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5:00 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Book Review: 'Provence, 1970' Spotlights A Major Moment In Food History

Luke Barr is an editor at Travel + Leisure magazine, and the grandnephew of famed food writer M.F.K. Fisher.

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Court of Appeals
5:43 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Think An Air Rifle Is A Firearm? Think Again

A panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals has ruled that an air rifle is not a firearm as defined by the state's criminal laws.

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2014 Election
4:24 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Shawnee County DA Likely To Challenge Roberts For Senate Seat

Republican Kansas Senator Pat Roberts could have a new challenger in the 2014 U.S. Senate election. Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor is reportedly considering a run for the seat.

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

A Musical Life: Steve Hatfield

Steve Hatfield is a freelance musician in the Wichita area.
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Steve Hatfield is a drummer/educator based in Wichita, Kan. He has shared the stage with artists such as Joe Williams, Martina McBride, Glenn Alexander, Bob Florence, and Jerry Hahn. He currently performs with The Bodo Ensemble, The Elemental Trio, Cabaret Oldtown, Music Theater of Wichita, and leads the aptly named Steve Hatfield's Band.

I’m Steve Hatfield. I’m a freelance musician in the Wichita area. I also teach at Wichita State [University] and I have my own private studio here in town.

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Government
7:05 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Food Assistance Reduced For 316,000 Kansans

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The end of October brings an end to a boost in the amount of federal food assistance that's been helping to feed 316,000 Kansans for the past four years. The extra benefits were part of the stimulus bill Congress passed in 2009 to help people recover from the recession.

Barb LaClair, who studies hunger issues at the non-profit Kansas Health Institute, says caseloads suggest low-income Kansans still aren’t seeing a recovery. She says they’re going to have no choice but to rely even more on food banks and food pantries, which are already overextended.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Tanya Tandoc: Get A Good Knife. Seriously.

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My knife is the most essential tool in my kitchen arsenal. All the beautiful, expensive pots and pans in the world cannot make up for a bad knife.

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Taxes
5:49 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

State Tax Revenues Miss Expectations In October

The Kansas Department of Revenue says the state collected nearly $18 million less in taxes than anticipated in October.

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Education
1:54 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Kansas Students To Get New School Tests

Education officials say new math and English testing that will be recommended next month to the Kansas State Board of Education will be aligned with new curriculum standards and give more flexibility to student testing.

The changes were outlined during a meeting Wednesday in Topeka. Education commissioner Diane DeBacker will recommend that the board approve using the Smarter Balance tests in grades three through eight. She says high schools will have flexibility in what type of assessment they use.

Health
12:29 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Via Christi Offering Help For Insurance Marketplace

Via Christi Health has planned seven public events to help Kansans better understand and enroll in the health insurance marketplace.

There will be nationally certified navigators on hand to provide help navigating and enrolling in health insurance coverage offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace. In a release, Via Christi states the goal is to increase preventative cancer screenings through increasing access and enrollment in health insurance coverage.

The Via Christi nurse navigators will be at the following locations in November:

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Business
8:17 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Lightning Ignites Oil Tanks In Leavenworth County

Authorities in northeast Kansas are blaming a lightning strike for an explosion and fires at an oil tank farm.

No injuries were reported when three 8,500-gallon crude oil tanks were struck around 4:30 Wednesday morning in northern Leavenworth County.

Emergency management officials say two of the tanks exploded. One went airborne and landed about 200 yards away. The top of a third tank was blown off, and most of the oil inside burned.

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