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Report: Wichita Transit Sees A Rise In Ridership

A sustainability report shows more people are taking advantage of Wichita's public transportation.

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Kansas Revenue Secretary Sam Williams assured lawmakers Friday that the state’s new driver’s license system is on course for a smooth rollout at the start of 2018, despite auditor concerns to the contrary.

At issue is a critical Department of Revenue information technology project — known as KanDrive or KanLicense — to migrate records for about 2 million people from an aged mainframe to a new system. Access to those records is critical for motor vehicle offices and law enforcement agencies.

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Business leaders and members of Kansas’ congressional delegation are supportive of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA.

Speaking at a summit hosted by the Kansas Chamber of Commerce in Wichita Friday, District 4 Rep. Ron Estes said he wants to modernize NAFTA in a way that keeps the “good parts” of the trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.

Estes said Trump’s statements have begun to focus more on free and fair trade, instead of tearing up agreements.

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The Wichita Public Library is launching a mobile app this weekend to take Wichitans on a walking history tour of Douglas Avenue. It's part of Sunday's Open Streets ICT event, when four miles of street will be closed to traffic.

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The Kansas Board of Regents has voted to accept staff recommendations that members excuse or monitor themselves when engaging in potential conflicts of interest.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports four board members on Thursday acknowledged their significant financial ties to higher education institutions, necessitating recusals to avoid a conflict of interest.

EcoFest

Environmental sustainability is the focus of EcoFest in east Wichita on Saturday. Organizer Vivien Minshull-Ford says the celebration centers around green living and eco-stewardship. She says there will be an eco-conscious art exhibit, demonstrations, crafts for kids and a bus that's been converted into an eco-friendly home.

"People will be able to go on tours," Minshull-Ford says. "It’s put together by a couple of artists who are very clever at doing that sort of thing, and it’s off the grid so it has solar panels, a compost toilet and they live in it."

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Millions of victims of a data hack that targeted a Kansas state agency in possession of Social Security numbers were not informed of the breach directly, according to information obtained through an open records request.

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Disasters can happen at any time, so emergency responders say the best way to survive is to plan ahead.

The reminder comes as part of September’s National Preparedness Month.

For the past 16 years, emergency management officials have conducted a public campaign to get people ready to face a disaster.

They recommend placing non-perishable food, water and supplies into a container to be used when needed.

Cody Charvat with Sedgwick County Emergency Management says it’s important to plan for the possibility of losing electricity for up to 72 hours.

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A sustainability report shows more people are taking advantage of Wichita's public transportation.

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The Wichita Park and Recreation department is getting closer to the design phase of its Aquatics Master Plan, which city council approved in February.

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U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas is in a familiar position. He’s one of several Republican senators under pressure to vote for the latest Obamacare repeal bill. However, Moran remains undecided.

Moran, who surprised many by opposing some earlier Obamacare repeal bills and supporting others, says he’s studying the so-called Graham-Cassidy amendment.

He says he still favors repeal but wants to know more about the new bill.

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Cooking with Fire: Cheese

Cheese. Its production predates written history and it is not known where cheese was originally made, though the earliest evidence of cheese making can be found in modern day central Europe.

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Saturday, September 23

Peter Mulvey at the Old Settlers Inn. Dark, sultry songwriting with amazing percussive guitar.  So very good.

Richard X. Heyman’s latest album, Incognito, reaffirms the veteran artist’s place in the pantheon of great American songwriters. OK, not the songwriters who are part of the (yawn) Great American Songbook, but the guys (and women) who have inspired others to take up their pens, cheap notebooks, weathered pack of Gitanes and start strumming their own hits. The garage heroes and heroines whose limited run singles we hold tight to our breasts or place on shelves so that they sit higher than all others.

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Monday, September 25 

Released in December, 1971 Wild Life was the third post-Beatles release from Paul McCartney and the first from his band, Wings. We’ll hear music from that recording on this episode plus selections from the brand-new album by Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter Anna Tivel, Small Believer.

Tuesday, September 26

Treasures Untold is the recent live LP from singer-songwriter Tom Brosseau. Listen for music from that recording on this episode of Strange Currency plus selections from the latest by Gov’t Mule, Revolution Come … Revolution Go.

Wednesday, September 27

Released in 1977, Linda Rondstadt’s Simple Dreams was notable for its inclusion of songs by Warren Zevon, the Rolling Stones and others. We’ll hear selections from this recently reissued recording plus new music from Phish bassist Mike Gordon.

Thursday, September 28

We’ll hear new music from Joey Henry’s Dirty Sunshine Club plus music from the second full-length release by Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy, Hatchetations.

Friday, September 29

We team up with Global Village and Crossroads to celebrate International Coffee Day. Strange Currency will feature selections from Prince, Squeeze, Bob Dylan, Paul Westerberg and John Hiatt, among others.

Saturday, September 30

Black Country Communion features former Black Sabbath/Deep Purple vocalist Glenn Hughes, contemporary blues artist Joe Bonamassa, ex-Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian and drummer Jason Bonham. The band recently reunited for its fourth album, simply titled BCCIV. Listen for music from that recording on this episode plus music from Glenn Hughes’ 2016 effort, Resonate.

Sunday, September 24

Sunday on Soulsations hear neo-soul singer Amel Larrieux. She’s known for her engaging vocals and contribution to movie soundtracks including Barbershop, Love Jones, Takers and Why Did I Get Married?  The beautiful songstress has been featured in Essence and Harper’s Bazaar magazines and a Coca-Cola campaign.

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The Wichita Symphony Orchestra is seeking public input to help the organization plan for the future.

The Wichita Symphony launched an online survey to get feedback on things like the performance schedule and music style preferences.

Symphony CEO Don Reinhold says the community input will be used to help develop a new five-year strategic plan for the more than 70-year-old orchestra.

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Music Theatre Wichita Watching Closely As City Considers Century II Recommendations

A community engagement process will begin this fall on preliminary plans for the future of Century II in downtown Wichita. City leaders are recommending expanding and renovating Century II instead of building new facilities. Four arts organizations are based at the blue domed performing arts center: Music Theatre Wichita, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Grand Opera and Music Theatre for Young People. Over the years, they’ve adapted and adjusted to the unique circular building and its...

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