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New USD 259 Superintendent Welcomes Students On First Day Of School

The superintendent of Wichita Public Schools shook hands, gave hugs and guided students through rows of greeters giving high fives on the first day of class outside of Brooks Magnet Middle School.

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Republican Congressman Ron Estes will be in Wichita Thursday as part of a listening tour of Kansas' 4th Congressional District. The former state treasurer won a special election in April.

Estes’ tour will take him to four cities across south-central Kansas. His first stop is at Newman University in Wichita. From there he’ll go to Winfield, Augusta and Newton.

Congress is on its summer recess this month.

Tour stops:

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Workers are nearing completion on two major projects at Intrust Bank Arena, with less than a year to go before the NCAA tournament comes to Wichita.

A.J. Boleksi, general manager of Intrust Bank Arena, presented a quarterly report to the Sedgwick County commission at its meeting Wednesday. He says renovations to the arena’s north entrance should be complete by mid-November. The renovation will include a new canopy, a new outdoor plaza and a larger entry lobby.

A project to install free wi-fi at the arena began this week. Boleski says that should launch in October.

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Wichita police officers and firefighters are visiting the communities they serve to deliver books as part of a literacy program.

The book drop is for the Building Bridges through Books program.

The Wichita Police Department and Watermark Books and Café are working together to help elevate literacy skills while creating a connection between first responders and families.

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The superintendent of Wichita Public Schools shook hands, gave hugs and guided students through rows of greeters giving high fives on the first day of class outside of Brooks Magnet Middle School.

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Nearly two years after Mercy Hospital closed its doors, the southeast Kansas town of Independence is still without a hospital.

But it may have the next best thing: a new state-of-the-art clinic with an emergency room and a small cancer treatment center.

The nearly $8 million Independence Healthcare Center operates as an extension of Labette Health, a regional hospital about 35 miles to the east in Parsons.

“This is a department of the hospital,” said Labette Health head nurse Kathi McKinney, while giving a tour of the center during its dedication Saturday.

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A Democratic candidate for Kansas governor says the Brownback administration is bent on privatizing a key mental health facility.

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services has unveiled a proposal to build a new mental hospital at Osawatomie, which a Tennessee company would run.

But Kansas House Minority Leader Jim Ward says the agency should be exploring in-house options.

"This administration has a terrible history of privatization. Whether it be child support collection, DCF, KanCare,” Ward says.

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A conservative firebrand promoting President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud oversees a Kansas election system that threw out at least three times as many ballots as any similarly sized state did, fueling concerns about massive voter suppression should its practices become the national standard.

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Facing what could be a tough race for re-election, Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder appeared determined to strike a bipartisan tone Tuesday night in his first in-person town hall meeting since last year’s election.

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On Wednesday, drivers should be on the lookout for school buses starting their routes for the first official day of classes for Wichita Public Schools. More than 500 buses will be transporting 16,000 students daily.

Safety is on the minds of staff at the First Student bus company. Training center manager Renee Boydo says drivers should allow plenty of distance between themselves and school buses on the road.

"We all have to share the roadway," Boydo says. "We want to make sure these 16,000 kids get to and from school safely."

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City Council members on Tuesday got a look at a plan to restore Wichita’s historic Dunbar Theatre, which closed in 1963.



Crowson: I Got A Used Pair Of Eclipse Glasses

I got a used pair of eclipse glasses
I guess I’ll put ‘em up for sale online.
There must be somebody out there that needs ‘em
For looking at a thing that’s got a bright shine.

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KMUW Music

Monday 8.21.17

Night Train marks birthdays of legendary Kansas City band leader Count Basie, drummer Leon Parker and trumpeter Art Farmer – continues with more music from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette (with Pat Metheny and Herbie Hancock) – and highlights new music from the Pete Malinverni Trio, pianist Harold Mabern and the chamber jazz group Oregon.

Tuesday 8.22.17

Night Train joins Global Village and Strange Currency tonight to celebrate the centennial birthday of John Lee Hooker. We’ll hear music from across his career, including selections with special guests Miles Davis, Charles Brown, Van Morrison and Booker T. Jones. Plus some jazz reinterpretations of Debussy for his birthday, more music from August featured artist Jack DeJohnette (with Miles Davis, Hudson, Ralph Towner, Michael Brecker and the Standards Trio), and new releases from Ben Allison, Billy Childs, and Mark Murphy

(NOTE: Crossroads is featuring John Lee Hooker for his centennial birthday throughout August.)

