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10:27 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Insurance Companies Pay The State Of Kansas For Miscalculations Over Death Benefits

Kansas will receive more than $510,000 from six insurance companies as part of a national settlement over the calculation of death benefits.

The insurance commissioner's office they reached the settlements after reviewing how the companies determined when a policy holder had died.

Previously, the companies used the Social Security Death Master File to search and stop payments for deceased annuity holders.

However, the database wasn't being used to identify those life insurance policy holders who had died.

Health
10:19 am
Wed December 18, 2013

OSHA Lablels Tyson Foods Plant In Hutchinson A 'Severe Violator'

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the Tyson Foods plant in Hutchinson for more safety violations.

OSHA labeled the plant a severe violator, meaning future inspections will ensure the violations have been corrected.

OSHA also recommended a $147,000 fine for four violations found during a recent inspection.

A worker's hand was severed in June while he and three others were cleaning a conveyor belt; his arm was pulled into the equipment.

Crime and Courts
8:42 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Chinese Scientist Weiqiang Zhang To Remain Under Federal Custody

A Chinese scientist accused of stealing trade secrets from a Kansas research facility has to remain in federal custody, at least until his next court appearance.

Weiqiang Zhang was an agricultural seed breeder at a Ventria Bioscience's facility in Junction City.

Zhang was charged last week with conspiracy to steal trade secrets.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Christmas and Controversy

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

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

Credit coach_robbo / Flickr / Creative Commons

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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