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5:00 am
Thu February 13, 2014

'Monuments Men' Is Just A Series Of Separate Incidents

The Monuments Men spend a lot of dangerous time behind or alongside the lines, but their heroics are almost incidental.
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Toward the end of World War II, the United States set up a military unit it never had before and unfortunately has never had since, a unit whose duty was to protect national and international treasures from the destruction of war. The movie Monuments Men is about the unit’s efforts, and while it is pretty fictionalized – watch for the closing credit on that subject - I’m glad somebody is drawing attention to what they did. But the movie itself is not very impressive.

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Government
10:30 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Kansas House Advances 'Religious Freedom Bill'

The Kansas House of Representatives has advanced a controversial bill that supporters say will protect religious freedom.

The bill is seen as a preemptive strike, in case federal courts invalidate the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

The measure prohibits punishing individuals or religious institutions for choosing not to provide goods or services that would be used in same-sex marriages.

Supporters of the bill say it protects people who don't want to provide services for same-sex marriages or don't want to recognize the unions for religious reasons.

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Government
10:02 am
Wed February 12, 2014

UPDATE: House Committee Approves And Expands Bill To Void Local Gun Ordinances In Kansas

Update 11:49am Wednesday: The Federal and State Affairs expanded gun-rights legislation Wednesday before approving it. The committee's unanimous voice vote sends the measure to the House for debate, as early as next week. Under the expanded bill, Kansas residents would be able to carry loaded handguns in their vehicles.

The House Federal and State Affairs committee is taking up legislation Wednesday that would strip cities and counties of the power to regulate guns or block open carry.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Indie Film Guide: Oscar Time!

A frame from the Oscar-nominated animated short, 'Get A Horse!'
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Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

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It Happened One Night

February 22, 7:00 p.m.

Orpheum Theatre

80th anniversary screening of the classic romantic screwball comedy and Oscar juggernaut

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Twerk: A Celebration

It's hard to find a family-friendly photo to represent "twerk." Lego, maybe?
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As 2013 fades into memory, along with it will probably fade the word “twerk.”

Why bring it up now, you ask, just when we thought we could free ourselves from the image of Miley Cyrus gyrating as if stricken by some heretofore unknown neurological condition?

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Business
9:38 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Beechcraft Sees Success A Year After Emerging From Bankruptcy

Wichita manufacturer Beechcraft Corporation is calling its first year since emerging from bankruptcy protection a success.

The company says it saw a 64 percent increase in deliveries, with 205 planes delivered in 2013.

Deliveries of the King Air aircraft rose 52 percent to 135 planes last year.

Piston aircraft deliveries rose 94 percent to 70 planes.

Beechcraft emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2013.

The sale of Beechcraft to Cessna Aircraft's parent company, Textron, is expected to close this year.

Politics
9:35 am
Tue February 11, 2014

As He Seeks A Fourth Term, Senator Roberts Faces Questions About His Residency In Kansas

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts is facing questions about whether he can claim Kansas as his home, as he seeks a fourth Senate term.

Roberts and his wife own a duplex in Dodge City, but it has a tenant.

He's registered to vote at another Dodge City address less than half a mile away. That home belongs to some longtime friends and supporters; he rents a room and a bathroom there for $300 a month.

The issue is getting new scrutiny after a New York Times story suggested Roberts was "desperate" to re-establish ties with his home state.

Commentary
5:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Valentine's Day, Murder And The Rise Of The FBI

Al Capone is a bad Valentine
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On February 14th, 1929, Chicago’s North Side neighborhood of Lincoln Park erupted into violence, leaving dead seven members of Al Capone’s and Bugs Moran’s rival gangs.

For the next 10 months, newspaper headlines announced leads that directed police to reluctant witnesses, the charred remains of the getaway car, and eventually to the single conviction of Fred Burke.

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Kansas Budget
3:23 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Committee Puts State Worker Raises on Hold

Governor Sam Brownback's budget proposal includes a 1.5 percent raise for classified state employees.

But Monday, a Senate committee cut that raise out of its version of the budget, at least temporarily. Senator Jim Denning, an Overland Park Republican, said the pay raise would affect more employees than originally thought.

“We weren’t fully aware that it would touch some judges, classified employees, it touches the Legislature. So we’re just trying to get our arms around it and then look at it globally,” Denning said.

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Food
9:59 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Are You A Homebrewer? A New Bill Would Allow You To Legally Share Your Beer And Wine With Others

It would become legal for homebrewers to share the beer they make under a bill that advanced in the Kansas House Friday.

The bill allows homemade beer or wine to be shared with guests or with judges at a competition, but It specifies that no money can be exchanged for the drinks.

Republican Representative Travis Couture-Lovelady says homebrewers had been taking part in judged homebrew contests, before finding out it was technically a violation of state law.

He says the bill will bring Kansas in line with laws in many other states.

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