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Education
8:46 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Despite BOE Support, State-Funded All-Day Kindergarten Not Backed By Lawmakers

A five-year, $80 million plan to pay for full-day kindergarten has support from the State Board of Education, but leaders of the Kansas House and Senate education committees aren't backing it yet.

House Education Committee Chairwoman Kasha Kelley of Ark City says she wants to know how the added spending would affect other services and the state's reserve fund.

Governor Brownback's proposal calls for spending $16 million dollars a year for the next five years until all-day kindergarten is funded fully by the state.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Four Books For The New Year

With a new year upon us, this is when many of us stop to perform mental audits of our lives. I can’t help you in the gym, but I can offer you these 90 seconds of self-improvement reading in the areas of art, history and literature.

The folks who gave us the coffee-table book The Louvre: All the Paintings have accomplished the same feat with The Vatican. The slip-cased volume contains every Old Master painting on display in the Vatican, as well as hundreds of additional masterpieces and treasures in the papal collection, featuring 976 works of art in all.

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Aircraft
5:41 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Wichita Leaders Hopeful About Beechcraft Merger

Civic leaders in Wichita are expressing optimism following the sale of one of the community's linchpin aviation companies to a competitor.

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A Musical Life
12:30 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

A Musical Life: Matt Grenier

Credit Hugo Phan

Matt Grenier is a guitarist, composer, and music educator. As a musician, he works in the area of jazz, writing music that mixes the song form of jazz with the harmony of 20th century classical music. As a teacher, he leads a wide variety of classes at Wichita State University, attempting to illuminate connections between Beethoven, Miles Davis, and Elvis in order to get a clearer understanding of this concept we call music.

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Government
9:17 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Kris Kobach Files A Stay In Lawsuit Over Voter Citizenship Law

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has asked a federal judge to stay a lawsuit over Kansas' voter proof-of-citizenship law while another case he initiated is being heard.

Kobach filed the request yesterday in federal court.

The lawsuit in question was filed against him this November by the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU wants to prevent Kobach from setting up different registration systems for voters based on whether they use state or federal forms.

The federal form doesn't require proof of U.S. citizenship.

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Business
9:13 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Textron Incorporated Reaches Agreement To Buy Beechcraft

The parent company of Cessna Aircraft has reached an agreement to buy Beechcraft Corporation for approximately $1.4 billion dollars.

Providence, Rhode Island-based Textron Incorporated announced the agreement on Thursday.

The purchase will bring two mainstays of Wichita's general aviation industry under a single corporate leadership.

Textron chairman and CEO Scott Donnelly said in a statement that the Beechcraft acquisition is a "tremendous opportunity" for the diversified corporation to expand its general aviation business.

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Government
9:09 am
Fri December 27, 2013

State To Begin Million-Dollar Drug Testing Program For Welfare Recipients

Kansas is set to begin a drug testing program next year for some welfare recipients.

The state's program is similar to one in Missouri. After eight months, and 636 drug test requests, Missouri's program this year cost nearly $500,000 and found 20 people who tested positive.

Like Missouri, Kansas will test welfare recipients who are suspected of drug use, sometimes flagged by tests or a questionnaire.

The Kansas law cuts off benefits for welfare recipients who are reasonably suspected of drug use and test positive.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Tanya Tandoc: Now THIS Is French Onion Soup

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French onion soup is the iconic bistro classic that nearly everyone is familiar with. Rich beef broth, filled with onions, topped with a slice of baguette and covered with cheese. Well done, it is delicious. Poorly done, it is hell in a bowl.

When I developed my recipe for this soup, I decided that there were a few things that I would change. Most apparent was the fact that the bread was always soggy and the cheese, once broiled, would harden immediately into a spoon-rejecting casing.

So I did a little tweaking and fixed the things that annoyed me about the soup.

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Environment
9:10 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Second-Largest Ground Water Decline Recorded At High Plains Aquifer

Scientists who plan to measure the water levels in a western Kansas aquifer system this winter say they expect declines similar to those in recent years.

Kansas Geological Survey researchers last year found the groundwater levels in the High Plains Aquifer had dropped an average of 3.5 feet.

That's the second-largest single-year decline they had ever recorded, behind only the 4.25-foot drop measured the year prior.

Community
5:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Wichita Community Kwanzaa Celebration

The basic instructional CD, Kwanzaa, What it is and How to Celebrate it by Tasleem Muqtasid is available at Wichita’s Roseline’s International Enterprise and the Kansas African American Museum.
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The 10th annual Kwanzaa: Unity Celebration will be held on December 26 in north Wichita. Participants will celebrate family, community and culture.

Kwanzaa, which means first fruit in Swahili, is a week-long observance that highlights African and African-American heritage and culture. Founded in the 1960’s, Kwanzaa is celebrated annually from December 26 through January 1.

Storyteller Tasleem Mutasid says everyone can learn at the community enrichment event.

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