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In Case You Missed It - July 2016

Kansas Statehouse in Topeka (Photo by Dan Skinner)


Governor Signs Funding Plan & Kansas Supreme Court Accepts Latest School Funding Changes
Supreme Court accepted changes made to Kansas' education funding system. The new plan increases the financial support for poorer districts by diverting funding from other areas of the state budget and also saves Kansas public schools from the threat of being shut down.
Lamenting the Loss of the Locally-Owned Lawrence Journal-World
After being run by a single Kansan family for 125 years, Lawrence Journal-World being bought by an 'outsider' can feel, to some, a lot like losing a really old friend. Guest Commentator and longtime LJWorld reader David J. Brown breaks down exactly why dealing with this may be difficult and imply larger change for Kansas and the Lawrence community.


Brexit's Impact Stretches from Deep Space to Nuclear Fusion
Even through all the news we've been hearing about the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, there's always more to the story. NPR explores the EU's dependence on collaboration in regard to science among other fields, where sharing resources across borders can benefit the greater body of human knowledge. Britain's vote to leave, however, may endanger not only the mobility of their scientists, but also collaborative efforts on international research.

How do you "Design" Trust between Strangers
Airbnb is a company/website that allows users to find people willing to provide travelers with a place to stay for a fee. Hearing the concept may sound ridiculously unsafe to some, but as a part of the recent Ted Radio Hour talks focusing on design, Joe Gebbia, co-founder of Airbnb, explains how they make it all work.

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