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7:24 am
Fri March 28, 2014

'Immigration Is Beautiful' Mural Defaced For The Second Time In Five Weeks

The Immigration mural after its first restoration.
Credit Lindsey Herkommer

Wichita's "Immigration Is Beautiful" mural has been vandalized for the second time in five weeks.

The north Wichita mural depicts a map of the United States, with images of the Statue of Liberty and two people wrapped in the U.S. and Mexican flags.

Two swastikas were painted on the mural late Monday or early Tuesday.

Artists had recently removed racist, anti-immigration and homophobic graffiti painted on it in mid-February.

Security cameras have been set up at the mural to catch any future cases of vandalism.

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Environment
7:11 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Gov. Brownback: Federal Protection Of Lesser Prairie Chicken Is An 'Overreach'

Governor Sam Brownback criticized the federal government's decision Thursday to add the lesser prairie chicken to its list of threatened species.

Brownback called it an "overreach," and his spokeswoman says his office is considering a lawsuit.

Governor Brownback and others are worried how the protections for the prairie chicken could affect agriculture, oil and gas drilling, wind farms, and other businesses.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Richard Crowson: Blowing Their Cover

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Whew! That ol’ Kansas wind! It’s been blowing like crazy lately with gusts up to 35 miles per hour and higher.

It’s been blowing so hard that it completely blew the cover off a couple of Koch subsidiaries.

The Kansas Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Prosperity were left shivering and coverless by those recent gusts. The Kansas Chamber and Americans for Prosperity are known for their own windy proclamations about jobs and how much they, oh, so sincerely just want what’s best for the Kansas economy.

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Books
5:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Robert Gates Celebrates His Past With 'Duty,' But Continues To Look Forward

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Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has just released his memoirs of his time in both the Bush and Obama White Houses. It’s called Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary At War. In it, Gates writes about situations in China, the Middle East, and Russia.

Gates, who holds a Ph.D. in Russian and Soviet History, writes in Duty that he viewed Vladimir Putin as a “stone-cold killer,” and that he's been watching Russia once more with a close eye.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Your Move: A 'Metal Gear' Teaser

Screenshot from 'Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes'
Samuel McConnell KMUW

I’ve been a fan of the Metal Gear Solid series since the first one in 1998. Since then, I’ve played them all and followed the story of the two main protagonists, both code-named "Snake."

The latest, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, was released last week.

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Business
10:55 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Wire And Cable Manufacturer Southwire Closing Coffeyville Plant

Southwire LLC says it's closing the company's plant in Coffeyville and laying off nearly 200 workers.

A spokesman for the Georgia-based company says the layoffs will be spread over several months before the plant closes in March of 2015.

The company is shifting some of its operations after a recent merger, which prompted closing in Coffeyville.

Business
10:50 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Candy Giant Mars Opens First North American Plant In 35 Years In Topeka

Mars Incorporated is throwing a grand opening on Thursday for its new $270 million dollar plant near Topeka that will produce millions of chocolate bars and other sweets every day.

Company officials say the plant exists mostly to meet U.S. demand for its  M&M's- and Snickers-brand candy. It's the first new Mars plant in North America in 35 years.

The plant will have the capacity to produce 14 million bite-sized Snickers bars and 39 million M&M's each day.

The plant is bringing about 200 jobs to the Topeka area.

Health
10:03 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Kansas County Health Rankings Show Wide Gap

The fifth annual County Health Rankings are out, and the parts of Kansas that have struggled in prior years are still at the bottom of the list. The rankings provide a clear picture of just how much health depends on social factors like poverty and education.

Johnson County tops the list again this year as the healthiest county in Kansas. Dr. Gianfranco Pezzino, of the Kansas Health Institute, says it’s more than just coincidence that the Kansas City suburb is also the state’s wealthiest county.

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Music
5:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Spirits And The Melchizedek Children Frontman Jason Elliott Improves Health, Music

So Happy It’s Sad is the second full-length album by Atlanta Georgia’s Spirits and the Melchizedek Children.
Credit Courtesy photo

Jason Elliott of the Atlanta, Georgia band Spirits and the Melchizedek Children says that listeners will notice that the group’s second full-length album, the just released So Happy, It’s Sad, is not as dark as the band’s last album, We Are Here To Save You. The bandleader said some of that difference can be attributed to changes he’s made in his life since the 2011 album’s release.

“A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease and that was really the start of me making that decision of living healthier," Elliott says.

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Global Music
5:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

The Soweto Gospel Choir – Grounded In The Music Of South Africa

The Soweto Gospel Choir
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One of the best known sounds from Africa is the music of South Africa - and one of the best known South African groups these days is the Soweto Gospel Choir - a super group made up of some of the best voices of the townships. The choir ranges from 20 to 30 members and is accompanied by bass, guitar, drum and keyboard – as well as lively dancing. From the beginning, the Choir has been an international hit and has acted as musical ambassadors to the world. They are currently in the midst of a 37-city U.S. tour.

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