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Kansas Lawmakers Looking To Pass On Revenue Windfall In Favor Of Lower Taxes

Changes in federal tax law could actually cost some Kansans more in state taxes. Kansas lawmakers might turn down that revenue windfall and add an election year tax cut instead. A bill they’re backing would cost roughly the same amount as a court-triggered boost to school spending. The cut to federal taxes has become a signature achievement of the Trump administration and a talking point for national Republicans. But because of the way federal income tax returns translate to state filings, it...

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Law enforcement officials in Sedgwick County and across Kansas will collect leftover medications on Saturday.

Since the Drug Take-Back Day program started in 2010, more than 65 tons of medication in Kansas has been collected.

Drop-off sites will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There are 10 sites in Sedgwick County, including in Maize, Goddard, Haysville, Cheney and Derby.

The event is conducted by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which will collect and dispose of the medications.

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Jeff Wheeler has been a professional artist for more than 25 years, having amassed an impressive body of work — much of it focused on collaborations. One of the most fruitful of these partnerships has been with musician/artist Daniel Johnston. Wheeler will be showing some of their recent works at the Diver Studio in the show, "On Their Way To Heaven Or Hell," this Friday. Wheeler and Diver will also host a screening of the 2005 documentary The Devil And Daniel Johnston.

Changes in federal tax law could actually cost some Kansans more in state taxes.

Kansas lawmakers might turn down that revenue windfall and add an election year tax cut instead. A bill they’re backing would cost roughly the same amount as a court-triggered boost to school spending.

The cut to federal taxes has become a signature achievement of the Trump administration and a talking point for national Republicans.

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Officials say the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services is on track to fall short of federal requirements for inspection of 350 nursing home facilities that receive Medicare or Medicaid funding.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the agency's compliance record for annual inspections has grown worse since 2015, when state employees completed surveys at nearly 80 percent of the state's nursing facilities.

Only 35 percent were inspected in 2017 and the state is on pace to conduct less than 40 percent for 2018.

KMUW has won three regional 2018 Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for excellence in journalism.

WSU Tech in Wichita is expanding an aviation training program in order to meet workforce demand from Spirit AeroSystems and other companies.

Ashley Leal parks in front of the Plains, Kansas, Community Library. It’s about to close, but she doesn’t care. She pulls out her blue laptop.

“I’m ... using the Wi-Fi,” Leal says with a laugh.

Her home internet was so slow, she came to the library parking lot. Cars often idle there in the evening while their drivers tap into a plodding, but treasured, link to the internet.

“I’m just thankful that we have somewhere to go,” Leal says.

It’s the only free internet in this small western Kansas town. For many people, it’s the only internet, period. Surprisingly, part of the problem and the solution, for rural areas may lie in Netflix traffic.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families is opening up child protection services jobs to people who aren’t licensed social workers.

Child protection workers investigate reports of possible child abuse or neglect and make recommendations about whether or not children should be removed from their homes.

A third of child protection positions are vacant, and some have been for more than a year, according to DCF. Loosening the prerequisites, said DCF Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel, will help fill in the gaps.

A behind-the-scenes struggle over proposed changes to Kansas’ Medicaid program is coming down to the wire.

Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer has offered concessions. But he appears determined to stick with his proposal to make some non-disabled recipients work, or undergo job training, for their health care coverage.

Jon Hamdorf, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment official who oversees the state’s privatized Medicaid program known as KanCare, said the governor believes “very strongly that work is a pathway to independence.”

Celia LLopis-Jepsen / Kansas News Service/File photo

Several schools in Andover and Wichita will spend the next year redesigning their curriculum in collaboration with the Kansas State Department of Education.



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Monday 4.23.18

Night Train kicks off a week’s preview of the artists appearing at this year’s International Day Jazz concert on April 30th, including this night music from Till Bronner and Gilad Hekselman. Plus new music from pianist Edward Simon, a live four-disc set from the final Miles Davis/John Coltrane tour, the Oak Trio, and guitarist Wali Ali; music from Duke Ellington’s Such Sweet Thunder suite for Shakespeare’s birthday; and in hour two, for our April Guitar Month feature, a special examining One Hundred Years of Jazz Guitar.

Tuesday 4.24.18

It’s Chicago tenor night on the Night Train in honor of the birthday of Johnny Griffin. We’ll hear music – and a special in hour two – featuring such great Chicago tenor players as Gene Ammons, Clifford Jordan, John Gilmore (from the Sun Ra Arkestra) and Von Freeman. And, as we feature music all week from artists appearing at this year’s International Jazz Day concert, there’s music from Kurt Elling and Joey DeFrancesco.

Wednesday 4.25.18

Night Train celebrates birthdays of drummer Carl Allen, soul jazz saxophonist Willis Jackson, and the legendary Ella Fitzgerald (including a Jazz Profiles special about her in hour two of the show). Plus more music from artists performing at this year’s International Jazz Day concert April 30th, including Kurt Elling and Manhattan Transfer – both with new albums out; and more guitars for the April Guitar Month feature, including John Scofield and a new duo set from Royce Campbell with bassist Bob Bowen.

