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12:30 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

The Evolution of Game Soundtracks

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Music in video games has come a long way from the bleeps and bloops heard in the very first games.

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Government
12:24 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

KS Statehouse Visitors Can Now Carry Hidden Guns

A visitor to the Kansas Statehouse going through security.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Visitors with a concealed carry permit can now bring handguns into the Kansas Statehouse. The change took effect this week, and Statehouse security officers have a process in place to determine who's carrying in the Capitol. Stephen Koranda reports.

Visitors with a firearm will need to provide their concealed carry permit and a photo ID. Kansas Capitol Police Officer Stephen Crumpler says staff will screen the person for other weapons and use a system to double-check that the concealed carry permit is valid.

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Education
12:06 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Flint Hills Technical College Installs Solar Panels

A technical college in Kansas is taking another step toward energy self-sufficiency with the installation of solar panels.

The panels are being put in place this week at Flint Hills Technical College.

The school’s Emporia campus also has a half-dozen geothermal wells, and a turbine to generate wind energy.

Flint Hills moved a few years ago into a new building designed by architecture students from Kansas State University in order to be energy-efficient. The technical college is enrolled in Westar Energy’s solar program, which helped fund the solar panels.

Education
12:03 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Brownback Appoints Educator To Student Performance And Efficiency Commission

Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed an educator to the last open spot on a new Kansas commission that will examine ways to make public schools more efficient.

But a spokesman for the state’s biggest teachers’ union says earlier appointments by a legislative leader show that the panel will have an anti-public schools agenda.

On Wednesday Brownback named Hoisington High School principal Meg Wilson to the Student Performance and Efficiency Commission. He previously appointed superintendents Bev Mortimer of Concordia and Jim Hinson of Johnson County’s Shawnee Mission district.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

'Alone' Doesn't Have Much Going On

Like this year's Heaven Is For Real, the newly released Alone Yet Not Alone is a supposedly religious movie that is almost without religion.

The one-sheet poster says, "Their faith became their freedom," and the end notes identify one support character as, "the patriarch of the Lutheran Church in America," but in fact there is little reference to God or faith, even when prayer would seem to be called for.

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Community
5:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

The Wichita Fresh Air Baby Camp

The Fresh Air Baby Camp was built in 1920. Here, it is shown in its current condition.
Credit Abigail Wilson

In the early 1900’s, people began to realize that young children, especially sick babies, needed well-circulated fresh air for their health. Following that principle, the Fresh Air Baby Camp was built in Wichita in 1920. The building is believed to be one of the last of its kind in the country. A local private volunteer group wants to bring the deteriorating building back to life. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has the story…

The Fresh Air Baby Camp Today

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Environment
5:28 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Second Source Found In West Wichita Chemical Contamination

A small portion of a map provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. It illustrates a new source of Tetrachloroethylene contamination in west Wichita.
Credit Kansas Department of Health and Environment

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has identified an additional source for chemical contamination in West Wichita. According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, a second dry cleaner has been found to be a contributor to the chemical plume.

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Business
11:37 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Kansas Has No Plans To End Interstate Business Incentives Policy

Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George says the state has no plans to follow Missouri’s offer of a truce over the fierce competition for businesses in the Kansas City area, though he says he’s willing to talk.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill Tuesday that would prohibit Missouri from offering incentives to businesses that relocate from one of four Kansas counties to any of four Missouri counties in the Kansas City area.

Kansas needs to take similar steps for Missouri’s bill to take effect, and that is far from certain.

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Education
11:32 am
Wed July 2, 2014

New Teacher Licensing Law Generates Interest

Kansas officials say the state is hearing from people interested in new teaching license regulations that would allow some people to teach without having education degrees.

The changes that took effect on Tuesday are aimed at making it easier for people with professional experience to fill teaching vacancies in math, science, technology and engineering.

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Energy
11:29 am
Wed July 2, 2014

State Officials Releases First Draft Of 50-Year Water Plan

Kansas has released its first draft of a 50-year “water vision” plan that aims to ensure a reliable supply for all citizens.

The Kansas Water Office posted the document Tuesday on its website. It plans a statewide tour starting July 7 to gather public input.

The plan includes a blend of conservation, reservoir management, technological advancements in irrigation and plant varieties and development of new sources.

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