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Kansas Legislature
5:39 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Bill Would Keep People From Changing Political Parties Before Primaries

A Kansas Senate committee is considering a bill that would stop people from switching political parties in the final weeks before a primary election.

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Health
10:19 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Sedgwick County Runs Out Of Flu Vaccine For Uninsured Adults

The Sedgwick County Health Department has run out of flu vaccine for uninsured adults

The agency says the vaccine is still available for children, regardless of whether they're insured. Uninsured children are charged on a sliding fee scale based on family income.

Remaining flu vaccinations can be administered at the health department's clinic in Wichita.

Community
10:15 am
Wed March 5, 2014

English Runner Continues To Dominate Against Liberal In Annual Pancake Race

An English runner won the 65th annual Shrove Tuesday pancake race on Tuesday.

20-year-old Devon Byrne of Olney, England, covered the course in a record time of 55.61 seconds. This is her third win in a row.

Runners in this friendly competition between Olney and Liberal, Kansas, wear aprons and head scarves, and run the course with a pancake in a pan.

Byrne beat 25-year-old Summer Parsons, who won the leg of the race in Liberal with a time of 63.5 seconds.

Olney has won the race 28 times, and Liberal has 36 wins.

Education
9:57 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Brownback Continues Campaign For All-Day Kindergarten At Vermillion Elementary In Maize, KS

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback speaks before a crowd inside the Vermillion Elementary School gym. Brownback stopped at the school to spread his message that state-funded all-day kindergarten is needed across the state.
Credit Sean Sandefur

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is currently on a tour of kindergarten facilities across the state. Tuesday afternoon he made his way to Vermillion Elementary in Maize.

Before speaking before a crowd at the school, Brownback visited with kindergarteners during their lessons. The stopover in Maize is part of his campaign to provide state funding for all-day kindergarten throughout Kansas. The cost of the plan is estimated to be an additional $16 million a year for the next five years.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Promising 'Telephone' Ultimately A Disappointment

Lael Ewy writes a narrative
Torin Andersen

For February’s Final Friday, Fisch Haus hosted a multi-media, interpretative art installation they called Shattered Telephone. The concept is a blend of the grade-school game "Broken Telephone" and, of similar structure, the Surrealist poetic technique called "Exquisite Corpse."

Fisch Haus’ event expanded these ideas to include actors, dancers, artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers, video artists, storytellers and a stenographer for big, Michael Bay-esque creative explosions.

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Commentary
12:06 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Musical Space: How One Corporation Supports Music

The Red Bull Music Academy is a two-week long festival of New Music that happens every Fall. There are a lot of great music festivals around the world, but this one is interesting to me because it represents how arts patronage can work in the digital age.

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Agriculture
11:07 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Outlook On Winter Wheat Crop Is Mixed After A Frigid February

The latest government snapshot of the Kansas winter wheat crop shows a mixed outlook after a month of cold, snowy weather.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service report Monday found wheat fields starting to show signs of growth as snow melted in February.

However, concerns remain about the potential for winterkill because of the season's extremely low temperatures.

The report rated the crop's condition as 22 percent poor or very poor, with about 33 percent rated good or excellent.

Transportation
10:57 am
Tue March 4, 2014

UPDATE: City Council Passes Motion To Change Mid-Continent To Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport

UPDATE:  Wichita's City Council has passed the motion to change Mid-Continent Airport into Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. It will cost the city about $140,000 to change signs at the airport. It wasn't immediately clear when the new name would be posted.

Wichita's City Council will discuss whether to re-name Wichita's airport during their regular meeting on Tuesday.

Following a petition drive, council members are weighting whether to re-name Mid-Continent Airport as Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.

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Education
10:50 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Kansas Dept. Of Education Changing Rules To Hire More Technical Ed Instructors

Kansas education officials are preparing new regulations so school districts can hire more technical education instructors.

The state Department of Education is writing changes that would create rules for private-sector professionals to receive licenses to teach in public schools.

The Department of Ed is designing the changes to help districts hire people who have industry certification or career experience in technical fields like plumbing or welding.

People receiving the licenses could then teach on a full- or part-time basis.

Commentary
9:22 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Crowson Cartoon: SHOCK TREK

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