Education
2:05 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

KU Gets $58 Million from Estate Of Al & Lila Self; Largest Private Gift Ever

KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little announcing the $58 million gift from the Self family estate during a news conference at the Adams Alumni.
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The University of Kansas has received its largest private donation ever - $58 million. KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little announced the gift on Tuesday from the estate of Al and Lila Self.

"The Selfs have given the largest, single gift that we've ever received from an individual. This gift, in combination with what they've given before, totals 106 million dollars," the chancellor said.

KU alumni Al and Lila Self died last year, both at the age of 91. The largest part of the couple's $58 million gift will be used for graduate fellowships.

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Government
1:59 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Gov. Brownback's Budget Plan Draws Ire From State Senate Leaders

Governor Brownback's plan drew immediate, bipartisan criticism from state Senate leaders.

In his successful re-election campaign, Brownback pointed repeatedly to the pension fixes - which promised full funding of its obligations in 2033 - as a major accomplishment.

"It reneges on the commitment that was made,"Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley says.

Senate President Susan Wagle of Wichita said the governor is picking winners and losers by being selective in cutting.

Wagle says she prefers to see the burden of closing the budget shortfall spread evenly.

Government
1:50 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Brownback Administration Releases Kansas Budget Plan

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s administration has released a plan to fix a budget deficit in the current fiscal year. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, cuts to highway funding and the state’s public retirement system will be key to balancing the Kansas budget.

Brownback’s budget director, Shawn Sullivan, says the administration started by trying to find ways to reduce spending while minimizing the effect the cost-cutting would have on services.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Art: Fancy Flakeovers And Snow Spa Treatments

Do you know Linnebur & Miller? You should.

This artist duo is comprised of Hallie Linnebur and Meghan Miller. They’re one of the finest examples of avant-garde, contemporary performance art with a soul. Their performances are otherworldly, like their creative powers are channeled through fantastic divination. Their good-natured humor gives the performances warmth and vitality, something beautifully human for audiences to connect with.

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Books
5:00 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Jason Bailey Examines Woody Allen’s Body Of Work With New Book

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Jason Bailey’s second book, The Ultimate Woody Allen Film Companion, arrives at two critical points in the life of one of America cinema’s most prolific writers and directors. This year marks the 45th anniversary of Allen’s Take The Money and Run and 2015 will mark the film veteran’s eightieth birthday.

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Sports
4:43 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Wichita Native Becomes Adaptive Bobsledding Hopeful

Lance Roop in his home.
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A Wichita native is hoping to make history and pave the way for other disabled athletes by driving an adaptive bobsled in the 2018 Winter Paralympics. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

He was the quarterback in high school. He played in the outfield on the school's baseball team. He was a lifelong athlete with a complete love for the game. It was an April morning in 2008, during Lance Roop’s junior year at Campus High School.

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Government
4:41 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Wichita City Council Approves Water And Sewer Rate Increases For 2015

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The Wichita City Council have approved water and sewer rate increases for 2015. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, the decision will hit industrial users the hardest.

In a 4-2 vote, rate increases proposed by Wichita Public Works and Utilities were finalized.

Residential users can expect a combined 4 to 6 percent increase, depending on use, which translates to about $2—$5 a month.

The largest industrial users, such as Spirit Aerosystems, can expect increases of about 6.3 percent, or just over $3,000 a month.

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Phantom Blues Band - 8:00pm on Friday, December 12th at the Cotillion Ballroom

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Community
12:27 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

ACLU Wants Kansas Agencies To Recognize Same Sex Marriages

The ACLU wants all state agencies in Kansas to recognize same sex marriages. As Stephen Koranda reports, the group is now asking a federal court to make it happen.

The court filing specifically names several state officials, including the secretary of revenue. It says people in same sex relationships have been denied state benefits, like joining their spouse’s health insurance or filing joint taxes.

Thomas Witt, with the group Equality Kansas, says the courts have let same sex marriages go forward in Kansas, and that means they should also be recognized by state agencies.

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Education
12:16 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Wichita School Board Votes To Move Administrative Building

The administration of Wichita's school district will be moving to another building in 2016.

The Wichita school board voted on Monday to sell the district's downtown administration building to a developer for $1.2 million dollars.

The building will be renovated into loft apartments.

The district will lease the building for $47-hundred dollars a month until it can move into the current Southeast High School... after a new Southeast High opens in the fall of 2016.

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