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Courts
6:53 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Stalking Order Against Abortion Protester Will Be Decided Soon

Judge James Beasley heard oral arguments Wednesday in the case that accuses anti-abortionists and organizations of stalking the clinic and the clinics owner. Julie Burkhart opened the clinic in April in the same location where George Tiller’s clinic operated.

Dr. Tiller offered late-term abortions in Wichita and rapidly became the target of protests and violence. His clinic was firebombed and he was shot in the arms. In 2009, Tiller was shot and killed in his church by an anti-abortion activist.

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Election 2014
6:35 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Paul Davis Names Jill Docking As Running Mate

Democratic lawmaker Paul Davis has named Wichita businesswoman Jill Docking as his running mate in his bid for governor.

In 1996, Docking ran unsuccessfully against current Gov. Brownback for a U.S. Senate seat.

At a rally in Topeka Tuesday, Docking said her decision to run for lieutenant governor has nothing to do with past political races.

She says reckless tax policies and cuts to public education are threatening Kansas' future.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Scarier Than Halloween

Chart from the documentary 'Inequality for All'
Credit rottentomatoes.com

Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

Coming Up: Zombies, Dr. Frank N. Furter, and a non-Halloween movie that might be scarier than any of them.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

OnWords: What's Wrong With A Little Professionalism?

Credit ChiaLynn / Flickr / Creative Commons

The word “professionalism” is used in a few distinct ways that are notable in their opposition.

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Election 2014
7:04 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Davis Launches Kansas Gubernatorial Bus Tour

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis is launching a four-city bus tour across Kansas to make a campaign announcement.

Davis is currently the Kansas House minority leader. He's seeking his party's nomination for the right to challenge incumbent Republican Gov. Sam Brownback next November.

The Lawrence Democrat will begin his tour Tuesday in Prairie Village, followed by stops at a high school in Topeka and at parks in Salina and Wichita.

Commentary
5:00 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Past and Present: Illuminating Wichita's African American History

Ron Walters and Carol Parks Haun participated in the 1958 Dockum sit-in with Dr. Galyn Vesey. Photo courtesy Carla Eckels

Dr. Galyn Vesey is a unique individual in the context of Wichita history. Vesey received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University and his academic career included stints at Utica College and Alabama A & M University. He not only represents “living history” but also seeks, as a scholar, to re-create an important part of Wichita’s African American historical experience.

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Criminal Sentencing
5:40 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Court Set To Hear First Hard 50 Appeal Since Law Change

Kansas Supreme Court justices are set to hear the first appeal of a Hard 50 prison sentence since lawmakers changed the way the sentence is imposed during a September special session.

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Wichita Public Schools
4:41 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Wichita Schools Notify Parents Of Vaccine Mandate

School nurses in Wichita have been notifying parents that their kids can't go to school if they're not up to date on their required immunizations.

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Crime
6:51 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Ex-Volunteer Firefighter Gets Probation For Arson

A former volunteer firefighter has been sentenced to a year of probation for setting three Reno County grass fires amid severe drought last fall.

Cody Knox, 19, apologized Friday in Reno County District Court.

Knox was initially charged with setting 14 grass fires from Oct. 16 to Nov. 27, 2012.

Prosecutors dropped 11 counts last month in exchange for his guilty pleas to three of the charges.

Knox used a cigarette lighter to set the fires, all of which occurred near Arlington. No structures, fences or livestock were threatened.

Education
6:40 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Lawmakers To Tour University Campuses

A group of Kansas lawmakers will begin visiting college and university campuses this week to talk budget issues. The visits come in the wake of nearly $50 million in budget cuts over two years passed by legislators.

Lawmakers have said they want to talk to university officials about efficiency and how they spend money.

Gov. Sam Brownback, who opposed the funding cuts, says he wants lawmakers to learn more about the role of higher education in Kansas and the impact of the cuts.

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