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5:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

'The Invisible Woman' Is Incomplete and Unpersuasive

Ralph Fiennes leaves out some important details in 'The Invisible Woman'
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The title The Invisible Woman suggests some kind of comic book sci-fi thing, but The Invisible Woman is actually the supposedly true story of the aging novelist Charles Dickens and an 18-year-old talentless actress for whom he risked his reputation, profession, social standing, home and family. But it never persuades us that it is really telling the story.

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Community
10:28 am
Wed January 29, 2014

State Officials Celebrate Kansas' 153rd Birthday In Newly Renovated Statehouse

State officials are marking Kansas' 153rd anniversary with a dedication of the newly renovated Capitol in Topeka today.

The 13-year renovation cost nearly $330 million dollars.

It included new ventilation and electrical systems, replacing of the roof and dome, and constructing a visitor center.

The project was carried out in phases and financed with bonds.

Hundreds of schoolchildren will join Governor Brownback, legislators and other officials for the festivities today.

Government
10:24 am
Wed January 29, 2014

State Lawmakers Consider Banning Minors From Using Tanning Beds

State lawmakers are considering whether to ban tanning parlors from letting minors use their tanning beds.

The House Health and Human Services Committee heard testimony Tuesday on the bill.

The measure includes a maximum $250 fine for businesses that allow customers younger than 18 to use tanning beds.

Proponents say exposure to harmful levels of ultraviolet radiation from tanning beds increases the chances of developing melanoma later in life.

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Crime and Courts
10:15 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Scott Roeder's Lawyers Appeal Hard 50 Sentence In Kansas Supreme Court

The Kansas Supreme Court in Topeka is preparing to hear arguments this morning in the appeal of the man convicted of killing Dr. George Tiller.

In 2009, Scott Roeder was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 50 years for shooting Dr. Tiller while he served as an usher in his church.

Tiller was one of the few doctors to perform late-term abortions in the U.S., at his clinic in southeast Wichita.

Commentary
5:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Wichita Mosaic: Wakeelah Martinez

Wakeelah standing next to a her painting of African Mother Queens.
Hugo Phan

Wichita is a city with people from many cultures and backgrounds. A jigsaw puzzle made up of colorful and interlocking pieces. But how much do we really know about the people that live here?

Hear Wakeelah talk about her life, her travels and her path back to Wichita:


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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Indie Film Guide: Socially Conscious Docs

A scene from 'Beneath the Blindfold'

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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Fremont, U.S.A.

February 4, 7:00

WSU CAC Theater

Global Faith In Action

Find the movie's trailer here

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

OnWords: Because Science!

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Those of us tuned in to social media have probably run across someone using a term like “because science” to explain something factual or amazing or both.

But “science” is often used when we really mean “technology.”

To see the difference, look at your cell phone. It’s a neat little bit of technology, but how often do we think about the science behind it? More to the point, how many of us really care?

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Commentary
12:04 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Crowson Cartoon: To Pete

Government
9:42 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Some Say House Bill 2453 Protects Religious Freedom; Others Say It OK's LGBT Discrimination

Kansas' Federal and State Affairs Committee is considering a bill on Tuesday that would protect individuals, groups, and businesses that refuse to recognize same-sex unions.

The measure--House Bill 2453--would also protect those who refuse to provide benefits to gay couples for religious reasons.

Kansas added a ban against gay marriage to the state constitution in 2005. Voters approved the bill by a 70 percent margin.

But recently, federal judges struck down similar bans in Utah and Oklahoma.

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Government
9:30 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Kansas Unemployment Rate Drops Below 5 Percent

The Department of Labor's latest report says the Kansas economy continued to improve at the end of 2013; the state's unemployment rate dipped below 5 percent for the first time since 2008.

Labor Secretary Lana Gordon says Kansas gained 10,000 nonfarm jobs in 2013.

Nine of the 11 major industry sectors posted job gains last year, topped by professional and business services.

Declines of 100 jobs were reported in government employment and 800 jobs in the trade, transportation and utilities sector.

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