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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.

Health
6:42 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Conference Call Today May Be Last Chance To Comment Before Disability Services Rolled Into KanCare

What: Conference call for public comment/questions regarding disability services being rolled into KanCare, state's privately managed Medicaid program.

When: Today (Jan. 22) 8:30AM - 10:30AM

Conference Call Number: 1-800-811-9422.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed January 22, 2014

'Wichita Arch' Is A Living Work Of Art

Credit Fletcher Powell / KMUW

Andy Goldsworthy is a British sculptor who travels all over the world to create site-specific sculptures.

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Kansas Legislature
4:07 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Bill Would Speed Death Penalty Appeals

Testimony on a bill that would speed up death penalty appeals in Kansas concluded Tuesday at the state Legislature.

A staff member with the attorney general's office told a Senate committee that long filings and delays often extend the process. But Sarah Johnson, a defense attorney who has worked on death penalty cases, said the cases are very complex and a lot of time is needed to prepare.

Johnson said the bill could harm certain defense cases.

Education
11:30 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Controversial KBOR Social Media Policy Will Stand - For Now

In December, the Kansas Board of Regents instituted a policy governing social media use for the six-university system in the state. The controversy over the sweeping policy and the possibility of first amendment issues has been heating up ever since. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has this report:  

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Commentary
11:19 am
Tue January 21, 2014

The History Of People Writing On Walls

Cave paintings in Lascaux, France
williamcromar / Flickr / Creative Commons

Wichita is relatively new to the graffiti game.

While entire subway lines were being covered from end to end in New York City in the late '70s, the most prevalent graffiti in Wichita was a few band names painted large on the walls of the Canal Route.

Even now, you need a sharp eye to catch most of Wichita's current graffiti-- which, depending on your perspective, may either be disappointing or a reason to celebrate.

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Government
10:40 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Want To Watch State Legislative Committee Sessions? You Might Be Able To Soon

Audio and video of Kansas legislative committee sessions would be streamed live over the Internet under a bill introduced in the House.

Republican Representative Stephanie Clayton says her bill will help citizens stay current on matters that affect their lives and ensure legislators are paying attention.

The bill will also require video broadcasts of House and Senate sessions. Audio of the sessions already is streamed on the Internet.

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Environment
10:35 am
Tue January 21, 2014

State Officials Discuss Fracking and Its Potential Link To Increased Seismic Activity

The Kansas House Energy and Environment Committee will hear an update Tuesday on hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas--commonly called "fracking"-- in the state.

Officials from several state agencies and the Kansas Geological Survey will also tell the committee about the potential connection between fracking and increased seismic activity.

As new technology allows extraction in difficult geological formations, Kansas has seen an increase in oil and gas exploration in southern counties.

Commentary
10:14 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Musical Space: Phoneland

The song you are hearing is made entirely from music produced on my phone. Doing it was fast, fun and easy; it didn’t take much know-how, either. Most of you could do it, too; I think all of you should try.

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Government
9:56 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Commission: Voter Citizenship Law Could Prevent Eligible Citizens From Voting

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission has found that heightened proof-of-citizenship requirements could hinder eligible citizens from voting in federal elections.

Their ruling late Friday denied requests from Kansas, Arizona and Georgia to modify the federal registration form for their residents.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says the states now will press their constitutional claims before the U.S. District Court in Kansas.

Kobach says the decision is unconstitutional because it prevents the states from securing their voter rolls.

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