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2008-08-05 03:00:34

By Molly McMillin, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 5--The strike at Hawker Beechcraft could remove $10 million to $12 million a month in take-home pay from the Wichita economy, a Wichita State University economist said Monday. About 4,700 Machinists in Wichita -- more than half of the company's work force of 9,000 -- went on strike at 12:01 a.m. Monday as the current contract expired. The union also represents 500 members in Salina. Job security, health care, earned time off for new...

2008-08-04 15:00:49

By Phyllis Jacobs Griekspoor and Bi, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 3--Small businesses and independent oil producers in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas find themselves caught in the ripples from the spreading SemGroup LP bankruptcy. SemGroup buys, sells, stores and transports crude oil and crude oil products. The Tulsa-based company, the 12th-largest privately held company in the United States, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization on July 22. Numerous Wichita-area and Kansas...

2008-08-04 03:00:22

By Molly McMillin, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 4--And daniel MCCoy Eagle correspondent Hawker Beechcraft hourly workers prepared Sunday for this morning's picket line as a strike against the company gets under way. The strike began at 12:01 a.m. this morning, as the current labor contract expired. Hundreds of workers lined up outside the Machinists strike headquarters on South Greenwich on Sunday evening to begin signing up for times to participate in the picket line. "It's a...

2008-08-04 03:00:15

By Karen Shideler, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 4--If Sedgwick County residents want a better quality of life, says Sonja Armbruster, the question is: "Better than what?" It's a question that the Sedgwick County Health Department hopes to begin to answer with a quality-of-life survey that's being launched today. Armbruster, community health assessment coordinator, said the survey is part of a national movement to assess communities "so we can better measure quality of life, and...

2008-08-04 03:00:12

By Joe Rodriguez, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 4--Congregation asks 500 houses of worship to join its program A Wichita church that launched an initiative this spring to help combat hunger locally has invited other houses of worship to join the effort. As part of its "We Can" program, members of Asbury Church, a United Methodist church, have brought canned goods and other items such as hygiene products to Sunday morning services since early May. The items collected at each of the...

2008-08-03 09:00:11

By Brent D. Wistrom, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 3--Brooke Owens' four children were somewhere in the jungle of slides, swings and sand shovels at Sedgwick County Park Saturday morning. Occasionally, one of them would pop up -- and disappear again. Cody, 7, spun in childish bliss on a spiraling pole. Cale, 5, ran up the slide. Then slid down it. Ran up it. Slid down it. And Brooke stood in the shade with a smile. She and her kids -- all from Fort Worth -- were among the first...

2008-08-03 03:00:27

By Beccy Tanner, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 3--This is a weekly series on day trips and weekend getaways within easy driving distance of Wichita. If you've stayed close to home this summer, why not treat yourself in these last few weeks before summer ends and venture forth on an outing across Kansas? It can be as long or as short as you want. It's time now to explore the eclectic shops of Kansas. Leavenworth Distance: 198 miles Main attraction: EuroPottery, a Polish...

2008-08-03 03:00:20

By Molly McMillin, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 3--Machinists union members at Hawker Beechcraft overwhelmingly rejected the company's proposal of a new three-year labor contract Saturday and voted to strike. A work stoppage begins and picket lines go up at 12:01 a.m. Monday, when the current contract expires. Third-shift hourly workers, who begin work at 10 p.m. Sunday, will walk out at midnight, union officials say. Members voted Saturday at the Kansas Coliseum. Eighty-nine...

2008-08-03 03:00:13

By Brent D. Wistrom, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 3--Accessible playground opens at Sedgwick County Park Brooke Owens' four children were somewhere in the jungle of slides, swings and sand shovels at Sedgwick County Park Saturday morning. Occasionally, one of them would pop up -- and disappear again. Cody, 7, spun in childish bliss on a spiraling pole. Cale, 5, ran up the slide. Then slid down it. Ran up it. Slid down it. And Brooke stood in the shade with a smile. She and...

2008-08-02 21:00:15

By Molly McMillin, The Wichita Eagle, Kan. Aug. 2--Hawker Beechcraft workers who are members of the Machinists union voted today to reject the company's three-year contract offer and strike. Eighty-nine percent of those voting this morning at the Kansas Coliseum voted to strike; 90 percent voted to reject the contract. Loud cheers greeted the vote totals when they were announced just before 4 p.m. The strike will start at 12:01 a.m. Monday when the current three-year agreement...


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'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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