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8:15 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Five Alchemists: Contemporary Photographers Explore 19th-Century Techniques

Art credit: Heidi Kirkpatrick, Ivy, 2014. Cyanotype photogram on vintage child’s dress, 26 x 58 x 11 inches. Courtesy Wallspace Gallery, Santa Barbara, California.

If you’ve been to the Wichita Art Museum to see the daguerreotype exhibition Photographic Wonders but did not go downstairs, you missed a significant show.

Typically, WAM does a call-and-response structure with the main attraction upstairs and a response show downstairs. But this response show, Five Alchemists: Contemporary Photographers Explore 19th-century Techniques, marks three important landmarks for WAM:

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Government
4:31 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Wichita City Council Moves Forward With Animal Control Advisory Board

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The Wichita City Council is moving forward with an Animal Control Advisory Board, which would report to the police department and city council members.

The proposed advisory board would consist of nine members, including a representative from the city, a licensed veterinarian, and residents.

Wichita Police Captain Doug Nolte says aggressive dogs are a big problem, and that the city’s animal control system could use help in addressing those concerns.

Number of reported bites investigated by Wichita Animal Control:

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Education
1:50 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Slowing Enrollment In Kansas Schools Shows Economic Recovery

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The number of students who enrolled in the Kansas higher education system dropped slightly in 2014, especially among older, non-traditional students which officials say indicates economic recovery.

The overall enrollment at Kansas public institutions, including community colleges and technical schools, fell 2.5 percent from the 2012-2013 academic year to the following one.

The Kansas Board of Regents met last week to discuss enrollment at the state's schools.

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Agriculture
1:43 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

US Ag Secretary Touts Moves To Boost Rural Economies

United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
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U.S. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke in Wichita on Monday to about 470 people attending the National Farmers Union convention. Vilsak said The Agriculture Department aims to implement the new farm bill in ways that boost rural economies, while complementing production agriculture.

The department's Economic Research Service data shows that 2010 to 2013 marks the first period with an estimated population loss for rural America as a whole.

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Government
1:25 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Kansas Records Law Doesn’t Cover Officials’ Private Emails

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State lawmakers have shown little interest in allowing public scrutiny of officials' private emails about government business, despite recent scrutiny of Hillary Rodham Clinton's communications and a case involving the governor's office.

The Kansas Open Records Act doesn't specifically cover emails or other communications with private accounts or devices, even if they involve government business.

Democratic legislators introduced proposals in both chambers of the Legislature to allow scrutiny of such communications.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Tue March 17, 2015

The Delta Blues Of Germany

Kraftwerk performing live
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You may not be aware of this, but the last four decades of music have been heavily influenced by German underground rock from the 1970s.

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Education
6:57 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Kansas Senate Passes Bill Scrapping School Funding System

Senate President Susan Wagle speaks during debate on the bill.
Credit Stephen Koranda

A bill that scraps the school funding system in Kansas has passed out of the Legislature and is heading to the governor’s desk for consideration.

The Senate voted 25-14 to concur with a bill that had previously passed the Kansas House. As Stephen Koranda reports, it would temporarily create a block grant system while lawmakers write a new funding formula.

Supporters of the bill say it has $300 million in new funding and gives Kansas schools more flexibility.

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Education
4:49 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

KS House Abandons Reconsideration Of Block Grants Bill

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Last week, House lawmakers narrowly passed a controversial bill that would scrap the current school funding system in Kansas and replace it with block grants. Some opponents of that plan had been hoping for a do-over on the vote, but as Stephen Koranda reports, the chamber’s rules shut down that possibility.

Some critics of the bill had hinted they would try to reconsider the funding formula vote on Monday. That would give them a second crack at the issue. But it became clear the chamber’s rules would block the move, so the idea was abandoned.

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Government
4:13 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Wichita Independent Neighborhoods Hosts Mayoral Forum Tonight

Jeff Longwell and Sam Williams
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Wichita Independent Neighborhoods (WIN), an advocacy organization for neighbors and neighborhoods in the city, will host a mayoral forum on Monday night in downtown Wichita. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

WIN Representative Janet Wilson says the forum will feature both candidates running for Wichita mayor, Jeff Longwell and Sam Williams.

According to Wilson, WIN's forum will concentrate on the mayoral candidates so that people can be informed before they got to the polls.

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Health
12:58 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Bird Flu Detected In Northeast Kansas

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Bird flu has been detected in a backyard flock of chickens and ducks in northeast Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture said in a news release late Friday that the discovery was made in Leavenworth County.

Backyard poultry owners in the county are urged to contact the department.

Additionally, parts of Cherokee and Crawford counties in the southeast part of the state are under surveillance after a confirmed case of the H5N2 strain of bird flu was found just across the state line in Jasper County, Missouri, this month.

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