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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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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Richard Crowson: The Mystery of Dog Years

Credit Olga Martschitsch / Flickr / Creative Commons

Of all the measures of time that humans have invented, the one I have the biggest problem with is dog years.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Your Move: 'Fluxx' Is Rarely The Same Game Twice

Credit C_Dave / Flickr

Some card games have entire books and online forums devoted to debating their rules. The game Fluxx, on the other hand, has exactly two rules: draw one card, and play one card. That is, until you actually start playing cards.

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Music
11:19 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Best Music of 2013

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin, Chris Heim, Carla Eckels and Bill Pearce run down the best in music for 2013 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rockumentaries and books about music.

Join KMUW's music hosts throughout January on Global Village, Strange Currency, Night Train, Crossroads, Soulsations and Straight No Chaser for a month-long feature of the Best of 2013. See individual show pages for more information on upcoming shows and to listen to past shows through the streaming archive.

Best of 2013 lists:

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Government
9:09 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Kansas Statehouse Ready To Welcome Visitors After $330 Million Dollar Renovation

After 13 years and 330 million dollars in renovations, the Kansas Statehouse is ready to welcome visitors.

The project's final phase included an auditorium, a classroom, thousands of square feet of exhibition space and a visitors' center.

There's a ribbon cutting today to open the new space.

A formal ceremony to mark completion of the renovation project is scheduled for Kansas Day, Jan. 29.

Visitors will enter the building from the north at the ground level and proceed through the visitor center and into limestone corridors that are the foundation.

Government
9:02 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Kansas Ends 2013 With Budget Revenues On Target

Kansas ended 2013 with budget revenues on target, beating the fiscal year to date estimates by $4.3 million dollars.

The state Department of Revenue's report says Kansas' receipts were $3.3 million dollars, or almost 1 percent, more than expected.

Corporate income revenue receipts were up almost almost 7 percent-- in part because corporations made about $10 million more in payments this month compared to December 2012.

The Department of Revenue says this indicates that corporations had larger profits compared to the prior year.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu January 2, 2014

'Wolf' Is A Blast, If Not Completely Believable

The American Way? Leo DiCaprio revels in the ill-gotten glitz and glamour of 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
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The Wolf of Wall Street is a welcome return to those old-time movies such as Bette Davis used to recommend, in which all the colors are a little brighter than real life, the Ferraris are spanking new, the women are drop-dead gorgeous, the clothes are the peak of fashion, and everything from the tableware to the picture windows are sparkling clean.

In other words, everything is a little more exciting than real life.

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