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6:29 am
Tue June 25, 2013

State Looks At Ways To Reduce Childhood Poverty, Including Relationship Training

A task force appointed by the governor has wrapped up a series of meetings looking for ways to reduce childhood poverty in Kansas. They discussed three so-called "pathways out of poverty," which include ways to improve education, get more Kansans working and strengthen families.

The committee was told that in 2011 around 19 percent of Kansas kids lived in poverty, and they’re hoping that focusing on some key areas can reduce that.

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Community
6:31 am
Mon June 24, 2013

'Home On The Range' House Gets A Makeover

Restoration work will wrap up soon on the 140-year-old cabin where Dr. Brewster M. Higley wrote the state song, "Home on the Range."

The cabin in Athol, Kan., has been totally reconstructed with the exception of two walls.

The stone wall on the north side was disassembled and rebuilt, using what good stones were left. The rest of the stones came from the area.

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Community
6:29 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Owe Child Support? State Is Ramping Up Efforts To Collect It

Contracts have been awarded to four vendors, who will take over the duties of child support collection in Kansas next September. State officials say those who avoid paying their obligations can expect a more aggressive approach.

Kansas Department for Children and Families spokeswoman Theresa Freed predicts the four contractors will increase the amount of child support collected in Kansas. She says the department projects an increase of $52 million dollars in collections over the three-year contract period.

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Local Business
5:00 am
Thu June 13, 2013

A World Of Fish In Northeast Wichita

Saltwater aquarium designed by Vince Mott
Carla Eckels KMUW

Marine Extremes carries the largest volume of saltwater fish and corals in Wichita.

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Historic Places
6:10 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Historic Topeka House Again Up For Auction

Two open houses of a historic Kansas home are scheduled for potential buyers as the state tries again to sell the property.

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Community
6:28 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Kansas Housing Resources Corp. Wants Your Help Spending $2 M For Rural Housing

The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation is asking for proposals for using $2 million in state funding for rural moderate-income housing.

The program is open to communities across Kansas with populations of less than 60,000 residents. The grants and loans are for building multi-family or single-family housing, to rehabilitate housing and to build utility extensions to support new developments.

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Community
6:30 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Kansas Needs $4 Billion In Drinking Water Infrastructure Upgrades

A new EPA report to Congress says the nation's drinking water infrastructure will need $384 billion dollars worth of improvements over the next 20 years, including more than $4 billion in Kansas.

William Carr manages the revolving loan fund that finances drinking water projects in Kansas. He says most of the projects on the list are for transmission and distribution, especially the underground pipes that carry water to homes and businesses.

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Community
6:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Get Help Making Your House More Energy Efficient

Ernest Tolon makes minor repairs to a Wichita home to increase its energy efficiency.
Credit Courtesy / Kansas Chapter of Sierra Club

Two local groups are partnering in an attempt to reduce Wichita’s energy use and save homeowners money.

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Community
8:33 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Take A (Simulated) Ride To The International Space Station

A new simulation ride opens this weekend at the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson.
Credit Courtesy / Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson will debut a motion flight simulator this week that comes with a choice of six themed rides.

The pod-like machine is called the "naviGATOR." Former Hutchinson resident Julie Purin won a contest to name the simulator and said her choice was inspired from the movie "Flight of the Navigator."

It will give visitors the experience of blasting off to the international space station, flying with the Blue Angels or they can choose to take part in another flight option.

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Community
10:50 am
Wed June 5, 2013

See 'Moons, Rings And Other Things' This Father's Day Weekend

The seventh planet in the solar system, Saturn.
Credit NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / flickr Creative Commons

The Lake Afton Observatory is holding a special Father's Day weekend event called Moons, Rings, and Other Things.

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