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Insurance Commissioner
5:50 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

House Insurance Committee Chair Steps Into Commissioner Race

The longtime chairman of the Kansas House Insurance Committee is seeking the Republican nomination for insurance commissioner.

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NBAF
4:46 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

NBAF Funding Advances To Full Senate

Kansas Senators Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts say funding for a federal lab to be built in Manhattan has passed an important hurdle.

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Community
12:42 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Go Rural, Get Tax And Student Loan Breaks

The Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZ) program will expand over this fiscal year to include 23 more counties.

According to the Kansas Department of Commerce, that brings the total to 73 Kansas counties that have been approved as Rural Opportunity Zones --where qualified new residents are rewarded with a five-year waiver on state income taxes and partial student loan repayments.

Gov. Brownback and the state legislature started the program in 2011 to counter the rural flight from smaller Kansas counties.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Your Move: Sega Genesis

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Today, most video games are released for the Xbox, the PlayStation and PC. The experience is largely the same on all three of these platforms, so it doesn’t really matter where you play the game. In the 1980s and ‘90s, however, games were often exclusive to one console or another, so unless you had multiple consoles, your gaming experience may have been very different from your neighbor’s.

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Energy
7:25 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Approval Sought For New Oil Pipeline Through Kansas

A Canadian company is visiting eastern Kansas Thursday to discuss building a 600-mile oil pipeline from Illinois to Oklahoma.

Enbridge Inc. of Calgary, Alberta, hopes to begin construction early next month on its Flanagan South pipeline. The company has scheduled a series of open house sessions this week in Illinois, Missouri and Kansas.

The first session is in Iola at the North Community Building from 5-7 p.m. Thursday evening. Attendees will be able to review project maps and meet with Enbridge employees.

Commentary
5:00 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Movie Review: Pacific Rim

Our heroes prepare to battle the dragons, or fish, or whatever they're supposed to be, in 'Pacific Rim'
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Pacific Rim qualifies as almost the ultimate special-effects sci-fi movie in that it involves almost no plot and includes almost nothing but robots and monsters the size of 25-story buildings. And it proves that you don’t need a plot to be illogical and inconsistent.

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Energy
5:37 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Farm Bill May Ease Rules For Coal Plant

The U.S. House-approved farm bill contains a provision that environmentalists say would ease rules for building a coal-burning power plant in southwest Kansas.

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Arts
8:02 am
Wed July 17, 2013

How Did WSU Get Such A Massive Outdoor Sculpture Collection?

The first piece installed in the WSU sculpture collection was "Happy Mother" by Chaim Gross
Nicollette Engels KMUW

WSU’s Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection, which currently consists of 76 pieces, is one of the largest outdoor university sculpture collections in the United States.

In 2006, the collection landed a spot in Public Art Review magazine’s compiled list of the top 10 campus outdoor art collections nationwide. The list is based on the quantity and quality of the works.

So how did Wichita State University end up with such an impressive outdoor sculpture collection?

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Health
7:21 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Chanute Colonoscopy Patients Put At Risk For Disease

A hospital in Chanute is asking 244 patients who received colonoscopies to get tested for communicable diseases; the southeast hospital says its equipment wasn't properly cleaned and disinfected.

Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute says the risk that anyone was infected with hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV is extremely low - but not zero - so it is encouraging patients who have received colonoscopies since early January to get tested for those diseases.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Indie Film Guide: The American Indian Festival

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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: A contest to capture the experience of the American Indian Festival.

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American Graffiti

July 18, 7:00 p.m.

Orpheum Theatre

40th Anniversary screening of George Lucas' Oscar-nominated film

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