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9:56 am
Thu February 27, 2014

University Of Kansas To Begin Construction On Two New Dorm Halls

The University of Kansas is ready to begin construction of two five-story halls that will house 350 students.

Groundbreaking for the $47.8 million project is scheduled for next Wednesday.

The new residence halls will include two- and four-person suites. Construction is expected to be completed by July 2015, with the first students moving in that August.

The nearly 50-year-old McCollum Hall will be torn down in the summer of 2015.

Students will be able to sign up online to live in the new halls in September.

Commentary
5:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

'Pompeii' Offers The Same Old Story, With Killer Production Values

Credit rottentomatoes.com

The final half hour or so of Pompeii should satisfy everybody-- it even satisfied me.

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Commentary
10:45 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Indie Film Guide: Bar Crawls, Film Education and Kids In Prison

Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

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Environment
9:49 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Kansas Geological Survey Says That Groundwater Levels Decreased More Slowly in 2013

The Kansas Geological Survey says groundwater levels in southwest Kansas declined at a slower pace in 2013 than in recent years.

The KGS also says increases in wells around south-central Kansas are attributed to above-average rainfall that reduced irrigation during the spring growing season.

Preliminary information shows that water tables in southwest Kansas dropped over 2 feet last year. During each of the three previous years, water levels fell by more than 3 feet.

Energy
9:41 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Large Turbine Order For Siemens Wind Plant Means 30 More Jobs For Hutchinson

A large order for wind turbines from North Dakota could be good economic news for Hutchinson.

The Siemens Wind plant received an order for 64 of its 3-megawatt direct-drive turbines for a wind farm in North Dakota.

That will mean about 30 new jobs at the Hutchinson plant.

It's the first large order for the direct-drive turbines.

Workers at the Hutchinson plant manufacture the section that holds the wind turbine's generating components, such as the generator, gearbox, drive train, and brake assembly.

Wichita Mosaic
6:32 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Wichita Mosaic: Angela Mallory

Donut Whole co-owner Angela Mallory
Hugo Phan

Wichita is a city with people from many cultures and backgrounds. A jigsaw puzzle made up of colorful and interlocking pieces. But how much do we really know about the people that live here?

Wichita native Angela (or "Angie") Mallory's path in life has lead her on many exciting adventures--from competing for the state of Kansas in soccer at age 13 to an offer to be a model in New York as a young adult. But Angela says her winding past has given her the skills and experiences she needed to her iconic downtown donut shop with her business partner, Michael Carmody.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

OnWords: Too Much Drama

Pietro Longhi, 'Fainting'
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The word “drama” has recently gained a new definition.

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Education
11:21 am
Tue February 25, 2014

WSU President John Bardo Proposes 'Innovation Campus'

Credit wichita.edu

Wichita State President John Bardo gave an outlook of the coming 2013-2014 school year on Monday afternoon. His presentation included new construction planned for the campus.

According to Bardo, a big part of the future of the university is what they are calling "Innovation Campus." This will give an opportunity to outside companies to build infrastructure on school grounds - bringing with them new ideas, technology, jobs and internships.

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Community
9:52 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Gay-Rights Activists Rally At Statehouse To Protest 'Religious Freedom Bill'

Gay-rights supporters are rallying at the Kansas Statehouse at 1pm on Tuesday to protest anti-gay marriage legislation that critics contend would encourage discrimination.

Rally organizers include: the group Equality Kansas, the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.

They oppose a bill that prohibits government fines and anti-discrimination lawsuits when people, groups, businesses cite their religious beliefs for refusing goods, services, accommodations or employment benefits to gay and lesbian couples.

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Education
9:46 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Gov. Brownback Visits Schools To Drum Up Support For All-Day Kindergarten

Governor Sam Brownback is visiting Kansas elementary schools on Tuesday to build more support for his proposal to fund all-day Kindergarten across Kansas.

Governor Brownback has asked legislators to increase state support by $16 million dollars a year over five years, until the program is fully funded.

The governor is scheduled to visit a classroom in Silver Lake today; he visited a school in Topeka on Monday.

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