Health
11:19 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Bill To Would Mandate Health Coverage For Autistic Children Making Progress

Legislators are making progress on a measure that would mandate that insurance companies provide health coverage and treatment for Kansas children diagnosed with autism.

The issue has been the topic of debate in the Statehouse for several sessions and is moving closer to reality. Coverage would help families cope with the cost of providing treatment for autistic children.

The House voted 114-3 on Friday to send the bill to the Senate where its passage was uncertain.

Government
11:11 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Gov. Brownback To Decide Fate Of Voter Affiliation Bill

Gov. Sam Brownback has until March 31 to decide the fate of the Kansas GOP's plan to make it harder for voters to switch parties before primary elections.

The Legislature delivered a bill containing the plan to Brownback on Friday. He has 10 days under the state Constitution to sign the measure, to veto it or let it become law without his signature.

The bill prohibits voters registered with a political party from switching their affiliation between the June 1 candidate filing deadline until after results from the August party primaries are certified.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon March 24, 2014

'Los Alamos' Is A Lyrical Portrait

When the wives of the Los Alamos scientists learn that their husbands have spent years building the atomic bomb, their world is forever changed. Their pride is replaced with shock and disillusionment.

In her debut novel, The Wives of Los Alamos, TaraShea Nesbit gives us an intimate view of this unique community of educated women who sacrifice a secure life in familiar neighborhoods, are given new names, and are displaced with their children and husbands to a secret place “out west.”

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Commentary
12:00 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

A Musical Life: Byron J. Love

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Byron J. Love performs under that name as a solo artist. He is a past member of Boys Beware, My Why, and Rex Bennet Fight Scene. Although he continues to gig in the Wichita area, his current focus is in the visual realm, focusing on video and motion graphics as well as ICT Channel 13.

I am Byron J. Love. I am sort of a singer-songwriter type person. It’s hard for me to call myself a musician because I can do it but I know real musicians and those guys are amazing. I have the ability to play music and write songs, so I do it, but I’m not a touring musician.

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Education
9:47 am
Fri March 21, 2014

House Republicans Outlines Agree To Fund Poor Schools, But With A Catch

Kansas House Republicans have outlined a plan that fully funds aid to poor school districts... but ties the money to policy changes that expand parents' choices on where to send their children to school.

The bill provides an additional $129 million dollars to poor school districts, in compliance with a recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling in an education funding lawsuit.

The bill also includes measures like:

Energy
9:41 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Senate Committee Votes To Repeal Kansas' Renewable Energy Standards

The Senate Utilities Committee has voted to repeal the state's renewable energy standards.

The bill would repeal the 2009 Renewable Portfolio Standard, or RPS.

It required major utility companies to have the capacity to generate 10 percent of their energy through a renewable source by 2011.

It also called for the companies to generate 15 percent of their energy through a renewable source by 2016 and 20 percent by 2020.

Renewable energy advocates say repealing the standards would hurt Kansas' ability to recruit industries.

Commentary
5:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

This Pho Is Special

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Pho is one of the most delicious noodle soups on the planet.

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Credit Go Shockers

Can't make it to St. Louis for the second and third round of the NCAA tournament? KMUW's Sean Sandefur has got you covered. Experience the sights and sounds here!

Wichita State-76  Vs.  Kentucky-78

Community
11:40 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Westboro Baptist Church Founder Fred Phelps Dies At Age 84

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The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the fiery founder of a small Topeka church who drew international condemnation for  hate-filled protests blamed almost everything--including the deaths of AIDS victims and U.S. soldiers--on America's tolerance for gay people, has died. He was 84.

Daughter Margie Phelps told The Associated Press that Fred Phelps died shortly after midnight Thursday. She didn't provide the cause of death or the condition that recently put him in hospice care.

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Peter Fretwell will be visiting KMUW and WSU April 9-10.

His itinerary is available here.

Here are links to Peter's cover letter and resume.

Click here to submit your thoughts about Peter Fretwell's candidacy.


Debra Fraser will be visiting KMUW and WSU April 17-18

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