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Some GOP Candidates In Kansas Backing Away From Brownback

When you’re a Republican, and the governor is a Republican, and the governor has a low approval rating, running for office can be tricky. In a state Senate race in Topeka, both Republicans are trying to keep their distance.
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Something that’s not news: It’s hot.

But not even triple-degree temperatures could put a damper on a successful community cookout, or alter the plans of demonstrators from around the country who came to Wichita on the 25th anniversary of the first Summer of Mercy to pray and protest abortion. Here’s a look at some of the other stories you may have missed this week while you were sitting in front of your air conditioning unit.

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The Republican National Convention wrapped up in Cleveland on Thursday with an acceptance speech from GOP nominee Donald Trump. KMUW’s Carla Eckels has reaction from a Wichita delegate in attendance.

It was the first time 21-year-old Dalton Glasscock attended the Republican National Convention as a delegate; in 2012--then too young to even vote--he went as a page.

Glasscock says the evening was electrifying, and he thinks Trump’s speech helped the party come together, especially for those hesitant about Donald Trump and what he might say.

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The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum is celebrating two special birthdays on Saturday, July 23. The City of Wichita turned 146 years old on Thursday, and the city’s original City Hall, which is now home to the museum, is 126 years old.

To celebrate both events, the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum is hosting a birthday party from 1 to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 204 South Main Street in Wichita.

A judge will hear arguments on whether to block the two-tiered voting system in Kansas just days before the primary election.

Shawnee County District Judge Larry Hendricks has set a July 29 hearing in Topeka on the American Civil Liberties Union's request for a temporary restraining order. The primary is Aug. 2.

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When you’re a Republican, and the governor is a Republican, and the governor has a low approval rating, running for office can be tricky. In a state Senate race in Topeka, both Republicans are trying to keep their distance.

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Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay has been invited to the White House to participate in an event focused on community policing.

Officials with the City of Wichita say the invitation comes on the heels of discussions between area law enforcement and local activists who support the Black Lives Matter movement. Ramsay helped to organize the First Steps Cookout last weekend in an effort to unite the two groups in the wake of violence in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

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Congress has yet to come to an agreement on appropriating money to fund Zika virus research, but that hasn’t stopped Kansas State University researchers from studying the disease.

Scientists at K-State acquired samples of Zika from the CDC. The work has been going on at the Biosecurity Research Institute.

“We certainly hope and believe that we’re moving the knowledge and science forward,” says Biosecurity Research Institute Director Steve Higgs.

He says they’re studying how the virus infects mosquitos and what types of mosquitos can spread the infection.

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Kansas Republican Party Chairman Kelly Arnold says it has been an exciting week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland leading up to GOP nominee Donald Trump's speech tonight.

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The chairman of Ted Cruz's campaign in Kansas said Thursday that the Texas senator has "harmed himself immeasurably" by not endorsing Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. GOP Gov. Sam Brownback also expressed disappointment.

Kansas state Rep. Mark Kahrs of Wichita said he was disappointed in Cruz because the senator had the opportunity in his convention speech to "provide unity to our party and strengthen the ticket." Kahrs said he admires Cruz as a true conservative.

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With the beginning of the school year a little more than a month away, Wichita’s public school district has an unusually high number of teacher vacancies.

Elementary schools in the district have the most openings at 13, followed by high schools and middle schools with 10 each. Special education programs in the district are short by 34 teachers.

Shannon Krysl, chief human resources officer with USD 259, says the number of unfilled positions is down significantly since June, when there were nearly 70 vacancies in elementary schools alone.

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A Musical Life: Heather Wooldridge

Heather Wooldridge is a Wichita-based musician. She plays keyboards with Vehicles and a variety of other instruments in her downtime. She favors soul music and the drums.
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Paul Gilbert has one of the most stylistically diverse discographies in rock guitar. From his time in the shred outfit Racer X to his Top 40 success with Mr. Big and beyond, Gilbert has carved path that sees him moving with ease from the guitar heavy music of the 1970s to the layered, multi-faceted world of smart singer-songwriters such as Todd Rundgren. His latest release is I Can Destroy, an album that finds the Illinois-born musician’s senses of facility and humor intact.

Sunday, July 24

As we continue jazz guitar month, hear jazzy summertime music from the dynamic ten-time Grammy winner George Benson.  

Saturday July 23
Blues, roots-rock with a hard-to-fine element that says “southern.”  Paul's style is gritty as it is graceful. And he is incredibly funny! Paul Thorn is a consummate storyteller as you will hear in his Old Setters Inn performance. If you can't wait...

Here are a couple of tunes:

Monday, July 25

I Can Destroy is the latest release from guitarist Paul Gilbert. Known for his work as a solo artist and with the bands Racer X and Mr. Big, Gilbert touches on a variety of styles on his latest solo offering with songs informed by his unique sense of humor. We’ll hear selections from I Can Destroy on this episode of the show as well as music from Scambot 2 the new release by Mike Keneally. 

Tuesday, July 26

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Night Train highlights ‘new standards’ and tribute albums tonight – including Tierney Sutton’s celebration of the music of Joni Mitchell, a Joni cover from Claire Martin and music from Mitchell’s standards album, Both Sides Now – also the Trio of Oz doing Stone Temple Pilots; Deep Blue Organ Trio with a hit from Rufus; Benny Golson’s celebration of the tenor in jazz; Steve Turre’s salute to trombonists who were part of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers; and Carmen McCrae with music of Billie Holiday.

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A Community Together: The Sights And Sounds Of The First Steps Cookout

An alternative to a protest in support of Black Lives Matter took place at McAdams Park in Wichita on Sunday: a cookout uniting hundreds in the Wichita community with law enforcement officers. It was an effort to get to know each other in a relaxed setting. Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay thought of the idea and local activist AJ Bohannon agreed to co-host. KMUW’s Carla Eckels was there at the First Steps Community Cookout and caught up with some of the folks attending.
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