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5:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Tanya Tandoc: Spicy Advice

Credit SteamDave / Flickr / Creative Commons

Spices and herbs are as essential as a sharp knife when creating delicious food.

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Community
5:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

ACT ICT Gathers Input From Community Groups To Help Plan Wichita's Future

City planner John Schlegel facilitated this community event to help gather input from residents on how to improve the city.
Credit Carla Eckels

City leaders are looking for a wide range of community groups to participate in the final phase of ACT ICT, a year-long community engagement process that will help determine priorities for Wichita’s future.

Nearly a dozen of Wichita's Uptown Neighborhood Association members gathered in the basement of College Hill United Methodist Church to share their ideas.

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Affordable Care Act
5:44 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

State, Blue Cross To Review Obama Decision

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and the state's largest health insurer say they're not sure yet about the implications of President Barack Obama's decision to modify part of the federal health care overhaul.

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Education
7:46 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Brownback To Announce Plans To Improve Reading Proficiency Among Students

Governor Sam Brownback, school officials and other community organizations will announce a plan on Thursday to improve reading proficiency among grade-school students.

The governor will share more details at a Boys and Girls Club center in Topeka.

School officials from Chetopa, Galena, and Pittsburg as well as representatives of the University of Kansas and the Kansas Enrichment Network will join him.

This year, Governor Brownback proposed legislation to hold back students who were not proficient in reading.

Government
7:38 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Kansas Voter Citizenship Law Finds New Opposition In Several Arizona Groups

Several Arizona groups want to join a lawsuit opposing efforts by Kansas and Arizona to force a federal agency to help the states' enforce their proof-of-citizenship rules for new voters.

A motion to intervene was filed Wednesday in federal court in Wichita by the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, the Arizona Advocacy Network, League of United Latin American Citizens of Arizona and Arizona state Senator Steve Gallardo.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Movie Review: '12 Years A Slave' Is Brilliant, Unrelenting

Chiwetel Ejiofor in '12 Years A Slave'
Credit rottentomatoes.com

It isn't so much the beatings that make 12 Years A Slave hard to watch-- they will, in any case, not appall the moviegoers who have made the Saw and Hostel franchises profitable, and there are only a few of them-- it's the endless pitilessness of the white characters' attitudes toward the black characters, their utter inability to recognize them as human beings.

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Primary Care
5:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Why Is There An Imbalance Between Primary Care Doctors And Specialists?

Dr. Rick Kellerman points out blue bags on a map of the US. Each bag stands for doctors trained at KU Med School in Wichita. Without these bags virtually the entire state becomes under-served.
Credit Aileen LeBlanc / KMUW

Winner of a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting. 

System Breakdown

There is a crisis in healthcare in this country and it’s not directly involved with the Affordable Care Act. There is a larger problem. With the population numbers as they stand right now, there are just not enough physicians to take care of them.

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Achievement Tests
4:33 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

State Board of Education Considering Testing Options

The Kansas State Board of Education is being urged by its analysts to allow more achievement testing options for the state's high school students.

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Health
9:19 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Delivering Hygiene Supplies to Needy Kansans

Credit Kansas Food Bank

People who live in poverty are routinely faced with tough choices, like whether to buy food or pay the utility bills. For the poor, items like shaving cream, shampoo, and deodorant may be luxuries that are simply out of reach. But an effort is underway in Wichita to provide the basic hygiene supplies that many of us take for granted.

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Agriculture
8:01 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Snapshots Shows 92 Percent Of Winter Wheat Has Now Emerged

The latest government snapshot of Kansas crops shows 92 percent of the winter wheat has now emerged.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that about 64 percent of the wheat is in excellent to good condition.

About 33 percent is rated as fair, with just 3 percent rated in poor condition.

The agency says the harvest of other crops last week was hampered by precipitation in much of Kansas, with heaviest amounts in north-central and southeast portions.

Corn harvest is 91 percent complete, and roughly 78 percent of the sorghum crop has been cut.

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