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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.

Commentary
5:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Past and Present: The Anniversary Of A Continuing Battle

President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This landmark legislation made it illegal to discriminate against someone based upon their race or place of birth.

Before 1964, the experiences of transplanted Africans in this country were dramatically influenced by slavery and Jim Crow racial segregation. During the past 50 years, many African Americans, under the protection of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, have achieved a level of social and economic mobility that their ancestors could only have dreamt of.

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Music
5:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Appleseed Collective Marries Tradition, Excitement

The Appleseed Collective will be playing at Rock Island Live on Tuesday, February 25 at 8:30pm.
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Formed in 2010 by guitarist and vocalist Andrew Brown and violinist Brandon Smith, the Appleseed Collective was initially inspired by music that came from Europe and New Orleans in the years before World War II. Brown explains how he and his bandmates took that music as a template and updated it with more contemporary leanings.

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Transportation
10:16 am
Mon February 24, 2014

New Mexico Legislature Ends Session Without Funding Amtrak's Southwest Chief Line

New Mexico's legislature closed its session without making any commitment to fund the state's share of costs to keep Amtrak's Southwest Chief on its current route.

The session ended Thursday with none of the five bills seeking ways to maintain the passenger train line passing.

Amtrak has proposed that New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas all chip in to improve and maintain more than 600 miles of track through their states.

The company says the Southwest Chief's route might change otherwise, causing some communities to lose passenger service.

Economy
10:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

KS House Speaker Ray Merrick Vows To Focus On Economy

Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick says he'll be working to focus the chamber on economic issues for the rest of the legislative session.

Recently, some controversial bills in the House have caught national attention and criticism.

Merrick says he can't stop members from filing bills, but he can try to get lawmakers back to what he calls the basics.

"Making (Kansas) the most business friendly state in the country and emphasizing that the rest of the session," he says.

Energy
9:40 am
Mon February 24, 2014

New Bill Would Allow Input From Farming Interests When Deciding Where Power Lines Are Placed

A bill before the Kansas House would allow farming interests to have more input into where power lines are placed.

The bill would require power line projects to be reviewed by the Kansas Electric Transmission Authority before they are considered by the Kansas Corporation Commission.

Representative Sharon Schwartz says the bill is in response to the corporation commission's decision to grant approval to Clear Line Energy's plan to build a 700-mile transmission line to carry wind energy to the east.

Commentary
5:00 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Novak Masters Short Comedy In 'One More Thing'

B.J. Novak
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B.J. Novak cut his writing teeth on comedic TV scripts, most notably for "The Office" where he also played Ryan Howard.

Eventually, he got a book contract. Instead of a comic memoir, Novak set to work writing short fiction in One More Thing: Stories and More Stories.

Novak’s father was a ghost writer whose book Iacocca sold millions of copies but only paid a flat fee—from this, Novak learned how to negotiate the publishing world. He landed a six-figure, two-book contract with the most prestigious literary publishing company, Alfred A Knopf.

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Sports
10:48 am
Sat February 22, 2014

The Wichita State Shockers Continue Their Quest To Remain Undefeated

Wichita State's next game is Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7pm. They'll be playing Drake University.
Carla Eckels

Wichita State University Shockers are the only undefeated college men's college basketball team in America with a 28-0 record. They could cut down the net Saturday, February 23, 2014 to win the regular season Missouri Valley Conference title. KMUW's Carla Eckels looks into the Shocker momentum.

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Commentary
4:08 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

A Musical Life: Shawn Craver

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After a series of events including California, trains, and Indian reservations, Shawn Craver came to Wichita in October of 2008. An unexpected emergency left him with a difficult choice to make about his life and shortly after, he played fiddle for the first time and founded the band Raging Sea. As Raging Sea progressed, Shawn picked up his original instrument, the guitar, in a post-punk/folk style that took him back to his beginnings as a rocker.

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Agriculture
10:04 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Report: Kansas' 'Everest' Wheat Ranks High Among Other Winter Wheat Varieties

A new National Agricultural Statistics Service report has ranked the popularity of winter wheat varieties in Kansas.

The report labels "Everest" to be the leading wheat variety seeded in Kansas. Developed by Kansas State University, Everest accounts for over 14 percent of the planted acres for 2014.

A wheat variety called TAM 111 is the second most popular variety with 11.6 percent of the acreage. It is the leading variety planted in western Kansas.

In third place was the variety called T 158, with 5 percent of the planted acreage.

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