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5:00 am
Mon January 20, 2014

At Play: 24 Hour Theatre People

Wichita Community Theatre presents Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee January 23-February 9. The town of Hillsboro and its citizen Bertram Cates are on trial for teaching evolution in the public schools. The world has its eye on this small town as the trial unfolds. This production features Wichita stage veterans Don Wineke and David Bailey among others.

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Community
12:34 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Hundreds Expected To Celebrate The Life Of MLK At WSU MetroPlex Event

Credit http://eriklerouge.blogspot.com/2012/01/mlk-in-detroit-great-march-to-freedom.html

Hundreds are expected to attend this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration scheduled at noon on Monday at the Wichita State University metroplex.

The event is co-sponsored by WSU and The Greater Wichita Ministerial League. It's an effort to reflect on King's message of hope and pursuit of freedom, as evident in the slain civil rights leader's June 1963 speech in Detroit, where he reminds the crowd of the importance of passing the civil rights bill.

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Community
12:33 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Celebrate MLK Day In The Wichita Area

Dr. Martin Luther King giving his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., on 28 August 1963.
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There will be several events in and around Wichita that will be commemorating the life of civil rights leader, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You can participate in these events beginning on Saturday and continuing through the King federal holiday on Monday.

The Kansas African American Museum- Saturday, January 18

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Energy
9:51 am
Fri January 17, 2014

KSU Patents Substance That Converts Straw Into Cleaner-Burning Fuel

Kansas State University has received a patent for a substance that helps convert straw and other grasses into a cleaner-burning fuel.

The patent was issued to the university's research foundation.

Kansas State says two former faculty members developed a substance that can be used in the production of syn-gas.

Syn-gas can be burned for energy and used to generate electricity.

However, converting biomass to syn-gas creates tar.

Research foundation vice president Marcia Molina says the newly developed substance is more effective at removing that tar.

Transportation
9:45 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Blowing Dust Causes 11-Vehicle Pileup, Three Deaths, In Northwestern Kansas

The Kansas Highway Patrol says blowing dust caused an 11-vehicle pileup near Rexford, in northwestern Kansas on Thursday

High winds and blowing dust reduced visibility to almost zero at the time of the wreck.

The patrol says seven tractor-trailer trucks and four passenger vehicles collided.

The pileup on Highway 83 left three people dead.

The victims were identified as 51-year-old Leonard Scott Breeden of Colby; 57-year-old James Ocie Perrott of Perryton, Texas; and 66-year-old Jerold L. Lamb of Florissant, Colo.

Crime and Courts
9:40 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Federal Prosecutors Ask Courts To Shield Evidence In Wichita Bombing Plot

Federal prosecutors want to shield some evidence in the case of a man being accused of plotting a suicide bombing at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport.

They asked the court on Thursday to limit who can see formerly classified information that has been declassified in order to prosecute 58-year-old Terry Loewen of Wichita.

The government wants to protect identities of undercover agents and the use of sensitive sources and methods.

Loewen had worked at the airport as an avionics technician.

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Government
9:30 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Kansas To Increase Payments From Oil And Gas Fund To State Counties

Kansas will increase payments from a trust fund to several counties that had sued over the annual disbursements.

Governor Sam Brownback's administration announced earlier this week that the state will increase payments from the Oil and Gas Depletion Fund to many counties.

Nearly half of the state's 105 counties, and all the counties in southwest Kansas, sued last fall.

They said they should have received twice as much money as the total sent to counties in October from the trust fund.

Commentary
5:00 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Richard Crowson: The Excitement of Shocker... Daffodils?

The dull, grey days of January are at hand.

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Kansas Budget
3:23 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Brownback Releases Details Of Budget Plan

Governor Sam Brownback is proposing a reversal of some state university salary cuts and a raise for classified state employees. He's also hoping to rewrite the Department of Corrections budget.

Senator Ty Masterson, an Andover Republican, chairs the Senate's budget committee. He says most of the governor's proposed $460 million dollar spending increase is allocated for corrections, but some lawmakers will still have concerns.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Your Move: New 'Zelda' Removes The Tedium, Keeps The Fun

Credit Morku / Flickr / Creative Commons

Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda series is practically mythical at this point.

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