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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.

Transportation
9:55 am
Fri February 21, 2014

House Committee Considers Bill That Would Allow Driver's Licenses To Last Eight Years

The House Transportation Committee is considering a bill that would allow Kansans to renew their driver's licenses for eight years, rather than six years.

House Transportation Committee members were supportive of the idea yesterday, saying it was partly in response to long lines at driver's license offices.

The bill also would allow drivers over age 70 to renew their licenses every five years, rather than four years currently required by state law.

Environment
9:51 am
Fri February 21, 2014

EPA Proposes New Pesticide Safety Rules

The EPA has been taking input from stakeholders for ten years. The changes include additional worker training on the safe use of pesticides, including what to do in case of exposure.

Signs would have to posted warning workers not to re-enter a field where pesticides have recently been applied.

There are also provisions to protect workers from pesticide drift—chemicals blowing from one field to another.

Children younger than 16 would be banned from handling any pesticides. However, there is an exemption for family farms.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Tanya Tandoc: Fantasy Gardening and Cooperation

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I am not a gardener. Plants wither and die at my very glance. I don’t even like it when I accidentally touch leaves, because they can itch or harbor bugs or any number of dreadful things. I envy those who can nurture a plant from shoot to fruit, but I am not one of them. I’m happy just to be able to use the produce and flowers that talented gardeners and farmers offer.

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Music
5:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Vehicles: Finding Happiness With 'Bluebird'

Vehicles will be celebrating the release of "This Bluebird Wants Me Dead" on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Lucky’s Everyday.
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Musicians Kerry Bainum and Cody Cloud have played in bands together for more than 15 years. When it looked like their current band, Vehicles, was on the verge of collapse a few years ago, the two friends decided that instead of letting the band come to an abrupt end, as they’d done in the past, they’d keep it together. After all, Cloud says, a new band always faces serious challenges when it tries to get off the ground.

“It’s a matter of momentum," he says. "Who wants to lose momentum? The heart and soul of the band is still here—me and the drummer, so why not keep going?”

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Arts
5:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Friends University Hosts Jazz Fest With Master Classes

Friends University Jazz Director Lisa Hittle and Jazz Vocal Ensemble Director Craig Curry in Hittle's office.
Credit Carla Eckels

Area high school, middle school, and junior college jazz bands and jazz vocal ensembles will sharpen their skills this weekend under the direction of musical masters at Friends University.  The 21st Annual Jazz Festival is a two-day event on the Friends University campus in Wichita. An invitational vocal concert will cap off Friday's events and the festival will culminate with the Headliner Concert Saturday night. (The festival's daytime events are no-cost and welcome observers.)

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Kansas House
5:51 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Health Care Compact Bill Advances In House

A House committee has advanced a bill aimed at exempting Kansas from the federal health care overhaul.

State Representative Brett Hildabrand, a Shawnee Republican, said that if the bill ends up passing, it could move Kansas towards gaining more control over federal health care programs.

“The broad federal approach tries to apply a cookie-cutter approach to every state. I believe that’s too broad and we need to put it back at the state level,” Hildabrand said.

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