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  • KSN Threat Tracker for Monday, 9/1/14

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    Jaime Travers
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:20 pm
    4:00AM A few strong storms are possible again late this afternoon and evening in SC Kansas, mainly East of the Kansas Turnpike. These storms will have the potential to produce locally heavy rain along with other severe weather. 3:00AM Although there are no longer any Watches or Warnings for the KSN viewing area there are still storm strong storms in Central Kansas capable of producing locally heavy rain and strong straight line winds along with some small hail. Check your radar here. 2:15AM There are no longer any Severe T-Storm Warnings in the KSN viewing area but heavy rain is causing…
  • Kansas cool summers probably wona t lead to harsh winters, experts say

    Wichita News
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:26 am
    A late-August heat wave that more than doubled the number of 100-degree days in Wichita for the year hushed - momentarily, at least - a question many folks were asking as summer's home stretch arrived.
  • Finger on the Weather has moved

    Finger on the Weather
    Michael Roehrman
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Finger on the Weather has moved to the new Kansas.com. You can find it at www.kansas.com/finger-on-the-weather/.
  • Derby Marketplace posting strong 2014 with plans for high-profile tenant additions

    Wichita Business News - Local Wichita News | The Wichita Business Journal
    Josh Heck
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Construction projects in the Derby Marketplace are moving forward. The city has issued a $750,000 commercial building permit for Discount Tire; a $700,000 permit for Chick-fil-A and a $100,000 permit for Amy’s Hallmark. The permits may not represent the entire value of each project. The three projects were announced earlier this year as part of an expansion of the Derby Marketplace, one of the city’s premier shopping areas. In February, Discount Tire announced its plans to open in Derby.…
  • Business Casual has moved

    Business Casual
    Michael Roehrman
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    Business Casual has moved to the new Kansas.com. You can find it at www.kansas.com/business-casual/.
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  • KSN Threat Tracker for Monday, 9/1/14

    Jaime Travers
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:20 pm
    4:00AM A few strong storms are possible again late this afternoon and evening in SC Kansas, mainly East of the Kansas Turnpike. These storms will have the potential to produce locally heavy rain along with other severe weather. 3:00AM Although there are no longer any Watches or Warnings for the KSN viewing area there are still storm strong storms in Central Kansas capable of producing locally heavy rain and strong straight line winds along with some small hail. Check your radar here. 2:15AM There are no longer any Severe T-Storm Warnings in the KSN viewing area but heavy rain is causing…
  • Chiefs’ Smith agrees to 4-yr extension

    The Associated Press
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:37 pm
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has agreed to a four-year, $68 million extension that includes $45 million in guaranteed money, a person familiar with the contract told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because the team had not announced the deal, which will keep Smith in Kansas City through the 2018 season. The Kansas City Star first reported the agreement. Smith and his representatives had been discussing an extension with the Chiefs for several months, and the veteran quarterback was hopeful a deal would be done before the…
  • Kahne holds off Kenseth to win Atlanta shootout

    The Associated Press
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:17 pm
    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) – Kasey Kahne grabbed the lead on the restart following a caution with 23 laps remaining and held off Matt Kenseth in a two-lap shootout to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night. Kahne’s first win of the season earned him a spot in the Chase for the Sprint cup. Kenseth also qualified for the Chase on points. Denny Hamlin was third, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Danica Patrick. Meanwhile, Tony Stewart’s much-anticipated return to racing ended a little more than halfway through the race. Stewart hit the wall…
  • Celebrity chef Todd English charged with DWI in NY

    The Associated Press
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:49 pm
    SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Celebrity chef Todd English has been arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated in New York. Police in Southampton say the 54-year-old English was arrested at around 3:30 a.m. Sunday on a county road on Long Island. Authorities say he posted $1,500 bail at Southampton Town Justice Court. An email to English’s representative wasn’t immediately returned. The chef’s full name is William Todd English. He has opened a number of restaurants around the country, including Olives, Figs, and Fish Club. He’s also been a regular on television…
  • Incentives states can offer to get Tesla factory

    The Associated Press
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:48 pm
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five states are on the short list for a $5 billion factory that Tesla Motors plans to build so it can crank out batteries for a new generation of electric cars. The package of economic incentives that each state offers will help determine where Tesla builds the factory — Nevada, California, Texas, Arizona or New Mexico. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said the winning state will shoulder about 10 percent of the total cost, meaning at least $500 million worth of incentives. Tesla already has done initial preparatory work on a potential site near Reno, Nevada, and plans to…
 
