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VIDEO: Opera Star Samuel Ramey Returns To Wichita In 'Turandot'

Opera star Samuel Ramey has enjoyed a stellar career singing all over the world. In fact, he reigns as the most recorded bass in history. The Kansas native and three-time Grammy winner will grace the stage tonight as deposed King Timur in Wichita Grand Opera’s New Production of Turandot. Ramey talks with KMUW’s Carla Eckels about the performance and some of his achievements over the years.
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The Wichita Public School District has recently asked the state for additional funding to help with an influx of young refugees. These students often require years of tutoring before they’re ready to join the rest of the student body, but the district’s budget is tight. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur visited a Wichita elementary school to see how students, teachers and administrators are doing.

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The City of Wichita is asking residents to provide further input on the hiring of the next Wichita Police Department Chief.

Questions for the two finalists in the search for the next chief of police can be submitted through the city’s website. The public will also have a chance to ask the candidates questions tonight at the Wichita Police Chief candidates’ forum at Century II’s Convention Hall.

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Some Midwest farmers are cheering a legal ruling that delays new water pollution rules. As Harvest Public Media’s Kristofor Husted reports, the regulations had been slated to go into effect on Friday.

The rules give the EPA power to regulate some streams and tributaries under the Clean Water Act. A federal judge issued an injunction, which will put the rules on pause in thirteen states…including Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and North and South Dakota.

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Kansas child care advocates say the state’s new welfare law could jeopardize a $42 million federal grant. State officials disagree.

The welfare law at issue was passed by conservative Republicans to tighten eligibility requirements and move low-income Kansans off welfare and into jobs.

Some of the changes in the law could make it harder for some welfare recipients to maintain their eligibility without interruption, says Shannon Cotsoradis, CEO of the nonprofit advocacy group Kansas Action for Children.

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Some advocates for seniors and Kansans with disabilities are calling for changes in the state’s privatized Medicaid program. As Jim McLean of the Kansas Health Institute reports, they want a more independent process for resolving disputes over services.

More from Dave Ranney at the Heartland Health Monitor.

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One veteran Wichita band performs a show this weekend that will bring together members from its past, present and maybe its future. KMUW’s Jedd Beaudoin recently spoke to one of the group’s founding members and has more.

Thirteen years ago, Ophil took a break from writing and from extensive live performances. The group didn’t exactly break up—whatever the rumors may have been.

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Opera star Samuel Ramey has enjoyed a stellar career singing all over the world. In fact, he reigns as the most recorded bass in history.

The Kansas native and three-time Grammy winner will grace the stage tonight as deposed King Timur in Wichita Grand Opera’s New Production of Turandot. Ramey talks with KMUW’s Carla Eckels about the performance and some of his achievements over the years.

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The YMCA branch in El Dorado officially opened its newly expanded space for sports and other programs today. The construction project began last summer.

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KU Medical Center broke ground today on a new health education building. The $75 million structure will replace outdated facilities where medical and nursing students are trained.

Two staff members from CBS affiliate KWCH-TV in Wichita traveled to Roanoke, Virginia, Wednesday to help their sister station WDBJ after two journalists on staff were killed by a former co-worker.

According to WDBJ, reporter Alison Parker and videographer Adam Ward were fatally shot Wednesday morning during a live TV broadcast at a shopping mall in nearby Moneta, Virginia.

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Breaking The Monotony Of Movie-Dump Month

Each week, Fletcher Powell finds the independent and non-commercial films showing in Wichita and the surrounding areas and brings them to you in this handy guide.
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