Music
2:59 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Grin With Flowers And Insects This Week On Strange Currency

No Coast is the latest album from Braid
Credit Album Cover Art

Friday, August 1: It’s our New Month, New Music feature with selections from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Braid, and Roadkill Ghost Choir.

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Politics
12:42 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Orman Collects 10,000 KS Signatures For Senate Run

Orman speaking at an event at the Kansas Statehouse.
Credit Stephen Koranda

Olathe businessman Greg Orman says he has enough signatures to appear on the Kansas ballot as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate. Orman says his campaign has collected more than 10,000 signatures. He says that number shows many Kansans are tired of the current political system.

"Kansans are looking for an option, they're looking for an alternative. They want people who are problem solvers, not just engaged in the old partisan fighting. They want problem solvers, and I think that’s the message of our campaign,” says Orman.

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Community
12:38 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Number Of Kansas Children Under State Custody At An All-Time High

The number of Kansas children in state custody has risen to all-time highs as the number of child abuse and neglect complaints also is climbing.

About 7,000 children were in state custody at the beginning of June, including more than 6,100 in out-of-home foster care placement.

Kansas Children’s Alliance executive director Bruce Linhos says workers and government officials are struggling to find a cause for the increase.

Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

The View From The Top

Credit Eisenbahner / Flickr / Creative Commons

A co-worker of mine recently registered her displeasure with the term “the 30,000-foot view.”

The 30,000-foot view is meant to invoke a sense of the big picture, to show how a situation might look from 30,000 feet in the air. The attempt here seems admirable: we do sometimes lose sight of the big picture when we get bogged down in the details.

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Music
12:15 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Soulsations Sunday: New Album From R&B Singer/Songwriter Kem

Sunday, August 3:

This Sunday on Soulsations, hear new music from R&B singer/songwriter Kem and his latest single "It's You."  The Motown artist will release his much anticipated fourth album Promise To Love later this month. 

Web Extra: Watch the official lyric video of Kem's "It's You."  

Health
11:45 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Kansas Seniors Save Millions On Rx Due To ACA

A new report from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services says Kansans on Medicare will save more than $10 million dollars this year on prescription drugs, with a lesser-known provision in the Affordable Care Act.

You probably know about the mandate to buy health insurance, the glitches in the federal exchange, and the Supreme Court challenges to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

But did you know that the health care law also helps Medicare beneficiaries who pay high out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs?

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Crime and Courts
11:17 am
Tue July 29, 2014

KU Under Federal Investigation Over Handling Of Sexual Assaults

The University of Kansas has been added to a list of colleges and universities under investigation for how they handled investigations into sexual assaults.

Seventy-one schools nation-wide, including Washburn University in Topeka, have been named by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights as part of a probe into sexual violence against women on campus.

University of Kansas officials have issued a statement saying the school does not tolerate sexual assault and will assist in the federal review.

Music
8:28 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Roadkill Ghost Choir Goes The Distance For Art

Roadkill Ghost Choir
Credit Courtesy photo

Florida’s Roadkill Ghost Choir releases its new album In Tongues next month but the band is already on the road in support of the record. In some ways that’s fitting as songwriter and vocalist Andrew Shepard explains. Many of the lyrics are about coming to grips with life as a touring musician.

  “There’s definitely a few themes that all the songs—or most of the songs are connected by," he says. "Being on the road for most of the year. Being away from your family and friends and stuff. There’s definitely a sense of loneliness or trying to figure out what home is.”

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Commentary
5:00 am
Tue July 29, 2014

The War That The Great War Helped Us Avoid

A soldier patrolling the United States–Mexico border, 1916.
Credit New York Times (Public Domain) / Wikimedia Commons

While Europe teetered on the brink of war during the summer of 1914, the threat of escalating violence and warfare with Mexico consumed Americans’ attentions.

The relationship between the United States and Mexico began to sour in 1910 as Mexico fell into a decade-long civil war. Until 1914, the U.S. warned Mexico that it would only get involved if the fighting threatened the lives or property of Americans living in Mexico. Twice, President Taft sent troops to the border as a warning, but did not allow them to intervene in the conflict.

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Carr Brothers
12:52 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

UPDATE: Carr Brothers' Death Penalty Revocations Bring Questions About Supreme Court Appointments

Members of the media photograph evidence that the jury will view during its deliberations, in a Sedgwick County courtroom in Wichita, Kan., Thursday afternoon, Oct. 31, 2002, in the murder trial of Jonathan and Reginald Carr. After emotional closing arguments from prosecutors, jurors began deliberations late Thursday in the trial of the two brothers accused of a nine-day crime spree that left five people dead.
Credit (AP Photo/Dave Williams, Pool)

UPDATE:

The selection process of Kansas Supreme Court justices is likely to come under scrutiny after last week’s decision. The court overturned death sentences in the Wichita Carr Brothers case.

Last Friday the Kansas Supreme Court overturned three of the four capital sentences each for Jonathan and Reginald Carr. The brothers were convicted in 2002 of four gruesome murders committed in Wichita December of 2000. The death sentences were sought for reasons which include the facts that the murders were multiple and that the killings involved sex crimes.  

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