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Woman Claiming Harassment By Ex-Kansas Official Pursues Complaint Against Former Employer

Editor's Note: This story was updated at 3:50 p.m. A discrimination complaint filed earlier this year by a Tennessee woman who claims a former Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services official sexually harassed her is still pending before the Kansas Human Rights Commission.

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A bill sponsored by Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas that would reduce wasteful government technology spending and increase cybersecurity was signed into law Tuesday.

The bill, the Modernizing Government Technology Act, is part of the National Defense Authorization Act. The bipartisan legislation was signed by President Trump.

The law will encourage federal agencies to cut wasteful IT spending and modernize government technology and security.

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Wichita City Council members passed two ordinances Tuesday aimed at curbing panhandling.

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Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer continues to shape top levels of Kansas government amid anticipation that the U.S. Senate may soon confirm Gov. Sam Brownback for an ambassadorship at the State Department.

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The new secretary of the Kansas Department for Children and Families has come in promising a thorough review of the agency, staffing changes and more accountability following allegations and outrage about problems in the state’s foster care system.

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Editor's Note: This story was updated at 3:50 p.m.

A discrimination complaint filed earlier this year by a Tennessee woman who claims a former Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services official sexually harassed her is still pending before the Kansas Human Rights Commission.

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Wichita’s Board of Education selected a new member Monday night. Ernestine Krehbiel was appointed in a 4-2 vote.

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Wichita’s Mayflower Clinic has moved to a new downtown location.

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Health navigators are available in Wichita to help people complete applications for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace before Friday's enrollment deadline.

One of the community sites offering free, in-person enrollment assistance is the La Familia Senior/Community Center north of downtown Wichita. A bilingual health navigator is taking appointments through Friday to help people get signed up for a health plan.

La Familia executive director Carla Lee says this is the third year the organization has offered the one-on-one assistance.

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Wichita State University will hold its fall commencement on Sunday at Koch Arena, the university said in a news release. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.

Lee Pelton, a 1973 WSU graduate, will receive an honorary doctorate during Sunday’s commencement. Pelton is president of Emerson College in Boston.

He was nominated for the honor by WSU President John Bardo.

Sunday’s ceremony will be available via webcast. Go to wichita.edu for more details.

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Some Kansas lawmakers are questioning how much benefit the state is getting for the millions of dollars it has spent over the past 16 years developing retail and tourism districts.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the state has spent more than $557 million in state sales tax revenue to repay Sales Tax and Revenue (STAR) bonds. Those bonds are a financing option in which municipalities issue bonds to pay the cost of roads and other infrastructure in new developments. Those bonds are repaid with new sales tax revenues generated by the projects.

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Past & Present: Demographic Shifts

A person standing at Broadway and 21st Street can see how immigration has reshaped the urban landscape.

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The World of Captain Beefheart unites vocalist Nona Hendryx and guitarist/producer Gary Lucas in one of the most imaginative pairings in recent memory. More than that, it serves as a tribute to Captain Beefheart, the late Don Van Vliet, the musician and painter who wore the Captain’s guys from the 1960s until the early 1980s when he retired from music. Though a figure central to the avant garde, Van Vliet, like his school friend Frank Zappa, had a deep love of R&B and soul music.

Monday 12.11.17

Night Train marks the birthday of one of the giants of jazz piano, McCoy Tyner, with music he did as a leader, along with John Coltrane, Grant Green and Joe Henderson, and in a concert special in hour two of the show. Plus new music from trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, saxophonist Eric Alexander, guitarist Jacques Lesure, and bassist Gerald Cannon.

Tuesday 12.12.17

Night Train marks a host of jazz birthdays tonight – including singers Joe Williams and Bob Dorough, saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr., accordionist Richard Galliano, and pianists John Hicks and Toshiko Akiyoshi. It’s also the birthday of Frank Sinatra and there’s a special in hour two exploring his musical legacy.

Wednesday 12.13.17

Night Train highlights some big bands and large ensembles – including those led by Carla Bley, Gil Evans and Duke Ellington, along with the WDR Big Band, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, the Great American Music Ensemble, and Randy Brecker with the WDR Big Band. Plus music from vocalists Kevin Mahogany, the New York Voices, Billy Eckstine and Ernestine Anderson, and classics from Quincy Jones, Paul Gonsalves, and Jimmy Smith with Wes Montgomery.

Thursday 12.14.17

Night Train highlights music from three artists born on this day: trombonist Dan Barrett (as a leader and with the Alden/Barrett Quintet), trumpeter Clark Terry (as a leader and with Dinah Washington), and baritone saxophonist Cecil Payne (also as a leader and with Dinah Washington, and guesting with Kenny Burrell, Kenny Dorham, and Cannonball Adderley). Plus new music from bassist, singer and composer Katie Thiroux, pianist and composer Yoko Miwa, trombonist Roswell Rudd, and the new Bird tribute, The Passion of Charlie Parker.

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Crossroads takes a holiday to make way for blues holiday specials from Blue Dimensions and Juke in the Back.

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Wichita band Tideway released its full-length debut album in January 2017 and closes out the calendar by issuing a new EP with close friends Kill Vargas. Both bands are on the bill for a show at the Crown Uptown Saturday, Dec. 9 which also feature local act The Cavves and Salt Creek from Lincoln, Nebraska.

Tideway guitarist and vocalist Trent Gaddie (the band is rounded out by drummer Will Mercer and bassist/vocalist Scott Garver) stopped by the KMUW studios recently to chat about the new EP and Tideway’s history.

Saturday, December 9

Tonight we'll hear singer songwriters Sally Barris and Celeste Krenz from their concert at the Old Settlers Inn.

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Wichita City Council Sets Hearing Over Tax District For Pickleball Restaurant

City Council will hold a public hearing next month over a tax district meant to support a combination entertainment venue-restaurant in east Wichita.

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