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  • Finger on the Weather has moved

    Michael Roehrman
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Finger on the Weather has moved to the new Kansas.com. You can find it at www.kansas.com/finger-on-the-weather/.
  • Wichita weather: Scattered showers and thunderstorms – some of them strong

    Stan Finger
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms are likely in the Wichita area over the next couple of days, forecasters say, and some of them could be strong. The strongest storms could produce dime-sized hail, downburst winds of 50 to 60 miles an hour and locally heavy rain. Highs today could touch 90 under mostly cloudy skies in Wichita, forecasters say, with light south winds climbing into the low teens at times. Showers and thunderstorms are likely again Thursday night and Friday, with lows dipping to about 70 and highs peaking in the mid-80s. For more information on current conditions, go to our…
  • Wichita weather: One more hot day

    Stan Finger
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The heat wave that has clamped down on much of Kansas over the past week has one last day left in it before a cool front arrives to break its grip. Highs today should reach the upper 90s in Wichita under mostly sunny skies, forecasters say. South winds in the teens will gust to more than 20 miles an hour. A chance of showers arrives after midnight, with lows only dropping to the low to mid-70s. Thursday offers a good chance of showers and thunderstorms, forecasters say, with highs near 90. Southerly winds will be pretty light, occasionally pushing into double digits. Rain is likely again on…
  • Wichita weather: Another hot day in the area

    Stan Finger
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    And the heat goes on. Wichita can expect another sizzler of a day Tuesday, forecasters say, with highs in the upper 90s. Sunny skies and light east-southeasterly winds are on tap as well. Overnight lows will be in the low 70s as a few clouds move through, and Wednesday figures to be another hot day. Highs will reach the mid-90s, forecasters say, with south winds turning gusty late in the day. Gusts could reach 25 miles an hour. A chance of showers arrives late in the evening, with overnight lows again in the low 70s. Chances for showers will persist into Friday, forecasters say, with cooler…
  • Wichita weather: Another 100 on the way?

    Stan Finger
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The heat wave appears quite happy to hang around Wichita and much of the Sunflower State for another few days, forecasters say. The temperature could reach 100 again on Monday in Wichita, which would be the fourth straight century mark for the city. Light south winds may occasionally push into double digits. Overnight lows will settle into the mid-70s, forecasters say, with a few clouds and south-southeasterly winds remaining light. Tuesday will flirt with 100 as well, with sunny skies and light south winds. Chances for rain – and notably cooler temperatures – arrive on Wednesday…
 
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  • Derby Marketplace posting strong 2014 with plans for high-profile tenant additions

    Josh Heck
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Construction projects in the Derby Marketplace are moving forward. The city has issued a $750,000 commercial building permit for Discount Tire; a $700,000 permit for Chick-fil-A and a $100,000 permit for Amy’s Hallmark. The permits may not represent the entire value of each project. The three projects were announced earlier this year as part of an expansion of the Derby Marketplace, one of the city’s premier shopping areas. In February, Discount Tire announced its plans to open in Derby.…
  • Air Force mulling shared-work program on next Air Force One

    Daniel McCoy
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    The next Air Force One might be a plane built by the Boeing Co., but it could be outfitted by other contractors for use by the president. According to a report from Bloomberg, the Air Force says that all acquisition strategies remain under consideration as it works toward the next generation of Air Force One. It’s looking to replace its Boeing 747-200s that will reach the end of their 30-year planned service life in 2017. The planes will keep flying after that, however, as the next Air Force…
  • Wescon Plastics begins $3 million expansion

    Daniel McCoy
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    Wescon Plastics kicked off work this week on a $3 million expansion project at its southwest Wichita facility. The company’s president, Shane Milledge, says the expansion will add an additional 8,500 square feet of space, allowing the company to add as many as 15 new machines to its plant. Milledge says that could translate to an additional $15 million in sales at the facility. The company makes custom injection-molded plastic parts primarily for the battery and heavy-truck industries. Milledge…
  • Koch and the demilitarization of America’s police

    Daniel McCoy
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    In the fallout from the violence in Ferguson, Mo., the debate over militarized police forces has heated up. But it’s an issue creating some strange bedfellows. Given all the attacks from the likes of Sen. Harry Reid against Charles and David Koch of Wichita-based Koch Industries Inc., it might be surprising for some on the left to find that this is an issue where they agree with the Koch brothers. The Daily Beast this week examined how the idea fits into the Koch political philosophy, revealing…
  • Paulseen Financial Group building new HQ on North Webb Road

