Education
12:44 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Kansas Board Of Education Votes Not To Release Test Scores

The Kansas State Board of Education has voted not to release scores from a new standardized test. The computerized math and reading test for public school students was plagued with problems. As Stephen Koranda reports, glitches and cyberattacks disrupted testing for many students, so the results may not be valid.

The test was developed by the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas, known as CETE. Board member John Bacon, from Olathe, says taxpayers need to know they’re getting their money’s worth.

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Community
12:29 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

State Delays Rollout Of Anti-Fraud Computer System

The state has again delayed implementation of a new computer system designed to prevent fraud and improve efficiency in applications for social services.

The state said Tuesday no firm date is set to take the $135 million computer system online. The Kansas Eligibility and Enforcement System was originally to go live by Oct. 1 of last year.

Sara Belfry, spokeswoman for the state’s health department, said a pilot program test last month persuaded the department to delay the rollout again.

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Education
12:17 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

KBOE Proposes $459M Budget Increase

The Kansas State Board of Education is proposing a $459 million increase in state spending on public schools, though the board’s approval Tuesday of budget recommendations was mostly a symbolic statement of support for education.

The board’s proposals would phase in over two years an increase of about 13 percent in aid to public schools beginning in July 2015, but funding the full amount would require the state to reconsider personal income tax cuts enacted by Governor Sam Brownback and Republican lawmakers.

Music
9:09 am
Wed July 9, 2014

More Prestige Records, Miles Davis And Contemporary Jazz On Straight No Chaser

Legendary jazz artist Miles Davis

Sunday, July 13

Tonight on Straight No Chaser, we continue to pay our respects to Prestige Records. Night Train also joins us in recognizing the jazz record label's 65th Anniversary.

We will also hear from a number of Tenor-B3 combos, along with music from Miles Davis and new stuff from many contemporary artists. 

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Community
5:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

New Baby Bookworms Program Encourages Reading And Engagement With Infants

Britten Kuckelman reads to her baby Bryce in The Baby Bookworms Program
Credit courtesy of Wichita Public Library

The Wichita Public Library is offering a new program to encourage summer reading and engagement with babies. So far, 13,000 little ones are enrolled. KMUW’s Carla Eckels has more...

Baby Bookworms is an expansion of the summer reading program for children and teens. Erin Downey-Howerton, Youth Services Librarian says the program helps babies learn and build skills.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

An Art Show That Crosses Borders

Image courtesy City Arts

Artist and activist Armando Minjarez has been busy! He’s the driving force behind the ICT Army of Artists, responsible for the Immigration is Beautiful mural – and its loving restorations after it was defaced.

Minjarez also found the time to create an array of sculptural and installation artwork for his solo exhibition Un Recuerdito or, A Small Keepsake. Despite the diminutive in the title, the show takes over the first floor at CityArts.

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Debra Fraser comes to Wichita from Houston, where she worked in public radio for 25 years. Her most recent position was as Chief Operating Officer and Station Manager of Houston Public Media at University of Houston from 2007 – 2013.

While in the position of COO, Fraser was responsible for leading the directors of the three-station group in news content, marketing, outreach, IT and engineering. She oversaw the combining of radio and TV resources while remaining active on the national public radio scene.

Fraser led strategic development and execution of radio on-air pledge campaigns. She also established internship “labs” for news, music, TV and digital services.

Transportation
4:27 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

City Of Wichita To Acquire 10 New Buses

The inside of a current Wichita Transit bus
Credit Sean Sandefur

Wichita City Council members approved the purchase of new city buses at Tuesday’s meeting. They will help update the transit system’s aging fleet. 

A total of ten new buses will be coming from a California-based manufacturer. They will all be diesel powered. 

“The total cost for the acquisition is $4.2 million and a little over 80 percent of that will come from the federal transit commission," Wichita City Manager Robert Layton says. "The rest will be local.”

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Fred Hersch Trio - 8:00 p.m. on July 9 through 11 at Chamber Music at The Barn at Prairie Pines

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Health
12:31 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Praeger: Smokers Should Check Insurance For Smoking Cessation Plan Coverage

Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger is urging Kansans who smoke or chew tobacco to check if their insurance plans cover programs to help them quit.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced in May that insurance companies and employer group health plans must cover counseling and other programs that help people quit smoking.

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