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5:30 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Sondheim, Jung And Fairy Tales

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Fairy tales speak to us on a primitive level, according to Carl Jung, who interpreted the stories as symbols in the collective unconscious. Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine took a deliberately Jungian approach when they created their award-winning musical Into the Woods.

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Crime and Courts
11:47 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

FBI: Man Plotted Suicide Bomb Attack At Kansas Military Base

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom holds news conference on Friday, April 10, 2015 at the Federal Courthouse in Kansas City, Kan. John T. Booker was charged Friday with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to damage property by means of an explosive and attempting to provide material support to the terrorist group. Grissom says Booker was arrested Friday near Manhattan, Kan., about 100 miles west of Kansas City.
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Update: A top federal prosecutor for Kansas has also charged another Topeka man, Alexander E. Blair, 28, with failing to report Booker's plans to authorities. The complaint alleges that Blair and Booker shared some "extremist views" and that Blair loaned Booker money to rent space to build and store a bomb.

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Aviation
8:00 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Almost Ready: New Terminal At Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport

Deborah Shaar

  Originally aired 4-09-15 during Morning Edition

The new terminal at Wichita's Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport is in its final construction phase, with the official opening expected in May.

In the meantime, public events, beginning with this Saturday’s Dedication Gala, will provide a preview of the facility.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar visited the terminal and has this progress report...

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Transportation
4:36 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Highway Funding Proposal Hasn’t Swayed Kansas Congresswoman

Rep. Lynn Jenkins speaking during a stop in Topeka.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Lawmakers in Congress face a deadline next month to pass legislation funding the nation's highway system.

The current law will expire at the end of May.

Stephen Koranda reports, Republican Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins says one solution is off the table.

Jenkins says Republican leaders in the U.S. House probably won’t consider a hike in the gas tax.

Some other proposals would change tax rules for overseas corporate profits and earmark that money as a highway funding stream. But Jenkins isn’t entire on board with that idea.

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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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