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Government
11:34 am
Wed September 17, 2014

A Petition To Repeal Roeland Park's Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Moves Forward

According to the Johnson County legal department, a petition to repeal Roeland Park's anti-discrimination ordinance can move forward.

If 472 registered voters sign the petition within 180 days, Roeland Park's City Council must either repeal the ordinance, which was approved in August, or place it on a citywide ballot. The county has approved the ballot language that will appear if enough support is garnered.

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Community
12:05 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Public Hearing On Sept. 17 On Rules For Signs That Restricts Carrying Firearms Into Buildings

Credit http://ag.ks.gov/

Kansas officials are holding a public hearing this week on proposed signs that people will place on buildings where firearms will be prohibited.

A state law that took effect July 1 legalized the open carry of guns across the state. However, building owners may ban concealed firearms, openly carried guns, or both from their premises if they post signs saying as much.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt's office was put in charge of creating the signs and proposed the designs earlier this year.

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Community
11:44 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Advocates Start A Second Petition Drive To Reduce Punishment For Marijuana Possession

A group of Wichita residents is trying a second petition drive this October. They want to reduce the punishment for possessing small amounts of marijuana and to get the issue on April election ballot.

The first petition to get the issue on the ballot for this fall's elections was less than 40 signatures short of the number required.

Esau Freeman, president of Kansans for Change, says supporters will start collecting signatures again Oct. 1, with a goal of getting the issue on the April ballot.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Musical Space: Tablature

Our system of music notation is notoriously hard to learn - an arcane and ancient code invented by monks to help remember liturgical chants. It has been amended over the years to show things like rhythms, black notes, key changes, and dynamics; this has made it even more unintuitive and complicated.

For the frustrated garage guitarist, however, there is a simple alternative: tablature, or “tab.” Tab is based on the guitar’s fretboard; numbers tell the player on which strings and which frets to put their fingers. It’s no more sophisticated than playing Rock Band on the Wii.

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Transportation
10:33 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Wichita Airport Authority Plans Disaster Exercise

The Wichita Airport Authority is planning a large-scale disaster exercise Tuesday, featuring the mock crash of a 737 aircraft.

Tomorrow's exercise begins at 9 a.m. and will be just north of K-42 between two runways at the Wichita airport.

The exercise will include 300 people from various emergency management agencies.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires commercial airports to practice responding to simulated disasters at least every three years.

Airport officials will tweet about the exercise using the Twitter handle @FlyICT and #ICTdrill.

Politics
10:29 am
Mon September 15, 2014

KS Democrats Say Pro-School Consolidation Claims Are False

Kansas Democrats say that claims that their party's gubernatorial candidate is pro-school consolidation are false.

Governor Sam Brownback has attacked Democratic challenger Paul Davis on the issue based on remarks made by Davis' appointee to a school efficiency task force.

The appointee, former Republican state senator John Vratil, was interviewed in 2011 by The Topeka Capital-Journal for an article about rural Kansas population decline.

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Energy
10:25 am
Mon September 15, 2014

KCC Says Westar Is Charging Too Much

Recent Kansas Corporation Commission decisions on utility investments could save customers millions of dollars.

The KCC recently filed a complaint with federal authorities arguing Westar Energy is charging too much return on equity for its transmission projects.

Westar currently charges 11.3 percent. The KCC is arguing it should be 9.37 percent. The reduction could drop rates $15.8 million dollars annually.

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Energy
12:38 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

KCC Approves $3.5M For Westar Energy

The Kansas Corporation Commission has approved a plan that would allow Westar Energy to receive about $3.5 million dollars in revenue for making emissions improvements at the La Cygne power plant in eastern Kansas.

Westar also agreed not to ask for a rate increase until March.

About two-thirds of the company's customers are expected to see an increase of about 16 cents on their bills, but they will not pay more until October of 2015.

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Education
12:29 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

KU To Create Task Force To Handle Sexual Assault Cases

The University of Kansas will create a task force and require training in response to criticism of its handling of sexual assault complaints.

Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little says that the task force will review the university's current policies and practices and recommend improvements.

In a message on her website, Gray-Little said she wants to ensure that students, faculty and staff take training on the subject and not completing the training will lead to sanctions.

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Health
9:25 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

KSU Students And Faculty Barred From Ebola Affected Countries

Kansas State University is now barring its students and faculty from making trips to African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak. It says anyone who has traveled to those countries in the last four weeks must be screened at a campus health center.

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