    Josh Heck
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:24 am
    Paulseen Financial Group is moving out of its offices in Remington Place into a new location on North Webb Road. But the move won’t happen immediately. Paulseen, now at 10333 E. 21st Street North, is building a new space at 3411 N. Webb Road. That’s close to the intersection of 34th Street North and Webb Road, near where Menards is now. Comfort Homes Inc. has pulled a $500,000 commercial building permit for the work. It’s not clear whether that is the entire value of the project. Paulseen…
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  • Business Casual has moved

    Michael Roehrman
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    Business Casual has moved to the new Kansas.com. You can find it at www.kansas.com/business-casual/.
  • Updated: Kangaroo Express stores to celebrate Hot Dog Day

    Julie Doll
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    Editor’s note: This item has been changed to correct the stores that will be participating in the promotion. Kangaroo Express convenience stores will celebrate National Hot Dog Day Wednesday with special prizes and festivities, including a free hot dog for any customer with a military ID. The free hot dogs also will be available to store customers who show a Kangaroo Express mobile app on their phone, according to a news release from the company. The offer is good at Kangaroo Express stores, including those operating under the Presto name in Wichita. Participating locations in Wichita,…
  • It’s sign-up time for Chamber’s Exposure

    Julie Doll
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    Businesses that want to participate in Exposure – an event organized by the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce – have until July 31 to sign up and get the chamber’s early-bird rates. Exposure is a business-to-business event for chamber members that provides an opportunity to network with other business people and create awareness about Wichita companies. Last year’s expo drew nearly 200 exhibitors. The event this year runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25 at Century II, in Expo Hall. According to information on the chamber website, exhibit space begins at $150, and standard booths…
  • Say cheese. New Sam’s Club to open Thursday

    Julie Doll
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Sam’s Club isn’t afraid of cheesy. To celebrate the opening of its new store in west Wichita, it has invited cheese carver Sarah Kaufmann to put chisel to cheddar to create characters from the “The Wizard of Oz.” According to a news release, Kaufmann will be working on a 500-pound Wisconsin Mammoth block of cheddar Thursday. She also will be working on her sculpture Saturday. Store customers can watch and sample some Wisconsin cheddar. Sam’s Club, at the corner of 29th and Maize Road, will have its grand opening from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, according to the release.
  • Boeing will offer bigger bins for all that carry-on luggage

    Julie Doll
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    Business travelers and vacationers who fly could find more room to stuff their belongings in overhead bins starting in late next year. Boeing announced this week it would offer what it’s calling Space Bins, which provide more room for carry-on bags. The larger bins will be available as an optional feature on new Next-Generation 737s and 737 MAX airplanes, according to a news release from the company. Each of the larger Space Bins will stow six bags, based on a standard size carry-on bag measuring 9 inches by 14 inches by 22 inches, according to the company. Alaska Airlines is the launch…
 
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  • Air Capital Insider has moved

    Michael Roehrman
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Air Capital Insider has moved to the new Kansas.com. You can find it at www.kansas.com/air-capital-insider/.
  • Bob Hoover to be honored by NBAA

    Molly McMillin
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:23 am
    Famed air show pilot Bob Hoover will be awarded the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award by the National Business Aviation Association at its annual convention in October. Hoover served as a combat aviator during World War II, a military and civilian test pilot and air show performer. He’s piloted more than 300 types of aircraft and is best known for his aerial demonstrations in the P-51 Mustang and Shrike Commander. During World War II, Hoover was shot down and spent 16 months as a prisoner of war before escaping by commandeering a German fighter. When he returned to the U.S., he…
  • Spirit AeroSystems adds aviation veteran John Plueger to its board

    Molly McMillin
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:52 am
    Spirit AeroSystems has a new member on its board of directors. John Plueger, president and chief operating officer of Air Lease Corp., has been appointed to Spirit’s board, the company said. Plueger, 60, previously was  CEO, president and chief operating officer of International Finance Corp. He is a pilot with multiple jet type ratings. Plueger also holds single-engine, multi-engine and intrument instructor ratings. “John is a prominent leader in the aerospace industry, who brings a wealth of experience to the table,” Spirit board of directors chairman Bob Johnson said in…
  • Aviation Design Challenge for high school students in third year

