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Voting Laws
4:57 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Lawsuit Over KS Voter ID Law Changing Courts

A lawsuit over the Kansas voter ID law is headed to federal court.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

OnWords: Isn't It Ironic? (No, It's Probably Not)

Credit Inflatable Nerd / Flickr / Creative Commons

The Alanis Morissette song “Ironic” has spoiled the word “irony” for a whole generation. Rather than the mere misfortunes her song depicts, irony is a very powerful device, one with a rich history in literature and entertainment.

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Community
8:32 am
Tue November 5, 2013

KU Reseachers Use Cell Phones To Improve Parenting

A study by researchers at the Universities of Kansas and Notre Dame shows cell phones can be a powerful tool to help reinforce home-based parenting training.

The study focused on parents who experience higher levels of depression, stress and family violence. KU’s Judith Carta says these families need better parenting strategies, yet they’re most at-risk of dropping out of the very programs meant to help them.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Past and Present: Wichita State's Oldest Building

Fiske Hall has served many functions since its dedication in 1906.
Credit Fletcher Powell / KMUW

The oldest surviving structure on Wichita State’s campus, Fiske Hall’s story began in 1904 with a donation from Charlotte Fiske of Massachusetts to construct a new men’s dormitory at what was then Fairmount College.

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Kansas Prisons
5:42 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Kansas Inmate Claims Discrimination

A Kansas prison inmate claims he's being discriminated against because the Department of Corrections won't allow visits from his husband.

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2014 Election
4:23 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Shawnee County DA Forms Exploratory Committee For Senate Run

Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor has officially formed an exploratory committee to gauge a possible run for the U.S. Senate.

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Education
11:35 am
Mon November 4, 2013

New Mobile App Connects Public With Wichita Schools

Screenshots of Wichita Public Schools' new mobile app taken from Apple's App Store.
Credit Hugo Phan

There is now a new mobile app to help connect parents, students and community members to Wichita Public Schools. In a release Monday, the district said the goal of the new app is to streamline information about students and schools.

Users of the app will have the ability to keep up with news from the school district and their school, calendars, ParentLink notifications, student grades and attendance, My Payment Plus and Speak Up.

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Health
10:16 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Kansas Nets About 5 Tons Of Meds On Take Back Day

Kansans turned in nearly five tons of unused medicine as part of an effort to curb prescription drug abuse.

The Kansas Attorney General's office says residents turned in 9,777 pounds of drugs at locations around the state on October 26 for National Drug Take-Back Day. The office says in a release it's the largest amount the state has collected in a single day since the program began in 2010.

Collection days are held twice a year and sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration in an effort to prevent abuse.

Crime and Courts
7:27 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Mediation Set In Kansas Abortion Threat Case

A federal appeals court has scheduled a mediation conference in the case of a Kansas abortion opponent who sent a letter to a Wichita doctor saying someone might place an explosive under her car.

The Justice Department has appealed an August ruling by U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten that Angel Dillard's letter is constitutionally protected speech. Marten summarily ruled the letter did not constitute a "true threat" under law.

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Health
7:15 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Flu Season Has Arrived In Wichita

Flu season has come early to Kansas this year; state health officials have confirmed two cases of influenza.

KDHE spokeswoman Miranda Steele says one case was identified through a system of clinics that monitor patients with flu-like symptoms. The other was identified by the Sedgwick County Health Department.

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