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Bernie Sanders Supporters In Kansas Put Energy Toward Own Candidates, Campaigns

In what turned out to be his last big speech as a presidential candidate, Democrat Bernie Sanders called on his supporters to run for office. By then, one political newcomer from Sedgwick County had already filed to run for the Kansas Senate.
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In a vote of 2329 to 601, Wichita teachers tentatively approved a teachers' agreement between United Teachers of Wichita and the USD 259 Board of Education. If the board approves the agreement at their meeting on Oct. 24, it will be the end of several months of negotiations that required the help of a federal mediator.

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The City of Wichita is making improvements to traffic in the area around the new Southeast High School, located at 127th Street East and Pawnee in south Wichita.

Council member Pete Meitzner says the city conducted traffic counts before the school opened last spring, and again after it opened.

“We were able to take additional traffic counts, and we were able to determine what would be the best use of the taxpayer funds related to stop signs, speed limits for safety reasons and traffic lights," he said Thursday at the mayor's weekly briefing.

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One of the men charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction on a housing complex in Garden City has waived a detention hearing.

Gavin Wright, a 51-year-old man from Liberal, decided to pass on a detention hearing in the case and instead pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Updated, 2:15 p.m. Friday:

Despite a court order clearing the way for them to vote this November, Kansans who registered at the Department of Motor Vehicles were still being told they would need to provide proof of citizenship up until an Oct. 18 deadline.

Melissa Boohar just moved to Olathe from the Missouri side. She went to the DMV on Saturday, Oct. 15, to change her voter registration to Kansas.

That night, she noticed something strange on her receipt.

Image from the National Weather Service in Kansas City

Thousands of people were evacuated from Atchison Friday morning after a chemical cloud erupted from a nearby factory. The plume of gasses came from MGP Ingredients, which distills alcohol and produces other food ingredients.

Atchison City Manager Trey Cocking says the situation was caused by a chemical reaction.

"At 8:02 this morning, two chemicals were inadvertently mixed with each other at MGP by their sewer plant. That caused a gaseous plume to develop. That plume covered good portions of the city of Atchison,” Cocking says.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff's office is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other law enforcement agencies for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday, Oct. 22.

Personnel from the Sedgwick County Sheriff's office will staff three drop-off locations, including the Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 W. Zoo Blvd.; the Household Hazardous Waste Center, 801 W. Stillwell; and the Oaklawn Activity Center, 4904 S. Clifton.

The initiative includes any expired or leftover prescriptions or over-the-counter medications.

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Judy Talbot is trying to get her daughter out of a state facility for Kansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Zack Zbeeb is trying to get his son into one.

But both ultimately have the same goal: to do a “medication washout” to determine whether the prescription drugs their autistic kids take are helping to control their recent dangerous psychotic episodes or actually causing them.

Zbeeb, from Wichita, wants his 15-year-old son to be weaned off his medications at a place like Parsons State Hospital and Training Center.

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New details have been released in the case involving three southwest Kansas men accused of plotting to attack Somali immigrants in Garden City. As KMUWs Nadya Faulx reports, two of the men are set to appear in court Friday for detention hearings.

Federal prosecutors filed a motion to keep Curtis Allen, Gavin Wright and Patrick Stein in custody during their trials.

The three men are charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction. They allegedly wanted to use a homemade explosive device to bomb an apartment complex where many Somali Muslims live and pray.

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A coalition of Kansas health care providers, business organizations and local governments is stepping up its lobbying campaign for Medicaid expansion.

Just this week the coalition has staged media conferences in Wichita and Manhattan to push for the expansion of KanCare, the state’s privatized Medicaid program.

In Manhattan, business leaders made the economic case for expansion. Kristin Brighton chairs the board of the area chamber of commerce.

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A measure on the ballot this fall will ask voters if Kansas should add rights for hunting and fishing to the state constitution. The amendment is aimed at fending off some types of hunting restrictions found in other states.

Republican state Rep. Ken Corbet runs a hunting lodge and he says the industry has a big economic impact in Kansas. While he doesn’t expect any efforts to limit hunting soon, he wants to make sure the sport is preserved into the future.