    Molly McMillin
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    The General Aviation Manufacturers Association is hosting its third annual Aviation Design Challenge for high school students. The nationwide competition is to promote science, technology, engineering and math skills. In 2014, the challenge attracted entries from 79 schools in 33 states plus Washington, DC., the trade group said. Under the competition, GAMA will provide 100 teachers who enter with a “Fly to Learn” curriculum and five copies of airplane design and simulation software powered by X-Plane for their classrooms. The lessons can be used to teach the basics of aerospace…
  • Flying Magazine: Top 100 Warbirds

    Molly McMillin
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Flying Magazine publishes its picks of the world’s top 100 Warbirds of all time. The publication calls the aircraft on the list “the best, most influential, fastest, most powerful, most effective and most revered fighting airplanes.” Each plane is described with photos and its place in the line-up. You may not agree with all of the picks. But you’ll learn a lot. Number 100 is the Northrop P-61 Black Widow.      
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  • Grouplove, Portugal the Man and Starfucker outlasted the rain at Crossroads KC last night

    April Fleming
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Grouplove, with Portugal the Man and Starfucker Crossroads KC August 29, 2014 As summer comes to a close, so do the muggy, sweaty, multi-act blowouts that come along with high admission prices and ultra-short sets. Last night at Crossroads KC, the crowd was treated to three buzzworthy acts, with a bonus thunderstorm.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Sam Brownback predictably picks his right-hand man in Caleb Stegall for the Kansas Supreme Court

    Steve Vockrodt
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Gov. Sam Brownback didn't have to look far to fill a vacancy on the Kansas Supreme Court. Caleb Stegall less than a year ago was Brownback's lawyer. Stegall finds himself on the Kansas Supreme Court with less than a year's time as a judge on the Kansas Court of Appeals.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Rock & Run Brewery's first Rot & Ruin Fall Ale and Spirits Festival is Saturday, October 25

    Justin Kendall
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Rock & Run Brewery is throwing its first Rot & Ruin Fall Ale and Spirits Festival on Saturday, October 25. The Liberty brewery says it's bringing together more than 30 local and regional breweries, brewpubs and distilleries for the celebration of craft beer, spirits and Halloween.  Rock & Run says the plan is "to showcase a large amount of these smaller breweries and distilleries that are new or don’t often get a chance to pour at larger festivals." But it's not all about the little guys.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Local Internet sensation Kawehi is at the Bottleneck on Saturday

    Natalie Gallagher
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    In March, Hawaiian-born artist Kawehi uploaded a pretty stellar cover of Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box" to YouTube. In the video, she's seated in her Lawrence home, in front of her synth pad, keyboard and looping tools with headphones on and a glass of red wine at the ready.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • KCUR's restaurant critics have a last supper in the old format

    Charles Ferruzza
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    Back in the mid-1980s, I was invited on KCUR 89.3's Walt Bodine Show to discuss restaurants with a panel of local food writers including, at that time, the late Larry "Fats" Goldberg and KCMO's chatty Bobbi Marx (a total pro — I was entranced by her), restaurateur Lou Jane Temple, Squire columnist Johanna Hall, then-Pitch columnist Kathy Hale (and later, her successor, Jane Berkowitz) and John Martellaro, then of The Kansas City Star. In those early days, the food-critics show was an occasional feature of veteran broadcaster Bodine's schedule, maybe once every six weeks or so. The panel…
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  • Grouplove, Portugal the Man and Starfucker outlasted the rain at Crossroads KC last night

    April Fleming
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Grouplove, with Portugal the Man and Starfucker Crossroads KC August 29, 2014 As summer comes to a close, so do the muggy, sweaty, multi-act blowouts that come along with high admission prices and ultra-short sets. Last night at Crossroads KC, the crowd was treated to three buzzworthy acts, with a bonus thunderstorm.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Sam Brownback predictably picks his right-hand man in Caleb Stegall for the Kansas Supreme Court

    Steve Vockrodt
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Gov. Sam Brownback didn't have to look far to fill a vacancy on the Kansas Supreme Court. Caleb Stegall less than a year ago was Brownback's lawyer. Stegall finds himself on the Kansas Supreme Court with less than a year's time as a judge on the Kansas Court of Appeals.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Rock & Run Brewery's first Rot & Ruin Fall Ale and Spirits Festival is Saturday, October 25

