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Report Puts Kansas 10th Nationally On Education Measures, But Shows Some Weaknesses

A new report from the Kansas Association of School Boards says Kansas ranks well nationally in many education categories, but it also includes some signs that Kansas may be lagging.
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Public television station KPTS/Channel 8 in Wichita has announced a new president and chief executive officer.

Victor Hogstrom has extensive experience in public and commercial media dating back to the 1970s. His work includes a term as president and CEO/general manager for KCPT in Kansas City, as well as for stations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Chico-Redding, California. He holds several degrees from Brigham Young University.

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Recent Kansas ACT scores were higher than the national average.

More than 24,000 Kansas students took the 2016 ACT college entrance exam, which, according to a new report from the ACT, is the highest number of test-takers in the past five years.

The state’s average test score was 21.9 out of a total 36 points. In the Wichita Public Schools district, the average score was 19.7; nationally, students scored an average of 20.8 points.

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The second-in-command at the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services told mental health advocates last week that Osawatomie State Hospital is well-prepared going into a high-stakes federal inspection Tuesday.

The Osawatomie hospital is one of two inpatient state facilities for Kansans with severe mental illness. KDADS Secretary Tim Keck visited the other facility in Larned last Wednesday.

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Great Plains Energy plans to buy Kansas-based Westar Energy in a deal that’s expected to close next year. Kansas regulators are starting the review of the $12 billion agreement. As Stephen Koranda reports, the size of the case could strain the budget of the agency that advocates on behalf of Kansas utility customers.

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A temporary block grant system for education in Kansas is set to expire next year and lawmakers are planning to write a new school funding formula to replace it. How much money a new formula provides per student could be one of the major issues of contention.

Mark Tallman, with the Kansas Association of School Boards, says Kansas does well on most education measures, but his group is studying the states that perform even better.

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Invasive zebra mussels have been found in another Kansas body of water. Cedar Bluff Reservoir is the western-most reservoir in Kansas confirmed to have the mussels.

From the AP:

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Cedar Bluff Reservoir in Trego County. The lake is owned and operated by the federal Bureau of Reclamation (BOR).

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Students returned to Wichita State University for the fall semester this week. The university begins the new term with two weeks of special programs and events.

As KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports, one campus event features a speaker known for being an agent of change.

The main event of WSU’s “Welcomefest” will be Tuesday evening, when artist and activist Bree Newsome delivers a keynote speech titled "Tearing Hate from the Sky."

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A new exhibit that looks at Kansas' relationship to one of its most vital resources opens at Exploration Place tomorrow.

The Big Splash will show visitors the inner workings of an aquifer, as well as where our water comes from, and how it’s used.

Most of Kansas’ water resources are underground: It's one of 8 states that sits on top of the High Plains Aquifer. But that source is rapidly being depleted.

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A new report from the Kansas Association of School Boards says Kansas ranks well nationally in many education categories, but it also includes some signs that Kansas may be lagging.

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The U.S. Senate judiciary committee wants to examine proposed mergers among agricultural chemical and seed companies.

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Cooking with Fire: Argentina

Argentina seems to be best known for the soccer players that it produces, but it is the country’s heritage of cooking with fire that really draws me in.
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Monday 8.29.16

Night Train begins a week in tribute to two key figures in jazz who passed away last week – harmonica jazz great Toots Thielemans and legendary jazz recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder – with music from throughout Thielemans career and some of the many classic albums Van Gelder recorded. Also tonight music from birthday artists bebop great Charlie Parker (including a Jazz Profiles special in hour two), singer Dinah Washington, and contemporary pianist and composer Florian Hoefner – and new music from the Fred Hersch Trio and the Andy Brown Quartet.

Monday, August 29

Global Village throws an Afrobeat party with music from August featured artist Tony Allen as part of Fela’s band and recording under his own name with Fela’s Africa 70 band and Fela as producer. Plus Afrobeat sounds from two U.S. – based Afrobeat bands – The Funk Ark and Antibalas – and an Afrobeat/Gnawa fusion from the Fangnawa Experience release.

Tuesday, August 30

September 2/4

It’s “New Month/New Music” time as Crossroads teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency at the beginning of every month to highlight the best in new blues releases. Among the highlights:

The first new album from the Fabulous Thunderbirds in three years

The last album from soul singer Mighty Sam McClain

Early music from late bluesman Michael Burks

The return of Rufus Thomas’s daughter Vaneese Thomas

Thursday, September 1

Recorded over four days in early 1987, Bring the Family found John Hiatt in the company of Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe and Jim Keltner. The four created what became Hiatt’s breakthrough album and set the Indiana native on a three-decade path of critical acclaim and increased commercial fortunes. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as music from Carolina, the latest release by Spain.

Friday, September 2

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If the name "Rose Royce" doesn't ring a bell, the band's biggest hit certainly will: Since hitting the charts in 1976, "Car Wash" is still, even today, one of the most recognizable songs.

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Wichita Artists Brace For Loss Of Federal, Regional Grant Funding

Kansas artists and arts organizations won’t have the access to grant money that they have had in previous years. That’s because the National Endowment for the Arts has said that state lawmakers did not allocate enough money to qualify for the grants, which are managed by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission. Kansas is now ineligible for close to $800,000 in matching funds from federal and regional arts supporters.
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