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5:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

A 'Little Failure' Finds His Place

Gary Shteyngart
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Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart

When Gary Shteyngart was a young child, his mother would call him "Solnyshko," which means "little sun."

But after the Shteyngarts left Leningrad for the United States in the late 1970s, his parents were disappointed with his aspirations of being a writer. His mother melded English and Russian to come up with the pet name, "Failurchka." The translation? Little Failure. Shteyngart has adopted this name as the title for his new memoir.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

A Musical Life: Bill And Karlee Goffrier

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Few would have guessed that Bill and Karlee’s musical life would now be based in Wichita. Bill left Kansas for Boston in 1983, leaving behind his musical ambitions to focus on painting. Karlee grew up near the beach south of Boston, and when Bill found her basking on a stack of poems and a Radio Shack keyboard in 2010, he knew he had found a songwriter and partner. Showered with autoharps and ukuleles, she blossomed into the better half of the duo, which records and serves its songs, still warm, at bandcamp.com.

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Government
10:20 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Attorney General Derek Schmidt Seeks Stronger Penalties For Medicaid Fraud

Attorney General Derek Schmidt says he will ask Kansas legislators to strengthen the state's penalties for Medicaid fraud.

Schmidt outlined his proposal on Thursday during a stop in Wichita.

He says his office gained 15 criminal convictions and recovered $33.7 million dollars in the latest fiscal year from people guilty of defrauding the program.

Schmidt is proposing higher fines for the crime.

He also wants people convicted of Medicaid fraud to serve prison time instead of the current sentence of probation.

Education
10:12 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Professors Ask Board Of Regents To Temporarily Suspend New Social Media Policy

More than 80 professors in Kansas are asking the Board of Regents to suspend a new social media policy.

The University of Kansas and Kansas State University professors signed a letter to the regents, expressing "continued concern" about the policy. They say the policy prevents faculty and staff at the state's universities from exercising their freedom of speech.

The regents passed the policy in December and are now reviewing it.

The professors want the policy suspended while that review proceeds.

Commentary
5:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Tanya Tandoc: Want Something New And Fresh? Try Ceviche!

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For those of us who adore fresh fish, ceviche is one of the best ways to eat it.

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Veterans Services
3:43 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Brownback Proposes More Veterans' Services

Governor Sam Brownback is proposing more services for veterans in Kansas.

The proposal includes a $1.4 million renovation of a veterans' home in Fort Dodge. It would also add 40 beds to a veterans' facility in Winfield.

“We’re a big military state and we’re proud of it, and we want to take care of our veterans and do everything we possibly can,” Brownback said.

In addition, the state would hire four new outreach personnel to help veterans access the benefits they've earned.

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.
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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
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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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