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Friends University Lab Prepares Cybersecurity Students For Ever-Evolving Threat Landscape

In the past six months, Harvey and Butler counties were the victims of cyberattacks that shut down their computer networks for a short time. The incidents are a reminder that network security and backup systems are critically important for government agencies, businesses and organizations of all sizes.

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Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas is pushing Wichita as the headquarters of the U.S. Army’s new Futures Command.

The Army is creating the command center to streamline its modernization-efforts and improve workflow to get faster decisions.

The Army is evaluating 30 cities as potential locations. Army leaders are trying to find a place where they can build relationships with academic, business and industry leaders.

Sen. Moran says Wichita has the innovative vision and talent to land the headquarters.


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued an alert about Russian government-backed attempts at breaking into utility company computer systems.

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A report released Friday suggests lawmakers may have to add from $450 million to $2 billion to comply with a Kansas Supreme Court order to get school spending in compliance with the state’s constitution.

School districts suing the state have called for at least $600 million.

The analysis — by external consultants — matters because Republican legislative leaders had hoped it could form the basis of their rationale to the Kansas Supreme Court for whatever amount they ultimately devote to the state’s education funding formula this spring.


Derek Klingenberg is kind of a farmer celebrity.

His YouTube channel draws more than 70,000 subscribers for ag-themed pop-music parodies, trombone covers and, more recently, cow art made with satellites.

This week, the Peabody, Kansas, farmer took his cow art to the next level, or altitude. He posted a video showing his cows to form a giant “Hi” as seen from the heavens.

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A Kansas House committee on Thursday recommended the legalization of medicinal supplements containing cannabidiol, CBD, a marijuana extract used by some to control seizures and pain.

It also moved to keep an herbal stimulant, kratom, legal in Kansas.

Both decisions came in a regular update of what drugs are legal or illegal in the state. The rules are contained in legislation that still needs approval of the full House, and the Senate, before the governor could sign any changes into law.

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The NCAA tournament is expected to bring in $10 million dollars to Wichita’s economy, according to the city.

Deborah Shaar / KMUW

In the past six months, Harvey and Butler counties were the victims of cyberattacks that shut down their computer networks for a short time.

The incidents are a reminder that network security and backup systems are critically important for government agencies, businesses and organizations of all sizes.


Law enforcement officials are ramping up their presence during the NCAA tournament in Wichita.

Campus 'Free Speech' Law Shut Down By Kansas Senate

Mar 15, 2018

An effort by conservatives to protect what they see as an assault on free speech on college campuses fell to defeat by the narrowest of margins Thursday in the Kansas Senate.

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Kansas legislators are debating a bill designed to keep guns out of the hands of fugitives and domestic abusers and could consider other gun issues.

The Senate planned to take a final vote Thursday on the measure. The bill would make it a felony under state law for anyone convicted of domestic violence to possess a firearm within five years of conviction. It would also be illegal for fugitives to possess guns.

But senators expected to take up other gun proposals as well during their debate.



Murdo Macleod

Marginalia: Maggie O'Farrell

Irish author Maggie O’Farrell is best known for her fiction, with a half dozen novels on her bibliography. But her newest work is non-fiction, a collection of essays about her brushes with death.

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Sunday, March 18

Sunday on Soulsations, hear new music from Jody Watley. She’s known as the original female lead vocalist for the group Shalamar on soul classics “Take That To The Bank” and “A Night To Remember.” Watley was featured on dance TV show Soul Train in the 70s. She been named one of America’s 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine and one of the Greatest Dance Club Artists of All Time by Billboard Magazine in 2016. Jody Watley is also an award winning songwriter with BMI. Hear her new single, “Waiting In Vain,” on Soulsations, Sunday night at 6 on KMUW 89.1FM.

Monday, March 19

Global Village continues the March Women’s History Month feature with a birthday salute to Brazilian pianist, singer and composer Eliane Elias, along with music from the world-jazz group Musique Noir, Dee Dee Bridgewater from her Mali-inspired Red Earth album, and South African singer Busi Mhlongo.

Tuesday, March 20

Spring is here! And Global Village welcomes in the new season with a wide array of artists, styles and songs celebrating the ups (and downs) of spring. Among the artists featured: Dori Caymmi, the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York,  Hugh Masekela – and as we continue our Women’s History Month Feature, also music from singer-songwriter Erin McKeown, Mei Han and her Red Chamber classical and contemporary Chinese ensemble, and fado star Mariza.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also have Spring Specials tonight.)

Wednesday, March 21

Global Village marks the International Day of Nowruz. Honored in a UN Resolution, the date was chosen to mark the celebration of Persian New Year and the arrival of spring. It has been celebrated for several thousand years and across countries spanning Central Asia, the Balkans, and the Middle East. The show highlights music from a number of countries that celebrate Noruz as a national holiday and includes both traditional and contemporary music, including some ‘70s rock-inspired releases – and as we continue our Women’s History Month feature, music also from Iranian singer and activist Marjan Vahdat, and ‘the Queen of the Gypsies,’ Esma Redzepova.

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The Harmed Brothers could be any city's hometown band for the amount of time the group spends on the road. Somehow, between those long stretches of tour, the outfit has found time to record a series of finely tuned albums that spotlight the songs of Ray Vietti and Alex Salcido. The latest such release is a collection of tunes captured lived at Morehouse Barbers in the St. John's neighborhood of Portland (titled, unsurprisingly, The Morehouse Barber Sessions).

KMUW Music marks the First Day of Spring with five hours of music. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, March 20 for songs of the season.

Tune in from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 as Global Village and Strange Currency team up for an Ides of March music special.

Global Village gets the special underway with music from Italy – including a project reimagining the music of Ancient Rome, leading traditional and neo-traditional groups including Officina Zoe, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, and Banda Ionica, and the great Italian new folk accordionist, Riccardo Tesi with his Banditaliana group and as part of a world accordion group, Samurai Accordion, from their new release Te.


Stephan Bisaha

Students At State Universities In Kansas Pay For Higher Education Funding Cuts

Students are bearing more than two-thirds of the cost of their education at Kansas state universities.

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