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Transportation
1:07 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Uber Steps Up Lobbying Efforts In Kansas

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Ride-hailing company Uber is increasing its lobbying efforts to persuade Governor Sam Brownback to veto a bill Uber says will force it to leave the state.

The bill would increase the insurance requirements for Uber drivers and force them to undergo background checks through the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Uber connects drivers and riders through a mobile app.

The company has arranged for a truck with a sign saying, "SB 117 Destroys Kansas Jobs" to circle downtown Topeka since the bill passed the Legislature.

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Crime and Courts
12:47 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Judge Refuses To Toss Out Charges In Suicide Bomb Plot Case

A judge has once again refused to dismiss charges against a man accused of a suicide bomb plot at Wichita's airport because the explosives used in the undercover sting were fake.

Terry Loewen was arrested in December 2013. The former avionics technician allegedly tried to bring a van filled with inert explosives onto the tarmac at Mid-Continent Airport.

He is charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to use an explosive device to damage property, and attempting to give material support to al-Qaida.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Fantasy Movie Favorites

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.

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The Last Unicorn

April 11, 11:00 a.m.

B&B Hutchinson Mall 8

The Last Unicorn Screening Tour

 

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Government
5:00 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Voter-Approved Marijuana Initiative Fraught With Unknowns

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Voters in Wichita have approved a referendum aimed at lessening the penalty for first-time possession of small amounts of marijuana. State law enforces a $2,500 fine and up to one year in jail. The new city ordinance would only impose a $50 fine and no jail time. But it’s not clear whether the city is able to move forward with the change. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports…

On a bright, clear afternoon—just days before the general election—a handful of state officials gathered in front of the Sedgwick County Courthouse in downtown Wichita.

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Crime and Courts
5:31 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

U.S. District Judge Blocks Appeal In Boeing Age Discrimination Lawsuit

A nine-year legal battle waged by former aircraft workers, who claim they lost their jobs because of their age, may have come to an end after a federal judge blocked their attorney from appealing the court's dismissal of their remaining claims because the paperwork was filed too late. KMUW's Carla Eckels reports...

The age discrimination lawsuit was sparked by the 2005 sale of Boeing's Wichita commercial operations to the parent company of Spirit AeroSystems.

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Military
2:10 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Long VA Waits Less Of A Problem In Kansas Than Elsewhere

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An Associated Press analysis shows that fewer Kansas veterans are experiencing long waits for care at VA hospitals and clinics than their counterparts in many other states.

At the state's 19 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facilities, 1.8 percent of appointments were delayed longer than 30 days from September to February. The national average was 2.8 percent.

But problems persist after a scandal led to a $16 billion law overhauling veterans' health care. Wait times didn't decline over the six months the AP examined. They actually increased in January and February.

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Government
2:07 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Kansas Legislators Moving Toward Changing Local Elections

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Republican legislators in Kansas are moving to shift city and local school board elections to the fall of even-numbered years.

House and Senate negotiators have drafted a plan to get rid of the traditional scheduling of local elections in the spring of odd-numbered years.

Local elections would be on the same schedule as contests for county, state and congressional offices. Under the bill, city and school board races would be listed first on the ballot.

Supporters say the bill will increase turnout.

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Commentary
6:30 am
Thu April 9, 2015

How To Have A Truly Memorable Gaming Vacation

Akihabara, Tokyo's "Electric Town"
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There is a lot of gaming to be had in Wichita, with our excellent tabletop gaming stores, a video gaming bar and multiple board game events all over town, but sometimes you have to travel away from home to find unique gaming experiences.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu April 9, 2015

'Furious 7' Is An Absurd Delight

I mean, how could you not love this?
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Even people who have had driver's licenses long enough to think of cars as transportation instead of thrill rides might get a kick out of the sheer preposterousness of the latest Fast and Furious movie.

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Economy
5:00 am
Thu April 9, 2015

State Exports Reach Third Highest Level in Kansas History

While exports declined by about 4 percent last year--from the $12.46 billion number in 2013--the state still posted the third highest annual export value in Kansas history.

Matt Keith with the Kansas Department of Commerce who released the report says that several key industries experienced strong growth in exporting last year, particularly manufacturing.

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