Entertainment
10:52 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

Forum Theatre's Christmas Carol - A Local Tradition

Shaun Michael Morse as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol
Credit The Forum Theatre Company

"Old Marley was a dead as a door-nail.

"Mind! I don't mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade.” -  Charles Dickens

The Forum Theatre Company of Wichita is presenting their annual musical, A Christmas Carol. The cast, crew, musicians and writers are local and, as KMUW’s Aileen LeBlanc found out, even Charles Dickens might like this one.

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Commentary
1:47 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Bread Pudding, A Love Story

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This is a beautiful time of the year, made for celebrating and love and giving and desserts. I don’t normally like sweets, but I have a fondness for bread pudding. I have probably made fifty thousand industrial-sized pans of this treat over the years, in many variations. I still love it.

Some bread puddings are custardy, with chunks of bread that are distinct. Some are layered, with spices and fruit. Some are fluffy, some are crusty, and some have hidden treasures like chocolate chips or nuts. All are great.

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Government
1:19 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Despite Litigation, Kansas Begins Issuing Gender-Neutral Marriage Forms

Kansas has begun issuing gender-neutral marriage forms, though there's still ongoing litigation over the state's ban on same-sex marriages.

Copies of the new forms were included in a motion that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment filed Wednesday and amended Thursday, seeking to have former Secretary Robert Moser dismissed from the litigation.

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Government
12:48 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Report: Brownback's Budget Plan Is Only A Short-Term Solution

The state legislature's non-partisan research staff released its projections for the state budget on Thrusday.

The projections found that Governor Sam Brownback's plan for eliminating the $279 million dollar hole in the state budget is pushing most of the problem into the state's next fiscal year.

Governor Brownback's plan relies heavily on diverting revenues from other funds to help finance general government programs.

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Commentary
10:54 am
Fri December 12, 2014

A Musical Life: Bob Hamrick

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Bob Hamrick plays accordion with the Wichita band Pop and The Boys. He regularly attends the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas and is a loyal fan of the Grateful Dead. He explains that a gentleman is one who can play the accordion but chooses not to.

“My name is Bob Hamrick and I play the accordion.

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Agriculture
5:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Beef Prices Predicted To Hit Ceiling, But Business Is Still Booming

Friona Industries President and CEO James Herring speaks to a crowd at the Kansas Livestock Association's annual conference
Credit Sean Sandefur

Last week, hundreds of people gathered in Wichita to talk cattle. The Kansas Livestock Association held its annual convention at the Hyatt Regency and Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur attended and reports that while the nation’s cow populations are still low, business is better than ever.

The large convention hall inside Century II is filled with big tractors, big cowboy hats and the smell of BBQ beef brisket. If you’re in the cattle business, this is the place to learn the newest trends in bovine technology.

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Before joining NHPR in August 2014, Jack was a freelance writer and radio reporter. His work aired on NPR, BBC, Marketplace and 99% Invisible, and he wrote for the Christian Science Monitor and Northern Woodlands.

Before working in public radio, Jack worked as an environmental educator in just about every state in New England, most recently at the Harris Center in Hancock.

Jack comes from a rowdy family of Italians who wave their hands in the air while talking, and he competed for attention as a child by telling the loudest story. 

Government
12:13 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Kansas Budget Plan Draws Concern Over KPERS Cuts

Several Senate lawmakers have criticized Governor Sam Brownback's plan to use state pension dollars to help fill a budget hole.

Senate Vice President Jeff King and state Treasurer Ron Estes think the proposal hurts the public pension plan, known as KPERS, not long after an attempt to fix it.

Stephen Koranda reports...

Lawmakers passed a bill in 2012 that increased payments into KPERS to help erase a long-term deficit.

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Environment
12:04 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Is The U.S. Falling Behind On Maintaining Aging Levees, Dams, Ports and Harbors?

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' commander general says the nation is falling behind on maintaining its aging levees, dams, ports and harbors.

Lieutenant General Thomas Bostick spoke on Thursday during the Society of American Military Engineers conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

He says finishing all the projects that have been authorized would cost about $23.5 billion dollars, but the corps' annual budget for the work usually hovers around $1.5 billion. And that doesn't include addressing their maintenance backlog.

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Entertainment
11:39 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Karla Burns in Forum Theatre's 'A Christmas Carol'

Karla Burns as The Ghost of Christmas Present.
Credit The Forum Theatre

Tune in on Monday during Morning Edition for Aileen LeBlanc's full interview with the composer, writer, director and cast of A Christmas Carol, as well as some musical numbers, too.  

Karla Burns sings "Celebrate the Time" as the jolly Ghost of Christmas Present. 

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