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Universities In Kansas Asking For Higher Tuition Despite State Funding Boost

Public universities in Kansas are proposing tuition hikes significantly lower than some of the larger increases seen in recent years. The schools presented the plans to the Kansas Board of Regents this week. The increases in tuition and fees for in-state, undergraduate students range from 1.2 percent at Kansas State University to 3 percent at the University of Kansas.

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Already facing highly restrictive abortion laws in Missouri and Kansas, Planned Parenthood Great Plains now confronts the prospect of losing its federal family planning funds if a proposed Trump administration rule goes into effect.

The administration unveiled a proposal Friday that would make clinics that provide abortion services or referrals ineligible to participate in Title X, which helps fund birth control, cancer screenings and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

Kansas saw a bump in job growth last month.

The Kansas Department of Labor says the state gained 2,000 private sector jobs from March to April. Compared to April of last year, Kansas had nearly 18,000 more jobs in the private sector.

Emilie Doerksen, with the Department of Labor, says there have been jumps in job categories such as business services, transportation and warehousing.

“This is actually the first month that we’ve had significant over-the-year gains in the private sector in over a year,” Doerksen says.

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A Kansas lawmaker has switched to running for state treasurer after planning to seek the Democratic nomination for secretary of state.

State Sen. Marci Francisco of Lawrence announced her decision Thursday. Democrats had not found a candidate to challenge incumbent Republican Treasurer Jake LaTurner.

Former Uber and Google executive Brian McClendon of Lawrence is running for the Democratic nomination for secretary of state. Francisco's switch likely heads off a primary contest for him.

Some conservative House Republicans made it clear Friday in voting down the 2018 farm bill: They’re not interested in a farm bill without working on immigration first.

Thirty Republicans and every Democrat voted against the farm bill, which failed 198-213 in the full House.

Missouri is in the vanguard when it comes to defining what meat is, thanks to legislation awaiting the governor’s signature.

It’s an essential, perhaps even existential, question sparked by the growth of plant-based proteins,meat substitutes and lab-grown products. And it’s a topic that, while first passed at the state level Thursday, is also being considered at the federal level.

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Tin Man is the latest release by author--and performer--Sarah Winman. The novel is a departure from her previous works and reinforces the actress' creative diversity.

If you're a fan of Winman, it's likely because of her work on the screen and stage. But the British actress's latest success has been on the page, most recently with her third novel, Tin Man.

"It was published almost a year ago. It was published in late July, nine...  nineteen... Good Lord, where am I?" she laughs.

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Wichita Public Schools will begin its annual summer food program on Monday.

The Kid Power Cafe Summer Food Service Program offers free breakfast, lunch and snacks to children 18 years old and younger. Children do not have to be Wichita Public Schools students to participate.

Meals are available Monday through Friday at most of the 41 locations. The program runs through Aug. 3. 

Reservations are not required and there are no income guidelines or any paperwork to fill out.

Public universities in Kansas are proposing tuition hikes significantly lower than some of the larger increases seen in recent years. The schools presented the plans to the Kansas Board of Regents this week.

The increases in tuition and fees for in-state, undergraduate students range from 1.2 percent at Kansas State University to 3 percent at the University of Kansas.

Federal prosecutors in Kansas have agreed to address issues arising from the furor over their use of recordings of phone conversations between attorneys and clients at the pretrial facility in Leavenworth.

Details remain to be worked out, but after a highly charged day-long hearing Tuesday in federal court, U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said Wednesday that his office was prepared to work out an agreement with the Federal Public Defender’s Office and the special master appointed to look into the tapings.

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Sixty-four years ago, the United States Supreme Court handed down the decision to end legal segregation in the public school system as part of the Brown v. Board of Education case. A new mural is being unveiled Thursday in the Kansas Capitol in Topeka to commemorate that landmark decision.

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Cooking With Fire: Cold Smoking

This piece originally aired on February 10, 2017. When most of us think of smoked foods we think of traditional barbecue pits with roaring fires creating smoke and heat to slowly cook things like pork shoulder or brisket.

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Sunday, May 20

Sunday on Soulsations we'll hear the soulful sounds of American Idol’s Ruben Studdard. He has a new release that pays tribute to legendary singer, songwriter and producer Luther Vandross.

KMUW Music is celebrating Taj Mahal's birthday on Thursday, May 17. Tune in to Global Village and Strange Currency from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. for three hours of music. 

KMUW Music is celebrating the birthday of Sun Ra on Tuesday, May 22.  Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for five hours of music.

Global Village marks the occasion with some pieces the (other) world musician did that were influenced by styles from other parts of the planet.

The feature continues on Strange Currency with selections from NRBQ, Yo La Tengo and others.

Night Train closes out the feature from 10:00 p.m. to midnight.

Saturday, May 19

Kelley Hunt and her band at the Old Settlers Inn. Blues, boogie-woogie piano and a sold-out crowd.

Tuesday, 15

We remember avant-garde composer and musician Glenn Branca, who died Monday at the age of 69. Branca’s work was highly influential on acts such as Sonic Youth, Helmet and countless others. We’ll hear music from his as well as several of his protégés. 

Wednesday, May 16

We celebrate the birthday of King Crimson founder Robert Fripp with music from his work with that band as well as with Blondie, Daryl Hall, and David Sylvian. 

Thursday, May 17

We celebrate the birthday of Taj Mahal, including music from his collaboration with Keb' Mo', TajMo. Plus selections from Jesse Ed Davis, Prince and others. 

Friday, May 18

Only In The Dark is the new release singer-songwriter Jesse Ainslie, known for his work with Phosphorescent. We’ll hear music from that recording plus selections from Late For The Sky, Jackson Browne’s 1974 LP.

Saturday, May 19

Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino is the first album in six years from Arctic Monkeys. Listen for music from that release as well as new songs from Ament, the project of Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament.

Monday, May 21

We’ll hear selections from Prince’s classic album 1999 as well as music from Andre Cymone’s A.C.

Tuesday, May 22

We celebrate the birthday of Sun Ra with selections from NRBQ, Yo La Tengo and others.

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Westar Wants Kansans To Pay For Peak Power. What Could It Mean For Your Energy Bill?

Perhaps conserving energy is important to you. You’ve switched out all of your incandescent light bulbs with LEDs. You keep your thermostat set at 78 in the summer. You might even get mad at your kids when they leave a light on. Your neighbor, on the other hand, isn’t quite as concerned. He keeps the thermostat set consistently at 68 and he hasn’t replaced any of his light bulbs because, in his words, who wants to pay $10 for a new one?

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