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Education Funding
3:52 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Education Debate May Shift To Pension Costs

The debate over school funding in Kansas may be shifting to focus more on employee pension costs.

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Commentary
9:01 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Musical Space: How Pitch Keeps Rising

Most musicians use the pitch A above middle C to tune their instruments. That’s the note the first oboist plays at the beginning of an orchestra concert. This note is generally calibrated at 440 vibrations per second.

Centuries ago there was little standardization; concert pitch varied from town to town, and even within the same town. Most instruments were tuned much lower than the current norm. The closest thing we have to a measurable standard from Bach’s day are old tuning forks, which set the A at about 423, about a half-step lower than the A we use today.

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Health
8:39 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Unusually High Number Of Whooping Cough Cases Reported In Sedgwick County

Sedgwick County health officials are reporting an unusually high number of cases of whooping cough this year.

The county health department says it's received 27 reported cases of the illness so far this month.

That's more than in any month in the past five years.

Whooping cough - also known as pertussis - is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It's highly contagious and causes violent, rapid coughing.

Health officials say babies are especially at risk because they're too young to be vaccinated.

Education
4:40 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Brownback Hosts Closed-Door Education Meeting

Governor Sam Brownback met with education officials and some top Republican lawmakers Monday to talk about school finance.

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Crime and Courts
9:39 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Report: Domestic Violence Numbers At Its Highest Since 1992

A recent report from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation shows the number of domestic violence incidents in Kansas is at its highest since 1992.

The KBI's Domestic Violence, Stalking and Rape in Kansas report is based on 2012 statistical data submitted to the agency by Kansas law enforcement agencies.

Since 1992, state law enforcement agencies have been required to make mandatory arrests for domestic violence incidents--when there is probable cause that a crime was committed.

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Commentary
9:22 am
Mon November 25, 2013

At Play: Holidays On Stage

Now through December 22 you can catch Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at the Crown Uptown. This musical tells the story of two showbiz friends putting on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the bargain. The show features memorable songs such as “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep,” “Happy Holiday,” “Sisters,” “Blue Skies,” and the title tune.

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Energy
9:03 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Wind Energy Tax Credit Divides KS Lawmakers

Wind energy tax credits help make wind power more affordable, and have boosted the industry in states like Kansas. But those credits are set to expire at the end of the year, and lawmakers from Kansas disagree on what should be done.

Wichita Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo said last week that the federal government supporting wind energy with tax credits is an intrusion into the economy. Pompeo says opposition is growing and he's arguing to let the credit expire.

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Community
9:00 am
Mon November 25, 2013

What Happens When Thanksgiving And Hanukkah Collide?

Credit KMUW

Most of us are familiar with Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, but what happens when these two traditions fall on the same day? You got it: Thanksgivukkah.

Boston marketing specialist Dana Gitell coined the term when she realized the holidays overlap. The Jewish Boston organization jumped on the idea and has been the ringleader in the Internet frenzy of hybrid-holiday madness, starting with Thanksgivukkah Boston.

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Health
8:54 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Oversight Committee Hears Status Update On Medicaid Changes, State Insurance Exchange

A legislative oversight committee is meeting on Monday to hear a status report on changes made to the state's Medicaid program.

The state contracted with three private managed-care organizations earlier this year; they administer Medicaid programs for the poor, elderly, and disabled.

The Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services and KanCare Oversight will hear from groups that represent developmentally disabled and community-based service providers.

Commentary
1:39 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Crowson Cartoon: No Turkey Pardons This Year

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