Health
1:45 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

FEC Dismisses Operation Rescue's Lawsuit

The Federal Election Commission has dismissed an anti-abortion group’s complaint alleging that an abortion rights political action committee helped finance the operations of a new clinic in Wichita.

The political action committee, Trust Women, announced Thursday it received a notice from the FEC this week dismissing the complaint filed last year by Operation Rescue.

The Trust Women Foundation opened a clinic last year in the late Doctor George Tiller’s former medical building.

Commentary
12:30 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

A Musical Life: Maria Elena

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Maria Elena has performed in a wide range of musical settings from the punk rock music of The Horror! to her current folk/jazz-driven duo El Cuco to The Great Plains.

“My name is Maria Elena. I play the guitar. I’m a singer-songwriter even though I don’t really love that term. But there’s really no better way to explain it for people to understand it.

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Music
5:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Everette DeVan Connects With Material On New Album

Everette DeVan performs at Cabaret Old Town on Saturday, June 28 with vocalist Lisa Henry.
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Everette DeVan releases his new album For The Love of You this weekend with two area shows—one in his home base of Kansas City and another here in Wichita. The record marks the first recording on the new Wichita-based label Henry Records. DeVan says that it was label founder Tim Henry who approached him about making the album.

“He said, ‘I’d like to do a CD.’ He said, ‘All I want you to do is go in there and play the organ the way that I know you know how to play it. And I don’t want any singin’ on it.’ I just gave him what he asked for,” DeVan says.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Mole, Oaxacan Style!

Design on a chair at Rostizeria Los Reyes
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Mexican restaurants abound in Wichita, and each is unique in quality, authenticity, menu and style.

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Transportation
12:18 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

TSA Precheck Enrollment Center Now Open In Wichita

The Transportation Security Administration opened a new enrollment center in Wichita yesterday that could help decrease the amount of time travelers spend going through security at the airport. KMUWs Abigail Wilson reports…

TSA Precheck is an expedited security-screening option at the airport offered by the Transportation Security Administration or TSA. Thanks to a new enrollment center in town, Wichitans now have a chance enroll in the program closer to home.

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Education
12:08 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Kansas Board of Education OKs Teaching License Changes

The Kansas State Board of Education has approved changes that will allow people with career experience -but no education degree- to teach in public schools. As Stephen Koranda reports, the changes will allow people with real-world experience to teach subjects including math, science and technical education.

The new regulations were prompted by a bill passed earlier this year by the Kansas Legislature, although the Board of Ed had already been considering some new rules. The changes easily passed on a 9-1 vote. That majority included board member Steve Roberts.

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Education
12:04 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

DCCC Board Supports Proposed Fort Hays State Merger

The Dodge City Community College Board of Trustees wants to be clear that it supports a proposed merger with Fort Hays State University.

The trustees unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday declaring its support for the plan.

The trustees wanted to end any talk of the Dodge City school operating as a separate institution, with Fort Hays having a presence on campus.

Transportation
12:01 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

State Officials To Enforce Ban On Political Campaign Signs Alongside State Highways

The Kansas Department of Transportation is warning political candidates that the agency’s crews will remove campaign signs found alongside the state’s highways.

The department notes that Kansas law prohibits campaign signs and billboards on a highway right-of-way. The law allows only guide, warning or regulatory signs in those spaces.

The reminder of the rule comes as campaigning ramps up before the state’s Aug. 5 primary.

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Community
5:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Wichita Fire Dept. Unveils New Fire Engine Fleet, New Firefighters

Acting Lieutenant, Michael Ring, Firefighter, John Haltrup, Josh Roberts, Jermiah Toothaker, Captain Mark Jordon, Firefighter Clint Goode stand by new fire engine at Wichita Fire Department Station 10.
Credit Carla Eckels

The Wichita Fire Department unveiled nine new fire engines and a new ladder truck -- replacing part of an aging fleet. The department also has hired 17 new firefighters. KMUW's Carla Eckels has more...

Fire Marshal Brad Crisp says the new equipment will help improve service and enhance safety. He says the new engines look slightly different.

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Music
5:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Graham Colton Finds Comfort With New Start And New Album

Graham Colton performs at The Orpheum Theatre on Thursday evening as part of the Emerging Artist Series
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When Graham Colton began writing songs for the follow-up to his 2011 album Pacific Coast Eyes he soon realized that he wasn’t happy with his creative process.

“I just picked up the guitar and started to do what I always do and it wasn’t very exciting to me. It felt like I was playing the guitar the same old way and singing in the same spots and the same things were kind of happening and it just didn’t inspire me.”

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