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12:30 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Beautiful City: The Hobo Code

Rob Swatski / Flickr / Creative Commons

America has had a fascination with hobos and hobo culture for nearly as long as these folks have been hitching rides on trains.

The myth of the hobo, like so many other myths, is far more romantic than the reality, but the idealization of the hobo as an essential American character is nonetheless solidly entrenched in much of our music, film and art.

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Sports
11:26 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Shockers Set Sights On MVC Tournament After Undefeated Regular Season

A sold out Charles Koch arena was filled with a sea of black and gold cladded fans chanting "undefeated" as they lift up signs that read 31-0.
Carla Eckels

The Wichita State Shockers have made history by becoming the first men's basketball team in NCAA history to win 31-regular season games. The Shockers achieved this record on Saturday by beating Missouri State 68-45.

The sold out arena was a sea of black and gold cladded fans chanting "undefeated" as they lift up signs that read 31-0. The Wichita State Shockers becomes the first team since St. Joseph's in 2004 to head into a conference tournament unbeaten.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

At Play: Angel Finds Southern Comfort

The Wichita State University School of Performing Arts presents Violet March 6-9. Violet is based on The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts and set in 1964 in the deep south. The story follows the growth and enlightenment of a bitter young woman scarred by an accident as a young girl. One of the most acclaimed off-Broadway shows of the 1990’s, Violet is currently being staged on Broadway in a production starring Sutton Foster. This production is directed by guest director Stephen Kopel .

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Arts
12:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Behind 'Juvenile In Justice': A Discussion With Photographer Richard Ross

Credit Richard Ross

There are about 70,000 young people in juvenile detention centers or correctional faculties in the United States. Richard Ross spent the past seven years documenting the lives of American juveniles who have been housed in these facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist, and, occasionally, harm them. The culmination of this work is a project titled Juvenile in Justice at the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University.

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Business
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.

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