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Benefit Cuts In Trump Budget Could Impact Wichita's Safety Net Programs

President Trump's proposed 2018 budget was released on Tuesday. It includes cuts to benefit programs including Medicaid, farm subsidies and welfare benefits.

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Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett has determined there isn’t sufficient evidence to file criminal charges in an incident that happened on Wichita State University’s campus earlier this month.

University police responded to an altercation following the Student Government Association’s dinner on May 4. Outgoing SGA president Joseph Shepard says he was confronted by the parents of the incoming president after he gave his final speech. Shepard told the police that a racial slur had been used during the incident.

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Members of the Kansas House are debating a new plan to fund the state’s schools. The bill would add $280 million more in school funding over two years. House members rejected a Democratic proposal that would have added $600 million for schools over three years. Supporters said adding more money could help satisfy the state Supreme Court's order to adequately fund education. Critics of the idea said it would require a huge tax increase or spending cuts to other services. Republican Majority Leader Don Hineman opposed the plan.

Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas City is leaving the federal insurance exchange created by the Affordable Care Act. The move will affect 67,000 customers in Missouri and Kansas.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City will not sell insurance plans on the exchange starting in 2018 in its 30 county area in western Missouri plus Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas. The company has lost $100 million on exchange plans.

Charlie Shields, CEO of Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City says the current debate about replacing the Affordable Care Act, has insurers really worried.

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Federal officials this week approved a corrective plan for Kansas’ privately managed Medicaid program, easing pressure on the state before a year-end deadline.

As part of the plan, state officials agreed to keep track of the number of grievances and appeals they receive from Kansans in Medicaid who say they were denied appropriate services. That and other elements of the plan were outlined in a letter the state received Monday from James Scott, associate regional administrator for Medicaid and children’s health operations at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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Laws restricting gun ownership and use are few and far between in Kansas, including laws that might keep children from stumbling upon a gun owned by an adult.

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Evidence that the wave election Democrats are hoping for in 2018 is brewing can be seen in Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District. It appears there will be competition for the right to challenge Republican incumbent Kevin Yoder.

Iraq veteran and Bronze Star winner Joe McConnell has officially filed for the Democratic nomination. Jay Sidie, the 2016 nominee, is also expected to run.

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The filing deadline isn’t until next June. But candidates already are lining up for what could be the toughest job in Kansas: succeeding Gov. Sam Brownback.

Four hopefuls are at least tentatively in the race and several more are thinking about getting in, including some Republican heavyweights.

Who?

Well, Kansas Secretary of State and political lightning rod Kris Kobach for one. Interviewed at the Kansas Republican Party’s state convention earlier this year, he said, “I am taking a very serious look at the governor’s race.”

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President Trump's proposed 2018 budget was released on Tuesday. It includes cuts to benefit programs including Medicaid, farm subsidies and welfare benefits.

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Lawmakers will try again to exempt some facilities from the state’s concealed carry law.

The Senate Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday advanced a bill that would allow public health care facilities to ban concealed guns. State law states most public places must allow concealed firearms by this summer or install security at entrances to keep weapons out.

Some buildings, including universities and public health care facilities, have an exemption from the law that expires this summer. That means they'll either have to allow guns or install more security.

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A civil rights group is seeking sanctions against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach for hiding documents about his plans to change federal voting law amid a lawsuit challenging the state's proof-of-citizenship voter registration law.

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'Pierced By Dogma' | An Artist's Perspective

"Pierced By Dogma" is the name of painter Patrick Duegaw's exhibition currently on view at the Ulrich. Upon entering the show of Duegaw self-portraits, I found what is, essentially, the artist stripped bare.

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KMUW Music

Monday 5.22.17

Night Train marks birthdays of Sun Ra (including a Jazz Profiles Special in hour two) and trombonist Nick Finzer;  features artists appearing at the KC Jazz & Heritage Fest; has more from May featured artist Ron Carter – this time with guitarists Wes Montgomery and Steve Khan; and highlights new music from tenor saxophonist Nick Fowser and trumpeter Terell Stafford.

Tuesday 5.23.17

May 26/28

Crossroads wraps up the May Taj Mahal feature with several albums spanning his career.

Plus more 2017 Blues Music Award winners – including Curtis Salgado, Kenny Neal and Eric Bibb – along with concert previews, and a birthday salute to T Bone Walker, including a special featuring classic tracks from the blues legend and electric guitar pioneer in hour two.

Saturday, May 20

Mad Agnes at the Old Settlers Inn. The trio is another of those talented groups that are impossible to pigeonhole. Folk, Celtic, classical, pop, rock - or somewhere in-between!

Sunday, May 21

Hear a love song from O’Bryan. The R&B singer/songwriter is known for his very popular 1983 cover of the Stevie Wonder tune “You and I.” O’Bryan has released a 2017 ballad, “For The Love Of You.”

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Nadya Faulx

Never Look Back: Life After Incarceration

Hutchinson Correctional Facility is Kansas’ second-largest prison for adult male inmates. The facility houses nearly 2,000 men, and certain programs at the prison aim to make sure that many of them never come back.

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