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7:25 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Funding For School Safety In Kansas Uncertain

A state official says Kansas schools are becoming better prepared to respond to natural and man-made disasters but will need more resources to keep improving.

Bob Hull, director of the Kansas Center for Safe and Prepared Schools, told lawmakers Thursday that shrinking federal grants have limited the state's ability to help schools prepare for tornadoes or violent intruders.

Hull says that schools are conducting more drills and risk assessments. But he adds that more money is needed to build safe rooms and provide crisis training.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Richard Crowson: Comets! Or Asteroids! Whatever, Just Blame Someone!

An asteroid, probably
Credit NASA APPEL / Flickr / Creative Commons

There have been an awful lot of unpredicted rogue comets entering Earth’s atmosphere lately, first in Russia and then this week in California. Shouldn’t we be taking action? And by “action” I mean placing  blame.

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Pheasant Hunting
5:41 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Pheasant Season Looks 'Pretty Bleak'

Kansas pheasant hunters aren't likely to see many of the birds when the season begins this weekend.

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Education Funding
4:21 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Committee Continues Studying Education Funding

A special committee in the Kansas Legislature continued talks on school funding Thursday in Topeka.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Your Move: How To Make Home Gaming Portable

The Surface Pro 2
Credit Samuel McConnell / KMUW

Nintendo’s 3DS and Sony’s PS Vita are both fantastic portable gaming consoles, and tablets like the iPad have a great game selection, but generally games for these systems are different from the games released for home consoles.

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Energy
7:30 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Westar To Purchase Energy From Okla. Wind Farm

Westar Energy plans to purchase 200 megawatts of electricity from a northern Oklahoma wind farm expected to begin operating in late 2016.

The Topeka-based utility announced Wednesday that it had reached a purchase agreement with Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy.

Westar already has about 700 megawatts of electricity from renewable resources.

Apex plans to start building the 18,000-acre wind farm in 2015. The site is about six miles south of Arkansas City, Kan., where city manager Nickolaus Hernandez says the project is expected to boost the local economy.

Commentary
5:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Movie Review: 'Ender's Game' A Bit Too Much About Teenage Boys For This Grown-Up

Asa Butterfield puts those teenage video game skills to use in 'Ender's Game'
Credit rottentomatoes.com

Ender's Game is more doggedly devoted to mid-teenaged players of video games than anything I have seen.

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Revenue Projections
5:39 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

State Adjusts Revenue Projections

Kansas officials have slightly reduced their projections for state revenues during the current fiscal year.

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Education Funding
4:47 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Legislative Committee Preps For School Funding Issues

A special committee of the Kansas Legislature spent Wednesday learning about how the state funds schools and hearing details on past lawsuits concerning school spending.

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Economy
9:09 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Survey Reports Midwestern Economies Impacted After Government Shutdown

An economic index of Midwestern states plummeted last month, and the survey's authors say the government shutdown played a part.

The monthly report from Creighton University is a survey of businesses in nine states, including Kansas. Creighton Professor Ernie Goss calls October a tough month for the region.

"One fourth of the businesses we surveyed said there were negative impacts from the shutdown," says Goss. "I think those will be temporary and we'll see those effects reversed in the weeks and months ahead."

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