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7:46 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Brownback To Announce Plans To Improve Reading Proficiency Among Students

Governor Sam Brownback, school officials and other community organizations will announce a plan on Thursday to improve reading proficiency among grade-school students.

The governor will share more details at a Boys and Girls Club center in Topeka.

School officials from Chetopa, Galena, and Pittsburg as well as representatives of the University of Kansas and the Kansas Enrichment Network will join him.

This year, Governor Brownback proposed legislation to hold back students who were not proficient in reading.

Government
7:38 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Kansas Voter Citizenship Law Finds New Opposition In Several Arizona Groups

Several Arizona groups want to join a lawsuit opposing efforts by Kansas and Arizona to force a federal agency to help the states' enforce their proof-of-citizenship rules for new voters.

A motion to intervene was filed Wednesday in federal court in Wichita by the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, the Arizona Advocacy Network, League of United Latin American Citizens of Arizona and Arizona state Senator Steve Gallardo.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Movie Review: '12 Years A Slave' Is Brilliant, Unrelenting

Chiwetel Ejiofor in '12 Years A Slave'
Credit rottentomatoes.com

It isn't so much the beatings that make 12 Years A Slave hard to watch-- they will, in any case, not appall the moviegoers who have made the Saw and Hostel franchises profitable, and there are only a few of them-- it's the endless pitilessness of the white characters' attitudes toward the black characters, their utter inability to recognize them as human beings.

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Primary Care
5:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Why Is There An Imbalance Between Primary Care Doctors And Specialists?

Dr. Rick Kellerman points out blue bags on a map of the US. Each bag stands for doctors trained at KU Med School in Wichita. Without these bags virtually the entire state becomes under-served.
Credit Aileen LeBlanc / KMUW

Winner of a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting. 

System Breakdown

There is a crisis in healthcare in this country and it’s not directly involved with the Affordable Care Act. There is a larger problem. With the population numbers as they stand right now, there are just not enough physicians to take care of them.

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Achievement Tests
4:33 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

State Board of Education Considering Testing Options

The Kansas State Board of Education is being urged by its analysts to allow more achievement testing options for the state's high school students.

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Health
9:19 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Delivering Hygiene Supplies to Needy Kansans

Credit Kansas Food Bank

People who live in poverty are routinely faced with tough choices, like whether to buy food or pay the utility bills. For the poor, items like shaving cream, shampoo, and deodorant may be luxuries that are simply out of reach. But an effort is underway in Wichita to provide the basic hygiene supplies that many of us take for granted.

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Agriculture
8:01 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Snapshots Shows 92 Percent Of Winter Wheat Has Now Emerged

The latest government snapshot of Kansas crops shows 92 percent of the winter wheat has now emerged.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that about 64 percent of the wheat is in excellent to good condition.

About 33 percent is rated as fair, with just 3 percent rated in poor condition.

The agency says the harvest of other crops last week was hampered by precipitation in much of Kansas, with heaviest amounts in north-central and southeast portions.

Corn harvest is 91 percent complete, and roughly 78 percent of the sorghum crop has been cut.

Education
7:49 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Kansas BOE To Consider Proposal For New Standardized Tests

Kansas State Board of Education members are getting ready to consider a proposal to develop new standardized tests for public schools.

The state Department of Education will present the board the proposal Wednesday.

Commissioner Diane DeBacker says the department wants the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium to develop math, reading and language arts tests to be given first in spring 2015.

Kansas is among 21 states involved in running the consortium, which is based in Washington state.

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Government
7:39 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Brownback Discusses Ending Interstate Incentives To Lure Missouri Businesses

Governor Sam Brownback says he's open to discussions with Missouri on ending the use of incentives to lure businesses across the border in the Kansas City area.

On Tuesday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon called for an end to using such incentives when companies simply move from one state to the other.

In a statement, Governor Brownback says he has engaged in active discussion with Nixon about the issue for more than a year.

He says talks also have included Missouri legislators.

However, a moratorium may be a hard sell to some Kansas lawmakers.

Commentary
5:00 am
Wed November 13, 2013

'Three Women Walking' A Complex Portrait of Femininity

KMUW

Francisco Zúñiga’s “Three Women Walking” seems to be a straightforward representation, but subtleties in expression, gesture and formal technique indicate there is more going on.

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