Community
4:00 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Report Shows Decrease In Homeless Numbers

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This year's Wichita-Sedgwick County Point-In-Time Homeless Count showed a decrease in the number of homeless individuals since 2014. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports...

The count showed that there are about 11 percent fewer homeless people in Sedgwick County. An estimated 561 people in were found to be homeless, down from 631 in 2014.

Pat Hanrahan, President of United Way of the Plains, says the numbers are used to allocate funds to the community based on need. A variety of services are offered to the homeless at the event as well.

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Environment
2:16 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Kansas Senate Advances Bill On State Response To EPA Rule

A bill approved by the Kansas Senate would require legislators to sign off on the state's plan for complying with a federal rule aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

The Senate's vote Tuesday was 34-3. The House passed a version of the bill in March but must consider changes made by senators.

The Senate version would allow the secretary of health and environment to draft a plan for complying with the new rule from the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

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Health
2:06 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Maryland Company Partnering With Kansas Doctors To Form ACO

Dr. Jennifer Brull, in her clinic in Plainville, Kansas
Bryan Thompson

A new partnership hopes to reduce the cost of caring for Kansans on Medicare by keeping them healthier—and to share in the savings that result. Heartland Health Monitor’s Bryan Thompson explains.

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Education
1:58 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Five School Districts To Receive $500K In Additional Funding

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Governor Brownback and legislative leaders have agreed to give five school districts roughly half a million dollars in additional funding.

The State Finance Council is comprised of the governor and leaders from each chamber. It voted Monday to give more money to districts that were hit hard by recent policy changes and had unforeseen expenses.

Eight districts requested about $1.1 million dollars from the $4 million extraordinary needs fund. The panel voted to partially fund five of those requests.

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Editorial Commentary
6:30 am
Wed May 6, 2015

It's ALWAYS About Money

William Avery
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The question of what to do to fix a $400 million budget deficit projected for the state of Kansas next fiscal year is fraught with political peril for officeholders, especially if taxes are increased, which is likely.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Willie Nelson: Model Celebrity

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Of all the reasons there are to admire Willie Nelson, and there are a slew of them, at the top of my list is his appearance. Willie is wrinkled, you might even say creviced. Bags beneath his eyes as big as baggies of pot. Eyelids that droop lower than a rapper’s sagging pants. A generous nose, as big as Texas. His trademark long pigtails - as grey-white as a dusty, Panhandle, August afternoon.

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Aviation
5:00 am
Wed May 6, 2015

2015 Air Race Classic: Inspiring A New Generation Of Female Aviators

One of the girls from the book club waves as three pilots in Boeing Stearman biplanes fly over the airfield. The planes are from Benton, Kan. and did several passes by the hangar for the girls.
Abigail Wilson

Two Kansas pilots will compete in a unique competition this summer as they take turns piloting a plane in a race for four days. It's called the 2015 Air Race Classic, and it's only open to women. But until then, they’re teaching young girls about aviation. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

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Jessica Taylor is the lead digital political reporter for NPR. Based in Washington, D.C., she covers the 2016 elections and national politics for NPR digital.

Before joining NPR in May 2015, Taylor was the campaign editor for The Hill newspaper where she oversaw the newspaper's 2014 midterm coverage, managed a team of political reporters and wrote her own biweekly column.

Transportation
5:04 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Local Business Owners Come Together To Enhance K-96 Bike Trail

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The K-96 bike path will soon have new signage thanks to a donation by a group of local business owners. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

The City of Wichita received a donation of “wayfinding” signs, which will be installed along the K-96 bike path from Dr. Glen Dey Park to 127th Street East. The signage is being funded by Together Wichita, a group started by Wichita Eagle Publisher Kim Nussbaum. It now includes a number of local business leaders including Armstrong Chamberlin Marketing. 

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Sports
4:48 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Despite Controversy, Jody Adams To Remain At WSU

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Following a completed review of WSU Women's Basketball coach Jody Adams, Wichita State has announced that she will be staying with the Shockers. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

Jody Adams' coaching of the team had come into question after the team returned from the NCAA national tournament.

Four players left the program and cited serious issues with Adams' coaching practices.

The recent review, which was ordered by WSU President Bardo, included interviews with current and former players, coaching staff, and parents.

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