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5:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

What Can Contemporary Art Tell Us About Our Environment?

Top:Charles Lee, 'Dissipative System', 2010. Diamond ink jet print, 27 x 30 in. Bottom: Andrea Ackerman, 'Rose Breathing', 2003. 3D Computer animation, stereo sound, projector, 34-second continuous loop, dimensions variable. San Jose Museum of Art, Museum purchase with funds contributed by the Museum’s Collection Committee.
Credit Courtesy of Wichita Art Musuem, Bios Design Collective and the Art Works for Change traveling exhibition

On November 8th and 9th, the Ulrich Museum and the Wichita Art Museum team up for a joint symposium called Nature’s Impact, Art’s Force. While the title is a little awkward, the collective symposium appears intriguing, as it will tackle issues of nature, ecology and technology through the lens of contemporary art.

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Crime
7:12 am
Tue October 29, 2013

2 Texas Men Sent To Prison For Illegal Hunting In Kansas

A federal judge has sentenced two Texas brothers to prison for what prosecutors say may have been the largest deer poaching operation in Kansas history.

James Bobby Butler Jr. owned and operated a hunting camp near Coldwater, Kan., where his brother, Marlin Jackson Butler, worked as a guide.

The brothers from Martinsville, Texas, pleaded guilty in 2011 to conspiring to violate a federal law prohibiting interstate transport of wildlife taken in violation of state regulations.

James Butler also pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.

Health
7:09 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Is Kansas Short-Changing The Disabled?

A Kansas advocacy group says the state has failed to comply with targets for delivering services to developmentally disabled people for years.

The Disability Rights Center says 3,300 developmentally disabled Kansans who qualify for Medicaid services continue to be denied aid.

The DRC says number of vacancies has grown each of the past four years.

And these vacancies have contributed to people having to wait up to five years to start receiving home- and community-based aid.

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Commentary
6:58 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Musical Space: Haven't I Heard That Song Before?

Did you ever notice that “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” has the same tune as the “Alphabet Song?” It’s also the same as Baa, Baa Black Sheep, and, slowed down, it becomes "What a Wonderful World."

A song with new lyrics given to an existing song is called a “Contrafactum.” This is a great way to express a new perspective, even if it’s just satire, like singing “Batman Smells” to the tune of “Jingle Bells.”

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Commentary
7:15 am
Mon October 28, 2013

At Play: Hounds And Dolls

The Wichita State University School of Performing Arts presents Guys and Dolls November 7-10 at Wilner Auditorium. Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, this classic musical has been a favorite of audiences since it opened on Broadway in 1950. With an immortal score by Frank Loesser and Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling’s fast-paced book, this romantic comedy is considered the perfect musical comedy by many.

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Business
6:58 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Overland Park Hesitates, Google Fiber Moves On

Google Fiber is bypassing Overland Park for now after the Kansas City suburb hesitated to sign a deal.

The tech giant negotiated a tentative deal that would open the way for it to sell its 1-gigabit-per-second Internet connections and cable-style TV service there.

It sought no direct subsidies and asked for some access to rights of way in return for free Internet service to public buildings such as schools and libraries. But the city council decided in September to put off a vote for a month.

Crime
6:43 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Eureka Veteran In Federal Case Says Explosive Devices Defensive

The attorney for a Kansas survivalist says his client created explosive devices for defense, not for a malicious attack.

Alfred Dutton of Eureka faces sentencing Monday in federal court in Wichita for unlawful possession of unregistered explosive devices.

The veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Marines was convicted in July of having grenades and other parts to make destructive devices.

Dutton was initially charged with one count for the grenades and another count for five jars of homemade napalm.

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Government
6:48 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Kansas Tax Changes Leave Fewer Dollars For Services

City and county leaders met Thursday at KU for a panel that focused on the effects of recent changes to state tax policy.

Kansas has cut individual income tax rates and eliminated taxes for nearly 200,000 businesses over the past two years.

The changes have resulted in lower tax rates for most taxpayers, but also fewer dollars available for state government and state aid to local governments.

Local officials say the state is pushing more responsibility for funding and providing public services on them.

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Health
6:33 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Report: Most Kansans Breathe Smoky Air

A new report says nearly all Kansans are exposed to air that's polluted with smoke, but the source of that smoke isn't clear.

The report from a non-profit environmental group, the Natural Resources Defense Council, shows that virtually all Kansans breathed smoke pollution in 2011 and that 2.8 million Kansans were exposed to medium-to-high-density smoke for anywhere from 12 to 47 days.

Columbia University Environmental Health Professor Patrick Kinney says smoke is a serious health hazard, even if you can’t smell it.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Richard Crowson: The Horror of the... Banjo?

Credit cmiked / Flickr / Creative Commons

Ah, Halloween. The season of goblins, witches, zombies, skeletons and banjos.

What??! Banjos??!

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