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Crime and Courts
9:48 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Committee Chairman Urges Chief Justice To Make Courts More Efficient

The Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee's chairman is promoting a series of measures aimed at making the courts more efficient in response to a budget-focused address by the state Supreme Court's chief justice.

Independence Republican Jeff King sent Chief Justice Lawton Nuss a letter Thursday, a day after Nuss gave the annual State of the Judiciary address. Nuss warned that the courts need another $8.3 million for the fiscal year beginning in July to avoid employee furloughs.

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Government
9:29 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Kobach Backs Bill To Exclude Lesser Prairie Chicken From Federal Protection

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is backing a bill that would exclude the lesser prairie chicken from federal protection.

Kobach told the Senate Natural Resources Committee on Thursday that the bill would likely lead to a legal battle that pits state rights against federal law.

A Musical Life
6:26 am
Fri January 24, 2014

A Musical Life: Matt Hamer

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Matt Hamer is a member of the band Coriander. The group has just issued the album Old Invitations

My name is Matt Hamer and I play guitar and sing in a band called Coriander.

I got my start in music playing trumpet in fifth grade and learned guitar later on.

I started playing music in church and that’s how I started playing music in front of people, gaining comfort there.

Jeff Tweedy from Wilco… Wilco is my favorite band so I have to resist the urge to copy them all the time. A guy named Dustin Kensrue who’s in a band called Thrice.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Restaurant Review: The Anchor

The Anchor is located at 1109 East Douglas, Wichita Kansas 67211
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If you haven’t yet been to the Anchor, on the edge of Old Town in Wichita, and you love beer and bar food, you are missing out. The Anchor has been one of my favorite places to meet friends, eat, drink, and hang out for years.

Schane Gross, the powerhouse proprietor, has created a marvelous atmosphere in which to enjoy excellent drinks and interesting food. The bar is dark, with high ceilings, church pews for booths, and keeps the spirit of old Wichita, while adding modern, edgy touches. When you walk in, it feels like you could be in any cool city, anywhere.

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Transportation
11:00 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Kansas Byways Program Looking For Input For New Bicycle And Pedestrian Plan

Kansas Byways Program wants bikers and walkers in the state to share their ideas for the program's new Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.

The plan is to enhance bicycling and pedestrian opportunities for each of the state's 11 scenic and historic byways.

A consulting team led by RDG Planning & Design, Omaha, and CFS Engineers, Topeka is developing the plan.

More information on the survey and planning process can be found at: www.rdgusa.com/crp/kansasbyways.

Government
10:54 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Gov. Brownback Wants To Use Extra $430K To Hire More State Inspectors

Governor Sam Brownback wants to spend an extra $430 thousand dollars to hire more state inspectors. They'll oversee the accuracy of thousands of scales and product scanners.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Weights and Measures licenses private companies and technicians to install and service scales. State inspectors then "spot-check" a fraction of the work.

Brownback says it boosted compliance rates when he initiated the program more than 20 years ago as the state's agriculture secretary.

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Commentary
10:24 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Movie Review: Characters In 'August: Osage County' Are Very Human and Never Dull

In August: Osage County, Meryl Streep becomes a villain and performs it in a suitably over-the-top fashion.
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August: Osage County suffers only from too-close similarity to an all-time classic, Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, filmed by director Sidney Lumet with Ralph Richardson and Katharine Hepburn in 1962.

Again we have the story of a disharmonious family revealing its emotional strains during a short reunion, with startling revelations of character but no real plot, made notable by excellent writing and marvelous acting, with this time a touch of unnecessary melodrama toward the end.

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Crime and Courts
12:37 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Federal Judge Will Not Split Up Suit By 11 Former Military Academy Cadets

A federal judge has denied a Kansas military academy's request to split up a lawsuit brought by 11 former cadets alleging the school fostered a climate of abuse.

Attorneys for St. John's Military School in Salina had argued that each ex-cadet's claims were unique and that jurors in a single trial could get confused. But on Friday, U.S. District Judge John Lungstrum ruled that all the ex-cadets allege the school failed to protect them from abuse by other students. He says the claims involve common questions of law and fact.

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Crime and Courts
10:02 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Authorities Confused With As To Why A Man Drove His Truck Through A Mid-Continent Airport Fence

Authorities are still trying to determine why a man drove his truck through a fence and onto a taxiway at Mid-continent.

Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. David Mattingly says the man then drove onto an airport taxiway and approached a private jet before security personnel stopped him.

Mattingly says the 26-year-old man from Marlow, Oklahoma, was talking to himself when he was stopped. A handgun was found in this truck.

The man was jailed on suspicion of criminal trespass and criminal damage to property.

Crime and Courts
9:58 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Attorneys For Terry Loewen Expect Trial To Focus On Entrapment

Attorneys for a man accused of planning a suicide bombing at Wichita's Mid-Continent airport say they expect the trial to focus on what they call entrapment and outrageous government conduct.

On Tuesday, attorneys for 58-year-old Terry L. Loewen of Wichita opposed many rules that prosecutors want for national security reasons.

Lowen's attorneys say the government wants to micro-manage the defense's handling of evidence.

They believe some information will show how the FBI transformed the former Marine into an alleged terrorist prepared to commit suicide for al-Qaida.

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