Big Read Wichita 2016

Teresa Nguyen Saves 'Brave New World'

Oct 17, 2016

My name's Teresa Nguyen. I chose my favorite book, Brave New World. I based it on 1) I've read it more than any other book, and 2) I really like dystopian future societies. I feel like it's actually very similar to potentially what might be going on today.

For example I love 1984, but in it everyone is very aware of their oppression; whereas in Brave New World no one is aware but a few, and that to me is scarier than everyone being aware.

Will Swanson Saves 'Tarzan of the Apes'

Oct 13, 2016

This is a Will and I would save Tarzan of the Apes By Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Well, if we're at a point where society is just burning books because books are bad, you know, the time for argument is over and you just kind of want to protect some stories. And aside from being a good story on its own Tarzan--as Burroughs demonstrated with like 20 odd sequels--it's also really good source material for other stories. So you can keep the narrative traditions that have kind of shape to human culture for so long kind of going.

Clare Vanderpool Saves 'Hannah Coulter'

Oct 12, 2016

I'm Clare Vanderpool, and I'm a mom and I'm a writer. I have chosen Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry because I think if we're talking about a culture in which stories are suppressed, this is a book all about story and our connection to story, our connection to place. It's the story of a life, in my estimation, a life well-lived.

So I think it kind of shows us not only how to live but also gives us a chance to see how one character reflects back on that life.

Wendell Berry writes stories that all take place in this fictional town of Port William, Kentucky.

Racine Zackula Saves 'Slaughterhouse-Five'

Oct 11, 2016

Racine Zackula and I work at the Wichita Public Library. I am the fiction selection librarian of the library, so I order all the fiction for adults. I really have the best job in the world.

I've chosen Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut as a book that I would save from being burned. And I discovered it when I was 18. And it's funny because even at 18 I just I knew parts and bits of why I liked it. But then going back on other readings, then I knew it was because of the language.


Cooking with Fire: New York vs. Chicago Style Pizza

There are many debates in the food world that will never be settled: who has the best barbecue; if chili should contain beans. One debate in my mind reigns supreme: New York- versus Chicago-style pizza.
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Wednesday, October 26

Songbook is a new covers collection from Mia Doi Todd. The collection features songs written by Prince, Joni Mitchell, and Townes Van Zandt among others. We’ll hear selections from that record as well as music from She Haunts My Dreams, the 1999 release from Spain.

Thursday, October 27

Sunday, October 23

Sunday on Soulsations hear new praise and worship music from gospel great Fred Hammond. It’s Hammond’s first live recording in almost two decades. He’s touring the country with other gospel artists as part of the Festival of Praise Tour

Monday 10.17.16

It’s another Monday Night at the Movies tonight on the Night Train, joining Global Village and Strange Currency every Monday night this month to highlight film related music. Tonight it’s jazz versions of film themes from Wes Montgomery, the Phil Norman Tentet, and birthday artists Luiz Bonfa (of Black Orpheus fame – also featured on Global Village tonight), and guitarists Howard Alden and Barney Kessel. Plus new music from Shirley Horn, the Steve Gadd Band and Kenia.

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Monday, October 17

Global Village spends another Monday at the Movies, this time with Black Orpheus for the birthday of guitarist Luiz Bonfa who wrote two of the key songs for that groundbreaking Brazilian film. It is also the birthday of ska trombonist Rico Rodriguez (also doing a couple of movie related numbers) and Ziggy Marley – and there’s new music from Madeleine Peyroux, Raging Fyah and the Rough Guide to Ethiopian Jazz.

Tuesday, October 18

October 21/23

Crossroads continues the October feature remembering zydeco star Buckwheat Zydeco and celebrating the 90th birthday of Chuck Berry. Highlights include a Berry cover from the Rolling Stones and a Charles Brown cover by Chuck Berry, along with a Chuck Berry Special in hour two of the show.

Also more Blues Blast Music Award winners and new music from Al Basile, Nancy Wright, Bobby Rush and Barrelhouse Chuck.

Election 2016


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3 Men From Southwest Kansas Charged With Domestic Terrorism In Plot Targeting Somalis

Updated Saturday, 8:32 p.m.: Federal prosecutors announced in Wichita on Friday charges related to what they say was a planned attack on Somali immigrants in the western Kansas meatpacking town of Garden City.
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