Commentary
5:00 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Crowson: 'Be Silly! It’s Christmas!'

Credit Scott Beale, flickr Creative Commons

We’re careening towards Christmas!

I adore this season in part because it’s one of those times when people behave in dramatically uncharacteristic ways. Stone-faced, no-nonsense types suddenly put bright lights on their rooftops! Guys that look like “Dog, the Bounty Hunter” can be seen contemplating assorted, delicate fragrances at Yankee Candle stores! Little old ladies in tattered coats with overdue utility bills put dollars into Salvation Army kettles!!

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Community
5:00 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Prohibition Exhibit Uncovers The Dry Years Of American History

This illustration depicts the "Holy War" for temperance and prohibition
Sean Sandefur

The scaled-down oil refineries and fossilized creatures of the Kansas Oil Museum in El Dorado will have temporary guests through the first week of January. A traveling exhibit covering America’s driest period in history—alcohol prohibition—is currently on display. It includes the story of Carrie Nation, one of the more colorful characters in the history of Kansas. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

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Community
2:27 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Larry Hatteberg: 51 Years On Both Sides Of The Camera

Larry Hatteberg on the final day of his 51 year career with KAKE-TV.
Credit Beth Golay

Last week, long-time award-winning journalist Larry Hatteberg signed off his final newscast at KAKE TV in Wichita. KMUW’s Carla Eckels talks with Larry about his 51-year career and some of the memorable stories he brought to life…

See images and watch videos by scrolling through the timeline below by clicking on the arrows either side of the image.

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Commentary
2:25 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Meh.

Credit Ken Murphy, flickr Creative Commons

The word “meh” may be the perfect combination of resignation and ennui.

Only a culture so utterly saturated in mediocrity could come up with a term that, in one syllable, expresses both the feeling of being confronted with that mediocrity and the fatigue of having to put up with it.

I guess we wouldn’t even need “meh” if our opinions about stupid, formulaic movies; mind-numbing occupations; and indifferent products and services weren’t so frequently polled.

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Economy
2:09 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Economist: Kansas Private Sector Jobs Back At Pre-Recession Numbers

A state economist told a group of Governor Brownback's advisors on Wednesday that Kansas has regained the private-sector jobs it lost during the most recent recession.

However, the state is shifting from employment in manufacturing to services.

Tyler Tenbrink with the Kansas Department of Labor says wages have been rising this year, but haven't fully rebounded from the 2007-09 recession when adjusted for inflation.

Tenbrink says the state should continue to see growth in the number of private-sector, non-farm jobs over the next six to 12 months.

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Government
1:58 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Kansas Joins 17-State Coalition Lawsuit Against Obama's Immigration Policy

Kansas is part of a 17-state coalition suing over President Barack Obama's recently announced executive actions on immigration.

The states argue in the lawsuit that the move "tramples" key portions of the U.S. Constitution.

Many Republicans are criticizing President Obama's move, which was designed to spare as many as 5 million people living illegally in the United States from deportation.

But Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott took it a step further. He filed a formal legal challenge in federal court in the Southern District of Texas.

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Health
1:50 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

More State Employees To Become Eligible For Health Benefits

More than 2,000 employees will become eligible for full-time health benefits starting Jan. 1st.

Director Mike Michael of the Kansas State Employee Health Plan says the expansion is the result of the federal Affordable Care Act, which requires large employers to provide the benefits to employees who work at least 30 hours a week.

The state health plan previously required people to work at least 36 hours a week to be eligible for full-time benefits.

Community
1:21 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

10th Circuit Rejects Request For A Full Court Hearing Over Kansas' Same-Sex Ban

On Tuesday, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the state of Kansas' request to convene the full court to hear its appeal of U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree's order that the state allow same-sex marriages.

The latest procedural development from the federal appeals court in the case has little practical effect because the U.S. Supreme Court has already refused an emergency request to block Crabtree's order. It means that a three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit will hear arguments over the preliminary injunction issued in the Kansas case.

Rockapella Christmas - 7:30pm on Thursday, December 4th at the Hutchinson Fox Theatre

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