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Documentary Film
7:50 am
Wed November 20, 2013

'After Tiller' Seeks To Turn Down Volume On Abortion Debate

Dr. Susan Robinson in a scene from 'After Tiller'
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The Sundance Film Festival selection After Tiller follows the lives and work of the only four doctors left in the country who still perform third-trimester abortions, after the murder of Dr. George Tiller in 2009. The Tallgrass Film Association is presenting a special screening of the movie at 7:30 at the Orpheum Theater.

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Agriculture
7:31 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Kansas Eyeing Missouri River For Irrigation

Kansas water officials want to discover how feasible it would be to build a 360-mile aqueduct. The aqueduct would tap the Missouri River to support agriculture in western parts of the state.

Tracy Streeter with the Kansas Water Office told legislators Tuesday the study would begin next year and take about 18 months to complete.

Officials want to divert as much as 4 million acre-feet of water and sending it west, to help support irrigated farming of corn and other crops.

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Education
7:25 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Kansas Receives $100,000 To Promote Local Food In Schools

Kansas is one of 42 states and 71 programs nationwide to receive federal grants that focus on using locally grown food in schools and agriculture education programs.

Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman says eight school districts with AG-ed programs will be selected to receive $12,500 each.

They'll use the money to develop a way to get local food served in school meal programs.

The goal is to get a minimum of two locally produced food items served in school cafeterias each month.

Commentary
5:00 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Hard-Hitting Docs and a Nutso Crime Caper

LeRoy Carhart is one of the doctors profiled in 'After Tiller'
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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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Affordable Care Act
5:43 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Blue Cross To Continue Canceled Plans

The largest health insurance company in Kansas will offer another year of coverage under plans that it had expected to cancel because of the federal health care overhaul.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

OnWords: Analyze This!

Analysis?
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What passes for political analysis these days is often really just opinion.

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Community
7:34 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Kansas Child Poverty Rates Still Climbing

More than 23 percent of Kansas children lived in poverty last year. That’s according to the new Kansas Kids Count report, released by the non-profit advocacy group Kansas Action for Children.

The group’s president, Shannon Cotsoradis, says that compares with about 18 percent five years ago.

“When you have almost one in every four kids growing up in poverty, and we know the long-term consequences of that, we really have to worry about the future of our state," she says.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Past and Present: An Early Draft Of A More Perfect Union

A draft of the Articles of Confederation
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In the summer of 1776, the Second Continental Congress officially declared independence from the British crown, but it also drafted the Articles of Confederation.

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Medicaid
5:47 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Advocates Ready To Push For Medicaid Expansion

A Kansas group is gearing up to push again for an expansion of the state's Medicaid program as encouraged by the federal health care overhaul, despite strong opposition from Republican legislators.

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Books
8:38 am
Mon November 18, 2013

NPR's David Folkenflik Takes Us Inside Murdoch’s World

NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik has just published Murdoch’s World: The Last of the Old Media Empires, a volume that examines media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s reach across three continents.

NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik has just published Murdoch’s World: The Last of the Old Media Empires, a volume that examines media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s reach across three continents—touching on Australia, North America and Europe, with a brief—and late—visit to Asia.

The book covers  many issues, including Murdoch’s youth in Australia, his expansion into television and his seeming inability to penetrate the Chinese media market.

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