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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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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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