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Kansas Supreme Court Rules State’s Public School Funding Formula Is Unconstitutional

The Kansas Supreme Court has handed down its decision in the long-awaited Gannon school funding case, and it comes as no surprise to those who have followed its many twists and turns. “This case requires us to determine whether the State has met its burden to show that recent legislation brings the State's K-12 public school funding system into compliance with Article 6 of the Kansas Constitution,” the court wrote in an opinion not attributable to any individual judge. “We hold it has not.”
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Kansas lawmakers return to Topeka Wednesday for what was supposed to be the last day of the legislative session. However, the state Supreme Court ruled late Friday that lawmakers haven’t done enough to reduce funding disparities among school districts. That means there’s likely more work ahead for the Legislature.

Lawmakers shuffled school spending to reduce disparities, but the court says that didn’t fix the issue and in some ways made it worse. Justices say they’ll close Kansas schools if there isn’t a solution by the end of June.

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Financial experts are warning veterans this Memorial Day weekend to look out for phone calls and emails from scammers. 

 

Last year, nearly 100,000 veterans reported that they were the target of scamming attempts, and more than half of those were related to either identity theft or credit card fraud.

The scams can come in the form of emails, phone calls and advertisements.

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A slaughterhouse is a safer place to work than it used to be, according to a government report. But it’s still dangerous work, and not all injuries are being counted

Injury rates in the meatpacking industry got better over the last decade but are probably worse than the data suggests. That’s the conclusion of a study from the Government Accountability Office.

The GAO says incidents at meat and poultry plants are underreported by workers who are afraid to lose their jobs, and by medical staff who send people back to work even when they’re hurt.

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33.9 million travelers are expected to hit the road over Memorial Day weekend—the most since 2005 and the second-highest total on record.

According to the AAA Memorial Day Travel Forecast, summertime gas prices are the cheapest they’ve been in 11 years, which is helping boost auto travel over the holiday. Gas prices averaged $2.10 in April. On May 19, the cost of fuel was 45 cents per gallon lower than the price a year ago.

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Free breakfast, lunch and snacks will be offered to children 18-years-old and younger in Wichita as part of the Kid Power Café Summer Food Service Program. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports the program begins Monday.

Wichita Public Schools has partnered with Kid Power, a non-profit organization that aims to teach students about the importance of eating healthy. The free meals are available to all students, not just those who received free and reduced meals during the school year.

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Wichita’s park system is set to grow in the coming years.

The last time the city approved a Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces plan was in 2008. But a lot has changed since then—namely, the economy.

At a City Council workshop this week, the parks department outlined a new plan to reinvest in its current parks and expand into sites in east and west Wichita.

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The Kansas Supreme Court has handed down its decision in the long-awaited Gannon school funding case, and it comes as no surprise to those who have followed its many twists and turns.

“This case requires us to determine whether the State has met its burden to show that recent legislation brings the State's K-12 public school funding system into compliance with Article 6 of the Kansas Constitution,” the court wrote in an opinion not attributable to any individual judge. “We hold it has not.”

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While giving him two more weeks to comply, a federal judge let Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach know that she would tolerate no further delays in carrying out her order to restore 18,000 Kansas residents to the voter rolls.

The ruling was the latest development in a lawsuit challenging Kansas’ policy of requiring people who register to vote at DMV offices to provide proof of citizenship.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson didn’t buy Kobach’s claim that compliance with her order would cause voter confusion and lead to “irreparable harm.”

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June 1 is the last day party-affiliated Kansans can change their voter registration. As KCUR’s Elle Moxley reports, both major parties are downplaying the likelihood voters will cross the aisle to vote in the August primary.

Kerry Gooch, executive director of the Kansas Democratic Party, says his focus is on registering unaffiliated voters as Democrats, not the deadline to switch parties.

“One of the stories that’s been told around the state is most elections happen in the Republican primary," he says. "We want to show people that’s not true.”

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Interstate 35 could soon be a haven for butterflies and other pollinators under a new effort to improve the corridor.

The Kansas Department of Transportation and five other state transportation departments, as well as the Federal Highway Administration, signed an agreement this week to enhance the so-called “Monarch Highway.”

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A Musical Life: Matthew Clagg

Matthew Clagg is a visual artist, writer, concert organizer and musician. He is instrumental in organizing both ICT Fest and Wichita Psych Fest. He is currently a member of Tantric Shakes, Domestic Drone and Mystery Blood.
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Saturday May, 28

Fun, poetic, gritty, and wonderful. It's Greg Brown recorded at the Old Settlers Inn.  Greg is the founder of Red House Records, has received a plethora of folkie-and-indie type awards and his tunes have been covered by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Ani DiFranco, Shawn Colvin and countless others.   Like most singer-songwriters, he’s best when performing live in a small setting – like the Old Settlers Inn.

This one is just fun…

Sunday, May 29

This Sunday on Soulsations we'll hear contemporary sounds from R&B gospel artist Darlene McCoy.  The singer/songwriter, actress and radio personality is known for her uplifting music that inspires audiences of all ages, backgrounds and cultures. 

Monday 5.23.16

Night Train marks birthdays of pianist Richie Beirach, trumpeter Randy Sandke, and clarinetists Ken Peplowski and Artie Shaw (including an Artie Shaw Jazz Profiles special in hour two of the show). Plus more music from May featured artist Carla Bley (from her albums Heavy Heart and Looking for America) and new music from Three More Sounds’ tribute to McCoy Tyner and Gene Harris, and June Bisantz’s tribute to Chet Baker.

Tuesday 5.24.16

Monday, May 23

Throughout May, Global Village is featuring music of India and this time, the entire program is devoted to music of the subcontinent. Among the highlights, music from the legendary Ravi Shankar (in a piece he composed with Phillip Glass), daughter Anoushka Shankar, and nephew (and raga-rock pioneer) Ananda Shankar, the Indian blues of Michael Messer’s Mitra, Iranian sitarist Abbas Mehrpouya, the contemporary sounds of Tabla Beat Science, acclaimed sarodist Ali Akbar Khan, and the classic Call of the Valley album.

May 27/29

Crossroads wraps up the May feature with Bonnie Raitt with music from across the blues-rock star’s career and from guest appearances she did with Ruth Brown, Charlies Brown, B.B. King, Boz Scaggs, Little Feat and more.

Plus more 2016 Blues Music Awards winners – including Ruthie Foster, John Primer, Sonny Landreth, and Allen Toussaint, and new releases from Eric Bibb, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Al Basile, Swamp Cabbage, and Johnny Winter with Dr. John.