Interview
5:51 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Friedkin Still Loves 'Sorcerer'

In 1977, movie director William Friedkin was hot off the success of 1971's Oscar-winning The French Connection and 1973's The Exorcist, a massive commercial hit that also pulled in 10 Oscar nominations of its own.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

New Books Find Humanity In Difficulty

A good novelist weaves a gripping story out of small details, big emotions and just the right words to transport us into the mind of and emotional terrain of his or her characters. Good writing draws me into tragedy before I know it, and two new releases did just that.

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Music
5:00 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Cheers Elephant Remembers The Past, Looks to The Future

Cheers Elephant performs at Rock Island Live on Monday, July 14.
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Formed in Philadelphia in 2007 Cheers Elephant quickly established itself as a band with an ear open to the past. As guitarist and vocalist Jordan del Rosario recalls, he and his three bandmates found common ground in music made before any of them were born, including The Beatles.

“We really liked that British sound" he says. "But even more so than The Beatles, The Kinks and the Rolling Stones. The psychedelic era of all those bands really sparked the way.”

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Commentary
12:42 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

A Musical Life: Noah Hamilton

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Noah Hamilton has just released the record Liberation under the name Oceanarms.

My name is Noah Hamilton. I am in a solo one-man band called Oceanarms and an acoustic group called The Living Tree.

About two years ago I decided that I wanted to pace out an album that I wanted to release. I started up a SoundCloud account and I trickled—about every month—some songs out. Then it hit me, kind of all at once, that the album was done. I had about 17 or so songs that were complete.

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Health
12:13 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Two Measles Cases Discovered In Wichita Area

State health officials say two cases of measles in the Wichita area are linked to a recent outbreak in the bistate Kansas City metropolitan area.

The Sedgwick County cases reported Thursday involve an unvaccinated adult and an infant who is too young to be vaccinated. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says the state has now had five cases of measles this year.

Officials did not disclose the relationship between the Wichita-area cases and those in Johnson County, Kansas, and nearby Clay County, Missouri.

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Environment
11:44 am
Fri July 11, 2014

EPA: Clean Water Act Won't Tighten Farm Regulations

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency insists efforts to clarify her agency’s jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act won’t result in tighter farm regulations.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told the Kansas City Agribusiness Council on Thursday that misinformation coming out of Washington has caused confusion about the initiative.

Agriculture groups and farm-state politicians, including Gov. Brownback, have claimed the EPA’s efforts represent a power grab by a government seeking to assert more control over private property.

Environment
11:33 am
Fri July 11, 2014

State Agencies To Develop Lesser Prairie Chicken Breeding Program

Gov. Sam Brownback has directed two state agencies to develop a program for breeding lesser prairie chickens after the federal government listed the bird as a threatened species.

Brownback said Thursday that the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism will draft a plan for a program.

The governor said the federal government must sign off on a breeding program, and he’ll seek its consent.

Brownback spokeswoman Eileen Hawley said the program would round up wild prairie chickens, breed them and release them.

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Government
11:22 am
Fri July 11, 2014

ACLU And Kobach Head To Court Over Voter Citizenship Law

The American Civil Liberties Union and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach are heading to court again in their battle over Kobach’s attempts to enforce a proof-of-citizenship requirement for new voters.

The ACLU hopes a Shawnee County judge will use Friday’s hearing to review its request for a temporary injunction to keep Kobach from imposing a new policy for the state’s Aug. 5 primary elections.

Kobach has said that Kansas residents who register with a national form will be allowed to complete full ballots, but only their votes in congressional races will be counted.

KMUW is turning 65! 

Join us Friday evening, July 25, for our 7th annual Fill Your Mug event and 65th birthday celebration. The festivities run from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Eaton Venue in the historic Eaton Hotel.

Commentary
5:45 am
Fri July 11, 2014

A Butcher Shop With A Local Twist

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Meat and cheese lovers, rejoice! Schane Gross, owner of The Anchor, has opened her new venture, the Douglas Avenue Chop Shop, and it is marvelous.

The Chop Shop is an artisanal butcher shop that carries delicious meats, cheeses, house-made sausages, eggs, bread and specialty condiments, all sourced locally. Ms. Gross really cares about the quality of her products and it shows in everything The Chop Shop carries.

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