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10:34 am
Fri February 28, 2014

State Dept. Of Commerce Says Kansas Companies Grew About 6 Percent Last Year

The state Department of Commerce say Kansas companies grew by 6.46 percent last year.

The Department of Commerce's report on Thursday shows that Kansas' total exports were over $12 billion dollars.

Canada, China, Japan and Mexico were the state's top trading partners. The department says exports to China have grown by nearly $1 billion since 2011.

The sales of cereals and other agricultural products bumped the growth.

Cereal exports grew by $686 million, while meat products grew by $298 million dollars.

Government
10:27 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Kansas House Approves Bill To Make Affidavits For Search Warrants Public

The Kansas House has approved and sent a bill to the Senate that allows more access to police documents about the reason behind arrests.

The bill also would make affidavits justifying search warrants open to the parties involved.

The bill advanced 113-10 on Thursday, as the House finished work on dozens of bills ahead of the first major legislative deadline of the session.

A tougher fight for the bill is expected in the Senate.

Individuals whose homes are searched would have 30 days to request documentation explaining the reason for the search.

Government
10:12 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Kansas House Rejects State Contract Changes

The Kansas House has rejected a proposal that Democrats say would create more jobs for Kansans.

The amendment would have required companies that get state contracts to mostly employ Kansas workers.

Representative Annie Tietze introduced the plan during debate on a bill.

"We talk about the American dream and we want to grow businesses,  but these peoples need jobs first," she says.

Representative Marvin Kleeb says the measure could lead to other states passing similar rules, and that could hurt Kansas businesses.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Richard Crowson: We Need A Legislature of Shockers!

Lucy can’t get over us human beings.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Your Move: Short Stories Meet Beautiful Artwork in 'Dixit'

Credit The Shifted Librarian / Flickr / Creative Commons

Last week, I asked a friend to introduce me to some lesser-known games that don’t take very long to play. He immediately pulled out a game called Dixit. When he told me that it’s a game about telling short stories, I didn’t really understand how short he meant.

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Science
10:16 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Tylosaurus And Pteranodon Under Consideration To Become State Fossils

Two creatures dating to the period when Kansas was a vast ocean are closer to becoming the state's official fossils.

A bill received tentative approval on Wednesday which would name the tylosaurus and the pteranodon as the official fossils.

They'll join the western meadowlark, ornate box turtle, and bison as official state animals and reptiles.

The tylosaurus was a large sea creature that hunted the ocean that covered Kansas more than 80 million years ago. The pteranodon roamed the skies.

Fossils have been found in the chalk hills in western Kansas.

Politics
10:02 am
Thu February 27, 2014

State Republicans Block Proposal To Hold Legislative Party Caucus Meetings In Public

Republicans in the Kansas Senate have blocked a proposal from Democrats to require all legislative party caucus meetings to be open to the public.

The Senate voted 30-8 Wednesday against a proposal from Minority Leader Anthony Hensley.

Only one Republican, Carolyn McGinn of Sedgwick, supported his measure.

The Kansas Open Meetings Act generally requires government meetings to be open to the public. It has an exception for the Legislature, so that each chamber can close their daily caucus meetings.

Education
9:56 am
Thu February 27, 2014

University Of Kansas To Begin Construction On Two New Dorm Halls

The University of Kansas is ready to begin construction of two five-story halls that will house 350 students.

Groundbreaking for the $47.8 million project is scheduled for next Wednesday.

The new residence halls will include two- and four-person suites. Construction is expected to be completed by July 2015, with the first students moving in that August.

The nearly 50-year-old McCollum Hall will be torn down in the summer of 2015.

Students will be able to sign up online to live in the new halls in September.

Commentary
5:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

'Pompeii' Offers The Same Old Story, With Killer Production Values

Credit rottentomatoes.com

The final half hour or so of Pompeii should satisfy everybody-- it even satisfied me.

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Commentary
10:45 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Indie Film Guide: Bar Crawls, Film Education and Kids In Prison

Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

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