Environment
5:28 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Second Source Found In West Wichita Chemical Contamination

A small portion of a map provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. It illustrates a new source of Tetrachloroethylene contamination in west Wichita.
Credit Kansas Department of Health and Environment

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has identified an additional source for chemical contamination in West Wichita. According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, a second dry cleaner has been found to be a contributor to the chemical plume.

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Business
11:37 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Kansas Has No Plans To End Interstate Business Incentives Policy

Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George says the state has no plans to follow Missouri’s offer of a truce over the fierce competition for businesses in the Kansas City area, though he says he’s willing to talk.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a bill Tuesday that would prohibit Missouri from offering incentives to businesses that relocate from one of four Kansas counties to any of four Missouri counties in the Kansas City area.

Kansas needs to take similar steps for Missouri’s bill to take effect, and that is far from certain.

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Education
11:32 am
Wed July 2, 2014

New Teacher Licensing Law Generates Interest

Kansas officials say the state is hearing from people interested in new teaching license regulations that would allow some people to teach without having education degrees.

The changes that took effect on Tuesday are aimed at making it easier for people with professional experience to fill teaching vacancies in math, science, technology and engineering.

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Energy
11:29 am
Wed July 2, 2014

State Officials Releases First Draft Of 50-Year Water Plan

Kansas has released its first draft of a 50-year “water vision” plan that aims to ensure a reliable supply for all citizens.

The Kansas Water Office posted the document Tuesday on its website. It plans a statewide tour starting July 7 to gather public input.

The plan includes a blend of conservation, reservoir management, technological advancements in irrigation and plant varieties and development of new sources.

Politics
11:21 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Kobach: Opponent Is Not In Sync With Kansas GOP's Conservatives

Secretary of State Kris Kobach is criticizing his opponent in the Aug. 5 Republican primary for holding views on social issues that Kobach says are out of sync with the Kansas GOP’s conservative platform.

But GOP challenger Scott Morgan said Tuesday that the criticism shows that Kobach doesn’t care about his office.

Their exchange began Monday, the deadline for Kansas voters to switch parties. Kobach’s re-election campaign sent out a tongue-in-cheek statement reminding Morgan of the deadline and suggesting that he’d registered as a Republican by mistake.

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Education
11:15 am
Wed July 2, 2014

KNEA To File Lawsuit Challenging The State's New Education Laws

The largest teachers union in Kansas plans to file a lawsuit after the July Fourth holiday challenging new education polices enacted this spring, including the elimination of guaranteed tenure in public schools.

Attorneys for the Kansas National Education Association intend to file the lawsuit in Shawnee County District Court.

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Commentary
5:52 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Indie Film Guide: Exploding Trucks, Quirky Pirates and Fish-Monster Things

So many things could go wrong in this scene from 'Sorcerer'

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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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

July 7, 7:00 p.m.

Orpheum Theatre

Pirate adventure that introduced us to Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow

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Will is thrilled to be reporting and delivering the news for KUNR. An East Coast transplant, he's worked at NPR stations in Philadelphia, New York and most recently Connecticut. He's also interned at the NPR West Headquarters in Los Angeles where he learned from some of the network's best correspondents. Before joining the public radio airwaves, he studied English at a small liberal arts college and covered arts and culture for an alternative news weekly in Philadelphia.

He's particularly drawn to education, government and environmental reporting, but will jump on any story that gets him out into the field with a mic in hand. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, fish tacos and great American poetry.

Wayne Yoshioka is an award-winning journalist who has worked in television, print and radio in Hawaii.  He also has been on both sides of politics as a state departmental appointee and political/government reporter.   He covered Hurricane Iwa (1982) as a TV reporter; was the State Department of Defense/Civil Defense spokesperson for Hurricane Iniki (1992); and, commanded a public affairs detachment in Afghanistan (2006).  He has a master's degree in Communication from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is a decorated combat veteran (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and 22 other commendation/service medals).  He resides in Honolulu.

Agriculture
5:09 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

June's Heavy Rainfall Both Helps And Hurts Kansas Crops

Credit United Soybean Board / Flickr Creative Commons

Heavy rainfall has finally come to many parts of Kansas. For some crops, it’s provided a needed boost, but for others, it’s too much and too late.

An average of 7.2 inches of rain fell over Kansas in June - 78 percent higher than normal for the month. According to Mary Knapp, a climatologist at Kansas State University, that could help save some harvests.

“Basically we've gotten a reprieve, particularly for spring planted crops. That would be corn, beans and sorghum, in particular,” she says.

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