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Test Scores Show Less Than Half Of Kansas Students Learning What They Need For College

Fewer than 40 percent of Kansas students are on track to be academically prepared for college, community college or technical school as measured by their scores on the state’s standardized math and English tests.

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Tallgrass Film Festival

Hundreds of filmmakers from the U.S., South Africa, and even Poland will be in Wichita to take part in the 15th annual Tallgrass Film Festival, which runs through Sunday. This year, more than half of the filmmakers are women.

Wichita Public Schools

A day of mediation earlier this week between the Wichita School Board and local teachers union over new teacher contracts was unsuccessful.

The school board’s negotiation team says it’s “disappointed” that federal mediators couldn’t bring the two sides to an agreement.

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A public hearing has been scheduled for next month on a proposed 1 percent sales tax to support a development in west Wichita.

In 2015 a community improvement district, or CID, was established in the area around Kellogg and West Street. Now, developers want to amend the CID to include newly purchased buildings.

Businesses in the district can charge an additional sales tax, with the revenue being used to pay for land acquisition, demolitions, and site improvements.

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Tyson Foods is reviewing three Kansas communities as possible locations for a new $320 million poultry processing complex.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture helped narrow the search after more than 30 communities expressed interest in the project during the past few weeks.

Heather Lansdowne with the state Ag Department says 16 communities submitted proposals, and Tyson identified three finalists for further consideration.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

McConnell Air Force Base in southeast Wichita will host an air show next year for the first time in six years.

The show will be called “Frontiers in Flight” and will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, a precision flying demonstration squadron.

A base commander says the show will pay homage to Wichita aviation’s past and future.

National WIC Association

Sedgwick County Commissioners approved a grant on Wednesday worth more than $2 million for the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program.

The WIC program provides nutrition, education and money for supplemental food to income-eligible women, infants and children living in Sedgwick County.

Sedgwick County Health Director Adrienne Byrne says the grant comes from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

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Fewer than 40 percent of Kansas students are on track to be academically prepared for college, community college or technical school as measured by their scores on the state’s standardized math and English tests.

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National Democrats are targeting three-term Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder as vulnerable in their attempt to retake Congress in 2018.

Six Democrats are competing for the right to challenge Yoder next November.

If third-quarter campaign finance reports are any indication, the Republican incumbent's campaign is mounting a serious defense.

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A new report suggests the Environmental Protection Agency should consider lowering the legal limit in drinking water for nitrates, a chemical often connected to fertilizer use.

The foster father of three Kansas sisters missing for nearly two months says they are welcome to return home.

Tonganoxie police announced this morning that Emily, Aimee, and Christin Utter had been found, and also that a 48-year-old man who had been named a "person of interest" in the case had been arrested.

The girls’ foster father, Terry Miller, says the girls have not been returned to his home but says he’s relieved they were found apparently unharmed.

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Ciboski: The Reform of Education

There are ongoing concerns and proposals on what to do to improve educational results for K-12 students in the United States.

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KMUW Music

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Friday, October 20

Derelicts is the first album in six years from Swedish duo Carbon Based Lifeforms. We’ll hear selections from this release as well as music from Robert Plant’s 2005 effort Might ReArranger.

Saturday, October 21

Masseduction is the latest release from Tulsa-born musician Annie Clark, who performs under the name St. Vincent. We’ll hear music from this recording plus selections from Lotta Sea Lice, the new collaborative effort from Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile.

Monday, October 23

Released in 1993, Fate of Nations would be Robert Plant’s final solo album for nearly a decade. The record featured a cover of Tim Hardin’s “If I Were In A Carpenter” as well as the hits “29 Palms” and “I Believe,” a song he wrote for his son Karac, who died in 1977 at the age of five. We’ll hear selections from this album as well as from Led Zeppelin’s final official studio release, 1979’s In Through The Out Door.

Tuesday, October 24

Listen for music from Deerhoof’s latest, Mountain Moves. We’ll hear selections from that recording as well as Everything All At Once from Birds.

Wednesday, October 25

Personal Boy is the latest EP from Har Mar Superstar, the name under which soul/R&B-influenced musician Sean Tillman performs. We’ll hear selections from that recording as well as selections from Space4Lease’s latest.

Thursday, October 26

Colors is the long-awaited thirteenth release from Beck. Listen for music from the album as well as selections from the latest by singer-songwriter Jeffrey Martin, One Go Around.

Friday, October 27

Released in 1978, Cats Under the Stars is the one and only studio album credited to the Jerry Garcia Band. Joining him on the effort his bandmates from the Grateful Dead, Keith and Donna Godchaux, plus his longtime rhythm section of Ron Tutt and John Kahn. We’ll hear songs from Cats Under the Stars on this episode plus music from PJ Harvey’s 1992 release Dry.

Saturday, October 28

Dreamland is Robert Plant’s 2002 covers collection featuring songs written by Bob Dylan, Tim Buckley and others. We’ll hear music from that recording plus music from Joan Osborne’s recent Songs of Bob Dylan album.

Monday, October 30

Listen for selections from Robert Plant’s 1982 solo debut, Pictures At Eleven as well as Kirk Ross’ Cartwheel.

