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Crime and Courts
3:00 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Scott Roeder Appeal Set In First-Degree Murder Case Of Dr. George Tiller

The late Dr. George Tiller.
Credit Courtesy photo

Later this month, the Kansas Supreme Court will consider an appeal by the man convicted of first-degree murder in the case of Dr. George Tiller. Roeder fatally shot Tiller inside of Tiller’s church on May 31, 2009 in Wichita, Kan. Tiller performed third-trimester abortions and during the original trial his killer, Scott Roeder, admitted to planning Tiller’s murder for years.

In April 2013, Julie Burkhart, Executive Director of South Wind Women's Center, reopened a clinic in the space where Dr. Tiller’s practice once operated.

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Arts
10:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

UPDATE: Weigh In On The Future Of Century II Tonight And Monday

Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, 2006
Credit Hugh Mason / Wikimedia Commons

You can share your thoughts on the future of Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center at several meetings coming up soon.

There's one tonight at 5:30 pm, and another on Monday night--both at Century II.

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Economy
9:47 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Report: Kansas Could See Slightly Higher Job Growth In 2014

Researchers at Wichita State University predict Kansas will see slightly higher job growth in 2014 than it did last year.

The Center for Economic Development and Business Research predicts employment will increase by 1.4 percent, or about 18,000 jobs.

Professional and business services are expected to see the biggest increase with more than 5,300 new jobs.

A net loss of 700 jobs is forecast for public employment.

Commentary
5:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

'Nebraska' Is Unique, One Of The Best In Years

Bruce Dern and Will Forte in 'Nebraska'
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Nebraska is a terrific movie, and not just because of Bruce Dern's Oscar-worthy performance, which is unlike anything I've ever seen before.

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2014 Election
5:42 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Davis Raises $1M For Gov. Race

Democrat Paul Davis raised a little more than $1 million in cash contributions in less than five months for his campaign to unseat Republican incumbent Sam Brownback in the Kansas governor's race.

Davis' campaign also reported Wednesday that it ended 2013 with almost $771,000 in his campaign treasury. Davis is the Kansas House minority leader and launched his campaign in early August.

His campaign described the fundraising as unprecedented for a challenger.

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Kansas Corporation Commission
5:13 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Brownback Nominates State Senator for KCC Seat

Governor Sam Brownback is nominating a former Kansas Senate majority leader for a seat on the Kansas Corporation Commission.

Brownback has chosen Republican Senator Jay Emler, from Lindsborg, to take the position being vacated by KCC Chairman Mark Sievers.

Brownback says Emler will be a good fit for the commission, which regulates industries including utilities and oil drilling.

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Government
9:57 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Sedgwick County Lawmakers Host Public Forum To Recieve Community Input

Oletha Faust-Goudeau is a Democratic member of the Kansas Senate, representing the 29th District.

Sedgwick County lawmakers will hold a public forum Wednesday night in downtown Wichita. It’s an opportunity for residents to voice concerns and request action from the South Central Legislative Delegation.

State Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau, who represents District 29 in Wichita is chair of the delegation. She says the forum will include discussion on the state budget, jobs, education, guns, taxes and a focus on healthcare.

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Business
9:53 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Agency Asks KCC To Dismiss Westar's Request For New Prepay Program

An agency that represents small utility customers is asking the state to reject Westar Energy's plan to allow some customers to prepay their bills.

The Citizen's Utility Ratepayer Board filed a motion Monday asking the Kansas Corporation Commission to dismiss Westar's application for the program.

Westar applied in October to allow about 1,000 customers to prepay their bills. The utility says it would allow customers to make smaller payments rather than pay a large bill at the end of the month. KCC deferred the application until May.

Community
9:40 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Dreamlifter Pilots Thought Equipment Was Faulty, Used Eyesight To Land At Wrong Airport

One of the pilots of a Boeing 747 that landed at the wrong airport in Wichita last November was not sure the plane was landing at the right place.

The Trade publication Aviation International News, or AIN, obtained a copy of a training video describing what happened.

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, which employed the pilots and made the video, confirmed that Atlas pilots were aiming to land at McConnell Air Force Base.

Instead, they landed at Col. James Jabara airport, 9 miles away.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Art: Looking Forward To 2014

Frederick J. Waugh, Original Illustration for The Clan of Munes: The Wizard dressed in his Indian finery, from the series [The Clan of] Munes: Original Drawings, 1916. Watercolor and pencil on paperboard, 18 1/2 x 25 1/2 in.
Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita. Gift of Edwin A. Ulrich

It’s the New Year, and with it comes the excitement of change and things to come. Galleries are preparing for their newest shows, but for 2014 the Ulrich Museum is taking the bull by the horns with four new exhibitions opening in January.

In the upstairs Polk/Wilson Gallery, the sublime photographs by Richard Ross take an unblinking look at the conditions and treatment of American juveniles currently held in detention centers for the show Juvenile In Justice.

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