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Agriculture
12:17 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Federal And State Officials Are Trying To Protect Ash Trees From Emerald Ash Borer Beetles

Emerald Ash Borer
Credit Don't Move Firewood, flickr Creative Commons

Federal and state agriculture officials are setting 568 traps across Kansas to detect and prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer.

The beetle has killed millions of ash trees since it was first discovered in North America in 2002.

In Kansas, it was found in Wyandotte County in 2012 and Johnson County in 2013.

Kansas is participating in a U.S. Department of Agriculture survey to monitor known infestations and detect unknown beetle populations.

The state plans to set up 80 traps in Barton, Bourbon, Douglas, Ellsworth, Leavenworth, Marion and Osage.

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Community
10:58 am
Wed April 2, 2014

UPDATE: Kansas Senate Expected To Approve State Regulation For Firearms

UPDATE : The Kansas Senate is expected to approve a bill that strips cities and counties of their power to regulate firearms and voids existing gun ordinances.

The bill facing a final vote today would ensure that the open carrying of firearms is legal across the state, though local officials could still prevent it inside public buildings.

The Kansas Senate will debate a bill on Tuesday that strips cities and counties of their power to regulate firearms.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Mechanical Sculptures In An Unusual Gallery

Lindsey Herkommer DeVries KMUW

On Commerce Street, you can find a number of art galleries, but there is one that I would even hesitate to call a “gallery.” It’s really a restoration workshop with a space for art up front.

The garage-slash-art space seems an unlikely pairing, but every time I walk into Go Away Garage, I’m impressed by either the quality of craftsmanship in the art or the quality of the presentation. Last Final Friday, I was impressed by both.

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Health
10:17 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Kansas Healthcare Navigators Slammed With Requests Ahead Of ACA Deadline

Consumers and health care counselors struggled through problems with the federal online health insurance marketplace on Monday.

They were hit with a crush of late requests from Kansans trying to sign up for health coverage by the deadline.

The Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved trained most of the state's 170 or so health care counselors, or navigators.

The non-profit group reported that their schedules were packed with appointments ahead of the deadline.

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Education
10:11 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Kansans Walk 60 Miles To Show Support For Kansas Public Schools

Education advocates walk to the Kansas Statehouse for a ceremonial end to the trip.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Four parents and a teacher have walked from Johnson County to the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka to show their support for Kansas public schools.

The Kansans who made the 60-mile trek say they want lawmakers to reverse more of the funding cuts made during the recession.

Devin Wilson of Lenexa says he's a lifelong Kansan and a lifelong Republican.

Wilson wants lawmakers to increase funding to help reverse the trend of increased class sizes.

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Wichita Mosaic
6:30 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Wichita Mosaic: Mohan Kambampati

Mohan and Lakshmi in 1968
Mohan Kambampati

Wichita is a city with people from many cultures and backgrounds. A jigsaw puzzle made up of colorful and interlocking pieces. But how much do we really know about the people that live here?

Mohan Kambampati was born in a suburb of Chennai (formerly Madras), Tamil Nadu, India. Here, he talks about meeting his wife, Lakshmi, moving his family to the United States in 1985, and becoming director of the Wichita Indochinese Center:

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Commentary
5:00 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Musical Space: Music Videos Can Be More Than About Watching

Credit http://www.thewildernessdowntown.com/

Its always bothered me how listening to music can be a very passive and linear experience. Lately I’ve been checking out some interactive music videos; these might help solve the problem. Interactive Music Videos are software-driven, using input from the listener to determine the course of the images.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Beautiful City: Living In The Margins

Credit urbanartcore.eu / Flickr / Creative Commons

Graffiti culture maintains very few alliances with the non-graffiti world. It is, after all, a culture that celebrates the art of being both alienated and alienating.

Still, even graffiti writers need a theme song, and there is no dearth of choices for the perfect graffiti song in hip hop.

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Education
11:22 am
Mon March 31, 2014

UPDATE: Kansas House Appropriations Committee Chairman Marc Rhoades Resigns Over Education Bill

Credit Stephen Koranda

Updated Monday, Mar. 31, 2:30 pm: House Speaker Ray Merrick names replacement for Rhodes. 

The House Appropriations Committee's chairman has resigned from the committee because he says he can't support a school funding plan drafted by the chamber's Republican leaders.

Newton Republican Marc Rhoades resigned Monday, just before the start of his committee's hearings on the plan.

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Education
10:58 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Kansas House Appropriations Committee Starts Hearings Over Education Funding

The Kansas House Appropriations Committee will start hearings Monday on a budget bill to comply with a state Supreme Court ruling over education funding.

However, the bill will cover more than just school spending.

The budget bill before the committee includes other policy items like rewriting teacher licensure rules. Chairman Marc Rhoades, a Newton Republican, told committee members last week about the broad scope of the discussion.

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