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Achievement Tests
4:33 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

State Board of Education Considering Testing Options

The Kansas State Board of Education is being urged by its analysts to allow more achievement testing options for the state's high school students.

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Health
9:19 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Delivering Hygiene Supplies to Needy Kansans

Credit Kansas Food Bank

People who live in poverty are routinely faced with tough choices, like whether to buy food or pay the utility bills. For the poor, items like shaving cream, shampoo, and deodorant may be luxuries that are simply out of reach. But an effort is underway in Wichita to provide the basic hygiene supplies that many of us take for granted.

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Agriculture
8:01 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Snapshots Shows 92 Percent Of Winter Wheat Has Now Emerged

The latest government snapshot of Kansas crops shows 92 percent of the winter wheat has now emerged.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that about 64 percent of the wheat is in excellent to good condition.

About 33 percent is rated as fair, with just 3 percent rated in poor condition.

The agency says the harvest of other crops last week was hampered by precipitation in much of Kansas, with heaviest amounts in north-central and southeast portions.

Corn harvest is 91 percent complete, and roughly 78 percent of the sorghum crop has been cut.

Education
7:49 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Kansas BOE To Consider Proposal For New Standardized Tests

Kansas State Board of Education members are getting ready to consider a proposal to develop new standardized tests for public schools.

The state Department of Education will present the board the proposal Wednesday.

Commissioner Diane DeBacker says the department wants the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium to develop math, reading and language arts tests to be given first in spring 2015.

Kansas is among 21 states involved in running the consortium, which is based in Washington state.

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Government
7:39 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Brownback Discusses Ending Interstate Incentives To Lure Missouri Businesses

Governor Sam Brownback says he's open to discussions with Missouri on ending the use of incentives to lure businesses across the border in the Kansas City area.

On Tuesday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called for an end to using such incentives when companies simply move from one state to the other.

In a statement, Governor Brownback says he has engaged in active discussion with Nixon about the issue for more than a year.

He says talks also have included Missouri legislators.

However, a moratorium may be a hard sell to some Kansas lawmakers.

Commentary
5:00 am
Wed November 13, 2013

'Three Women Walking' A Complex Portrait of Femininity

KMUW

Francisco Zúñiga’s “Three Women Walking” seems to be a straightforward representation, but subtleties in expression, gesture and formal technique indicate there is more going on.

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Standardized Testing
5:43 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Kansas Standardized Test Scores Fall

The Kansas Department of Education says overall scores by K-12 students on standardized math and reading tests have slipped this year.

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Commentary
8:32 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Musical Space: Stuart Mossman's Place In Kansas Music History

Credit National Music Museum

Local guitar maker Stuart Mossman was a big reason why Kansas has such a strong musical heritage. Not only did he create beautiful musical instruments, but he helped to create a culture around them. His guitars were played by John Denver, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris, and Cat Stevens, among others.

Working from his garage in Winfield, Kansas in the late 1960’s, he came up with a design based partly on advice from singer-songwriter Doc Watson. His S.L Mossman Guitar company was established in 1970 and was soon producing up to 10 guitars a day.

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Government
7:44 am
Tue November 12, 2013

U.S. Senator's Son Killed In Plane Crash Near Tulsa

The U.S. Secretary of Defense has confirmed that the son of U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma died this weekend in a plane crash, while en route from Salina to Tulsa.

Perry Inhofe was a 52-year-old orthopedic surgeon for Central States Orthopedics in Tulsa.

He graduated from Duke University in 1984 before attending medical school at Washington University in St. Louis.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the multi-engine plane was about five miles north of Tulsa International Airport when it crashed just before 4pm Sunday.

Crime and Courts
7:32 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Overcrowded Pratt County Jail Transfers Inmates

For the first time ever, Pratt County is sending inmates to other counties because of overcrowding at its jail.

Sheriff Vernon Chinn says he recently sent four inmates to Ford County because the jail was over its capacity of 30 beds.

Chinn says the jail has seen a big increase in population this year, ranging from a low of 22 to a high of 38.

Chinn attributes the increase to cases taking longer to go to trial and inmates serving their sentences in the county jail, rather than being sent to prisons.

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