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7:34 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Kansas Child Poverty Rates Still Climbing

More than 23 percent of Kansas children lived in poverty last year. That’s according to the new Kansas Kids Count report, released by the non-profit advocacy group Kansas Action for Children.

The group’s president, Shannon Cotsoradis, says that compares with about 18 percent five years ago.

“When you have almost one in every four kids growing up in poverty, and we know the long-term consequences of that, we really have to worry about the future of our state," she says.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Past and Present: An Early Draft Of A More Perfect Union

A draft of the Articles of Confederation
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In the summer of 1776, the Second Continental Congress officially declared independence from the British crown, but it also drafted the Articles of Confederation.

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Medicaid
5:47 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Advocates Ready To Push For Medicaid Expansion

A Kansas group is gearing up to push again for an expansion of the state's Medicaid program as encouraged by the federal health care overhaul, despite strong opposition from Republican legislators.

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Books
8:38 am
Mon November 18, 2013

NPR's David Folkenflik Takes Us Inside Murdoch’s World

NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik has just published Murdoch’s World: The Last of the Old Media Empires, a volume that examines media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s reach across three continents.

NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik has just published Murdoch’s World: The Last of the Old Media Empires, a volume that examines media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s reach across three continents—touching on Australia, North America and Europe, with a brief—and late—visit to Asia.

The book covers  many issues, including Murdoch’s youth in Australia, his expansion into television and his seeming inability to penetrate the Chinese media market.

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Science
7:30 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Wichitan Finds Fossil Of Half-Grown T. Rex

A Kansas fossil hunter has unearthed the remains of what is believed to be a half-grown Tyrannosaurus rex.

The skeleton could help fill a void in paleontologists' understanding of the T. rex. Robert Detrich of Wichita unearthed the fossil called "Baby Bob" in July, near the town of Jordan in Montana.

The fossil is generating excitement because its femur measures about 25 inches. If all the preliminary data pans out, that would make it among the smallest T. rex specimens ever found.

Scientists say that only a handful of juvenile T. rex specimens have been discovered.

Energy
7:22 am
Mon November 18, 2013

KCC Commissioner's Comments Cause Disagreement

The Kansas Corporation Commission and an agency that represents utility customers have been butting heads over comments made by a KCC commissioner. The disagreement is over what the commissioner said about how the KCC decides rate increases for utility customers.

In a filing recently, KCC Chair Mark Sievers endorsed a process that uses a formula to decide future rate increases. The more common process is where advocates for utility customers and the utility make arguments before the KCC, and then the KCC decides on the amount of the increase.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Book Review: 'The Goldfinch' Should Be Savored

The Goldfinch is my first experience reading Donna Tartt. The title refers to a painting by Dutch artist Carel Fabritius, the greatest Old Master you've never heard of-- Rembrandt's pupil, Vermeer's teacher. Fabritius was killed when a gunpowder explosion destroyed half the town of Delft and all but a handful of his paintings.

Theo Decker is 13 years old when he sees "The Goldfinch" in contemporary New York City. In fact, the same day he first sees the painting, he takes it as he escapes from the bombed museum where it had been exhibited.

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Lesser Prairie Chicken
5:50 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Hunting Season For Rare Bird Opens

Hunting season opens Nov. 16 in Kansas for a rare game bird that's being considered for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

A Musical Life: Billie Preston-Fredholm

Billie Preston-Fredholm is a singer/gutarist who performs under the moniker Pay-Day Motors and teaches voice and piano at Senseney Music in Wichita.
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Billie Preston-Fredholm has been playing guitar since she was seven. Taught by her older sister, she quickly became a devotee of folk music. Later, she became interested in choral music and before long the two merged in a style that she practices to this day. Since 2008 she has performed as one half of a duo with Robin Roberts. In 2010 the pair released a CD called Pay-Day Motors. Preston (the name under which she performs) teaches voice and piano at Senseney Music in Wichita and is also a cantor and choir member at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

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Education
7:56 am
Fri November 15, 2013

KU Faces Lawsuits After Alleged Misuse Of Grant Money

A former University of Kansas lab director says he was fired for reporting improper uses of grant funds.

David S. Moore's lawsuit alleges that he was fired last month as retaliation for "expressing good faith concerns" about the financial management and accountability for KU's Microscopy Analysis and Imaging Laboratory in Lawrence.

Moore alleges the university inappropriately charged administration, overhead and related expenses to the lab that did not comply with federal rules for spending grant money.

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