    Justin Kendall
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Rock & Run Brewery is throwing its first Rot & Ruin Fall Ale and Spirits Festival on Saturday, October 25. The Liberty brewery says it's bringing together more than 30 local and regional breweries, brewpubs and distilleries for the celebration of craft beer, spirits and Halloween.  Rock & Run says the plan is "to showcase a large amount of these smaller breweries and distilleries that are new or don’t often get a chance to pour at larger festivals." But it's not all about the little guys.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Local Internet sensation Kawehi is at the Bottleneck on Saturday

    Natalie Gallagher
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    In March, Hawaiian-born artist Kawehi uploaded a pretty stellar cover of Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box" to YouTube. In the video, she's seated in her Lawrence home, in front of her synth pad, keyboard and looping tools with headphones on and a glass of red wine at the ready.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • KCUR's restaurant critics have a last supper in the old format

    Charles Ferruzza
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    Back in the mid-1980s, I was invited on KCUR 89.3's Walt Bodine Show to discuss restaurants with a panel of local food writers including, at that time, the late Larry "Fats" Goldberg and KCMO's chatty Bobbi Marx (a total pro — I was entranced by her), restaurateur Lou Jane Temple, Squire columnist Johanna Hall, then-Pitch columnist Kathy Hale (and later, her successor, Jane Berkowitz) and John Martellaro, then of The Kansas City Star. In those early days, the food-critics show was an occasional feature of veteran broadcaster Bodine's schedule, maybe once every six weeks or so. The panel…
 
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  • Grouplove, Portugal the Man and Starfucker outlasted the rain at Crossroads KC last night

    April Fleming
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
    Grouplove, with Portugal the Man and Starfucker Crossroads KC August 29, 2014 As summer comes to a close, so do the muggy, sweaty, multi-act blowouts that come along with high admission prices and ultra-short sets. Last night at Crossroads KC, the crowd was treated to three buzzworthy acts, with a bonus thunderstorm.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Sam Brownback predictably picks his right-hand man in Caleb Stegall for the Kansas Supreme Court

    Steve Vockrodt
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Gov. Sam Brownback didn't have to look far to fill a vacancy on the Kansas Supreme Court. Caleb Stegall less than a year ago was Brownback's lawyer. Stegall finds himself on the Kansas Supreme Court with less than a year's time as a judge on the Kansas Court of Appeals.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Rock & Run Brewery's first Rot & Ruin Fall Ale and Spirits Festival is Saturday, October 25

    Justin Kendall
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Rock & Run Brewery is throwing its first Rot & Ruin Fall Ale and Spirits Festival on Saturday, October 25. The Liberty brewery says it's bringing together more than 30 local and regional breweries, brewpubs and distilleries for the celebration of craft beer, spirits and Halloween.  Rock & Run says the plan is "to showcase a large amount of these smaller breweries and distilleries that are new or don’t often get a chance to pour at larger festivals." But it's not all about the little guys.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • Local Internet sensation Kawehi is at the Bottleneck on Saturday

    Natalie Gallagher
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    In March, Hawaiian-born artist Kawehi uploaded a pretty stellar cover of Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box" to YouTube. In the video, she's seated in her Lawrence home, in front of her synth pad, keyboard and looping tools with headphones on and a glass of red wine at the ready.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
  • KCUR's restaurant critics have a last supper in the old format

    Charles Ferruzza
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    Back in the mid-1980s, I was invited on KCUR 89.3's Walt Bodine Show to discuss restaurants with a panel of local food writers including, at that time, the late Larry "Fats" Goldberg and KCMO's chatty Bobbi Marx (a total pro — I was entranced by her), restaurateur Lou Jane Temple, Squire columnist Johanna Hall, then-Pitch columnist Kathy Hale (and later, her successor, Jane Berkowitz) and John Martellaro, then of The Kansas City Star. In those early days, the food-critics show was an occasional feature of veteran broadcaster Bodine's schedule, maybe once every six weeks or so. The panel…
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  • Brownback to blame for conflict with teachers

    Phillip Brownlee
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    Gov. Sam Brownback said last week that he regrets the adversarial relationship he has with teachers, the Hutchinson New reported. But whose fault is that? Besides cutting base state aid to schools – the operational money that pays teacher salaries – Brownback has seemed much more interested in advancing the agenda of libertarian groups than in aiding teachers. If he cares about his relationship with teachers, why didn’t he intervene last session when GOP lawmakers were stripping teachers of their state-mandated due-process rights? Why has he supported legislative efforts to weaken…
  • So they said

