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9:14 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Musical Space: Streaming Live Concerts

Credit Wikipedia

As always, I’ve been fretting over the state of live music, and I think I’ve found a way that maybe the internet can help. Concerts are not new to the internet, of course. NPR’s All Songs Considered, for instance, has its excellent Tiny Desk Concert series. But these are just recordings.

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Government
12:01 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Lavonta Williams Appointed Chair Of National League Of Cities Committee

LaVonta Williams joins volunteers in painting the historic Dunbar Theater in 2013.
Credit Hugo Phan / KMUW

Wichita City Council Member Lavonta Williams has been appointed to chair the 2014 Community and Economic Development Steering Committee of the National League of Cities. 

The National League of Cities provides resources and advocates for 19,000 cities, towns and villages in the U.S. 

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Commentary
9:54 am
Mon January 6, 2014

At Play: Driving Miss Daisy Comes To The Forum

Driving Miss Daisy opens January 16 at the Forum Theatre in Wichita. Set in mid-century Atlanta the 1987 play tells the story of an elderly Jewish matron, Daisy, and her chauffeur, Hoke. At first Daisy is none too happy about being forced to rely on a black man. But Hoke gradually wins her over, and during the 25-year span of the play the two develop a deep-rooted affection.

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Education
9:21 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Kansas Universities Join Forces To Seek More Funding From The State

Several Kansas universities are joining forces to make an appeal for higher education spending to be restored after two years of multimillion-dollar budget cuts.

Officials at Washburn University, Kansas State University and the University of Kansas say they won't be shy about arguing for stronger state investment in higher education.

They want to see lawmakers restore $23 million dollars in the current fiscal year and $25 million dollars that was scheduled to be withdrawn in the upcoming fiscal year.

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Community
9:15 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Bombardier Will Furlough 300 Learjet Employees

Bombardier says it will put about 300 of its Learjet employees on furlough during the first half of the year.

The company released a memo to employees, saying that the furloughs will take place in two-week blocks over a six-week span.

Vice president and general manager Ralph Acs says that the furloughs involve production of the Learjet 70 and 75 and direct support staff members.

Employees will find out this month who is affected and what dates they will be furloughed.

Weather
6:34 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Despite Weather, Classes Resume Today for Wichita Public Schools

Credit Wichita Public Schools

Despite the wind chill advisory in affect for the Wichita area today and unseasonably low temperatures, classes for Wichita Public Schools are still set to resume today (Jan 6.)

USD 259 officials are asking students to bundle up extra warmly, and asking parents to expect delays on school bus routes throughout the day.

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Traffic Fatalities
5:40 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Traffic Deaths Drop in 2013

Kansas Department of Transportation officials are reporting a drop in the number of traffic fatalities in 2013 to the lowest number since statistics were first kept in 1947.

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Energy
9:38 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Topeka Officials Having Trouble Following New Water Purification Guidelines

Topeka officials are talking about making improvements to the city's water purification process after struggling to comply with new, stricter guidelines.

Water in Topeka itself is still in compliance.

But three suppliers who receive water from the city recently received notice from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment that their levels of halo-acetic acids were higher than the state allows.

The difference between Topeka and its suppliers could be tied to testing differences.

As smaller distributors, rural districts usually test once per quarter.

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Community
9:18 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Lawmakers Hope To Add Cherokee, Labette and Montgomery Counties To Rural Opportunity Zone Program

A group of Kansas House members has filed legislation that would add three southeast counties to the state's rural opportunity zone program.

The bill is sponsored by Republican Representatives Jim Kelly of Independence, Michael Houser of Columbus, Virgil Peck of Tyro and Richard Proehl of Parsons.

Their 2014 legislation would add Cherokee, Labette and Montgomery counties, which are located on the Oklahoma border.

Governor Sam Brownback established the Rural Opportunity Zones program in 2011.

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Government
9:12 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Caleb Stegall Being Sworn Into The Kansas Court Of Appeals

Governor Brownback's former chief legal counsel is set to take a seat on the Kansas Court of Appeals.

A swearing-in ceremony for Caleb Stegall is scheduled for Friday, with Court of Appeals Chief Judge Tom Malone presiding.

Stegall is filling a new, 14th seat on the state's second-highest court.

Stegall's appointment by the Republican governor has received quite a bit of attention.

It's because he's the first Court of Appeals appointment under a new law that took effect in July.

And partly because of his position as Brownback's chief lawyer.

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