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7:41 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Restaurant Review: Tj's Burger House

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Happy 2015, darling listeners! I rang in the New Year with a craving for a great hamburger. I discussed this issue with a few friends, and after a heated discussion, decided to go to Tj’s Burger House, in the Delano district. It was a good choice, and everyone had consensus that it was one of the better burgers in Wichita.

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Health
5:00 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Helping Low Income Seniors Maintain A Life Of Independence

Tony Dezenzio rides a bus to the Via Christi HOPE facilities
Credit Sean Sandefur

One of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. is the business of senior care. As baby boomers move into their 60s and 70s, demand and competition for quality care is growing fast. There are many companies that provide medical needs to seniors. One in Wichita offers a comprehensive list of services and 95 percent of their clients are Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports…

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Health
7:26 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Kansas Hospitals Penalized For Infection Rates And Patient Injuries

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Four hospitals in South Central Kansas face a financial penalty for having high rates of infection or patient injuries in recent years.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports.

A federal law requires Medicare to grade hospitals for hospital-acquired conditions such as the frequency of central-line blood infections, urinary tract infections or serious patient complications during care.

As a result, 11 hospitals in Kansas had rates too high and will be penalized by having their Medicare reimbursements reduced by one-percent this fiscal year.

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Crime and Courts
3:48 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Federal Judge Dismisses Ageism Claims In Long-Running Lawsuit Against Boeing And Spirit

A federal judge has tossed out the remaining age discrimination claims in a long-running lawsuit against the Boeing Company and Spirit AeroSystems.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren said in a ruling on Wednesday that he was dismissing the claims of the remaining 26 plaintiffs as a sanction for their refusal to obey a court order to give their tax returns to the companies.

The ruling deals a major blow to litigation that has already spanned nine years.

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Government
3:15 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Privacy Law Reduces Student Participation In Drug Survey

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New Kansas privacy laws have reduced the number of students participating in an annual survey that measures substance abuse.

Mental health officials say the data from the Kansas Communities That Care survey, which has been conducted for two decades, has been invaluable in forming programs to fight substance abuse.

However, an amendment to a data privacy bill passed last year.

The amendment requires parental permission before students answer any surveys with questions about issues such as sex, religion or family life.

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Education
2:56 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Haskell Indian Nations University To Provide Remedial English Program In The Summer

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Haskell Indian Nations University will use a federal grant to provide a summer literature program for freshmen who need to improve their remedial English.

The university in Lawrence announced this month that the National Endowment for the Humanities had awarded it a $99,800 grant to develop a "Summer Bridge Program in Literature." The university has been studying how to help students who arrive on campus unprepared for regular college work.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu January 8, 2015

'Big Eyes' Is Excellent, With One Big Exception

Christoph Waltz and Amy Adams in 'Big Eyes'

Before saying anything about Big Eyes, the new Amy Adams movie, let me say something about her co-star, Christoph Waltz.

I can barely tolerate him.

I'll give him his Academy Awards for Django Unchained, in a part obviously tailored for him, but his other Oscar, for Inglourious Basterds, will ever be a mystery to me because he seemed like a pure slice of Teutonic ham, completely out of touch with everything else in the film.

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Economy
4:05 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Low Gas Prices Affect Kansas Oil Producers

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Gas prices are lower than they have been for years. On Jan.7th, you can pay $1.70 a gallon at several Wichita stations. There is hope that low prices will be a boom to the economy, but as KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports, the oil industry in Kansas is treading water.

"Kansas operators are price takers, not price makers," Jon Callen, Edmiston Oil Company President, says. "We just have to accept whatever the world price is going to be. If we lost total Kansas (oil) production, the world would never even notice it."

How does that compare globally?

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Education
1:56 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Deadline To Run For Wichita Public Schools BOE Draws Near

The filing deadline to run for a seat on the Board of Education for Wichita Public Schools is drawing near. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

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Health
12:48 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Antiviral Drugs Important This Flu Season

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Already, flu and pneumonia have been a factor in more than 500 deaths in Kansas. More from Bryan Thompson.

People older than 64 or younger than five are being hit the hardest.

The CDC is advising people with chronic conditions, pregnant women, senior citizens, and small children to take antiviral drugs, such as Tamiflu, if they become infected.

Dr. Mike Munger, at St. Luke’s South Primary Care, in Overland Park, says the drugs need to be taken within 48 hours of the first symptoms to minimize the severity of the flu.

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