    Phillip Brownlee
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    “David and I like off-color jokes, Freddie likes more sophisticated jokes…. Charles likes golf.” – Bill Koch (in photo) describing the four Koch brothers in an Associated Press interview “We’ve had to change a lot of things in Kansas since I came in.” – Gov. Sam Brownback, in USA Today, on why the gubernatorial race appears to be so close “It’s an odd thing, but I’ve noticed this. People don’t like paying taxes.” – Brownback again, speaking in Garden City “He was butt naked!” – Topeka resident Natasha Shamblin, who was surprised to see a naked man walking…
  • Public meeting was constructive, excellent first step

    Phillip Brownlee
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    City officials and all who participated in a “community intervention conversation” last Thursday should be congratulated. They dealt openly and honestly with a difficult subject, and did so in a constructive and proactive manner. The meeting was held in response to recent events in Ferguson, Mo., where unarmed black teen Michael Brown was shot by a white police officer. Much of the conversation focused on ways to improve policing and bolster community and police relations. One of the most concrete and positive outcomes was Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer’s commitment to try to find the money…
  • Review state standard on child abuse

    Phillip Brownlee
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    When a Kansas policy is out of step with all other states, it merits further review – particularly when it involves child abuse. As an Eagle news article reported last Sunday, Kansas is the only state in the country that requires clear and convincing evidence of child abuse or neglect before someone can be put on a state registry that bans him or her from living, working or regularly volunteering in a state-regulated child-care facility – including foster homes. Other states have a lower burden of proof. Kansas raised its standard in 2004 to be more consistent with state law. But 10 years…
  • Jayhawk Dispatch has moved

    Michael Roehrman
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    Jayhawk Dispatch has moved to the new Kansas.com. You can find it at www.kansas.com/jayhawk-dispatch/.
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  • Brownback to blame for conflict with teachers

    Phillip Brownlee
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    Gov. Sam Brownback said last week that he regrets the adversarial relationship he has with teachers, the Hutchinson New reported. But whose fault is that? Besides cutting base state aid to schools – the operational money that pays teacher salaries – Brownback has seemed much more interested in advancing the agenda of libertarian groups than in aiding teachers. If he cares about his relationship with teachers, why didn’t he intervene last session when GOP lawmakers were stripping teachers of their state-mandated due-process rights? Why has he supported legislative efforts to weaken…
  • So they said

    Phillip Brownlee
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    “David and I like off-color jokes, Freddie likes more sophisticated jokes…. Charles likes golf.” – Bill Koch (in photo) describing the four Koch brothers in an Associated Press interview “We’ve had to change a lot of things in Kansas since I came in.” – Gov. Sam Brownback, in USA Today, on why the gubernatorial race appears to be so close “It’s an odd thing, but I’ve noticed this. People don’t like paying taxes.” – Brownback again, speaking in Garden City “He was butt naked!” – Topeka resident Natasha Shamblin, who was surprised to see a naked man walking…
  • Public meeting was constructive, excellent first step

    Phillip Brownlee
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    City officials and all who participated in a “community intervention conversation” last Thursday should be congratulated. They dealt openly and honestly with a difficult subject, and did so in a constructive and proactive manner. The meeting was held in response to recent events in Ferguson, Mo., where unarmed black teen Michael Brown was shot by a white police officer. Much of the conversation focused on ways to improve policing and bolster community and police relations. One of the most concrete and positive outcomes was Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer’s commitment to try to find the money…
  • Review state standard on child abuse

    Phillip Brownlee
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    When a Kansas policy is out of step with all other states, it merits further review – particularly when it involves child abuse. As an Eagle news article reported last Sunday, Kansas is the only state in the country that requires clear and convincing evidence of child abuse or neglect before someone can be put on a state registry that bans him or her from living, working or regularly volunteering in a state-regulated child-care facility – including foster homes. Other states have a lower burden of proof. Kansas raised its standard in 2004 to be more consistent with state law. But 10 years…
  • Anti-abortion groups criticize ‘After Tiller’ documentary

    Phillip Brownlee
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Anti-abortion groups are upset about a documentary airing Monday at 9 p.m. on KPTS, Channel 8, and on other public broadcasting stations. “After Tiller” profiles the four doctors in the United States still openly performing late-term abortions after the the 2009 assassination of Wichita abortion doctor George Tiller. It also examines the reasons women seek late abortions. National Right to Life described the film as “an unabashed love story, so to speak, about the successors to a man who specialized in late, late abortions.” Judie Brown, president of American Life League, complained…
 
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