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Railroad Underpass In Downtown Wichita To Get A New Look

The City of Wichita is moving forward with its plans to upgrade the Douglas Avenue railroad underpass.

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback staged a news conference at the state prison in El Dorado this afternoon to announce an immediate pay increase for corrections officers.

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The U.S. Senate comes back from a break next month, but it’s not yet clear when they’ll take up the nomination of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback for a position in the Trump administration.

Brownback is slated to take over as international ambassador for religious freedom, but he’ll need hearings and a Senate vote for confirmation. He says he’s not sure when that will happen.

“There’s lots of speculation, but you just don’t know on these until they set the calendar,” Brownback says.

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President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders came up short in their initial efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says they’re still working to engineer its failure.

In a recent interview, Sebelius, who spearheaded implementation of the ACA, said she knows that the law isn’t perfect. But she said it would be working better if Republicans would stop undermining it.

“The notion that this law is imploding is just not accurate,” Sebelius said. “It’s being sabotaged.”

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Animal welfare workers across Kansas have been receiving free training this week from the national Humane Society.

Midge Grinstead, the head of the Humane Society of the U.S. for Kansas, has been leading the first round of training sessions in cities across the state, including Wichita, Topeka and Kansas City. The trainings, which have brought together shelters, rescues and law enforcement, are part of a three-year, $1 million program.

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Gov. Sam Brownback is making an announcement about the Department of Corrections at a prison that has seen at least three significant disturbances in recent months.

Lawmakers and the state employees' union have urged the administration to address chronic staffing shortages and low pay among Kansas corrections workers. The governor's office has not disclosed what Brownback will say Thursday afternoon at the El Dorado Correctional Facility.

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Residents of the Flint Hills on Wednesday took a fight against an oil company to Kansas energy regulators as part of their broader battle to stem wastewater disposal in the area.

They fear that a request from Quail Oil and Gas to jettison up to 5,000 barrels a day of brine near Strong City and the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve brings a risk for earthquakes or contamination of local groundwater — claims that the company disputes. 

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The Kansas Democratic Party and the Democrat leader in the state Senate, Anthony Hensley, called out top Republican officials Wednesday for not condemning the white nationalist march and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The events left one person dead and dozens injured. Two officers also died when a state police helicopter monitoring the rally crashed.

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The City of Wichita is moving forward with its plans to upgrade the Douglas Avenue railroad underpass.

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Another Kansas state lawmaker has become the third Republican to enter the race to succeed retiring GOP U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Rep. Kevin Jones of Wellsville in east-central Kansas' Franklin County announced his candidacy Wednesday for the 2nd Congressional District seat held by Lynn Jenkins.

Forty-two-year-old Jones has served in the legislature since 2013.

Jenkins has represented the 2nd District since 2009. After being re-elected in 2016, the GOP congresswoman revealed her intention not to seek another term in 2018.

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Gov. Sam Brownback has enrolled Kansas in a federal program that helps first responders communicate in emergencies.

FirstNet, as it’s known, will create a network in Kansas that will help local, state and federal officials communicate when responding to disasters. Kansas is the 14th state to take part.

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Movie Review: 'Annabelle: Creation'

The awkwardly named Annabelle: Creation is a prequel to a spinoff of the relatively popular 2013 horror movie The Conjuring . And if that doesn’t quite make sense, or you have no idea what The Conjuring is, don’t worry too much; it’s not that important to know before seeing Annabelle: Creation .

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KMUW Music

KMUW Music is celebrating the centennial birthday of blues legend John Lee Hooker. Hear selections from across his career as Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train join forces for this special feature. Tune in on Tuesday, August 22 from 7:00 to midnight. 

  • Global Village | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Strange Currency | 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Night Train | 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Saturday, August 19

Zoe Lewis and her Rubber Band performing at the Old Settlers Inn.

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Saturday, August 19

Richard X. Heyman’s status as a cult musician has never stopped him from delivering topnotch power pop songs. His latest album, Incognito continues that trend. On it, Heyman traverses the distance between the head and the heart with songs that reflect on the social and political realities of contemporary life and the timeless topic of love. We’ll hear selections from Heyman’s latest on this episode, plus selections from XTC’s Nonsuch.

Monday, August 21

Sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer have just released their first-ever collaborative album, Not Dark Yet. The record finds the pair covering songs by Bob Dylan, Nirvana and Nick Cave. Listen for music from that album on this episode as well as selections from the record’s producer, Teddy Thompson, and his 2007 country-inspired collection, Up Front and Down Low.

Tuesday, August 22

We'll celebrate John Lee Hooker's centennial birthday. 

Wednesday, August 23

Danny Gatton and Roy Buchanan were two guitarists that changed the face of guitar forever. Both men combined elements of blues, jazz and country with a flair for the dramatic and a deep sense of lyricism. We’ll hear selections from Gatton’s 1991 release 88 Elmira St. as well as Buchanan’s self-titled 1972 debut, which featured his classic composition “The Messiah Will Come Again.”

Thursday, August 23

Treasures Untold is the new live recording from singer-songwriter Tom Brosseau. Listen for music from that release on this episode as well as selections from the latest from Lana Del Rey, Lust For Life.

