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Education
7:29 am
Wed October 16, 2013

WSU, Emporia State Strike Dual Degree Deal

A new agreement will allow students to start science and math degrees at Emporia State University and finish them at Wichita State.

University leaders signed the agreement Tuesday.

It allows students to spend their first three years at Emporia State and their last two at Wichita State.

Students completing the so-called "3+2" program will have earned bachelor of science degrees in mathematics or physics from Emporia State.

They'll also have bachelor's degrees in any of several engineering fields from Wichita State.

Community
6:48 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Why Wichita Is Perfect For Kite Flying

Carla Eckels KMUW

 There's a store on the east side of Wichita called Wings of the Wind; they sell kites.

On a bright, windy afternoon store owners Mark and Susan Adams are at Wichita’s Coleman Middle School, doing what they really love, flying kites.

“If it dives down then you just give out a lot of line and most of the time it will correct itself and give it a jerk when it's pointed back up and then it will go right back up again,” says Mark.

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Commentary
10:54 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Musical Space: The Bo Diddley Beat

Credit Aconcagua / Wikimedia Commons

Bo Diddley left a huge legacy for American pop music. He was one of the main links in the evolution from the blues to rock and roll. There is even a beat named after him, the one that goes chank-a-chank, a-chank, a-chank-chank. It comes from the caribean music that had an influence on the American south where he grew up, and it became a souvenir he took with him in his family’s move to the south side of Chicago, where he fused it with the blues.

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Community
10:07 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Jaime's Story: A Domestic Violence Survivor Speaks Out

Jaime, who requested her last name be withheld for privacy, lived in a relationship of domestic violence for 10 years.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

The content of this story on domestic violence is not suitable for children and may be disturbing for all listeners. Please be advised.
 

For 10 years, Jaime, who lives in a town near Wichita, suffered from marital rape. The sexual assault began when she was 14 years old. Jaime, like many, felt there was no way out.

This is Jaime's story:

For the past eight years, Jaime has been happily married to her new husband. Her former husband now lives in another state.

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Health
7:36 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Medicare Sign-Up Season Is Here

The annual enrollment period for Medicare's prescription drug coverage and privatized Medicare Advantage plans is now open. It's the one time of year when people can make changes to their coverage without being penalized.

This year, many senior citizens have been confused. The enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act started just two weeks ago. Many people are under the mistaken impression that they need to sign up for coverage on the exchange, even though they have Medicare.

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Government
7:28 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Kan. Furloughed Employees Recalled To Work

Civilians who were furloughed at two Kansas National Guard maintenance sites will go back to work.

The Kansas Adjutant General's Department said Monday that 126 of the 263 federally-funded state employees will return to work at sites in Salina and Fort Riley.

The employees perform maintenance on military equipment for active duty and reserve units.

The department says they can be recalled because they are working under funding from the fiscal year that ended on September 30.

Commentary
8:13 am
Mon October 14, 2013

At Play: Preachers, Zombies And Murderous Intent

Credit Wichita Community Theatre

The Guild Hall Players present Macbeth, arguably Wiilliam Shakespeare's most terrifying tragedy, where a marriage, a conscience, and a king are buried in the darkest soil: the human heart.

Due to violence and sexual situations, this play is not recommended for children under thirteen.

The play will be performed at St. James Episcopal Church, Thursday, October 24 through Sunday, October 27. Performances from Thursday through Saturday begin at 8 p.m. Sunday’s show begins at 7.

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Business
7:29 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Trade Office In China To Promote Wichita Aviation

Mayor Carl Brewer will be in China this week, for the opening of a trade office that will promote Wichita's aviation industry.

Kansas Global Trade Services in Beijing will identify sales and opportunities for partnerships. It will also will work to connect Wichita and China businesses for parts, maintenance and other products and services.

Kansas Global Trade Services president Karyn Page says the office is a privately-funded pilot project. Its $300,00 to $500,000 budget will be funded by private sponsors in China and Wichita.

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Government
3:32 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Kansas Can Float Some State Agencies, But Not For Long

Gov. Brownback issued a statement Friday saying his administration is committed to minimizing the effects of the shutdown. The governor says the state can juggle its cash reserves to fund programs that are usually sustained by federal dollars.

For example, the state had enough in its reserve for the governor to cancel furloughs for state workers who process unemployment benefits Friday.

Entertainment
9:34 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Check Out These Low Budget B-Movies That Were Made In Wichita

Credit Susan Hall, Youtube

I recently came across an interesting link on the popular social news site Reddit about a B-movie that was filmed in Wichita. Having been a fan of low-budget gems since childhood, I was instantly intrigued. The film is titled The Beast from The Beginning of Time.

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