The National Endowment for the Arts has made a preliminary decision saying Kansas is once again eligible to receive federal matching funds for arts programs. That decision was revealed during a meeting of the state's arts agency Friday.
When Governor Sam Brownback vetoed state arts funding in 2011, Kansas lost federal matching dollars. With some arts funding restored, the NEA says Kansas could be eligible for up to $560,000 in matching funds this fiscal year.
Peter Jasso, director of the Creative Arts Industries Commission, called the decision great news.
Kylie Brown is a video producer, CreativeRush event curator, storyteller and a melancholy musician. She currently plays cello with The Broslyn Bards, Raging Sea and Everything and Nothing. She began learning cello at age seven, grew up in the classical world and participated in Wichita's Youth Symphonies; she became burned out and quit before her love of music diminished. After living and working in another state for seven years, she returned to Wichita, and ended up meeting musicians, artists, and poets who reignited this love of music.
State regulators took public comments last night on a proposed Westar Energy rate increase.
Westar is asking to raise rates by 2 percent and to shift more electricity costs from large customers to residential users and small businesses. The company said the cost shift is necessary because larger business customers are paying more than their fair share.
About 80 people showed up in Topeka for the hearing, and many of them lined up to blast the proposal.
Anthony Vizzini is settling into his new role as vice president for academic affairs at Wichita State University. Although he’s only been on the job two weeks, he’s already imagining the opportunities that lie ahead.
“My sense is there is going to be great things happening at Wichita State University in the next few years,” Vizzini says, “I definitely want to be part of that team that’s going to move Wichita State forward.”
Wichita State's Chief Information Officer and VP of information technology is leaving for a position at Brown University.
Dr. Ravi Pendse announced today that he's been named the vice president for computing and information services at Brown University, starting Sept. 1.
Pendse specializes in computer networking and information technology in higher education. He's worked in a variety of areas at Wichita State, from library systems to digital classroom design and campus IT planning.
Gov. Sam Brownback has decided that he won't disclose the applicants for the Kansas Court of Appeals, after all. Gov. Brownback says it would prevent some qualified candidates from coming forward. The window for applying doesn't close until July 31.
Brownback says potential candidates told him they preferred that their names remain confidential.
A new study by Business Roundtable found that international trade supports about 371,000 Kansas jobs. Business Roundtable is a group of CEOs from America's largest companies. The group advocates for free-trade agreements with Panama, Colombia and South Korea.
The report estimates Kansas exported over $12 billion worth of goods in 2012. About $5.4 billion of the goods were sold to countries with which the United States has free-trade agreements.