Tuesday, October 31

It’s our annual Halloween celebration with music from Roky Erickson, Ghost, John Carpenter and The Cramps. 

Monday 10.16.17

Night Train marks birthdays of trumpeter Roy Hargrove, trombonist Ray Anderson, and drummer Mark Walker. Plus more music from October featured artists Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie – including from Monk’s son T.S. Monk and from the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni Allstar – and the latest from the Bill Charlap Trio, Steve Smith & Vital Information NYC Edition, Dave Strkyer and more.

Tuesday 10.17.17

Night Train marks marks the birthday of bebop guitarist Barney Kessel, guitarist Howard Alden (with covers of compositions from Thelonious Monk, one of Night Train’s October featured artists), and drummer Cozy Cole (with Dizzy Gillespie, the other October featured artist). Plus a special in hour two exploring the birth of bebop through the early work of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, and new releases from guitarists Russell Malone and Andrew Scott.

Wednesday 10.18.17

Night Train marks birthdays of singer Anita O’Day, bassist/singer/composer Esperanza Spalding, drummer Bill Stewart, and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (including a special with Wynton and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in hour two of the show).  Plus more from October featured artists Dizzy Gillespie (including a live set with Wynton Marsalis as a special guest) and Thelonious Monk (including music from his debut album on Columbia Records, his most successful release and the album that led to his appearance on the cover of Time Magazine. (Only a handful of jazz artists have been featured on Time – Wynton Marsalis was another.)

Thursday 10.19.17

Dizzy Gillespie’s 100th birthday is this Saturday and in honor of the occasion Night Train devotes tonight’s entire show to music from the legendary trumpeter, composer, and pioneer of bebop, Latin and world jazz. Among the highlights - early bebop classics, some of his Afro-Cuban and world jazz efforts, and a later album with Count Basie Plus a special in hour two chronicling his pivotal work in the 1940s, especially the pioneering big bands he put together during that time.

Monday, October 16

It’s ‘cool covers’ this time in the Global Village with world music cover versions of songs from a wide range of performers, including Santana (doing the Four Tops), Gabor Szabo (Sonny & Cher), the Skatalites (the Beatles), Michael Doucet & Tom Rigney (Louis Jordan), Playing for Change (Marvin Gaye) and Fanfare Ciocarlia (Screaming Jay Hawkins).

Tuesday, October 17

Global Village marks the Haitian holiday of Dessalines Day with a program devoted entirely to music from Haiti. Highlights include music from roots music bands Boukman Eksperyans and Boukan Ginen, compa pioneers Nemours Jean-Baptiste and Webert Sicot, the inspired vocal ensemble Grupo Vocal Desandann, and Haitian jazz from Jacques Schwarz-Bart.

Wednesday, October 18

In conjunction with the Global Village October ‘Steel Guitar Around the Globe’ feature, a show devoted entirely to the steel guitar – from its early days in Hawaii, though a remarkable transformation in Indian music, to the success it found in western swing, rock, sacred steel and jazz. We’ll hear Hawaiian greats Sol Hoopi and Tau Moe, several generations of Indian guitarists, western swing legend Tom Morrell, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, steel instrumental rock hitmakers Santo & Johnny, and the Finnish group Southpaw Steel ‘n’ Twang.

Thursday, October 19

Global Village remembers reggae legend Peter Tosh on his birthday with music he did with the Wailers and as a solo artist, along with a song he recorded but never released covered by his son Andrew Tosh. Plus more steel guitar sounds for the October feature from Slide to Freedom and Lucky Oceans – and a new compilation of music from Somalia, the Expanders revisiting roots reggae classics, and contemporary jazz-afrobeat from drummer Tony Allen’s new Blue Note release.

Friday, October 20

Global Village marks the birthday of Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem with music from several of his albums, including Blue Maqams which was just released last week. Plus the new album from contemporary classical group Kronos Quartet with Mali’s Trio da Kali, and more steel guitar sounds from around the globe for the October feature, including music from Indian guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya (with special guest John McLaughlin) and Canadian musician Harry Manx (doing Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme”).

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October 20/22

Crossroads continues the October Elvin Bishop feature for his 75th birthday with music from his Big Fun Trio and Can’t Even Do Wrong Right albums.

Bishop also shares a birthday (October 21, one year later) with Steve Cropper, the legendary Stax guitarist who was a cofounder of Booker T. & the MGs as well as the cowriter of a number of soul classics. Crossroads features a few of those classics in the first hour and a special conversation with Cropper in hour two of the show.

Plus music from a number of artists with concerts in the coming week and from Rhiannon Giddens, who just received a MacArthur “Genius Grant.”

Sunday, October 15

Sunday on Soulsations we remember singer, songwriter, producer Bunny Sigler. He died on October 6 near his home in Philadelphia. He was 76. Sigler was a key figure in helping producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff develop the extremely successful sound of Philadelphia soul sound.

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More Than 70 Kids Missing From Kansas' Foster Care System

Seventy-four children are missing from Kansas’ privatized foster care system.

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