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Kansas Political Parties Say Move To Fall Local Elections Offers Benefits

The 2017 Kansas election is in the books as counties finished most of the work finalizing their results Thursday.

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Demonstrators held a protest in Wichita on Saturday against a proposal to bring a Tyson poultry complex to Sedgwick County.

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The security area at the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport was pretty quiet earlier this week. But with Thanksgiving less than a week away, that’s going to change.

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The 2017 Kansas election is in the books as counties finished most of the work finalizing their results Thursday.

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Wichita’s police chief wants the state legislature to clarify laws on video taken by officers with body-worn cameras.

Chief Gordon Ramsay says he supports the use of body cams but does not think the video should be available to anyone who asks for it.

"You have to remember, in body camera footage, we catch people at the worst moments of their lives. We go into people’s homes…and should that be available to neighbors, ex-boyfriends or ex-girlfriends? What should be public and what shouldn’t?" he says.

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The cost of protesting at the Kansas Capitol in Topeka is increasing sometimes substantially.

Currently, Kansas charges $20 for any event at the Capitol. But beginning Jan. 1, it will charge based on the size of the event and other factors. The lowest price will be $50 for events that require no setup or cleanup.

The Kansas City Star reports factors increasing the price will include if groups require a podium, access to the public address system or tables and chairs.

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A.J. Croce has been releasing albums to critical acclaim since the early 1990s. With songs that are steeped in the American traditions of New Orleans, deep blues as well as folk and pop, he has carved a unique space for himself in the musical landscape. Born to singer-songwriters Jim and Ingrid Croce in 1971, the musician had shied away from performing his father’s music until recently.

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Film icon Dennis Hopper was born in Dodge City, Kansas, and grew up to act in hundreds of movie and television roles, from the mid-1950s until his death in 2010. He also directed a handful of movies, including "Easy Rider," often regarded as the first true independent American film. 

A new documentary called "Along for the Ride" looks at Hopper's career through the eyes of his friend and "right-hand man" for more than four decades, Satya de la Manitou. KMUW's Fletcher Powell spoke with de la Manitou and the documentary's director, Nick Ebeling.

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One out of four people in Kansas have a mental illness, and the latest estimates show that 13 percent aren’t receiving treatment. A grassroots mental illness organization is trying to change that.

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The Sedgwick County Board of Canvassers will meet Friday to certify the results of a recount in last week's  mayoral race in Haysville. According to Sedgwick County Chief Deputy Election Commissioner Sandy Gritz, the two opponents were separated by only 19 votes.

"The recount board met and located all the ballots that were cast in that race and did a hand recount of those ballots," Gritz said. "An independent verification of the hand recount found that the election results, as reported officially after the county canvass, matched the recount results exactly."

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The representative for community colleges in Kansas is warning the state Board of Regents that a federal tax overhaul could make higher education less affordable.

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Cooking With Fire: Pumpkin Pie

Of all the classic Thanksgiving dishes, pumpkin pie may just be my favorite. Maybe it’s because when I was younger I convinced myself that I was really eating vegetables when consuming large quantities of pumpkin pie topped with extra whipped cream.

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A.J. Croce has been releasing albums to critical acclaim since the early 1990s. With songs that are steeped in the American traditions of New Orleans, deep blues as well as folk and pop, he has carved a unique space for himself in the musical landscape. Born to singer-songwriters Jim and Ingrid Croce in 1971, the musician had shied away from performing his father’s music until recently.

KMUW Music is celebrating Thanksgiving with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Thursday, November 23 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village serves up a feast for the holiday with songs about food. On the menu: Rice, Red Beans and Turnip Greens, Sweet Pumpkin, Hot Cross Buns with some Frim Fram Sauce and other musical delicacies.

The annual Thanksgiving celebration continues on Strange Currency with music from The Kinks, Mike Keneally and others.

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Sunday, November 19

Sunday on Soulsations, new music from songwriter and producer James Day.  His music has been described as “a joy inducing affair."  Day has won numerous awards including Billboard Magazine Awards, the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and a Songwriters Hall of Fame Award for Songwriting Excellence.

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Friday, November 17

Nexus is the new collaborative effort between Steve Howe of Yes and his son, Virgil. Inspired by jazz, classical and rock music, the collection speaks to each musician’s diversity. We’ll hear music from this release as well as from the band Little Barrie, the band Virgil Howe played drums in until his death in September of this year.

Saturday, November 18

The Moral Crossing is the sophomore release from British group Autobahn. We’ll hear music from that recording on this episode as well as selections from the latest by Drew Breskin, Cha-Ching Machine.

Monday, November 20

Acid Tongue is an American-bred garage band heavily influenced by AM-radio soul, folk and psychedelic rock. We’ll hear selections from the band’s latest effort, Babies, on this episode plus music from the debut by Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations.

Tuesday, November 21

We celebrate the birthday of Dr. John with a variety of selections from throughout his career.

Wednesday, November 22

The Security Project is a group formed by ex- Peter Gabriel drummer Jerry Marotta and former King Crimson member Trey Gunn. The band’s focus from the beginning has been the more obscure corners of the Gabriel discography. We’ll hear selections from The Security Project’s latest, Contact as well as music from The Luxembourg Signal’s new effort, Blue Field.

Thursday, November 23

We team up with Global Village and Night Train for our annual Thanksgiving celebration with music from The Kinks, Mike Keneally and others.

Friday, November 24

One More Crooked Dance is the thirteenth album from singer-songwriter Jules Shear. Recalling the work of Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Neil Young and others. We’ll hear selections from this new recording as well as songs Shear has written for artists such as The Bangles, Til Tuesday and Cyndi Lauper.

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Dan Tedesco grew up loving music, eventually playing and studying jazz as a college student, knowing all along that he wanted to make his living as a performing musician. That life hasn’t always been easy but, as he points out in his documentary film, Chasing The Lightning, his dream hasn’t faded.

Tedesco provides a screening of the film and a live performance on Friday, Nov. 17, at Barleycorn’s.

Jedd Beaudoin: When did the idea to make the film Chasing The Lightning present itself?

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Homeland Security To Hold Chemical Weapons Test Near Kansas Border

The Department of Homeland Security is now taking public comment on a plan to release biological and chemical materials at the former Chilocco Indian School near Arkansas City.

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