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5:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

'Lovesongs' A Beautiful Picture of Small Town Life

I left a message for Nickolas Butler to call me so I could tell him some exciting news. A jury of book sellers selected his debut novel Shotgun Lovesongs to be among 10 books showcased by hundreds of independent bookstores upon release.

He was afraid to return my call since all the feedback he’d received about his beguiling story of Little Wing, Wisconsin-- a fictional town-- was critical of his interpretation of facts.

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Education Funding
3:56 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Court: Schools Unconstitutionally Unequal

The Kansas Supreme Court says the state has created unconstitutional inequalities between school districts by cutting state funds.

School districts and parents filed a lawsuit asking the state to increase education funding. The court says lawmakers created inequality when they cut certain education funds during the recession.

Justices say lawmakers must solve the problem by July, and some estimates indicate that a fix could cost more than $100 million.

Joyce Eisenmenger Morrison is with the group Schools for Fair Funding, which filed the lawsuit.

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Entertainment
1:00 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

'Jayhawkers' Depicts Wilt Chamberlain's Lasting Effect On KU And Lawrence, KS

Top Photo: Current KU Forward Justin Wesley portrays Wilt Chamberlain in the independent film Jayhawkers. Bottom Photo: Legendery KU Center Wilt Chamberlain later went on to become the first NBA player to score 100 points in a game, setting a league record for the highest number of points scored in a single game, a record that still stands today.
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Jayhawkers, a new independent film, brings the legend of famed 7-foot 1 basketball player, Wilt Chamberlain back to life. The movie, co-written and directed by University of Kansas Associate Professor of Film Kevin Willmott, is centered on the three years Chamberlain spent in Lawrence and the permanent effect that period of time had on both the city and the game of basketball.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

A Musical Life: Lalanea Chastain

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Lalanea Chastain has been performing music since she was a teenager, focusing on blues and jazz, although she is comfortable in most genres. “I’ll sing virtually anything,” she says. She lives in Wichita, where she is currently honing her guitar skills.

My name is Lalanea Chastain. I’m a local singer. My latest project is with the blues band Yale Street Players. I also play with a cover band, Blue Eyed Soul. I started playing music with my family.

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Entertainment
11:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

SNL Alum Bill Hader Is Bringing His Eccentric Brand Of Comedy To WSU

Comedian Bill Hader will perform at WSU's Hughes Metroplex on Saturday, March 8 at 8pm.
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On Saturday, March 8, comedian Bill Hader will spend the evening engaging in a humorously moderated conversation at WSU's Hughes Metroplex. The event, co-sponsored by the Student Activities Council and the Student Government Association, is a chance to showcase Hader's impressive comedic abilities through clips, an interview and a Q&A.

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Education
10:44 am
Fri March 7, 2014

UPDATE: Kansas Supreme Court Finds Current School Funding Levels Unconstitutional

Update: The Kansas Supreme Court said Friday the state's current public school funding levels are unconstitutional.

In the much-anticipated ruling, the court said Kansas' poor school districts were harmed when the state made the decision to cut certain payments when tax revenues declined during the Great Recession.

The Kansas Supreme Court will hand down a decision Friday in a lawsuit over school funding.

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Food
10:40 am
Fri March 7, 2014

House Committee Chairman Marvin Kleeb Unveils Plan To Expand Liquor Sales

A Kansas House committee chairman has outlined a proposal for phasing in sales of strong beer, wine and liquor in grocery and convenience stores.

Chairman Marvin Kleeb unveiled his proposal on Thursday during a meeting of his Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee.

The panel is considering a bill to allow grocery and convenience stores to sell strong beer, wine and liquor by July 2024.

Kleeb's plan also phases in such sales by July 2024, but contains additional provisions to prevent existing liquor store owners from losing business before then.

Crime and Courts
10:34 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Federal Prosecutors Seek More Time To File Motion In Case Against 'Wichita Bomb Plot' Suspect

Federal prosecutors are seeking more time to file a key motion in their case against a Wichita man who is accused of plotting a suicide bombing at Wichita's Mid-Continent airport.

Avionics technician Terry Loewen has pleaded not guilty to charges including attempting to give material support to al-Qaida.

Loewen was arrested Dec. 13 after allegedly trying to bring a van filled with inert explosives onto the tarmac at Mid-Continent Airport, where he worked.

The arrest followed a months-long federal sting operation.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Classic Thai With Romantic Flavor

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Thai Tradition is one of my favorite Thai restaurants in Wichita.

It is dark and pretty inside, with a romantic ambience that sets it apart from many other Thai establishments in town. The food is delicious and beautifully presented on nice china. I like to take out-of-town guests there to relax and chill out after a long day of travel or business work.

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Health
10:06 am
Thu March 6, 2014

KU Med Expanding Services for Multiple Sclerosis Patients

The center provides weekly rehab services to 25 patients who have fairly severe MS symptoms. When the remodeled facility opens next year, it will have space and equipment to serve up to 100 patients.

Dr. Sharon Lynch, who directs the program, says traditional rehab programs provide only a few weeks of direct services, and then expect the patient to continue at home.

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