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Former WSU Basketball Player To Showcase Collection Of African Art

The Art That Touches Your Heart Foundation and Wichita State University's Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host a black art show on campus Friday night and Saturday. Among the artists participating is former WSU basketball star Mohamed Sharif -- then known as Kelly Pete. KMUW's Carla Eckels spoke to Sharif about his art collection and his fond memories of his Shocker basketball days in the '60s.

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A lawyer for a Kansas man accused of plotting to attack Somali refugees says his client believed then President Barack Obama would declare martial law and not recognize the validity of the election if Donald Trump won forcing militias to step in.

The defense claim of a "self-defensive posture" surfaced during a detention hearing Friday for Patrick Stein, whom prosecutors say was the leader of militia group called "The Crusaders."

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren did not immediately rule.

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At an upcoming meeting, the Derby board of education will evaluate how to proceed with its current policy regarding bathroom access for transgender students.

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Beginning Friday, the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) will be demolishing a bridge that passes over I-235 in northwest Wichita.

The demolition of the 25th Street bridge over I-235 is set to be completed by 6 a.m. on Monday. The work is part of a nearly $20 million project which will include the rebuilding of five bridges that pass over I-235.

KDOT says I-235 traffic will be rerouted through the area. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane, and existing ramps will be used to avoid the project.

A Kansas man is charged with murder in a shooting that left one man dead and two others wounded. Two of the victims are originally from India; their assailant was reportedly heard yelling "get out of my country" just before opening fire.

The FBI is jointly investigating the triple shooting with local authorities, an FBI representative tells NPR. The agency is working to determine whether the victims' civil rights were violated as part of the crime.

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The Art That Touches Your Heart Foundation and Wichita State University's Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host a black art show on campus Friday night and Saturday. Among the artists participating is former WSU basketball star Mohamed Sharif-- then known as Kelly Pete. KMUW's Carla Eckels spoke to Sharif about his art collection and his fond memories of his Shocker basketball days in the '60s.

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Echo is the brand-new release from Wichita-based band Vehicles. The group’s songwriter and co-founder, Cody Cloud, says that this album, like its predecessor, 2014’s This Bluebird Wants Me Dead, has thematic connections in its lyrics that listeners might not first expect.

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Kansas lawmakers are regrouping on the issue of taxes. This week, Gov. Sam Brownback vetoed a tax increase that would have helped balance the budget.

Kansas Senate leaders have been frustrated after Brownback announced he would veto the tax bill, which would have rolled back many of his signature 2012 tax cuts. 

“The House leadership and the Senate leadership asked the governor that if he was going to veto the bill, that he give us a budget plan that we can vote for in the House and the Senate," Senate President Susan Wagle said. "That didn’t come."

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Via Christi is partnering with the city of Wichita to host a day of free health care services on April 8.

The event will take place in Fairmount Park and will offer a number of services, such as medical care and testing; dental, vision, and hearing screenings; and foot care for diabetics. All care will be free, and is available for adults and children.

Speaking at the mayor’s briefing Thursday, Peg Tichacek, Via Christi’s Chief Mission Integration Officer, said she has invited hundreds of health care professionals to volunteer.

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Kansas is one of only three states that does not allow first responders to carry a drug to reverse opioid overdoses. A bill unanimously approved by the Kansas House on Thursday would change that.

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Correct Care Solutions, a Tennessee-based company that is the sole bidder for a contract to operate Osawatomie State Hospital, has a history of safety problems at the state psychiatric facilities it runs in Florida.

Officials with the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) declined to provide details this week on Correct Care’s bid to operate Osawatomie State Hospital, one of two state facilities for people deemed a danger to themselves or others.

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Cooking With Fire: Pastrami

Depending on where you were born, or perhaps where you currently live, your experience with pastrami is likely to be a mixed one.

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KMUW Music

Saturday, February 25

This week on New Settlers', we feature Irish tunes with Cathie Ryan and her band - recorded at The Old Settlers Inn.

Here’s an upbeat tune…

And here’s a pretty ballad…

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Sunday, February 26

Sunday on Soulsations new music from R&B legend  Charlie Wilson. He has a new release out called “In It To Win It,” the same name as his latest tour with special guest Fantasia and Johnny Gill, which stops in Kansas City, MO on March 16th. 

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Echo is the brand-new release from Wichita-based band Vehicles. The group’s songwriter and co-founder, Cody Cloud, says that this album, like its predecessor, 2014’s This Bluebird Wants Me Dead, has thematic connections in its lyrics that listeners might not first expect.

KMUW Music will be celebrating Mardi Gras with five hours of music! Tune in to Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train on Tuesday, February 28 from 7:00 to midnight. 

To celebrate Fat Tuesday, Global Village heads to some carnival hot spots: Brazil for some samba, Trinidad for calypso and steel drum music, and the Crescent City for the Mardi Gras Indian group Wild Tchoupitoulas, and such New Orleans favorites as Professor Longhair, the Hawketts and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

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Friday, February 24

Listen for selections from Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins, the latest from San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Chuck Prophet as well as music from Split Lip Rayfield’s third LP, Never Make It Home.

Saturday, February 25

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Newman Basketball Coach And Wife Recount His Struggle With Depression--And His Return To 'Normal'

Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the U.S. Two-thirds of adults with depression do not receive any treatment, and depressive disorders are the cause of more than two-thirds of suicides each year. The head basketball coach at Newman University in Wichita was able to successfully combat the disorder and get back out on the court.

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