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6:41 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Wichita City Council Member Makes Case For Passenger Rail

An Amtrak Surfliner passenger rail train.
Mark Beeson Flickr

Wichita city council member Pete Mitzner Wednesday presented a case for passenger rail service through the city to the Sedgwick county commissioners.

City council member Mitzner told the county commission passenger rail service is expanding across the nation and he and fellow council member James Clendenin believe Wichita could be a part of that expansion, especially considering there is existing unused rail infastructure downtown.

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Power Outage
1:37 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Lawn Watering Ban In East Wichita, Andover

City of Wichita officials are urging water customers east of Rock Road in Wichita, and in all of Andover, to not water their lawns until Saturday due to a loss of electrical power at a water pump station on Webb Road.

The power outage has reduced water pressure in areas east of Rock Road. Westar is working to restore the power to the pump station.

The voluntary watering restriction is not requested of customers west of Rock Road, because they are not affected by the power outage.

Crime
7:32 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Cameras At Juvenile Correctional Complex Aided Audit Investigation

A recent audit uncovered mismanagement and safety problems at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex in Topeka. 

The Legislative Division of Post Audit compiled the report on the facility, which houses around 250 juveniles.

Auditor Scott Frank says this report was unique, because cameras at the facility aided the investigation.

He says the cameras allowed them to confirm assaults or other issues, and it can sometimes be difficult to confirm claims made during an audit investigation.

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Commentary
7:24 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Movie Review: Ice Age: Continental Drift

I try to avoid children’s movies because all that matters about them, most of the time, is whether they are funny and whether they may be offensive to parents, and my sense of humor does not seem to match that of thirteen-year-old boys who think nothing is as funny as gas leakages, and I do not empathize with parents who want to protect their young-uns from language they hear every day at recess. But every so often I am forced to review kiddies’ movies for lack of anything else new, and often as not I find myself thoroughly entertained from beginning to finish.

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Sedgwick County
6:23 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Proposed Sedgwick County Budget Includes Broad Cuts, Layoffs

The Sedgwick County Courthouse.
Jim Good Flickr

The Sedgwick County Manager Wednesday presented his 2013 recommended budget to the commissioners. It proposes layoffs, cuts to services and closing the Judge Riddel Boys Ranch.

County Manager Bill Buchanan said he had to do “less with less” to reach the goal of eliminating the county’s $9.3 million deficit by the end of 2013.

Buchanan said in their analysis the budget team focused on the core missions of programs and looked for duplications of services.

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Commentary
11:21 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Art Review: Gerald Hill

CityArts is currently showing the work of photographer Gerald Hill in the solo exhibition Black and White Photography from Gerald Hill.  Hill’s practice spans over 30 years. During this time, he gained representation through galleries in Dallas, Kansas City, Santa Fe, and Topeka. The camera manufacturer Canon has awarded and licensed his photographic work on the National Park System as well.

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Aviation
3:17 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Frontier Airlines To Leave Wichita

Frontier Airlines has announced plans to end its flights between Wichita and Denver. Frontier's two daily flights from Wichita TO Denver will end on November 16.

Spokesperson Lindsey Carpenter says the flights have been performing below average. Carpenter says the airline will contact travelers who have booked flights after November 15, and offer them a flight on another airline or a refund.

Commentary
9:45 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Into It: Arcades

The Golden Age of arcades was sparked by the 1978 release of Space Invaders.

Since the first simple arcade games were developed in the late sixties, the video arcade has fought a war of innovation and marketing with home gaming.

What’s called The Golden Age of arcades was sparked by the 1978 release of Space Invaders. The game was so successful, in fact, that it brought about a shortage of the 100-yen coins used in the Japanese machines.

In the following years, arcades were dominated by single player games like Pac-Man and other missions of skill, whether it was navigating the upward climb in Donkey Kong or scuttling across a busy road in Frogger.

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Election 2012
6:23 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Tuesday Is The Voter Registration Deadline For The August Primary

Sign directing voters to the polls.
Keith Ivey Flickr

Tuesday is the deadline for Kansans to register to vote or update their registration in time for the primary election. 

During the August 7 vote, Republicans and Democrats will chose their candidates for the fall election.

You can register to vote here.

Transportation
5:16 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Kansas Gas Prices Jump

A gas pump in San Diego, California.
Slworking2 Flickr

Gas prices in Kansas have been on the rise.

Jim Hanni of AAA Kansas says it’s not because of an uptick in demand. Instead, it’s because of a possible supply problem.

“There are concerns that we may not be able to get oil at the same pace out of the Middle East, and that certainly what’s been driving the increase in gas prices at the pump here now,” says Hanni.

He says that the uncertainty of the Middle Eastern oil supply is affecting the Midwest more than anywhere else in the nation.

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