Crime and Courts
4:00 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

WPD Uncovers Information Regarding Mysterious Coffin

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Wichita Police now know how an empty coffin ended up on the roadside near the 3800 block of North Seneca on Thursday. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

Lieutenant Steve Espinosa says that someone who worked at a cemetery in the area came forward and explained to police that a family had a body of a loved one exhumed for cremation in late February.

"When they did that the family was responsible for the removal of the used casket or coffin, in this case,” Espinosa says.

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Music
1:34 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Notable New Releases And Old Favorites

American jazz artist Russell Malone

Sunday March 29

On tonight's Straight No Chaser we hear a compilation of old and new. New selections from swing & bebop jazz guitarist,  Russell Malone, and international jazz  saxophonist Greg Abate. Some old features from "the King," Benny Carter, and legendary Oliver Nelson. Plus hear some slightly old pieces from four time Grammy award nominee Karrin Allyson.

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Music
1:19 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Sunday Evening With The 'Maestro'

'The Best of Thomas Whitfield'
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Sunday March 29

Hear uplifting gospel music from singer/songwriter arranger and choir director, Thomas Whitfield.  Known as the Maestro by colleagues and supporters, the Detroit native is credited with helping to shape contemporary gospel music with other musical styles from jazz to classical. He’s worked with artists including Yolanda Adams, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Quincy Jones, and Aretha Franklin.  

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Education
12:54 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Senate Rejects Bill On Teacher Contracts

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A bill that would have forced a re-negotiation of all teacher salaries at the end of their current term was defeated in the Senate.

The Senate voted 13-27 to reject the bill Wednesday. It would have also eliminated the current teacher pay scale by narrowing salary talks between school boards and teachers unions to minimum salary.

Republican Sen. Jeff Melcher from Leawood inserted the changes into the bill and said they would help school reward good teachers and fire underperformers.

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Education
12:35 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Brownback Signs School Funding Overhaul Into Law

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Republican Governor Sam Brownback has signed a $4.1 billion plan to overhaul Kansas' school funding system.

The governor signed the bill into law Wednesday during a private ceremony in the presence of GOP leaders.

It scraps the current formula for determining state aid and replaces it with "block grants" to school districts based on their current aid. The grant system will be in place for two years while the Legislature develops a new formula.

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Friends University Jazz Vocal Ensemble - 7:30 pm on Thursday, April 2 at Friends' Sebits Auditorium 

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Commentary
6:30 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Gateway Games

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There are hundreds of practically unknown board games available that are incredibly fun to play, but have fairly complex rules. I love playing them, but it’s hard to get my friends interested in playing.

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Commentary
5:30 am
Thu March 26, 2015

'Gunman' Wastes Potential

Sean Penn in 'The Gunman'

Actor Sean Penn has been so deeply involved in the social problems of Africa that it seems odd that he has gotten himself into as shallow a movie about Africa as The Gunman.

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Government
5:00 am
Thu March 26, 2015

UPDATE: Bill Expanding Concealed Carry Heads To Governors Desk

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Update from AP: 

A proposal to allow Kansas residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit has won final approval from the Legislature.

The measure was headed to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback despite some lawmakers' misgivings about the state dropping its requirement that anyone seeking to carry a concealed firearm undergo at least eight hours of training.

Brownback's office didn't say what his plans are, but he's signed every other major gun-rights measure sent to him since taking office in January 2011.

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Government
4:28 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Non-Profit Leaders Host Mayoral Forum

Mayoral Candidate Jeff Longwell, Non-profit Chamber of Service Executive Director Tim Witsman and Mayoral Candidate Sam Williams speak during a forum at the Wichita Boat House.
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At a Mayoral Forum in Wichita on Wednesday, both candidates fielded several questions, including how to grow the economy and generate jobs. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports….

At a luncheon filled with non-profit business leaders, Wichita City Council’s Jeff Longwell says it’s incredibly important to try to maintain aviation jobs.

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