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7:30 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Wichitan Finds Fossil Of Half-Grown T. Rex

A Kansas fossil hunter has unearthed the remains of what is believed to be a half-grown Tyrannosaurus rex.

The skeleton could help fill a void in paleontologists' understanding of the T. rex. Robert Detrich of Wichita unearthed the fossil called "Baby Bob" in July, near the town of Jordan in Montana.

The fossil is generating excitement because its femur measures about 25 inches. If all the preliminary data pans out, that would make it among the smallest T. rex specimens ever found.

Scientists say that only a handful of juvenile T. rex specimens have been discovered.

Energy
7:22 am
Mon November 18, 2013

KCC Commissioner's Comments Cause Disagreement

The Kansas Corporation Commission and an agency that represents utility customers have been butting heads over comments made by a KCC commissioner. The disagreement is over what the commissioner said about how the KCC decides rate increases for utility customers.

In a filing recently, KCC Chair Mark Sievers endorsed a process that uses a formula to decide future rate increases. The more common process is where advocates for utility customers and the utility make arguments before the KCC, and then the KCC decides on the amount of the increase.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Book Review: 'The Goldfinch' Should Be Savored

The Goldfinch is my first experience reading Donna Tartt. The title refers to a painting by Dutch artist Carel Fabritius, the greatest Old Master you've never heard of-- Rembrandt's pupil, Vermeer's teacher. Fabritius was killed when a gunpowder explosion destroyed half the town of Delft and all but a handful of his paintings.

Theo Decker is 13 years old when he sees "The Goldfinch" in contemporary New York City. In fact, the same day he first sees the painting, he takes it as he escapes from the bombed museum where it had been exhibited.

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Lesser Prairie Chicken
5:50 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Hunting Season For Rare Bird Opens

Hunting season opens Nov. 16 in Kansas for a rare game bird that's being considered for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

A Musical Life: Billie Preston-Fredholm

Billie Preston-Fredholm is a singer/gutarist who performs under the moniker Pay-Day Motors and teaches voice and piano at Senseney Music in Wichita.
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Billie Preston-Fredholm has been playing guitar since she was seven. Taught by her older sister, she quickly became a devotee of folk music. Later, she became interested in choral music and before long the two merged in a style that she practices to this day. Since 2008 she has performed as one half of a duo with Robin Roberts. In 2010 the pair released a CD called Pay-Day Motors. Preston (the name under which she performs) teaches voice and piano at Senseney Music in Wichita and is also a cantor and choir member at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

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Education
7:56 am
Fri November 15, 2013

KU Faces Lawsuits After Alleged Misuse Of Grant Money

A former University of Kansas lab director says he was fired for reporting improper uses of grant funds.

David S. Moore's lawsuit alleges that he was fired last month as retaliation for "expressing good faith concerns" about the financial management and accountability for KU's Microscopy Analysis and Imaging Laboratory in Lawrence.

Moore alleges the university inappropriately charged administration, overhead and related expenses to the lab that did not comply with federal rules for spending grant money.

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Education
7:40 am
Fri November 15, 2013

New Reading Initiative Targeted Towards High-Poverty School Districts

Governor Sam Brownback has proposed a new initiative to help school children read.

He wants to use $9 million in each of the next two years from federal assistance funds for low-income families.

Most of the money would come from the Department for Children and Families, which would tap funds from federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.

The program typically provides cash assistance to families in poverty.

A number of high-poverty urban and rural school districts would be targeted through after-school reading programs.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Tanya Tandoc: Spicy Advice

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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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