Friday, August 24

Guitarist Bill Nelson may be best known for his work as a member of Be-Bop Deluxe and his highly experimental solo albums throughout the 1980s. One of those forward-thinking records, 1987’s Chance Encounters in the Garden of Lights has just been reissued in expanded form. We’ll hear music from that release as well as from Nelson’s time with Be-Bop Deluxe.

Saturday, August 25

Formed in New York’s Hudson River Valley, The Warp/The Weft draws inspiration from classic British folk and progressive rock as well as contemporary folk acts such as Fleet Foxes and Murder By Death. Listen for selections from the group’s latest, Mapping An Absence as well as Richard and Linda Thompson’s classic Shout Out The Lights.

Monday 8.14.17

Night Train marks birthdays of soul jazz organist Tony Monaco, singer Lorez Alexandria, pianist and songwriter Ben Sidran, and pianist and vocalist Jeannie Cheatham. Plus more music from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette, with two trios – the Gateway lineup with John Abercrombie and Dave Holland, and the ‘Standards Trio’ with Keith Jarrett and Gary Peacock – and new music from Bria Skonberg, Kevin Eubanks, Louis Hayes, Barbara Morrison, and a previously unreleased live performance from the Wynton Kelly Trio with Wes Montgomery.

Tuesday 8.15.17

Night Train celebrates birthdays of drummer Stix Hooper of the Crusaders and jazz piano great Oscar Peterson tonight. There’s also more from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette, including music with the ‘Standards Trio’ with Keith Jarrett and Gary Peacock – and new music from organist Akiko Tsuruga, a previously unreleased live set from Jaco Pastorius, and the debut release from award-winning singer and rising star Jazzmeia Horn.

Wednesday 8.16.17

Birthday salutes tonight on the Night Train for Ellington band vocalist Al Hibbler, legendary pianist Bill Evans, singer Mary Stalings and drummer Cecil Brooks III. We’ll also hear August featured artist Jack DeJohnette on the only studio recording he did with Bill Evans, which was just released in the last year, and there’s new music from the New Vision Sax Ensemble, Uptown Jazz Tentet, Katie Thiroux and John Pizzarelli’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the album that brought together Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Thursday 8.17.17

More birthday celebrations in store tonight on the Night Train – for soul jazz tenor man Ike Quebec, hard bop pianist and composer Duke Pearson, vibes player Cecilia Smith, and Sam Butera – leader of the band that back Louis Prima. We’ll also hear August featured artist Jack DeJohnette as a special guest with Brazilian pianist, singer and composer Eliane Elias, and new music from pianists Ahmad Jamal and Mike Longo and trombonist Audrey Ochoa.

Monday, August 14

Global Village celebrates birthdays of English folk rock pioneer and Steeleye Span cofounder Maddy Prior, classic reggae artist Yabby You, and flamenco singer Estrella Morente – highlights new music from a trio of new releases featuring trios: the folk-jazz trio Quercus, UK folk group Lau and flamenco band Jerez Texas – and continues the August feature of music from Poncho Sanchez with a song featuring newly named 2018 NEA Jazz Master Dianne Reeves.

Tuesday, August 15

Global Village celebrates the birthday of drummer Stix Hooper, the last living member of the Crusaders, with music he did with the band and with B.B. King, Hugh Masekela and Grant Green. Plus music from August featured artist Poncho Sanchez, including music from the Freedom Sound album with two members of the Crusaders as special guests – and from his Latin Spirits album – and the latest from Santana with the Isley Brothers, Monoswezi, Orkesta Mendoza and the Kingston All Stars

Wednesday, August 16

Global Village highlights some wind instruments from around the world, including the Indian brass band Rajasthan Express, Romanian brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia, the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, saxophonists Pharoah Sanders and Gato Barbieri, bass clarinetist Oran Etkin and more.

Thursday, August 17

Birthday celebrations this time in the Global Village for Galician bagpiper and Silk Road Ensemble member Cristina Pato, oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil, and singer Grazyna Auguscik, August featured artist Poncho Sanchez with Ray Charles, JB Horns players Fred Wesley and Pee Wee Ellis, and keyboardist Billy Preston, and new music from Estonia’s Trad Attack!, the Cuba! Cuba! compilation, and a deluxe edition of Introducing Ruben Gonzalez of the Buena Vista Social Club.

Friday, August 18

Global Village celebrates Statehood Day, an annual holiday in Hawaii to mark its admission as a state in 1959. We’ll hear early Hawaiian guitar masters like Sol Hoopii, the legendary Gabby Pahinui with Ry Cooder, contemporary Slack Key guitar players including Ledward Kaapana and Leonard Kwan, and some interesting fusions of Hawaiian music with Indian, classical, flamenco and Taiwanese music from Debashish Bhattacharya, Daniel Ho and Keola Beamer.

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University of Kansas Hospital

Patient Who Had Parts Of Her Organs Removed Sues KU Hospital For Fraud

The once-anonymous patient at the center of a whistleblower action filed against KU Hospital by one of its own pathologists is now suing the hospital herself for fraud, negligence and civil conspiracy.

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