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Burnt Ends: Katie Horner’s a plumber now; a new social network; Lawrence’s world record talk show attempt

Merriam approves new handicapped-accessible sign pushed by former Star reporter Finn Bullers

Screen shot 2014-07-15 at 10.37.43 AMIn December, former Star reporter Finn Bullers, helped push Kansas to reinstate KanCare services for people like him who require around-the-clock care.

Now Bullers’ advocacy has led the city of Merrian to adopt a new sign for handicapped-accessible areas, he said Tuesday.

Bullers, who suffers from a rare form of muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair, said the new design is “lively, engaged. — and by extension  — a life-affirming symbol of independence for one in five Americans with a disability.”

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KSHB debuts The Now KC, afternoon show focused on trending topics

A new afternoon news program on KSHB focuses on audience engagement and trending topics. The Now KC debuted Monday, and fills the 4 p.m. slot

The Now KC, hosted by Nebraska transplant Deb Tuff, ” features news and information but is not a newscast. Viewers will engage, share and interact constantly throughout the hour-long program. The show includes a mix of local, national and international news, viral videos, and entertainment and lifestyle stories,” according to parent company Scripps.

A similar program launched in Denver, and other stations will soon join their ranks.

Tuff joins KSHB by way of Omaha and Lincoln. She’s joined on The Now KC by Jamie Peters, Lindsay Shively, Kat Boutwell and Andy Ryan.


Mike McGraw signs on with KCPT

Mike McGraw, who retired from The Star last month, has a new gig at KCPT’s new Hale Center for Journalism. McGraw, a Pulitzer Prize winner, will lead the center’s investigative efforts, and focus on stories involving agribusiness and government.

KCPT’s Hale Center debuted late last year as a multimedia journalism hub for Kansas City news, published across TV, radio, the Web and social media. Continue reading

AP’s John Milburn jumps to Brownback campaign

The AP’s Kansas statehouse correspondent John Milburn is trading his press badge for a Brownback pin.

The 13-year AP vet, and former Lawrence Journal-World reporter, will be the governor’s campaign spokesman, the Wichita Eagle reports.

“I look forward to sharing the achievements of the Brownback administration with all Kansans,” the Lawrence resident said.

Mark Dugan, Brownback’s campaign manager, is also happy: “I am pleased to welcome John to the team . His experience and understanding of what matters to Kansans makes him an excellent choice to join the Brownback team.”

Everybody’s happy.

Karen Dillon lands at the Pitch as Kansas’ new records law goes into effect

Investigative reporter Karen Dillon’s had a bumpy ride since the widely reported Thunderdome incident at The Star in 2012. She was laid off from The Star in October 2013, and signed on at KSHB in January. But she was laid off from KSHB in May.

Now she’s freelancing for the Pitch. Continue reading

Burnt Ends: on the move, or not

  • The Star’s Eric Adler, Dugan Arnett, Steve Paul and Jennifer Hack are recognized by the Society for Features Journalism.
  • A source tells me Arnett is staying with The Star, after originally taking a job with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
  • KCTV has hired meteorologist Jim Kosek, previously of KTVX in Salt Lake City, to replace Tom Wachs. (
  • Michael Mackie is leaving KSHB’s Kansas City Live talk show. (TKC)