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6:56 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Brownback, Santorum Greeted By Protesters In Visit To Wichita

Members of the Kansas National Education Association were joined by other local unions and voter rights groups in their protest of Gov. Sam Brownback.
Credit Sean Sandefur

The Kansas gubernatorial race is in full swing—incumbent Sam Brownback took his campaign to a movie theater in east Wichita Monday afternoon. Joining him was former presidential hopeful and Republican senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum. Greeting them were teachers protesting an education bill signed into law in April.  

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Health
5:23 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Multiple Cases Of Measles Discovered in Wichita

Measles virus (paramyxoviridae)
Credit Sanofi Pasteur, flickr Creative Commons

UPDATE:

Multiple cases of measles have been reported in Sedgwick County including a student taking summer classes at Wichita State University and four individuals linked to a restaurant in the city. 

According to Wichita State University, the student had not received an MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella.

Following health department guidelines, WSU Student Health is notifying faculty, staff and students who may have been exposed to this individual.

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Government
11:17 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Tuesday Is Last Day To Register To Vote For KS Primaries

Tomorrow is the final day for Kansans to register to vote or update their address before the Kansas primary election on August 5th. As Stephen Koranda reports, there’s also still time to provide missing citizenship documents that are keeping voter registrations from being processed.

Anyone who's registering to vote for the first time in Kansas needs to provide a document proving that they're a U.S. citizen. Andrew Howell is Shawnee County’s election commissioner.

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Education
11:05 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Construction For KSU's Bulks Solids Innovation Center Begins

Construction is underway in Salina on a new research center devoted to the science of moving and mixing bulk solids such as pellets, granules, powder and grain.

The Kansas State University Bulk Solids Innovation Center will be among only a few in the world. It’s a partnership of the city, the university and two Salina-based companies that design and make equipment for handling bulk materials.

Government
11:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Kansas Begins To Distribute Withheld Tax Refunds

The state is now distributing tax refunds that were frozen for two weeks at the end of the last fiscal year.

With the new fiscal year beginning July 1, the Kansas Department of Revenue sent just more than 19,000 refunds to the Kansas Department of Administration for payment.

Jeannine Koranda is spokeswoman for the revenue department, she says most Kansans who didn’t get their refunds should have received them by now or will receive them soon.

Government
10:48 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Kansas Judge Rejects Injunction Against Voter Citizenship Law

A Kansas judge has cleared the way for Secretary of State Kris Kobach to use a dual voting system to enforce the state’s proof-of-citizenship for new voters.

On Friday, Shawnee County District Judge Franklin Theis denied the American Civil Liberties Union’s request for a preliminary injunction to stop Kobach from implementing a new policy.

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Interview
5:51 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Friedkin Still Loves 'Sorcerer'

In 1977, movie director William Friedkin was hot off the success of 1971's Oscar-winning The French Connection and 1973's The Exorcist, a massive commercial hit that also pulled in 10 Oscar nominations of its own.

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Music
5:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Cheers Elephant Remembers The Past, Looks to The Future

Cheers Elephant performs at Rock Island Live on Monday, July 14.
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Formed in Philadelphia in 2007 Cheers Elephant quickly established itself as a band with an ear open to the past. As guitarist and vocalist Jordan del Rosario recalls, he and his three bandmates found common ground in music made before any of them were born, including The Beatles.

“We really liked that British sound" he says. "But even more so than The Beatles, The Kinks and the Rolling Stones. The psychedelic era of all those bands really sparked the way.”

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

New Books Find Humanity In Difficulty

A good novelist weaves a gripping story out of small details, big emotions and just the right words to transport us into the mind of and emotional terrain of his or her characters. Good writing draws me into tragedy before I know it, and two new releases did just that.

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Commentary
12:42 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

A Musical Life: Noah Hamilton

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Noah Hamilton has just released the record Liberation under the name Oceanarms.

My name is Noah Hamilton. I am in a solo one-man band called Oceanarms and an acoustic group called The Living Tree.

About two years ago I decided that I wanted to pace out an album that I wanted to release. I started up a SoundCloud account and I trickled—about every month—some songs out. Then it hit me, kind of all at once, that the album was done. I had about 17 or so songs that were complete.

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