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Representatives from the City of Wichita and Wichita State University met for a brief ceremony today to raise the Wichita flag on the university’s campus. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports that despite the flag's nearly 80-year existence, this is the first time it has been flown at WSU.

KS Districts Consider Cutting School Nurses

Sep 23, 2015
Andy Marso

Kansas school districts looking for ways to cut costs as they face ongoing budget issues are examining their need for school nurses. But some say cutting back on medical services at public schools is a major step in the wrong direction. Andy Marso of the KHI News Service has more.

Read more on this story from the Kansas Health Institute.

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Funding for the entire Kansas court system has been in jeopardy. But Attorney General Derek Schmidt has now obtained a court order that prevents the judiciary from having its funding cut off, at least for a while.

First, some background: The Kansas Legislature passed a law that took power away from the Kansas Supreme Court by changing the way local chief judges are selected. The Supreme Court used to make those decisions but under this law, that power was transferred to local judges.

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If you watched Last Comic Standing during the NBC show’s recent ninth season, Michael Palascak’s face is more than a little familiar. He was a finalist on the show and is now part of the show’s live tour.

Palascak says that although being part of a competition could be nerve-wracking, he found a way of coping.


Pope Francis is scheduled to ride in a papal parade this Saturday prior to the Festival of Families celebration in Philadelphia. Some Wichita Catholics have traveled to the East Coast to see the pope.

Almost one in every three adults in Kansas and Missouri is not just overweight, but obese, according to a new report from two non-profit organizations. Heartland Health Monitor's Bryan Thompson has more.

The report notes that obesity rates nationwide have stabilized—but at a level that's much too high.

Kansas is one of five states that actually saw an increase in obesity. Both Kansas and Missouri were among the eight states where rates of Type II diabetes—which is linked to obesity—increased.


The federal government has awarded grants for law enforcement body cameras to Wichita, Dodge City, Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Monday the U.S. Justice Department grants are among $23.2 million awarded to more than 70 law enforcement agencies in 32 states to increase the use of body cameras.

President Barack Obama has proposed buying 50,000 body cameras for law enforcement agencies in three years.

The money can be used to establish a plan to use the cameras and provide training before the cameras are purchased.

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Minnesota musician Charlie Parr says his work is influenced by history, folklore, and the musicians he makes friends with as he continues to tour the United States. KMUW’s Jedd Beaudoin recently spoke with Parr and has more.

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The Wichita Art Museum is marking a big milestone on Tuesday: its 80th anniversary.

The Wichita Art Museum (WAM) opened its doors at exactly 3 p.m. on Sept. 22, 1935.

The city of Wichita built the museum to house an American art collection donated to the city by the Murdock family.

Museum Director Patricia McDonnell says they have been marking the 80th anniversary all year, but will ramp up their special activities this fall.



The Kansas Court of Appeals is moving its proceedings to Kansas college and university campuses to commemorate the Sept. 17, 1787, signing of the U.S. Constitution.

Three-judge panels will hear cases Tuesday at Wichita State University, the University of Kansas and Kansas State University. After arguments, the audience will have a chance to ask general questions about the judicial process.