Government
1:09 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

2015 KS State of the State Speech Touches on Taxes, School Funding

Credit Stephen Koranda

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has laid out some details of his legislative priorities in the 2015 State of the State address.

Brownback touched on the state’s tax policy and education funding system during the speech, but gave few details about how he’ll propose filling a budget gap. Stephen Koranda reports....

Brownback started by touting what he says are his accomplishments. He pointed to job growth seen in the state in recent years.

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Commentary
11:30 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Smallgrass!

 

 

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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"Smallgrass" Film Festival

January 17, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Exploration Place

Tallgrass Film Association

Day-long family film festival includes Animalopolis, Babe, and Belle & Sebastian

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Government
10:12 am
Fri January 16, 2015

No Women In Kansas Statewide Elected Office

Pioneer Women Memorial on the grounds of the Kansas State Capitol building in Topeka - Artist: Robert Merrell Gage
Credit Joseph Novak, flickr Creative Commons

For the first time since 1966, there are no women holding elected statewide office in Kansas. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger left office Monday, January 12. And since that day, when new oaths were sworn, all eight of Kansas' statewide elected officials are men. The offices include governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. senators, treasurer, attorney general, secretary of state and insurance commissioner.

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Books
5:00 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Christopher Scotton Tackles Big Issues, Complex Relationships With Debut Novel

Christopher Scotton
Credit Lee Kriel

    

Christopher Scotton’s debut novel, The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, tells the story of a young man living with his mother and grandfather deep in the heart of Appalachia. The book’s young protagonist, Kevin, and his mother are trying to cope with the death of Kevin’s young brother. Set against the backdrop of mountaintop removal and a murder, the novel has already been proclaimed a classic by some critics.

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Community
5:00 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Wichita Remembers: Proclamation For 50th Anniversary Of Piatt Street Crash

A black granite monument erected in 2007 with names of the victims lost in the Piatt Street Plane Crash.
Credit Carla Eckels

A public ceremony is planned for Friday afternoon in Wichita to mark the 50th anniversary of the Piatt Street plane crash.

As KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports, Wichita’s mayor issued an official Proclamation during Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Mayor Carl Brewer designated Friday, January 16, 2015 as the Piatt Street Plane Crash 50th Year Remembrance.

“I call upon the people of Wichita and McConnell Air Force Base to mourn and to give tribute to those who lost their lives," Mayor Brewer says. "To honor those who violently fought the fires to rescue the living.”

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Music
3:14 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Jazz Favorites Of 2014 With The Chicago Jazz Orchestra

'Enjoy The View' from Bobby Hutcherson, David Sanborn, Joey DeFrancesco and Billy Hart
Credit Album Cover Art

Sunday, January 18

Hear more of our favorite tunes from 2014 including the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Brian Lynch and Emmet Cohen's Questioned Answer, and Enjoy The View from Bobby Hutcherson, David Sanborn, Joey DeFrancesco and Billy Hart.

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Music
2:58 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Atlanta Songstress Avery*Sunshine On Soulsation Sunday

Atlanta gospel and R&B artist Avery*Sunshine

Sunday, January 18

Listen for music from soul singer, songwriter and classically trained pianist Avery*Sunshine. Rooted in gospel, the Atlanta songstress sings music that articulates the complexities of life with insight.

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Community
1:02 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Wichita Area Events Celebrate The Life Of Dr. King

Alabama civil rights movement: Selma to Montgomery march: Iakovos, Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ralph Abernathy (Monday, March 15, 1965)
Credit Jack Rabin collection on Alabama civil rights and southern activists, 1941-2004 (bulk 1956-1974) , Historical Collections and Labor Archives, Eberly Family Special Collections Library, University Libraries, Pennsylvania State University.

This year, Wichitans will have plenty of opportunities to celebrate the life of civil rights leader, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We have of list of events with one beginning on Thursday and others sprinkled throughout the federal holiday weekend.

The Boys & Girls Club of South Central Kansas - Thursday, January 15, 6pm

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Music
12:56 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Dr. King Special, More Best of 2014, Plus Esquivel And Django Birthdays

Monday, January 19

Special: Global Village celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with songs dedicated to him, inspired by the Civil Rights Movement he lead, and that reflect human rights themes performed by artists from around the globe.

Tuesday, January 20

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Economy
12:03 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Bombardier Cuts 620 Jobs In Wichita

Learjet 85
Credit wikipedia.org

Bombardier Inc. announced Thursday that it laid off 620 people in Wichita. The layoffs took effect that same morning. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

Bombardier says it's going to layoff about 1,000 employees from its Learjet business in 2015, including the 620 in Wichita. The Montreal-based company said the cuts are due to weak demand for the Learjet 85 business jet, despite a predicted rebound in the small- and medium-sized business jet market this year.

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