Impassioned Rendezvous - 8:00 p.m. July 30 - August 1 at Chamber Music at The Barn at Prairie Pines

Transportation
10:34 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Emporia Residents Raising Funds For Amtrak Impact Study

A group of Emporia residents is trying to raise funds for an impact study in the hopes of bringing Amtrak back to Emporia.

Members of the Emporia Amtrak Task Force have been talking to Amtrak and BNSF railroad staff, as well as Emporia State University and community leaders.

BNSF owns the tracks on which Amtrak's Southwest Chief runs.

Government
9:22 am
Tue July 22, 2014

KS Attorney General Plans Public Hearing On Regulations For Gun Signs

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt plans to have a public hearing in September on new regulations for signs that businesses and groups must post if they want to ban guns from their premises.

The hearing is set for Sept. 17 in the building near the Kansas Statehouse that houses the attorney general's office.

A state law that took effect this month makes the open carrying of guns legal across the state. But businesses and groups still can ban both concealed and unconcealed guns from their premises if they post signs.

Commentary
8:20 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Musical Space: How To Turn Your House Into A Concert Venue

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Things are changing in the live music business. Clubs aren’t hiring live acts like they used to, and corporate integration has changed the concert scene into mainstream monotony. On the bright side, though, house concerts--musical events in private homes--are emerging as the hot, new venue.

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Health
5:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Salina To Vote On Fluoridation

A petition to remove fluoride from Salina’s water supply was submitted on Monday to the city clerk.

A grassroots organization called Salina Cares delivered the petition and its 2041 signatures to city clerk Shandi Wicks on July 21st.

The petition is a request to the city of Salina to remove fluoride from the city’s public water supply.

The group intends to put the issue up for a vote in the November elections.

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Music
4:01 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Straight No Chaser Features Longtime Prestige Artist Gene Ammons

Jazz tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons

Sunday, July 27

Tonight, Straight No Chaser wraps up the July salute of Prestige Records on their 65th Anniversary. Listen for music by Gene Ammons, who spent the majority of his career with Prestige. Hear a very early Miles Davis recording, along with Wichita native Greg Skaff, Kansas City favorite Everette DeVan, and Eric Alexander.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Finding The City Under The City

Credit Tiffany Bailey / Flickr / Creative Commons

What do skateboarders, graffiti artists and French post-structuralists have in common?

Let’s start with the skateboarder. The sport that essentially began as a land-based substitute for surfing in the late 1940s has moved from empty pools and the sidewalks of Venice Beach, to enclosed parks built by cities, to huge stadiums where corporations plaster their names on every fun box, half-pipe and hand-rail available.

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Military
12:17 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Contracts with KS Army National Guard Investigated for Possible Corruption

The Kansas Adjutant General's office says federal authorities are investigating possible corruption involving outside medical companies' contracts with the Kansas Army National Guard.

Sharon Watson is spokeswoman for the adjutant general's office, she confirmed the investigation Friday to The Lawrence Journal-World but declined to release specific details. She said the investigation involves concerns of "inappropriate conduct" on medical contracts.

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