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The Innocents is the latest novel by Ace Atkins. It's also the latest novel in the Quinn Colson detective series. Set in the town of Jericho, Mississippi, it is a story that features small-time thugs, drug deals, a morally ambiguous hero and a hint that the town’s deepest, darkest secrets have yet to come to light. Atkins, who is a former crime reporter, says that the seeds of the book were planted in a newspaper account he’d read of a horrific crime not far from his home in Oxford, Mississippi.

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Wichita made aviation history over the weekend when a rebuilt B-29 Superfortress took off near McConnell Air Force Base. The World War II-era bomber is one of only two still flying. The project of rebuilding the B-29 was undertaken by volunteers and was funded largely by donations. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur attended the ceremonial first flight and has this report…

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A new survey reveals low opinions of Gov. Sam Brownback among Kansas residents.

Survey USA interviewed 800 adults earlier this month—675 of them registered to vote—for a study sponsored by KSN News. It shows that 72 percent of people surveyed say they have an unfavorable view of the governor, including 50 percent with an “extremely unfavorable” view of him. Just 20 percent have a favorable opinion of Brownback.

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Anti-abortion activists will be in Wichita for the next week for a series of demonstrations they’re calling the Summer of Justice. Organizers say they’re peaceful and have been unfairly criticized in the past.

Operation Save America, an anti-abortion group headquartered in Waco, Texas, has partnered with local and state organizations for a week of protests starting today.

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Republican Party leaders have been crafting their platform ahead of the GOP convention in Cleveland next week. Delegates will decide whether or not to adopt the platform that includes opposition to same-sex marriage.

Among the proposed planks is one calling for a reversal of the U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that legalized same-sex unions in all 50 states.

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After a brief and completely unintentional hiatus, we're back to bringing together some of the most notable stories of the past week. This week, primary election preparation ramped up with the voter registration deadline and the beginning of the advance voting period. Here's what you may have missed:

Six things you need to know if you want to vote in Kansas primaries

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The U.S. House passed a national standard for labeling food containing genetically-modified organisms, or GMOs, yesterday. But as Harvest Public Media’s Peggy Lowe reports, consumers may still have problems getting that information.

The bill, now passed by both the House and Senate, allows companies three ways to disclose that there are GMOs in their products. They can put text directly on the package, offer a phone number or website, or they can use a QR code that a shopper can scan with a smart phone.

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Events surrounding the Summer of Justice start tomorrow in Wichita, marking the 25th anniversary of the Summer of Mercy, when mass demonstrations led to nearly 2,700 arrests outside of local clinics that provide abortion services.

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The City of Wichita is asking the public for input on the proposed 2017 budget.

City Council members unveiled the $580 million budget this week. It’s a nearly $60 million increase from the revised 2016 budget.

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The Wichita Police Department and protestors who support the Black Lives Matter movement will host what they're calling a "First Steps" cookout for the community this Sunday at McAdams Park.

The idea of the barbecue came after local activist A.J. Bohannon lead a protest in northeast Wichita Tuesday seeking police reform. Bohannon says Police Chief Gordon Ramsay initiated the cookout after listening to concerns.

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