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Environment
9:38 am
Mon February 10, 2014

KDHE: State's Recycling Rate On The Rise

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says the state's recycling rate has risen from about 18 percent in 2005 to 34 percent by the end of last year.

The agency says the numbers reflect the percent of waste that ends up in recycling facilities instead of landfills.

The KDHE's Bureau of Waste Management director Bill Bider says the recycling rate has improved each year over the last decade.

KDHE added that the per capita daily disposal rate has dropped by about a fourth since 2005, to about 4 pounds per day.

Commentary
5:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

'Stringer' Is A Powerful And Absorbing Debut

Let me start by saying that my friend who’s been in the travel business for more than 50 years has never been asked to arrange a trip to the Congo.

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Arts
5:52 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

WSU's Ulrich Museum Of Art Acquires Large Collection Of Gordon Parks Photos

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The Ulrich Museum at Wichita State University has acquired a significant collection (125) fine art photographs by Kansas native, Gordon Parks.

Gordon Parks was born in Fort Scott Kansas in 1912. He was drawn to photography when he saw images of migrant workers in a magazine.

He became a photojournalist who concentrated on social issues such as race relations, poverty and civil rights. He also documented the career of Mohammed Ali, the work of Malcolm X, Adam Clayton Powell and Stokley Carmichael.

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Commentary
12:03 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

A Musical Life: Thayne Coleman

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Thayne Coleman has recorded two albums as frontman of The Travel Guide. He’s also a member of the Wichita collective The Wonder Revolution in which he plays drums. The Travel Guide is working on a new studio album that should be released later in 2014. Coleman counts, among his influences, Bruce Springsteen, Wilco, and John Updike.

My name is Thayne Coleman. I play guitar, and sing for a band called The Travel Guide, and I play drums in a band called the Wonder Revolution.

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Books
10:51 am
Fri February 7, 2014

William S. Burroughs' Final Personal Journals Donated To The University Of Kansas

The final personal journals of novelist William S. Burroughs have been donated to the University of Kansas.

Burroughs lived in Lawrence from 1982 until his death in 1997.

Besides the journals, the donation to the Kenneth Spencer Research Library includes typescripts and editing materials.

The materials were the source for "Last Words: The Final Journals of William S. Burroughs," published in 2000.

Burroughs, novelist Jack Kerouac, and other writers were known in the 50s and 60s as the Beat Generation, who railed against the mainstream.

Government
10:45 am
Fri February 7, 2014

UPDATE: State Committee Delays Vote On Measure To Void Existing Local Gun Ordinances

Update: Kansas House committee has delayed a vote on gun-rights legislation so members have more time to consider changes that include provisions punishing possession of a firearm under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The Kansas House Federal and State Affairs Committee was expected to vote on a bill that would strip cities and counties of their power to regulate guns or block the open carry of firearms.

The committee had been expected to approve the measure on Friday, and then send it to the full House for debate.

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Government
10:29 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Judge Eric Melgren Rejects Claim Against Kris Kobach's Right To Sue Over Voter Citizenship Law

A judge has rejected the claim against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

Voting rights organizations had claimed that Kobach has no legal authority to file a lawsuit to force the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to change the federal voter registration form.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren denied their request Thursday.

The court found that Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt had authorized Kobach to handle the litigation.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Tanya Tandoc: Slow Cooking

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My plan for today was to talk about leftovers and what to do with them, but as I sat in my office typing and watching snow fall beautifully onto our patio, I changed my mind.

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Community
5:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Double 'V' For WWII Victory: African Americans In The Armed Forces

World War II veteran and 20-year serviceman, John Monk, 98.
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It’s reported that less than half of the 2.5-million African American soldiers who registered for the armed forces at the beginning of World War II were called to serve. Those who were enlisted found that as they served their country abroad, they still faced less than a democratic reception at home.

The Pittsburgh Courier, one of the most widely circulated African-American newspapers of its time, received a humble, patriotic, but assertive letter to the editor in 1942. It was penned by 26 year-old African American James G. Thompson of Wichita.

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Government
12:14 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Judge Melgren Agrees To Limit Evidence In Voter Citizenship Case

A judge has agreed to limit what material the court can consider in a lawsuit filed by Kansas and Arizona. The suit seeks to force federal election officials to change voter registration forms to require proof-of-citizenship from residents in those states.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren sided with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission on Wednesday.

Melgren will limit his review to the existing administrative record, rather than hold an evidentiary hearing in the case.

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