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Health
8:03 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Infant Mortality In Kansas Up Slightly Last Year

A new research brief by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment shows a slight increase in the infant mortality rate last year.

Infant mortality refers to babies who die before their first birthday.

Although the trend has been downward, Kansas has exceeded the national infant mortality rate every year since 2003.

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Energy
7:31 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Westar Seeks Renewable Energy Bids

Westar Energy Inc. is trying to expand its renewable energy portfolio.

The state's largest electric utility says it's accepting proposals from developers to add at least 80 megawatts of wind energy production, through September 13. Westar wants to enter into long-term contracts to help it meet state renewable energy requirements for 2016. The standard requires utilities to get 15 percent of their peak power through renewable sources.

Westar has almost 700 megawatts of renewable energy resources in Kansas, in addition to its coal and natural gas power plants.

Crime and Courts
7:24 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Bradley Manning Arrives At Leavenworth

Officials at Fort Leavenworth say Bradley Manning has arrived at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks to begin serving his 35-year prison term.

Manning had previously spent nearly two years at an adjacent prison while awaiting court-martial.

The soldier was sentenced Wednesday for sending classified government material to WikiLeaks.

Manning announced Thursday that he intends to live as a woman and go by the name Chelsea Manning. Manning asked the Army to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible.

Commentary
5:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Restaurant Review: Twelve Restaurant and Bar

Credit Jeremy Coleman

I rarely splurge on dining out. So, when I do, I try to pick restaurants that have excellent buzz and have proven their point for at least a year.

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Energy
12:56 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Is Westar Asking For Too Much Money? Consumer Advocate Group Says Yes

A Kansas consumer advocate agency is saying that Westar Energy, Inc. can make necessary environmental improvements at its power plants with a smaller rate increase than it requested.

An attorney for the Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board filed testimony with the Kansas Corporation Commission yesterday, saying Westar could reduce its rate increase request by $1 million and still accomplish its goals.

CURB also argues against Westar's plan to shift the burden of the increase away from large businesses to residential customers.

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Community
11:17 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Why Does Wichita Need A New Downtown Library?

Cynthia Berner Harris, director of libraries for the Wichita Public Library, sits with Joel Potter and his children, Emeth and Sela, in the children's room at the central library.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

The changing role of libraries is evident across the country. With e-books and other emerging technologies, libraries continue to adapt to meet the needs of their patrons.

A master plan to build a new central library in downtown Wichita has been in the works for the last seven years. Funding for the $29 million facility is now up in the air with the Wichita City Council directing the library to seek out more private funds. 

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Health
7:25 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Affordable Care Act Important To Rural Residents

A new report by the Center for Rural Affairs finds that rural residents stand to benefit from the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, more than their city-dwelling counterparts.

The author of the report, Jon Bailey, says the premium tax credits to help pay for individual health insurance plans, and the caps on out-of-pocket costs will be especially important to people who live in rural areas.

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Music
6:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Moreland & Arbuckle Celebrate New Release With Concert Friday Night

Moreland & Arbuckle celebrate the release of their new CD, 7 Cities, Friday night at the Wichita Orpheum.
Credit Courtesy photo

Roots rock trio Moreland and Arbuckle has just issued its latest album, 7 Cities, which marks a number of firsts for the Wichita-based outfit. It’s the first time the band has recorded an entire project outside its home base, the first record to feature drummer Kendall Newby, and the first time the band has worked with an outside producer.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Movie Review: Paranoia

In this high-stakes thriller, Liam Hemsworth, left, is a regular guy trying to get ahead in his entry-level job.
Credit rottentomatoes.com

Paranoia wants to be serious about corporate misbehavior, but falls short because of uninvolving characters and a tendency to depart from realism in favor of melodramatic and sentimental cliches.

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Politics
2:52 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Kris Kobach and Arizona Secretary of State Sue Federal Election Commission

Kobach and Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett filed the suit against the U.S. Election Assistance Commission Wednesday.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Kansas and Arizona officials have filed a federal lawsuit to try require voter applicants to show proof of citizenship.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett filed the lawsuit today in federal court in Topeka.

The suit seeks to change federal voter registration forms to require documents proving citizenship. Currently, the forms require that an applicant make an oath affirming citizenship.

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