Community
12:27 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

ACLU Wants Kansas Agencies To Recognize Same Sex Marriages

The ACLU wants all state agencies in Kansas to recognize same sex marriages. As Stephen Koranda reports, the group is now asking a federal court to make it happen.

The court filing specifically names several state officials, including the secretary of revenue. It says people in same sex relationships have been denied state benefits, like joining their spouse’s health insurance or filing joint taxes.

Thomas Witt, with the group Equality Kansas, says the courts have let same sex marriages go forward in Kansas, and that means they should also be recognized by state agencies.

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Education
12:16 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Wichita School Board Votes To Move Administrative Building

The administration of Wichita's school district will be moving to another building in 2016.

The Wichita school board voted on Monday to sell the district's downtown administration building to a developer for $1.2 million dollars.

The building will be renovated into loft apartments.

The district will lease the building for $47-hundred dollars a month until it can move into the current Southeast High School... after a new Southeast High opens in the fall of 2016.

Education
12:07 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Enrollment Is Slightly Up At All Six State Universities

The Kansas Board of Regents reports that fall enrollment grew slightly at all six state universities.

Wichita State lead the pack with an increase of 453 students.

Fort Hays State's enrollment rose by 384 students, Kansas State University had an increase of 185 students and the University of Kansas added 177 students.

Washburn University in Topeka saw its enrollment decline by 196 students.

The numbers represent enrollment at each school as of the 20th day of class during the fall semester.

Commentary
5:00 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Musical Space: Perfect Pitch May Be Closer Than You Think

Perfect Pitch is the ability to recall any note at will without relying on a reference note. People with perfect pitch can tell you what key a song is in just by hearing it, and can sing a given note, say, a C#, out of the blue. This is associated with freakishly talented musicians like Mozart.

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Community
4:45 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

After Nearly 50 Years, WSU's Wheatshocker Apartments Fall

Wichita State University's Wheatshocker apartments mid-demolition
Sean Sandefur

Final demolition of Wichita State University’s Wheatshocker Apartments started Monday morning. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, the six-story building along 17th street has housed students for decades.

    

The Wheatshocker Apartments have seen wave after wave of students since 1965. On Monday, a wrecking ball chipped away section after section. Big chunks collapsed in clouds of dust and flying concrete.

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Community
12:43 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

KU Task Force Seeks To Clarify Sexual Assault Policy

A sexual assault task force at the University of Kansas wants to make it clear that students can be disciplined for sexual misconduct no matter how far from campus it occurred.

KU's Sexual Assault Task Force finished its proposed changes to the student code on Friday.

The main intent of the proposal is to specify that its policies apply to students who commit sexual wrongdoing in places like off-campus apartments and Greek houses.

Task force co-chairwoman Angela Murphy says it also would cover students "on the beach on spring break or even farther away."

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Economy
12:33 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Gov. Brownback Working On Closing State Budget Shortfalls

Governor Sam Brownback isn't publicly ruling out any ideas for helping to close state budget shortfalls.

State officials and lawmakers are speculating about the proposals he's expected to roll out before the Legislature convenes next month.

Governor Brownback's administration is working on a plan to close combined shortfalls of more than $700 million dollars in the current and next state budgets.

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Commentary
11:47 am
Mon December 8, 2014

The Wild Edges Of Our Humanity

Credit erikjacobs / Flickr / Creative Commons

In a small, largely abandoned village along the coast in Belgium, the walls are covered in graffiti. What began as an effort by the few remaining locals to turn the town of Doel from a neglected company town into an artists’ colony has become something else entirely. The town now receives several thousand tourists annually, gawking at the bizarre setting. But they also take in many more vandals who are eager to exploit the obvious lack of regulations and absence of police.

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Music
11:36 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Exploring Highs and Lows of Early Pink Floyd and Wilco’s Finest Hour

'Ummagumma,' the 1969 release from Pink Floyd
Credit Album Cover Art

Tuesday, December 9: Released in 1969 Ummagumma is one of Pink Floyd’s most remarkable albums. One half of the album was recorded live in concert and features staples of the group’s live show from that time, the other half is marked by unusual compositions intended to give each member of the band a voice in the songwriting process. Fans and critics continue to argue about the artistic merits of the studio pieces, though the live recordings are fine examples of a band that had earned a reputation for stellar live shows.

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