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5:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Fun Parts Of 'About Last Night' Don't Make A Satisfying Whole

Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant in 'About Last Night'
Credit rottentomatoes.com

About Last Night has one big problem: the story develops in ways that the general tone and the character developments don't support.

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Kansas Senate
5:39 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Senate Advances No Call Expansion

The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to a bill adding cellphone numbers to the state's no call law for telephone solicitors.

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Education
10:58 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Common Core Standards – Helpful or a Hindrance?

Stanley Elementary teacher Cathy Granell says Common Core Standards are benefiting her students.
Credit Sean Sandefur

The Kansas Legislature is scheduled to hear a bill today (Feb. 19, 2014) that seeks to repeal Common Core academic standards throughout the state. The standards have become quite a divisive issue.

 

   

Cathy Granell has been a teacher for 18 years and has been at Stanley Elementary for four. She says that the adoption of the Common Core standards forced her to change her approach to lesson planning.

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Government
10:21 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Wichita Rep. Gail Finney Responds To Concerns Regarding 'Spanking Bill'

Due to the overwhelming response regarding proposed legislation clarifying corporal discipline, Representative Gail Finney of Wichita has released a statement to clarify her proposed bill.

Finney says while parental corporal discipline in Kansas has always been permitted in the state, it's never been defined in Kansas statute.

This omission has left the interpretation to administrative officials in the executive branch, law enforcement personnel, and the judicial branch.

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Environment
10:08 am
Wed February 19, 2014

House Committee Approves Resolution To Protest Obama's Climate Change Plan

The House Energy and Environment Committee has approved a resolution protesting President Barack Obama's plan on climate change.

The committee's voice vote today sends the measure to the House for debate.

The nonbinding resolution says the President's plan will harm the economy and it asks Congress to block it.

Obama's plan includes tougher pollution standards for power plants and higher vehicle fuel efficiency standards.

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Sports
9:50 am
Wed February 19, 2014

KU Withdraws Request To Build Upscale Apartments For Basketball Players

The University of Kansas is dropping a request for the authority to build upscale apartments that would house basketball players and other students.

University spokesman Tim Caboni says the decision to withdraw the bonding proposal came after a Kansas House committee rejected it last week.

The university was seeking bonding authority for $17.5 million to help build apartments near Allen Fieldhouse that would house 66 students. Thirty-two of the apartments would be for men's and women's basketball players.

Commentary
5:00 am
Wed February 19, 2014

What Happens When People Hurt Our Public Art?

The restored mural
Armando Minjarez

Wichita is full of amazing public art that gives our city character. It belongs to all of us. And when it is vandalized, it hurts. It hurts emotionally, financially and it hurts the culture of our city.

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Government
10:50 am
Tue February 18, 2014

'Religious Freedom Bill' Faces Uncertain Future In Kansas Legislature

A bill that supporters say will preserve religious freedom now faces an uncertain future in the Kansas legislature.

Bill Proponents say it will protect individuals, businesses and religious groups from being involved in same-sex marriage ceremonies for religious reasons. Opponents say it's so broadly written that it offers legal protection for discrimination. The bill passed the Kansas House last week.

House Speaker Ray Merrick says that he would not put the bill up for a vote again if he could do it over. Merrick says the House will work with the Senate to amend the bill.

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Health
9:54 am
Tue February 18, 2014

House Committee Reviews Bill That Would Allow Kansas To Opt Out Of The ACA

A proposal to allow Kansas to opt out of the federal health care overhaul is being reviewed by the house Federal and State Affairs Committee.

The bill would bring Kansas into a compact among states to take control of health care policy within their borders.

The compact is the project of the conservative, Texas-based group Competitive Governance Action.

Congress would have to approve the compact and cede power to the states on health care. Compact supporters think that's a possibility if Republicans control both chambers.

Environment
9:47 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Gov. Brownback Assembles Task Force To Address Seismic Activity Related To Fracking

Governor Brownback named a state task force to study and develop a State Action Plan for Induced Seismicity related to oil and gas activities in Kansas.

Induced seismicity refers to minor earthquakes resulting from human activity.

Brownback said in a news release that "Recent seismic activity in south-central Kansas has raised concerns that fluid injection might be related."

The task force includes Kansas Geological Survey interim director Rex Buchanan.

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