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11:28 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Kansas Lawmaker Concerned About Consequences Of Campus Religious Freedom Bill

Credit Stephen Koranda

A lawmaker in the Kansas House warns that a campus religious freedom bill could attract national attention like the type that has been aimed at Indiana recently. The Kansas bill would bar colleges from taking action against religious student groups that want to exclude people from their organization.

Republican Representative Stephanie Clayton urged her colleagues to vote against the bill in a House committee.

“If we pass this, we might face national backlash. It could have an adverse effect on the Kansas economy,” says Clayton.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Mon April 6, 2015

'Comma Queen' Is A Joy To Read

Mary Norris describes the birth of her love affair with the New Yorker in her new book Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen.

In the summer of 1977, she was reading one of writer John McPhee’s impeccable and exact pieces about the Alaskan wilderness, and came across a new word, "synecdoche." She could deduce what it meant from the context—a small thing writ large—as in the wilds of Alaska. What made her ecstatic was the knowledge that when McPhee used such a word, she knew it was the right word at exactly the right time.

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Weather
4:54 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Storm Damages Wichita Buildings And Landmarks, Leaves Many Without Power

Hugo Phan

Winds reached nearly 90 mph overnight and early Friday morning damaging trees and buildings. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports that many  homes and businesses are still without power in Sedgwick County.

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Government
4:20 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

State Lawmakers Encourage A 'No' Vote On Wichita's Marijuana Initiative

Credit Sean Sandefur

A group of state lawmakers are encouraging voters in Wichita to defeat a marijuana initiative appearing on next Tuesdays ballots. KMUWs Sean Sandefur has more...

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Commentary
6:30 am
Fri April 3, 2015

A Musical Life: Daniel Davis

Credit Kerry Burrow

Daniel Davis is the founder of ICT Fest, This Ain’t Heaven Recording Concern and has performed in a variety of music projects, including Yamoto, Ricky Fitts, and Living Ghost. He lives in Wichita with his wife and daughters. 

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Spring has Sprouted!

Credit liz west, flavor Creative Commons

Oh, Kansas! Spring produce season is here and I could not be happier. Asparagus, tiny lettuces, radishes, and all the other gorgeous garden bounty is making everyone excited. I’m talking today about asparagus, my favorite spring vegetable. The arrival of asparagus always makes me feel hopeful. It is, to chefs, like daffodils and tulips to flower gardeners. Asparagus is relief and joy!

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Politics
5:00 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Mayoral Candidates Participate In Forum

Mayoral Candidates Jeff Longwell (l) and Sam Williams (r), with moderator Tim Witsman (c) at the Non-Profit Chamber of Service Candidate Forum
Credit Beth Golay

Wichita Mayoral Candidates participated in a forum last week sponsored by non-profit business leaders. It’s one of several forums leading up to the general election April 7th. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

City Council member Jeff Longwell and Former Advertising Executive Sam Williams were asked to identify the top challenges facing the city as well as their priorities if elected mayor.

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Sports
4:33 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Shockers' Gregg Marshall Agrees To New Contract With Wichita State

Wichita State Men's Basketball Coach Gregg Marshall exits the court after a loss to Notre Dame in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
Credit Sean Sandefur

 

After a tense week of waiting, Shockers fans everywhere can (almost) officially relax. Head Basketball Coach Gregg Marshall has agreed to a new contract with Wichita State. 

The terms of the contract won’t be disclosed until Gregg Marshall signs on the dotted line, but it’s expected to be a significant raise from his current salary of $1.85 million. 

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Government
3:04 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Committee Begins Investigating Complaint Against Kansas Lawmaker

Rep. Winn (center) before the hearing.
Credit Stephen Koranda

An investigative committee had a brief meeting on Wednesday to begin looking into a complaint filed by Kansas House Republicans against a Democratic colleague. The complaint accuses Representative Valdenia Winn of using inflammatory language during a committee hearing. Stephen Koranda was at the meeting and has this report.

The complaint says Winn, from Kansas City, Kansas, stepped over the line when she said “racist bigots” were supporting a bill that would remove a college tuition break for some students in the country illegally.

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Government
2:58 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Kansas Senate Advances Tighter Rules For Social Services

Credit William Grootonk, flickr Creative Commons

The Kansas Senate has advanced tighter rules for the state's social services that include a $25-a-day limit on withdrawals with a cash-assistance card from ATMs.

Senators gave first-round approval on a voice vote on Wednesday to a bill that enshrines existing policies from Governor Sam Brownback's administration into law, so they'll be harder to undo.

The policies include a requirement for able-bodied recipients of cash assistance and food stamps to work or seek jobs.

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