Brothers’ Looney Tunes cartoons, the music that was the perfect accompaniment to sugar-cereal-fueled Saturday mornings, the music we associate with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Foghorn Leghorn, and their various escapades.

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Aviation
7:11 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Airbus Holds Summit, Vows To Double Investments

European airplane maker Airbus Monday announced plans to double investments in the US at the first Air Capital Supplier Summit in Wichita.

Senator Jerry Moran and Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor hosted the event.

Moran says the partnership between Airbus and Kansas suppliers is aimed at growing the aviation industry in the state through more contracts with the France-based aircraft maker.

Airbus has an engineering center here in Wichita with more than 350 employees, making the Wichita facility the company’s largest engineering center outside of Europe.

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Medicaid Reform
7:00 am
Tue August 7, 2012

KanCare Waiver Request Resubmitted To Federal Officials

It’s a little bit later than planned, but the State of Kansas has resubmitted its request for federal authority to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program.

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