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5:00 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Book Review: Gold

With the London games looming, it’s difficult not to catch Olympic fever. After reading Chris Cleave’s Gold, I’ll be paying closer attention to the cycling events. Sprint. Individual pursuit. These were the races vividly portrayed in this story about Zoe, Kate and Jack: three cyclists who met each other on the same day when they were 19; and how their odd little triangle of love and friendship developed over the next 13 years, through victories and defeats in Athens, Beijing, and potentially London.

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Environment
9:03 am
Thu July 12, 2012

USDA Declares 82 KS Counties As Disaster Areas Due To Drought

A crop of wheat growing.
Parker Michael Knight Flickr

The federal government has declared a disaster in 82 Kansas counties because of the drought conditions.

The heat and a lack of rain have taken a toll on agriculture in the state.

The decision makes assistance available to farmers and ranchers.

Board of Education
8:44 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Board of Ed Supports Districts Seeking To Use Alternate Student Tests

The Kansas State Board of Education is supporting three school districts that want to use an alternative to state approved tests.

The schools want to use tests from the group ACT to measure student performance instead of state assessments.

The districts are Clifton - Clyde, McPherson and Kansas City, Kansas.

The districts will have to apply to the federal government for a waiver to use the alternative tests.

The board voted unanimously Wednesday to support the request.

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Commentary
8:29 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Movie Review: Savages

There is nothing particularly new about Oliver Stone’s Savages: the usual good guys want out of the rackets and the usual bad guys won’t let them leave, there’s the usual one last job before retirement, the usual endless betrayals and double crosses till you neither know nor care what anybody is up to, the usual big orange explosions, the traditional blonde heroine and black-haired villainess, the requisite car chases, and the criminal superorganization that has the whole physical world bugged so you can’t go the john without being taped, but also the villains who never thing to set

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Medicaid Reform
9:56 am
Wed July 11, 2012

WellPoint Plans To Purchase KS Medicaid Contractor Amerigroup

Kansas regulators will review plans for health insurance company WellPoint to purchase a company that was awarded a Medicaid contract.

A subsidiary of Amerigroup Corporation was awarded one of three contracts to manage Medicaid services in Kansas.

WellPoint now wants to buy Amerigroup.

Commentary
8:32 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Art Review: Herb and Dorothy Vogel

Building an art collection seems like a practice far removed from the lives of average people. Purchasing art feels like something only wealthy people can do. So how is it that one of the most formidable art collections in our country was built on the salaries of a librarian and a postal clerk?

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City Council
8:27 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Wichita City Council Approves Rate Increases, New Model For Century II

Wichita's Century II at night.
Kyle Johnston Flickr

The City council Tuesday voted to approve a new rate model and rental increases at Century II.

Rental rates have not changed at Century II since 2000.

Under the proposal changes, the performing arts and events center will go from a period rental model to a day rate model.

A 2 percent rate increase will go into effect in January of 2015.

Currently Century II rents for 6 hour periods in the concert hall and on a day rate for the expo halls.

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Health Reform
8:23 am
Wed July 11, 2012

KS Lieutenant Governor: Health Care Law Too Complicated

Kansas Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer told a US House panel Tuesday that the federal health care law threatens patients, taxpayers, states, and the fiscal health of the country.

Department Of Motor Vehicles
8:20 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Audit Will Focus On Problems With Vehicle Registration System Upgrade

A Kansas legislative committee has ordered an audit of the state’s troubled vehicle registration system. 

A new, upgraded system was put in place earlier this year. But problems have caused long lines at some local DMV offices.

Aircraft Industry
9:36 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Hawker Beechcraft Announces Sale To Chinese Firm

Passengers wait to board a Raytheon Hawker Beechcraft T-1 Jayhawk.
Jack Snell Flickr

Aircraft maker Hawker Beechcraft announced Monday that it had reached a $1.79 billion “exclusivity agreement” with a Chinese aerospace manufacturer for the sale of its business jet and general aviation operations.

Under the agreement Beijing-based aerospace manufacturer Superior Aviation Beijing will buy Hawker Beechcraft and make payments over the next six weeks to support ongoing operations until the deal is finalized.

The sale does not include Hawker Beechcraft Defense Company, which will remain a separate entity.

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