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Think Tank Wants To Influence Climate Change Discussion In Kansas Classrooms

The massive hurricanes Harvey and Irma have people talking about how much, if at all, climate change adds to such storms’ destructiveness. In a blog post authored by Paul Driessen, the conservative Heartland Institute disputes that global warming is worsening the weather or that it’s human-caused. And, Driessen writes, fossil fuels “bring rescue boats.”

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After 21 years of life as a touring musician, singer-songwriter Damien Jurado was struck with an idea: What if he stopped playing the same major markets and traveled to some places he’d never been before? Jurado has made it a point to visit some minor markets on his current 50 State tour and he says that touching down in these often overlooked towns and cities has revealed one thing: The blue highways, those overlooked spots, can be just as vibrant as their counterparts.

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The commissioner of the American Athletic Conference says the organization isn’t taking a stand on the recent “Take a Knee” protests in the NFL.

Mike Aresco says the conference is leaving it up to the 13 individual member schools how to deal with potential protests by student athletes.

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Officers at the El Dorado Correctional Facility will continue working 12-hour shifts for another 90 days under an emergency status declared earlier this year.

The state corrections department says the extended shifts are due to a staffing shortage.

The department says it’s working to hire and train more staff at the prison.

Three inmate-led disturbances were reported in May and June at the El Dorado prison.

Critics have said the unrest was caused in part because the state shifted some inmates from Lansing Correctional Facility to El Dorado.

Wichita City Council member Lavonta Williams and Bike Walk Wichita will conduct a bike-giveaway this evening.

The event will distribute more than 25 bikes and helmets to young people in Northeast Wichita to encourage more biking, walking and community unity in the area.

District 1 Councilwoman Lavonta Williams says it’s important to get more people in the neighborhood using the new bike and walk paths.

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The list of Republican candidates running to become the next governor of Kansas continues to grow.

Wichita businessman and former State Rep. Mark Hutton launched his campaign on Monday in Wichita.

Mark Hutton spent most of his life growing his business, Hutton Construction.

He entered state politics in 2012 and served two terms as the representative for District 105, which covers part of west Wichita.

Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana are defending their proposal to replace Obamacare today in a Senate hearing. 

Resistance to the bill from a few of their GOP colleagues may sink this latest Republican attempt at a new approach to health care. The bill's authors have made changes to the legislation in hopes of winning over holdouts. But it appears they may still fall short of the necessary votes to pass the bill. The Republicans are facing a Saturday deadline to act on the legislation.

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The Voter Empowerment Committee held a political forum on Sunday with candidates running for Wichita City Council and the USD 259 School Board.

The forum gave voters a chance to meet and hear from candidates ahead of the election in November.

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Kansas energy regulators have given the green light for an oil company to dispose of production-related wastewater in the Flint Hills — a plan that had met with resistance from residents.

Sam Zeff / Kansas News Service

The massive hurricanes Harvey and Irma have people talking about how much, if at all, climate change adds to such storms’ destructiveness.

In a blog post authored by Paul Driessen, the conservative Heartland Institute disputes that global warming is worsening the weather or that it’s human-caused. And, Driessen writes, fossil fuels “bring rescue boats.”

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Kansas Revenue Secretary Sam Williams assured lawmakers Friday that the state’s new driver’s license system is on course for a smooth rollout at the start of 2018, despite auditor concerns to the contrary.

At issue is a critical Department of Revenue information technology project — known as KanDrive or KanLicense — to migrate records for about 2 million people from an aged mainframe to a new system. Access to those records is critical for motor vehicle offices and law enforcement agencies.

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Cooking With Fire: Cheese

Cheese. Its production predates written history, and it is not known where cheese was originally made, though the earliest evidence of cheese making can be found in modern-day central Europe.

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Elise Tyler

After 21 years of life as a touring musician, singer-songwriter Damien Jurado was struck with an idea: What if he stopped playing the same major markets and traveled to some places he’d never been before? Jurado has made it a point to visit some minor markets on his current 50 State tour and he says that touching down in these often overlooked towns and cities has revealed one thing: The blue highways, those overlooked spots, can be just as vibrant as their counterparts.