Thursday 4.26.18

As part of the April Guitar Month feature, Night Train highlights some acoustic guitar recordings, including a rare set from John Scofield, John Pisano with Gene Bertoncini, gypsy jazz guitarists Stephane Wrembel, Romane, Stochelo Rosenberg, and Martin Taylor, Ralph Towner, and John Pizzarelli.  Plus new music from alto saxophonist Sherman Irby, the New Faces lineup, Van Morrison with Joey DeFrancesco, Leslie Pintchik, Lewis Porter, Michel Camilo, and George Kahn.

April 27/29

Each year in advance of the Blues Music Awards, the Blues Foundation has a special ceremony to induct the year’s new entrants into the Blues Hall of Fame. In this special edition of Crossroads, we’ll feature music from the 2018 inductees for performers, albums, and singles – along with a special in hour two about the Parrot label started by DJ and businessman Al Benson, another of this year’s inductees. Music from B.B. King, Albert King, the Staple Singers, and more will be featured in the show.

The Blues Foundation has posted more information about this year’s Blues Hall of Fame inductees here:

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Tuesday, April 24

Listen for selections from the new effort from Finer Spirit, Well As You Pretend plus selections from the latest by Me Like Bees.

Wednesday, April 25

Released at the end of 1977, Jackson Browne’s Running On Empty was an unusual recording: It featured brand-new material recorded in the live arena plus a smattering of coverings tracked either on Browne’s tour bus or in hotel rooms. The rough, experimental approach led to one of the singer-songwriter’s most beloved albums. We’ll hear music from it as well as selections from Silk Degrees, the 1976 effort from Boz Scaggs.

Thursday, April 26

We’ll hear music from The Cure’s 1989 album Disintegration plus music from The Church’s 1988 release, Starfish.

Friday, April 27

Resistance Is Futile is the latest album from Welsh band Manic Street Preachers. We’ll hear music from that recording as well as selections from Second Coming, the 1994 release by The Stone Roses.

Saturday, April 28

Locate S,1 is the new project from singer-songwriter Christina Schneider. Recorded with help from members of the Athens, Georgia band, Of Montreal, the project appeals to a broad range of musical sensibilities while losing none of Schneider’s sense of adventure. Listen to music from that recording as well as selections from Of Montreal’s 2007 disc, Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?

Monday, April 30

Listen for music from Exitmusic’s The Recognitions and the latest by Eels, The Deconstruction.

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Spirit of the Stairs releases its new EP, Sagas, at the Shamrock Lounge on Friday, April 20, marking its 16th anniversary.

Monday, April 23

More global guitars this time in the Global Village for the April Guitar Month feature, including Indian electric guitarist Prasanna, Indian slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya, Jamaican guitar legend Ernest Ranglin, the guitar duo of Larry Coryell and Steve Khan, a flamenco guitar/ukulele duo with Pepe Romero and Daniel Ho, the Montreal Guitare Trio, Mandinka guitar master Djessou Mory Kante, and Malagasy guitarist D’Gary.

Tuesday, April 24

Global Village marks the birthday of John Williams, exploring some of the world music projects the acclaimed classical guitarist has done. It’s also the birthday of Cuban-born percussionist Horacio Hernandez and of percussionist Collin Walcott, who was a founding member of the pioneering world chamber jazz ensemble, Oregon, and part of the Codona trio with Don Cherry and Nana Vasconcelos.

Wednesday, April 25

In conjunction with the April Guitar Month feature, Global Village highlights guitar duos from around the globe. We’ll hear Malian legend Ali Farka Toure with Ry Cooder; Maninka guitar master Djessou Mory Kante with one of Africa’s greatest players, Djelimady Tounkara; Brazilian brothers Sergio and Odair Assad; the popular Costa Rican/Iranian duo of Strunz & Farah; and from Vietnam, Nguyen Le with Ngo Hong Quang.

Thursday, April 26

Today is Union Day, marking the date in 1964 when Tanganyika and Zanzibar united to become Tanzania. We’ll highlight music from some of the great guitar bands from that country, including Remmy Ongala, the Vijana Jazz Band and more; showcase groups from Zanzibar, including the Culture Musical Club performing with world-blues artist Taj Mahal, and the century old Ikhwani Saffa Musical Club; and conclude with a lovely piece called Tanganyika from a 1950s album of the same name from the Buddy Collette-Chico Hamilton Sextet.

Friday, April 27

Global Village marks Independence Day in Sierra Leone with music from that African nation, including Janka Nabay (who just passed away at the beginning of this month), Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, palm wine guitarist S.E. Rogie, and a compilation of ‘50s palm wine music from Sierra Leone from the Original Music label established by pioneering world music writer and label owner John Storm Roberts.


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Cities And Suburbs Snub Chicken Business, But Rural Kansas Sets Lower Bar For New Jobs

For about 10 years Laura Krier has lived in Concordia, Kansas, a small town that she’s seen get only smaller. Without some kind of economic development, she fears things it will only get worse.

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