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Here Are Some Things Kansas Lawmakers Have Done While Avoiding School Spending Drama

Kansas lawmakers head into the next stretch of this year’s legislative session after advancing bills offering tax breaks to some smaller businesses, compensation to people thrown in prison unjustly and a welcome mat to industrial chicken growers. The bigger, harder questions before them remain unanswered. Since gaveling out on Thursday, they're taking off a few days.

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Even before releasing their results, consultants hired to guide Kansas lawmakers to a school funding plan that meets legal muster endured a grilling on Friday.

How, wondered lawmakers, would the consultants reach their conclusions on how much money school districts need to help students succeed academically? Why do the consultants seem to be excluding the overhead — non-classroom expenses of running schools — from their study? And what about criticism of work they’d done in other states?

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Sen. Pat Roberts says the level of federal subsidies for crop insurance will dominate this years farm bill discussion. Roberts, who chairs the Senate agriculture committee, talked about the issue on Friday.

At a farm convention in Kansas City, Roberts said a federal budget deal that included protections for dairy and cotton farmers against catastrophic losses could make passing a farm bill simpler.

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Kansas lawmakers head into the next stretch of this year’s legislative session after advancing bills offering tax breaks to some smaller businesses, compensation to people thrown in prison unjustly and a welcome mat to industrial chicken growers.

The bigger, harder questions before them remain unanswered. Since gaveling out on Thursday, they're taking off a few days.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it wants feedback on how to get a certain segment of Americans out of poverty and off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps.

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One year ago Thursday, the national news media turned its attention to Olathe, Kansas, where Adam Purinton allegedly screamed racist taunts before shooting two Indian tech workers and another man who tried to defend them at Austin’s Bar and Grill.

One of the Indian men was killed, and the United States Department of Justice labeled it a hate crime.

The shooting sparked a discussion about xenophobia in the age of Trump, but it also drew attention to what some consider a broken visa system for high-tech workers.

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The Kansas House has voted to toughen penalties for so-called swatting pranks that use false police reports to draw law enforcement to an address.

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Leaders of the India Association of Kansas City met at a Scooter's Coffee in south Overland Park Wednesday night to plan the first India Day celebration.

Most of these men did not know Srinivas Kutchibhotla, the 32-year-old Garmin engineer and Indian immigrant who was shot and killed on Feb. 22, 2017, at Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe. Nor did they know his best friend, Alok Madasini, or Ian Grillot, a bar patron who intervened.

But they all agree the tragedy sent frightening ripples through the local Indian community.


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For nearly 35 years, the members of Take 6 have been captivating audiences around the world with their vocal talent.

The group is one of the most celebrated vocal groups in history with 10 Grammy wins, 10 Dove Gospel Music Awards, a Soul Train Award, Jazz Honors and more. The sextet has collaborated with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Ella Fitzgerald, The Manhattan Transfer and KD Lang.

A national group working to end gun violence has filed suit against a Newton pawn shop, according to a news release.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed suit this week on behalf of the family of Josh Higbee, who was killed during a shooting at Hesston’s Excel Industries in 2016. The suit alleges the Newton store, called A Pawn Shop, illegally sold two firearms to Sarah Jo Hopkins, who then gave them to Cedric Ford.

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The Trump administration remains unlikely to back off its plans to ease Obama-era restrictions that make it harder for utility companies to burn coal.

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Justin Cary

Cooking With Fire: Crab Cakes

Crab cakes have become a staple in restaurants across the U.S., but it wasn’t that long ago that crab was seen as a difficult and dangerous crustacean that wasn’t worth the time and effort it took to catch them.

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Season 4 of Invisibilia kicks off on KMUW on March 11, 2018. To whet the appetite, we'll be airing Season 3 in the weeks prior as a count-down of sorts beginning February 18.

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  Saturday, February 24

Blues, roots-rock and that hard-to-find element that says “southern”…..Paul Thorn at the Old Settlers Inn. Paul is gritty and graceful and a consummate storyteller.

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Sunday, February 25

Sunday on Soulsations, inspirational sounds from contemporary gospel artist Jermaine Dolly. For years Dolly has been a back up vocalist for gospel great, Tye Tribett. The Philadelphia native is pursing a solo career with his 2017 debut release, The Dolly Express. 

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For nearly 35 years, the members of Take 6 have been captivating audiences around the world with their vocal talent.

The group is one of the most celebrated vocal groups in history with 10 Grammy wins, 10 Dove Gospel Music Awards, a Soul Train Award, Jazz Honors and more. The sextet has collaborated with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Ella Fitzgerald, The Manhattan Transfer and KD Lang.

Jessie McCall

Portland, Oregon's Fruition has just released its fifth album, Watching It All Fall Apart, a record that ushers in what promises to be a busy year for the band. Currently on a run of headlining dates, the band will take to the road with singer-songwriter Jack Johnson late this spring. According to Kellen Asebroek, Fruition is eager to reach a new group of fans, something you can hear on the expansive new recording, which was produced by the esteemed Tucker Martine (Bill Frisell, Mudhoney, The Decemberists).

The band performs at Barleycorn's Thursday, Feb. 22.

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Amber Ikeman surprised her friends and family when she quit her day job at a Florida non-profit and moved to Montana. There, she honed her skills as a singer-songwriter and embraced the open, rural landscape.

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Kansas Students Plan Walkout In Reaction To Recent Shootings

Alayna Nelson, a sophomore at Wichita Northwest High School, grew up hearing stories of repeated mass shootings on the news. “Every single time this happened I always wanted to do something about it,” Nelson said. Now, Nelson and other students in her generation are taking action against gun violence.

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