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10:03 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Dept. Of Health Seeing High Number Of Influenza Cases

Health officials say the state is seeing a high number of influenza cases this year.

The state Department of Health and Environment reports 5 percent of visits to clinic sites it monitors were due to influenza-like illness.

The KDHE says flu or pneumonia contributed to 510 deaths during the current season, which began September 1st.

We've also seen a re-emergence of the A/H1N1 strain as the dominant virus.

The same strain caused a pandemic in 2009.

The agency is encouraging people eaged six months and older to get vaccinated.

Commentary
5:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Indie Film Guide: The New Fellini?

Toni Servillo in Paolo Sorrentino's 'The Great Beauty'
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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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Books
5:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

For Ruth Ozeki, Writing Is A Matter Of Time And Forgetting

Ruth Ozeki’s latest novel, A Tale For The Time Being, hit bookshelves last March.
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When Ruth Ozeki’s latest novel, A Tale For The Time Being hit bookshelves last March it had been a decade since her last work, 2003’s All Over Creation, was published. She’d undergone several transformations in that time—both of her parents passed away after long illnesses, she found herself enamored of Zen Buddhism and, eventually, she became an ordained priest in 2010.

Themes of time and communication are central to the novel’s plot, a book that began, she says, after her main character, a young girl named Nao, spoke directly to her.

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Education
5:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Opera Stars Samuel Ramey and Alan Held Join WSU Music Faculty

Opera stars Sam Ramey and Alan Held will join the WSU faculty in fall 2014.

Voice and opera students at WSU will have the opportunity to study with two international opera stars beginning this fall.

Samuel Ramey, a renowned and celebrated opera talent and the most recorded bass in history, and Alan Held, an international opera star and one of the leading bass-baritone singing actors today, will join Wichita State's music faculty.

As announced in a press release on Tuesday, Ramey will have a daily presence on campus throughout the year.

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Commentary
2:36 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Crowson Cartoon: Welcome Home, Ken

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12:30 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

OnWords: "Studies Show" We're Afraid Of Uncertainty

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Journalists and bloggers, teachers and everybody on Facebook love to use the phrase “studies show.”

I love it, too.

“Studies show” tickles the part of us that asserts a superior sort of rationality and an up-to-date command of the facts. It makes us feel smart, particularly when the study we cite is surprising or new, but especially when it reinforces what we already believe.

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Health
9:33 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Kansas Hospital Association Working On Medicaid Expansion Alternative

The Kansas Hospital Association is working on an alternative to expanding Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul.

Hospital Association Vice President Cindy Samuelson says that the association doesn't know what form its proposal will take.

But it has hired a firm headed by former U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt to help with a plan.

One option is to use additional federal funds promised under the federal health care law to help Kansans buy private coverage.

Arkansas and Iowa are taking that approach.

Crime and Courts
9:30 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Retired Wichita Police Lt. Ken Landwehr Has Died At 59

Retired Wichita police Lt. Ken Landwehr has died at the age of 59.

Landwehr supervised more than 600 homicide investigations during his career.

Police Chief Norman Williams says Landwehr had kidney cancer and died Monday in his home.

Landwehr retired in 2012 after a 35-year career with the Wichita Police Department.

He is credited with breaking the BTK serial killer case.

Commentary
5:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Past and Present: Dr. King and The Greatness of Service

Martin Luther King, Jr., memorial in Washington, D.C.
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As we prepare again to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the ironies of the holiday and King’s memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC, is that King, himself, was far more modest in how he wished to be remembered.

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Health
10:05 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Kansans Continue Push For Medicaid Expansion

Credit Julia Schwinn-Holen

85,000 uninsured Kansans have found themselves in the so-called Medicaid gap, unable to receive federal or state funding to help cover healthcare costs. Governor Brownback has deferred the issue to state lawmakers. Many local residents spoke about the issue at a legislative forum.

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