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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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Crime and Courts
9:04 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Kansas Group Uses Billboard To Campaign for Legal Marijuana

A Kansas group is planning to use a billboard campaign to push for legalizing marijuana in the state.

Fire It Up Kansas says the ad on a digital billboard near the Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane is the first it plans to put up across the state in coming weeks.

The ad asks the Legislature to legalize, tax and regulate the sale of marijuana.

The group's co-founder, Mike Golden, says marijuana is now in a black market with no regulation. He says putting it in a legal market takes away the criminal element.

Education
8:36 am
Wed November 6, 2013

State Legislative Committee To Review School Finance System

A special legislative committee is opening two days of hearings to review the Kansas school finance system and study the practices of neighboring states.

The meetings Wednesday and Thursday also include a discussion of staffing changes by school districts and how they compare to neighboring states. Policy analysts are expected to also discuss trends in school choice programs nationwide.

The committee is led by Republican Kasha Kelley, chair of the House Education Committee, and Republican Senator Steve Abrams, a former State Board of Education member.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Indie Film Guide: Be Thankful You're Not A Character In These Movies

Steve McQueen directs Michael Fassbender in 'Hunger'
Credit rottentomatoes.com

For whatever reason this time of year seems particularly sparse when it comes to screenings, so I usually take this time to talk about movies about food and family. Thanksgiving movies. And I guess this time I’ll still talk about movies that are kind of about food, but they’re coming from a very different place.

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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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