Wednesday 8.22.17

Night Train marks birthdays of pianist Brad Mehldau with music he did as a leader, as a guest with Joshua Redman, Warren Wolf, Pat Metheny and Dayna Stephens, and on the first recording he appeared on headed up by saxophonist Christopher Hollyday. It’s also the birthday of Norwegian guitarist Terje Rypdal  and we’ll hear him along with August featured artist Jack DeJohnette.

Thursday 8.24.17

Some tough tenors on tap tonight on the Night Train, including Sonny Rollins, Ernie Watts, Anton Schwartz, Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins with Ben Webster, and John Coltrane with Duke Ellington. Also music from singers Roseanna Vitro, Vanessa Rubin and Tierney Sutton, and from guitarists John Scofield, John McLaughlin and Steve Khan.

Monday, August 21

Global Village pays a visit this time to Central Asia – the crossroads for the many paths along the Silk Road. We’ll hear music from the Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble inspired by Turkmenistan, Uzbek star Yulduz Usmanova, traditional music from Kyrgyzstan’s Damira Njazbekova, some heavy metal folk from Kazakhstan’s Ulytau, and a selection from Smithsonian Folkways Music of Central Asia series.

Tuesday, August 22

Global Village marks the centennial birthday of one of the legends of the blues, John Lee Hooker with some selections from across his career, including music with special guests Santana and Van Morrison. Plus more music from August featured artist Poncho Sanchez, the 40th anniversary edition of Bob Marley’s classic Exodus album, and the new Isley Brothers & Santana album.

(Strange Currency and Night Train will also be featuring John Lee Hooker tonight for his centennial birthday.)

Wednesday, August 23

We’ve got a little birthday hootenanny going this time in the Global Village as we celebrate birthdays of folk artists Linda Thompson (solo and with Richard Thompson), Eliza Carthy  (with father Martin Carthy and mother Norma Waterson), and Malvina Reynolds (doing a live version of her ‘60s classic “Little Boxes”). Plus August featured artist Poncho Sanchez with Cal Tjader and Carmen McRae, and new music from Avi Avital with Omer Avital, Vasen, Topette!!, and Matthieu Salglio with Jose El Piru.

Thursday, August 24

Global Village highlights some ‘world music stars’ – performers who achieved wider popular success and recognition around the world. Among the artists featured are world music pioneers Bob Marley (with a cover of one of his songs from Rebel Tumbao), sitar great Ravi Shankar, the Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz, Afrobeat legend Fela, new tango creator Astor Piazzolla (as performed by Russia’s Trio Voronezh), the award-winning singer Angelique Kidjo , and acclaimed South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Friday, August 25

This time in the Global Village we give the congueros some – highlighting classic and contemporary conga players from Desi Arnaz (who started as a bandleader and is credited with introducing the conga line to American audiences) and Armando Peraza (perhaps best known for his work with Santana) to such masters as Mongo Santamaria, Ray Barretto, Patato, Candido, and August featured artist Poncho Sanchez (as a leader, and guesting with Francisco Aguabella and Jose Rizo’s Mongorama).

August 20/27

Crossroads wraps up its month-long John Lee Hooker centennial birthday feature with music from across his career (including from a new best-of set), along with music from his children, John Lee Hooker Jr. and Zakiya Hooker.

Plus music from artists with local and regional concerts in the coming week – and new music from John Primer with Bob Corritore, Monster Mike Welch with Mike Ledbetter, Robert Cray with Hi Rhythm, the Sons of the Soul Revivers, a forthcoming post-war small gospel groups compilation – Jesus Rocked the Juke Box, and Johnny De Francesco’s tribute to B.B. King’s classic album, Live at the Regal, with Duke Jethro, the keyboardist on the original recording.

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The early and mid-1980s were a fertile time for Wichita music, with a series of bands playing original music at clubs such as Woody's Back Door or The Coyote Club. Bands such as Klyde Konnor or Roach Egg Invasion or The Mumbles or didn’t really sound like each other.

Former Mumbles frontman John Eberly says that his band occupied a particularly odd space in that climate.

“I think the space we filled was kind of a dark space,” he says. “I think we were kind of a heavy metal punk rock band that nobody knew they wanted but they seemed to like it.”

KMUW Music is celebrating the centennial birthday of blues legend John Lee Hooker. Hear selections from across his career as Global VillageStrange Currency, and Night Train join forces for this special feature. Tune in on Tuesday, August 22 from 7:00 to midnight. 

  • Global Village | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Strange Currency | 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Night Train | 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.


City of Wichita

Railroad Underpass In Downtown Wichita To Get A New Look

The City of Wichita is moving forward with its plans to upgrade the Douglas Avenue railroad underpass.

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