5:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom Discusses Hate Crimes

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom spoke about hate crimes Wednesday at WSU. One of the topics he addressed was the Westboro Baptist Church, a Topeka church founded by Fred Phelps.
Credit Abigail Wilson

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom spoke against hate crimes on Wednesday during a presentation at Wichita State University. The Hate Crime Prevention Act was passed five years ago this month. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more.

Grissom spoke to students about the need to eradicate both hate and hate crimes. He mentioned several events in Wichita that were found to be motivated by hate including arson at a mosque in 2011 and the vandalization of a mural celebrating immigration earlier this year.

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12:40 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Washburn Athletics Receives $1.4M Donation For Scholarships

Washburn University has received a $1.4 million-dollar donation for athletic scholarships.

The money comes from the estate of Dorothy Reichart.

Her late husband, Jerry Reichart, was a lineman on the Washburn football team who earned all-conference honors in 1949. He was inducted into the Washburn Athletic Hall of Fame in 1987.

The Jerry W. Reichart Athletic Scholarship Fund was created about 20 years ago. With the latest gift, the fund now totals nearly $2 million.

12:37 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Salina Area Technical College Begins Professional Trucking Program

Because demand for drivers is so strong, Salina Area Technical College is starting a professional trucking program.

Vice president of instruction Pedro Leite says the technical school is looking for seed money; the college hopes to have the program up and running by next spring.

Fort Scott Community College in southeast Kansas offers the only truck driving school in Kansas that's affiliated with the Board of Regents.

Salina Tech will be the second, and much of the necessary equipment has been donated by local industry players.

11:48 am
Mon October 13, 2014

KSU Will Not Renew Contract of Grassland Burning Professor

Kansas State University says it will not renew the contract of a professor who conducted controversial research on grassland burning.

Research associate Gene Towne says he believes his 26-year career will end Oct. 31 because he suggested in a published article that ranchers could burn grassland at times other than April. For years, the university has said spring, especially late April, was the best time for grassland burning to revive the prairie.

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11:39 am
Mon October 13, 2014

200 Students Join Lawsuit Accusing School Of Fraud

Nearly 200 students of a Kansas-based college have joined a lawsuit that accuses the school of fraud.

The lawsuit against Wright Career College was filed last year but amended recently to add 195 more students. The current and former students attended Wright's campuses in Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

The lawsuit says the private, nonprofit college enticed students to enroll and apply for student loans that they could not pay back. It also claims Wright deceived students about attendance costs and employment prospects.

3:01 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

WSU Receives Donation, Creates First Endowed Chair For Innovation Campus

An aerial rendering of Wichita State University's strategic plan, which includes over a dozen new buildings over the next 20 years.
Credit Wichita State University


Wichita State University announced a significant donation on Thursday morning that will be used for their proposed Innovation Campus, a massive expansion that is slated to be built over Braeburn Golf Course.

The Sam and Rie Bloomfield Foundation’s gift of $2.5 million will help create the first endowed chair for Innovation Campus.

The Sam Bloomfield Chair in Innovation Engineering is meant to help technology grow in the local and regional economies.

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12:24 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Former Cowley College President Could Receive $200K In Separation Agreement

Former Cowley College President Clark Williams resigned from his post under pressure in April. However, Williams could receive more than $200,000 under his separation agreement.

The agreement keeps Williams from suing the college or competing against it. It also keeps college officials and Williams from discussing the settlement terms.

Williams resigned after only nine months on the job. He was criticized for his decisions, including ending the men's and women's soccer programs and firing men's basketball coach Tommy DeSalme.

11:55 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Washburn And JCCC Receive $12M Grant To Develop Tech Skills Program

Washburn University and Johnson County Community College will receive $12 million dollars federal grants to develop programs to train students in new technology skills.

Washburn president Jerry Farley says the funds will be used mostly for training through the School of Nursing and the School of Applied Studies. He says the school plans to reach out to more veterans with the funding.

The grants were part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training program, which is co-administered by the Labor and Education departments.

12:45 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Tax-Credit Funding Of Private School Tuition On Track For January Launch

A Kansas education official says a new tax-credit system to fund private school tuition for low-income students is on track to start in January.

Deputy education commissioner Dale Dennis says application forms for the tuition program are nearly ready.

The program will allow businesses to donate to nonprofit organizations for scholarships for low-income children attending public schools to transfer to private schools. The businesses would receive a tax credit that subtracts 70 percent of their donation from their tax bills.

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12:15 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Number Of Teachers Retiring On The Rise, Licensing Numbers Remain Flat

Kansas school districts are reporting that teachers are retiring at a higher pace, while the number of newly licensed teachers remains flat.

More than 2,000 teachers retired last school year. The state's education department says that's double the number of teachers that retired five years earlier.

Scott Myers is the department's director of teacher education and licensure. He says the teacher retirement figures are subject to error because it's self-reported data from school districts.