Election 2012
6:18 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Advance Voting Begins Thursday

Advance voting begins Thursday at 15 satellite sites in Sedgwick County including The Center for Health and Wellness, Bel Aire City Building and the Sedgwick County Zoo. 

Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says voters can take advantage of the opportunity before the August 7 Primary.

“Voters can start going to any of our satellite sites today beginning at noon and those will be open until Saturday at 4pm and the voters just need to make sure to bring their government issued voter ID,” says Lehman.

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5:38 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Into It: Barber Pole

Blood letting image from 1860.

The barber pole has come a long way to be stationed above old brick shops, to repeat and repeat its lonely spins. In fact, the barbers themselves have a strange past, their title once denoting a more taxing profession.

In the middle ages, if you required dentistry, surgery, fire cupping, or a session of leeching, you’d visit the barber-surgeon. It was hundreds of years before the roles we now know as doctors and barbers diverged completely.

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9:22 am
Wed August 1, 2012

New Documentary Tells Story Of McPherson Basketball Stars

A team photo of the McPherson Globe Refiners.
Anne Hassler Courtesy Photo

Against the backdrop of the 2012 summer Olympics a small Kansas town is working to spread the word about their 1936 Olympic gold medal winning basketball stars with a new documentary.

The McPherson Globe Refiners aren’t a well-known basketball team.

They were sponsored by the Globe Refining Company and affiliated with the Amateur Athletic Union or AAU - the standard back in the early 20th century.

They were also short lived, but in their two-year existence they won 2nd place in the AAU championships in 1935, then 1st place in 1936.

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Alternative Energy
5:06 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Attracting Few Users

An electric charging station in Lawrence, KS.

Westar Energy has installed about 52 electric vehicle charging stations throughout the state of Kansas.

The company is participating in a pilot program to see who’s using the stations, and how often.

Spokesperson Shane Batchelder says the stations are getting a lot of use, but not by people who drive fully electric cars.

“They charge at night while they are asleep, and that certainly gets them through the day,” says Batchelder.

“I don’t think they billed into the plan a need to have to charge throughout the day.”

5:00 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Indie Film Guide 8/1 - 8/14

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 handful of movies and a filmmaking competition.

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4:24 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Army Corps Of Engineers To Halt Some Water Releases

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will halt some water releases from three Kansas reservoirs next month. The Corps says they’ll stop releasing water from Tuttle Creek, Milford and Perry lakes. Kansas Senator Pat Roberts supports the move.

“I am pleased to report the Corps will stop releasing waters August 7th, and will not draw down an additional three feet from the reservoirs in October, despite the authority to do so,” Roberts said.

Sexual Assault
1:03 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Sedgwick County Inmates Seek $20 Million

Inmates in the Sedgwick County jail who allege they were sexually assaulted by a deputy are seeking $20 million from the county.

Attorneys for the inmates filed two notices of claims with the county commissioners.

Prosecutors allege that six inmates were assaulted by a jail deputy, 21-year-old David Kendall, who resigned in late June. Kendall faces 12 charges, including aggravated criminal sodomy and misdemeanor sexual battery.

It wasn’t clear how many inmates are included in the claims because the county redacted the names from the notices.

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Insurance Premiums
2:06 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

State Reviewing Health Insurance Rate Increases

State insurance regulators have started closely reviewing health insurance premiums that increase by 10 percent or more.

In the past, the state insurance department didn’t review rate hike proposals of less than 12 percent.

The change complies with a requirement in the federal Affordable Care Act, which Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration strongly opposes.

The Kansas Department of Insurance is led by an elected commissioner, who is not part of the executive branch.

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10:35 am
Mon July 30, 2012

Book Review: Evel Knievel Days

Pauls Toutonghi has a way with words. He writes about the unique circumstances surrounding smart, quirky, and loveable characters. At Watermark, we found his first novel, Red Weather, so endearing that we named a sandwich after it. Toutonghi’s newest book, Evel Knievel Days, features a protagonist named Khosi Saqr from Butte, Montana—Evel Knievel’s hometown. Khosi is an obsessive-compulsive Egyptian-American trying to find his identity. Well, half of his identity, anyway.

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Election 2012
6:22 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Candidate Forum To Take Place Sunday At Wichita State

With the August 7 primary approaching, voters will have the opportunity to hear from some of the candidates.

The Wichita Voter Empowerment 2012 Committee will sponsor a Community Candidates Forum at a church near Wichita State this Sunday.

Candidates running for office on the National, State and Local level have confirmed their attendance at the forum.

Several candidates will participate in a question and answer period after their platform presentations.  A meet the candidate reception will follow.