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5:00 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Christmas and Controversy

Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux in 'Blue Is The Warmest Color'
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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.

This week: A Christmas classic and a controversial French award-winner.

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Water
5:56 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Topeka Sewage Spills Into Kansas River

Topeka's water department is monitoring the Kansas River for E. coli after a weekend sewage spill.

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Death Penalty
4:14 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

KS Supreme Court Hears Appeals In Carr Brothers Case

The Kansas Supreme Court heard death penalty appeals Tuesday from two brothers convicted in a quadruple murder.

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Community
1:22 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Mayor Carl Brewer Proclaims Karla Burns Week

Wichitan, Broadway Star Karla Burns receives a proclamation from Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer for her acclaimed work in the performing arts.
Credit Carla Eckels

Broadway star and Wichita native Karla Burns received a proclamation Tuesday during a Wichita City Council meeting.  Mayor Carl Brewer declared December the 17 through the 24 as Karla Burns Week.

Burns is a 1978 graduate of Wichita State University.

She is known for her powerful mezzo-soprano voice which won her an Olivier Award in London and a Tony nomination for her portrayal  of "Queenie" in the revival of Show Boat on Broadway. 

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

OnWords: Houston, We Have A Problem

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I have learned to avoid the word “problem.”

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Community
11:32 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Report: Kansas Ranks Fourth In Volunteering

A report released on Monday ranks Kansas fourth in the nation for volunteering.

The Corporation for National and Community Service's Volunteering and Civic Life in America report says nearly 37 percent of Kansas residents volunteered in 2012.

Nearly 808,000 volunteers gave almost 83 million hours of service.

The corporation estimated the worth of that work at 1.59 billion dollars.

Health
11:23 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Delay Urged For Moving Developmentally Disabled Kansans Into KanCare

The National Council on Disability says federal officials should delay Kansas’ plan to move services for the developmentally disabled into its Medicaid managed care program. As Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, the council’s recommendation is the latest development in a long running battle over including disabled Kansans in KanCare.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Past and Present: American Celebrations

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Traditionally, Christians marked December as the season of Advent, paralleling the role of Lent before Easter. Christmas celebrations were to begin at Christmas. That practice has been under siege for generations, with Christmas, it seems, now threatening to engulf Thanksgiving.

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Books
5:00 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Robert Boswell Examines The Known And Unknown In New Novel, Tumbledown

Robert Boswell's latest novel, Tumbledown, is his first in a decade. In writing it, Boswell says he discovered a new point-of-view in fiction and a way to make the novel form new. 

Boswell says Tumbledown, which is about a counselor at a mental health facility, is not strictly autobiographical. However, he says it is very much based on his experiences as a mental health counselor in Southern California during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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Education Funding
12:56 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Brownback Supports Funding All-Day Kindergarten

Gov. Sam Brownback is preparing to propose the state pick up the additional cost of providing all-day kindergarten in Kansas public schools.

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