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5:30 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Wichita's Union Station Closer To Occupancy

Credit Sean Sandefur

  Wichita’s old Union Station took one step closer to having new tenants. The building, which was dedicated in 1914, has been vacant since 2007. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has the story…

Wichita City Council members approved a Tax Increment Financing District for a property along Douglas St. that contains Union Station and other historic buildings.

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OnWords
1:07 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

On Words: 'I Know, Right?'

Rachel McAdams as Regina George in the movie Mean Girls.
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There are various origin stories for the phrase “I know, right?” In The Week magazine, James Harbeck attributes the popularization of this phrase to the movie

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Energy
12:06 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Wolf Creek Re-Opens After Fire

Wolf Creek nuclear power plant is now re-open after a fire yesterday. A spokesman from eastern Kansas plant says a fire started in one of the plant's two emergency diesel generator rooms.

Employees extinguished the flames before the Coffey County Fire Department arrived. It's unclear what started the fire or what was damaged.

The spokesman says no injuries were reported and no radiation was released.

Government
12:03 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Sedgwick County Turning Away Same-Sex Marriage License Seekers

The Sedgwick County Courthouse is turning away same-sex couples who are seeking marriage licenses.

Kerry Wilks and Donna Ditrani, along with their minister, went to the Wichita courthouse yesterday. After the clerk refused to give them paperwork to get a marriage license, the couple said they would be happy to "join the cause" as plaintiffs in a lawsuit expected to be filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, challenging the Kansas ban.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Where Are We, Really?

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Wichitans today think of our city as part of the Midwest. Into the 1920s, however, Wichita saw itself as Southwestern, part of a region that included Texas and Oklahoma.

Cattle drives from Texas and railroad links confirmed this orientation. Promoters described the city as “Queen City of the Greater Southwest.” By 1910, Wichita saw itself as the capital of an “Empire of the Southwest,” a trade area consisting of Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle.

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Politics
6:38 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

KS Midterm Elections In National Spotlight

A woman at the senatorial debate at the Kansas State Fair reacts to the banter between candidates.
Credit Abigail Wilson

Kansas midterm elections are in the national spotlight, and the gubernatorial and senate races will be the focus of a national call-in show Tuesday, October 7, at 9:00 a.m. (CDT). Tom Ashbrook will field calls and talk with experts on his show, On Point, from WBUR in Boston, MA. Guests on the show include:

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Government
5:33 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Supreme Court Announcement Could Legalize Same-Sex Marriage In Kansas

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  The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday morning that they would not move forward with same-sex marriage appeals in five states, which looked to make the unions illegal. The decision allows same-sex couples to begin applying for marriage licenses in their state. It could also mean same-sex marriage is coming to Kansas.

 Back in June, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down bans on same-sex marriage in both Utah and Oklahoma. Appeals brought before the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse those rulings were turned away, effectively making same-sex marriage legal in those states.

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Politics
12:09 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Orman Unveils Plan To Boost Small Business

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman has unveiled a plan to boost small business. Orman released the details of the proposal Friday, as he toured to meet with Kansas entrepreneurs. Stephen Koranda reports.

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Politics
11:52 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Role Of Democratic Party Unclear For KS Senate Race

Democrats no longer have a candidate for a U.S Senate race in Kansas after Chad Taylor dropped out. Now, it's not clear what role, if any, the state Democratic Party will take in the campaign. Stephen Koranda reports.

There's no love lost between Republican Senator Pat Roberts and the leaders in the Kansas Democratic party. But that doesn't mean top-ranking Democrats are throwing their support behind independent candidate Greg Orman. Joan Wagnon is the chair of the Kansas Democratic Party.

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Agriculture
11:39 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Fewer Irrigators Pump More Water Than Allowed

State records show that fewer irrigators are pumping more water than they are allowed to use annually.

The Hutchinson News reports that 114 water right holders received a first-offense warning of civil penalties so far this year for over-pumping in 2013. Another 70 irrigators were warned a second, and, for a few, a third time for over-pumping, and issued a $1,000 fine and temporary cutbacks to their annual water use. A fourth offense results in a water right revocation.

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