Education
12:03 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Brownback Appoints Educator To Student Performance And Efficiency Commission

Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed an educator to the last open spot on a new Kansas commission that will examine ways to make public schools more efficient.

But a spokesman for the state’s biggest teachers’ union says earlier appointments by a legislative leader show that the panel will have an anti-public schools agenda.

On Wednesday Brownback named Hoisington High School principal Meg Wilson to the Student Performance and Efficiency Commission. He previously appointed superintendents Bev Mortimer of Concordia and Jim Hinson of Johnson County’s Shawnee Mission district.

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Community
5:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

The Wichita Fresh Air Baby Camp

The Fresh Air Baby Camp was built in 1920. Here, it is shown in its current condition.
Credit Abigail Wilson

In the early 1900’s, people began to realize that young children, especially sick babies, needed well-circulated fresh air for their health. Following that principle, the Fresh Air Baby Camp was built in Wichita in 1920. The building is believed to be one of the last of its kind in the country. A local private volunteer group wants to bring the deteriorating building back to life. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has the story…

The Fresh Air Baby Camp Today

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Commentary
5:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

'Alone' Doesn't Have Much Going On

Like this year's Heaven Is For Real, the newly released Alone Yet Not Alone is a supposedly religious movie that is almost without religion.

The one-sheet poster says, "Their faith became their freedom," and the end notes identify one support character as, "the patriarch of the Lutheran Church in America," but in fact there is little reference to God or faith, even when prayer would seem to be called for.

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Respected broadcast journalist Ted Koppel is a commentator, occasionally contributing to NPR's midday news and talk show Talk of the Nation where, through conversations with host Neal Conan and callers into the program, Koppel provides analysis, commentary and perspective on the topics and events that shape our world.

His news experience and interests are wide-ranging, spanning topics from national security, values, privacy, health and the media to Iran, Iraq and the Mideast.

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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