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5:54 am
Tue January 13, 2015

OnWords: Is 'Reform' Really That Scary?

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“Reform” is another word of cavernous uncertainty into which falls many a good idea, never to return.

On its face, we should expect anything that’s reformed to look different when we’re done but not be fundamentally different. To reform a thing is, after all, not to transform it.

But sometimes the vagueness of “reform” is used so as not to scare those who are potentially harmed by the details of systemic change.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Recognizing A Major Event In Wichita's History

A black granite monument erected in 2007 with names of the victims lost in the Piatt Street Plane Crash.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

This month marks the 50th anniversary of a KC-135 crashing into a predominantly African American neighborhood in northeast Wichita. This was more than just a neighborhood with a particular racial makeup, however. It represented the postwar suburban dream for Wichita’s African American community.

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Education
6:01 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

New Program Hopes To Gear Up Students For Higher Education

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Wichita State University will launch a new college readiness program in local public schools next week. It’s expected to include close to 2,000 students. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more.

    

Wichita State University received a grant last year of over $10 million to start two Gear Up programs in the Wichita area. Gear Up stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. The initiative will start with current seventh graders, and mentor them through their freshman year of college. Riccardo Harris is executive director of Gear Up North.

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Health
1:12 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Kansas Hospitals Preparing Medicaid Expansion Push

Efforts to expand Medicaid in Kansas and Missouri been unsuccessful in recent years. But advocates say this year could be different particularly in Kansas where hospitals are gearing up for a big push.

The hospitals are crafting their plans to appeal to conservative Republicans who control the governor's office and both houses of the Legislature. Jim McLean of the KHI News Service has details.

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Health
12:51 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Neuhaus Still Barred Following Decision Over Abortions Referral Case

In this photo from June 22, 2012, Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus, center, sits between two of her attorneys, Kelly Kauffman, left, and Bob Eye, as the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts decides to revoke her medical license.
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A Kansas doctor who has been scrutinized for referring young patients for late-term abortions remains barred from practicing medicine after a state board decision. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

The State Board of Healing Arts upheld the revocation of Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus' license to practice medicine.

Neuhaus provided second opinions for patients from Dr. George Tiller's clinic in 2003. Tiller was one of the very few doctors in the country who provided late term abortions.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Mon January 12, 2015

'Secret Wisdom' Is Thoroughly Satisfying

Christopher Scotton’s debut novel The Secret Wisdom of the Earth is riveting.

Set in Medgar, Kentucky, in 1985, it is the multigenerational story of a disparate population of mine owners and their laborers in a community on the verge of major change. Scotton explores the epic theme of man’s dominion over nature and beautifully renders his reverence for the natural landscape.

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Crime and Courts
1:06 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Federal Grand Jury Investigates Loans Made To Gov. Brownback's Re-Election Campaign

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A federal grand jury is looking into loans made to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's re-election campaign.

The jury has ordered the state's ethics chief to testify next week as part of its investigation, according to a subpoena obtained by The Associated Press.

Carol Williams with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission was summoned to appear before the grand jury Wednesday in Topeka.

She was ordered to provide documents pertaining to loans Brownback's campaign received in 2013 and 2014.

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Community
12:49 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Team To Present Design Plan For New Wichita Central Library

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Wichita residents will learn more details about the proposed new Central Library next week. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story.

Leaders from the Wichita Public Library Foundation are expected to present their final report on the design phase to City Council on Tuesday.

Plans call for the new Central library to be built on land near Second and McLean, just southwest of Exploration Place.

The project has been in the works since 2006 and is expected to cost about 30-million.

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Commentary
9:16 am
Fri January 9, 2015

A Musical Life: Joal Cachero

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Joal Cachero performs and records under the name Golden Living Room. Golden Living Room has three releases to date available via This Ain't Heaven Recording Concern. Cachero will issue two split releases in the coming months, including one with Dreamcrusher.

My name is Joal Cachero and my primary musical project is called Golden Living Room.

I was very influenced by video game music--a lot. I liked the way it sounded.

People are calling it vaporwave.

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Commentary
7:41 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Restaurant Review: Tj's Burger House

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Happy 2015, darling listeners! I rang in the New Year with a craving for a great hamburger. I discussed this issue with a few friends, and after a heated discussion, decided to go to Tj’s Burger House, in the Delano district. It was a good choice, and everyone had consensus that it was one of the better burgers in Wichita.

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