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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

Credit Hugo Phan / KMUW

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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Food
9:58 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Under A New Bill, You Could Buy Wine At Your Grocery Store

A Kansas House committee will soon consider a proposal to phase in sales of strong beer, wine and liquor at grocery and convenience stores.

The measure allows liquor store owners to sell their licenses to other retailers in the same county, starting in July of 2015.

Kansas currently permits groceries and convenience stores to sell only weak "3-2" beer. The bill would let them start selling stronger beer in 2017, wine by 2020, and liquor by 2024.

Community
9:53 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Kansas Senate Reopens Talks Over 'Religious Freedom Bill'

Legislators are also reopening debate on whether the state should give special legal protections for people, groups, and businesses who oppose gay marriage for religious reasons.

A Senate panel will take testimony on Thursday from legal scholars on whether existing state laws protect gay-marriage opponents from being fined or sued for refusing to provide goods or services for same-sex weddings.

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing follows the House's passage of what supporters called a "religious freedom" bill.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu March 6, 2014

'Stalingrad' Full Of Intimate Realism

Credit rottentomatoes.com

The first thing to realize about Stalingrad is that it is not the story of the World War II battle that many cite as the beginning of the end for Hitler's Germany. It is the story of a little group of Russians who are defending the city and a little group of Germans who are about to attack it, both of which groups include a woman-- one who is trapped with the Russians and one who is captured by the Germans. And Stalingrad is as much the story of the women as the story of the men.

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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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