Monday 9.25.17

Great guitars and tribute albums are featured tonight on the Night Train, including music from Pat Metheny, John Scofield’s collaboration with saxophonist Eddie Harris, guitar legend Wes Montgomery, Eric Clapton with Wynton Marsalis, and the Deep Blue Organ Trio with guitarist Bobby Broom. Plus Swingadelic’s salute to Duke Pearson, Dee Dee Bridgewater’s tribute to Billie Holiday, Bill Frisell’s collection of songs from John Lennon, Alan Pasqua doing music of Bill Evans, and Conrad Herwig showcasing the “Latin Side of Herbie Hancock.”

Tuesday 9.26.17

Night Train heads to the West Coast for some classic and contemporary sounds from that part of the country. Among the artists featured – Charles Brown, Art Pepper, the L.A. Treasure Project, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton and Chet Baker.

Wednesday 9.27.17

Night Train highlights jazz legends and classic recordings tonight – including music from Ella Fitzgerald, Bill Evans, John Coltrane (with Thelonious Monk and from A Love Supreme), tenor sax legend Coleman Hawkins, Erroll Garner’s classic Concert by the Sea album, legendary bassist Ron Carter, and the Montgomery Brothers (Wes, Buddy, and Monk).

Thursday 9.28.17

Night Train wraps up the September Classical Music Month/Jazz Meets Classical feature with a program featuring jazz reinterpretations of classical compositions. We’ll highlight works from Bach, Borodin, Mussagorsky, Ravel and more, reimagined by Jacques Loussier, Dave Brubeck, Eddie Daniels, Jim Hall, Tessa Souter and more.

Monday, September 25

Global Village continues the September Hispanic Heritage Month feature with a program devoted to Latin Jazz. We’ll highlight Afro-Cuban sounds from the pioneering work of Machito to new albums from Hilario Duran and Nestor Torres, new flamenco from the Guitar Trio of Paco de Lucia, Al DiMeola and John McLaughlin, Brazilian jazz from Eliane Elias and more.

Tuesday, September 26

Global Village celebrates birthdays of Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos, and singers Dolores Keane, Gal Costa, and Julie London. Plus more in the September Hispanic Heritage Month feature, including music from Chicha Libre and Lila Downs.

Wednesday, September 27

Global Village marks the birthday of Robbie Shakespeare, bassist and half of the legendary reggae ‘Riddim Twins’ with Sly Dunbar. Featured are a number of Sly & Robbie releases along with classic artists and tracks with the two. Global Village also highlights some recent and new reggae releases and compilations, including music from the Black Seeds, Ozomatli, the Skatalites, Christos DC, New Kingston, and the 40th anniversary edition of Bob Marley’s Exodus album.

Thursday, September 28

Global Village marks birthdays of Brazilian soul pioneer Tim Maia and C.J. Chenier, the son of zydeco great Clifton Chenier. Plus more music for the September Hispanic Heritage Month feature – this time from Miami bands Palo! and Spam All Stars, Mandrill, and the new Santana album with the Isley Brothers.

Friday, September 29

It’s Coffee Day and Global Village is brewing up an entire show devoted to great java songs from the likes of Bob Marley, Willie Bobo, the Ink Spots, Herbie Mann, Robert Plant, Bob Dorough and more.

(Strange Currency and Crossroads will also be brewing up Coffee Day programs tonight.)

Boogie Woogie Piano

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September 29/October 1

Crossroads wraps up the September Blues Piano feature for Piano Month with a show devoted to boogie woogie piano. We’ll hear from such great players as Albert Ammons, Camille Howard, Pinetop Perkins, Roosevelt Sykes and Erwin Helfer in a tribute to Pete Johnson.

Crosssroads also joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Coffee Day, spotlights artists with local and regional concerts, and highlights the latest from Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Williams Wayne & Isaak, and  the Lost in Paris Blues Band.

Saturday, September 23

Peter Mulvey at the Old Settlers Inn. Dark, sultry songwriting with amazing percussive guitar.  So very good.

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Music Theatre Wichita Watching Closely As City Considers Century II Recommendations

A community engagement process will begin this fall on preliminary plans for the future of Century II in downtown Wichita. City leaders are recommending expanding and renovating Century II instead of building new facilities. Four arts organizations are based at the blue domed performing arts center: Music Theatre Wichita, the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, Wichita Grand Opera and Music Theatre for Young People. Over the years, they’ve adapted and adjusted to the unique circular building and its...

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