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The Week In News: Temporarily Delayed Edition

Stephen Koranda

Every Friday (or in some cases, Saturday) catch up on some of the last week's biggest stories.

How could KPERS payment delay affect Kansas?

The State of Kansas temporarily delayed a roughly $90 million contribution into the public employee pension fund that was due Friday. Reporter Abigail Wilson talks to financial experts about what that could mean for Kansas down the road.

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Outgoing U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom discusses achievements, regrets and what's next

After six years in office, U.S. Attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom announced last week that he would be stepping down effective April 15 to join a private practice. Here, he sits down with reporter Sean Sandefur to discuss his tenure and why he felt like it was the right time to leave.

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Diane Rehm on marriage, death with dignity and life on her own

The veteran public radio host of WAMU's The Diane Rehm Show has become an advocate for the "right to die" movement after her husband of 54 years, John Rehm, made the decision to die following a decade-long fight with Parkinson's disease. She talks to KMUW's Beth Golay about her new book, "On My Own," and remembers both the highs and lows of her marriage.

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School officials react to school funding bill

Gov. Sam Brownback signed into law a new school funding formula that lawmakers say meets the Kansas Supreme Court's equity requirement; the bill is now under review by the court with a hearing set for May 10. Local state and education officials talk about what the new formula could mean for Wichita schools and for the future of education funding in Kansas.

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Testing and research underway at new lightning lab in Wichita

Wichita is now home to just the third commercial "lightning lab" in the country, where aviation companies can test materials in what researchers have dubbed the "Shocker Generator" to see if they can withstand a lightning strike. Reporter Deborah Shaar goes into the Wichita State National Institute on Aviation Research lab to see, hear and feel the generator up close.