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Global Music
5:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

The Soweto Gospel Choir – Grounded In The Music Of South Africa

The Soweto Gospel Choir
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One of the best known sounds from Africa is the music of South Africa - and one of the best known South African groups these days is the Soweto Gospel Choir - a super group made up of some of the best voices of the townships. The choir ranges from 20 to 30 members and is accompanied by bass, guitar, drum and keyboard – as well as lively dancing. From the beginning, the Choir has been an international hit and has acted as musical ambassadors to the world. They are currently in the midst of a 37-city U.S. tour.

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Renewable Energy
5:14 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

House Rejects Bill to Repeal Renewable Standards

The Kansas House has rejected a bill to repeal the state's renewable energy standards by a vote of 44-77.

The standards require 20 percent of Kansas power generation to come from renewable sources by 2020.

Supporters of the requirement say it has driven economic growth through the wind industry.

Opponents of the standards argue wind energy needs to compete on its own merits without state support.

Energy
11:43 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Kansas Senate Votes to Repeal Renewable Energy Standards

The Kansas Senate has voted 25-15 to repeal the state's Renewable Portfolio Standards, which require 20 percent of Kansas power generation to be from renewable sources by 2020. The requirements were passed in 2009 and have been credited with helping promote wind power development.

The vote came after more than an hour of debate. Opponents of the standards say they pick winners and losers, and wind power growth has outpaced the renewable requirements. They argue that the standards have led to rate increases with more in the future. Senator Rob Olson is an Olathe Republican.

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Government
11:39 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Gov. Brownback Signs A New Round Of Bills This Week

Governor Sam Brownback has signed 5 new bills into law this week.

House Bill 2210 - Prohibits residents from changing their party affiliation in an election year, from the date of the deadline for candidates to file for office in June through the certification of the results of the August Primary Election.

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Education
11:21 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Lawmakers Consider Bill To Restrict Data Mining Of Students

The Kansas House will debate legislation today that restricts the identifiable information collected on public school students.

Supporters want to protect the identity of students and limit disclosure of that information to specific agencies.

Those authorized to see the data include: the local school district, the Kansas Department of Education, the Kansas Board of Regents and public health agencies.

Legislators are concerned that data would be used inappropriately and shared with the federal government or other entities without parental consent.

Commentary
5:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Indie Film Guide: Local Independents

Top Photo: Current KU Forward Justin Wesley portrays Wilt Chamberlain in the independent film Jayhawkers. Bottom Photo: Legendery KU Center Wilt Chamberlain later went on to become the first NBA player to score 100 points in a game, setting a league record for the highest number of points scored in a single game, a record that still stands today.
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Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

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Following The Ninth

March 26, 7:30 p.m.

Orpheum Theatre

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Music
5:00 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Truckstop Honeymoon Explores Long-Term Love Affairs On New Release

Truckstop Honeymoon
Credit Jason Dailey

It’s been 11 years since Mike West and Katie Euliss issued their first album as Truckstop Honeymoon; each successive recording has offered a glimpse into the couple’s life and musical evolution. West says that the latest Truckstop release, The Madness of Happiness, is one more example of the diverse musical influences the trio—which is rounded out by drummer Colin Mahoney—has. The songs are at times more aggressive and yet never far away from traditional roots music.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

OnWords: The Mass Production Of 'Product'

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The word “product” is shifting.

One of my brothers overheard the following at a big-box retailer the other day: “We have various safety devices to keep product from falling on people.”

This use of product as mass noun stands in distinction to the term “a product,” a term identifying something as, well, produced.  

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Health
11:19 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Kansas House Passes Compact In Effort To Move Away From Federal Health Care

The Kansas House has passed and sent to the Senate a bill that would allow Kansas to join several other states in an effort to take control of health care programs away from the federal government.

The main sponsor of the legislation in the House is Republican Brett Hildabrand.

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Energy
11:07 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Midwest Energy 'Solar Garden' Will Allow Customers To Use Solar Power Without Installing Panels

Some customers using Midwest Energy will soon be able to use solar energy without having to install their own solar panels.

Midwest Energy, which is based in Hays, says it has signed an agreement with Clean Energy Collective of Colorado to build a 1-megawatt "solar garden."

The project will have about 4,000 solar panels spread across six acres.

Midwest Energy spokesman Mike Morley says customers will contract with Clean Energy Collective to buy the panels, and then get credit on their bills equal to how much energy their panels create.

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