Health
2:14 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

KDADS Seeks Remedies To Crisis At Osawatomie State Hospital

Credit Phil Cauthon for the KHI News Service

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services is starting an effort to restrict the number of patients admitted to the state mental hospital at Osawatomie. Bryan Thompson has more...

Federal regulators are requiring extensive renovations to make the antiquated Osawatomie State Hospital safer for patients.

KDADS Secretary Kari Bruffett says patients can’t be housed in areas where construction work is being done. That means 60 beds have to be emptied.

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Government
2:09 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Kobach Says He Is Preparing To Prosecute Election Fraud

Credit US Dept. of Justice [Public domain] / Wikimedia Commons

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says his office would immediately begin to prepare election fraud prosecutions if Governor Sam Brownback signs a bill giving him the power to prosecute.

Kobach has sought that authority since taking office in 2011.

The state House approved the bill 67-55, and sent the bill to the governor.

The secretary of state is currently Kansas' chief elections official, but must refer cases to county and federal prosecutors to pursue criminal charges.

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Music
8:54 am
Fri May 22, 2015

A Final Fling With Stevie, Classical World & The World Side Of Miles

Tunisian oud player Anouar Brahem

Monday, May 25

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Commentary
5:30 am
Fri May 22, 2015

OK, This Is Weird

Jack Nance in 'Eraserhead'

 

Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.

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Eraserhead

May 22 & 23; 6:45, 9:00 & 11:05 (each night)

Wichita Big Screen

Palace Theatre

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Arts
5:00 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Writing Is Personal For Composer, Lyricist Andrew Lippa Of 'Big Fish'

The cast of the Broadway musical 'Big Fish'
Credit http://www.bigfishthemusical.com

Music Theatre Wichita has named Big Fish among its productions for 2015. The story centers on tall tales and a strained relationship between a father and son. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has this look into the Big Fish story and its music…

Originally a novel by Daniel Wallace, the story of Big Fish weaves whimsical and surreal memories into a very real relationship between Edward Bloom and his grown son, Will. Edward is known for tales so tall they’re hard to believe, like meeting a witch who gives him a vision of his life and death.

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Education
4:47 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Educator Introduces Interactive Yearbook at Wichita's Northeast Magnet

Justin Bell demonstrates augmented reality technology being used in the Northeast Magnet High School yearbook
Credit Carla Eckels

Educator and yearbook advisor Justin Bell is determined that Northeast Magnet’s new yearbook won’t sit on a shelf and collect dust in the coming years. The annual will actually have segments embedded that come to life.

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Transportation
5:34 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Mayor Announces Opening Dates For New Airport Terminal And Parking Lot

Credit Deborah Shaar

On Thursday, Mayor Jeff Longwell announced that Wichita Eisenhower National Airport's new terminal is scheduled to open on June 3.

He also mentioned that the new airport parking lot, as well as the rental car center, will be open to the public next Wednesday.

“The new terminal and the addition of the new Parking Garage and Rental Car Center represent a significant improvement for travelers and other customers visiting Eisenhower Airport,” Longwell says.

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Government
4:29 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Gov. Brownback Says He's Not Drawing Clear Lines On Taxes

Governor Sam Brownback says he will not draw clear lines on what he'll accept from the Kansas Legislature, which is considering rolling back one of his major economic initiatives.

Lawmakers are working to close a projected budget deficit of $406 million dollars for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1st.

The House Taxation Committee was working on a plan to raise the state's sales tax to 6.5 percent from 6.15 percent.

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Government
4:14 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

House Approves Bill Upping Secretary Of State's Power

Credit US Dept. of Justice [Public domain] / Wikimedia Commons

The House has approved a bill that would give Kansas' secretary of state the power to prosecute election fraud.

The chamber's 67-55 vote Thursday sends the measure to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has sought prosecutorial authority on election fraud cases since taking office in 2011. He has also authored state laws requiring voters to present photo ID.

The bill would also stiffen penalties for election fraud crimes and allow organizations to reward voters with gifts worth less than $3.

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Education
4:00 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Voters in Maize School District To Decide $83.5 Million Bond Election

A rendering of an expanded and renovated Maize Middle School.

Mail-in ballots are going out on Thursday to voters in the Maize School District.

The issue to be decided is an $83.5 million dollar bond proposal which has two propositions. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports...

The first question on Maize Schools’ proposed bond is for eight projects that total more than $70 million.

The plan includes an expansion of Maize Middle School, about $14 million in athletic facility upgrades and a new FEMA storm shelter at Maize High School.

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