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Week 3: Daily Developments Of The Kansas Motor-Voter V. Kobach Trial

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is defending Kansas' strict voter registration laws in federal court in a trial that has now entered its third week.

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Three militia members accused of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex in southwest Kansas go on trial Tuesday in Wichita.

Their alleged plot laid bare tiny pockets of the ugliest, potentially violent, racism in a region that’s seen immigrants drawn to tough meatpacking jobs for decades.

The raw hate exposed in the alleged plan shocked some of the refugees who were targeted, reminding them of violence they fled in Somalia and sparking an exodus from one of the prairie towns.

Veterans Health

Almost 1,000 veterans in Missouri, Kansas and Illinois were denied care at non-VA facilities because their wait times were incorrectly reported, an audit released last week concludes.

The report, by the Office of Inspector General for the Veterans Health Administration, found that 18 percent of appointments for new patients at VA facilities in the three states had wait times longer than 30 days. The facilities' own electronic scheduling systems, however, showed only 10 percent had wait times of more than 30 days.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is defending Kansas' strict voter registration laws in federal court in a trial that has now entered its third week.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas has filed a complaint in federal court on behalf of a Wichita man who said he was targeted because he is Muslim and was falsely accused of flying a terrorist flag.

The ACLU said in a news release Monday that it filed a complaint against the Spirit/Boeing Employees’ Association, or SBEA, on behalf of Munir Zanial. He works at Spirit AeroSystems.

SBEA is a member-owned nonprofit open to current or former Spirit and Boeing employees, according to its website. It is not affiliated with Spirit AeroSystems.

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Kansas’ child welfare agency wants to hire a second full-time investigator to track down kids missing from the state’s foster system.

The move comes in the wake of reports last October — when the Department for Children and Families was headed by Phyllis Gilmore — that the agency had lost track of three sisters who’d run away from a Tonganoxie foster home.

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Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas is pushing Wichita as the headquarters of the U.S. Army’s new Futures Command.

The Army is creating the command center to streamline its modernization-efforts and improve workflow to get faster decisions.

The Army is evaluating 30 cities as potential locations. Army leaders are trying to find a place where they can build relationships with academic, business and industry leaders.

Sen. Moran says Wichita has the innovative vision and talent to land the headquarters.


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued an alert about Russian government-backed attempts at breaking into utility company computer systems.

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Getting most Kansas schoolchildren doing well enough in math and reading to stay on track for college could cost an extra $2 billion a year — or roughly half of what the state already spends on aid to local schools.

The figure comes from a report released Friday that lawmakers commissioned to help them judge the costs of getting better classroom results and to comply with a Kansas Supreme Court order.


Derek Klingenberg is kind of a farmer celebrity.

His YouTube channel draws more than 70,000 subscribers for ag-themed pop-music parodies, trombone covers and, more recently, cow art made with satellites.

This week, the Peabody, Kansas, farmer took his cow art to the next level, or altitude. He posted a video showing his cows to form a giant “Hi” as seen from the heavens.

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A Kansas House committee on Thursday recommended the legalization of medicinal supplements containing cannabidiol, CBD, a marijuana extract used by some to control seizures and pain.

It also moved to keep an herbal stimulant, kratom, legal in Kansas.

Both decisions came in a regular update of what drugs are legal or illegal in the state. The rules are contained in legislation that still needs approval of the full House, and the Senate, before the governor could sign any changes into law.



Murdo Macleod

Marginalia: Maggie O'Farrell

Irish author Maggie O’Farrell is best known for her fiction, with a half dozen novels on her bibliography. But her newest work is non-fiction, a collection of essays about her brushes with death.

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KMUW Music

Monday 3.19.18

Night Train kicks off IMA Week, featuring music from nominees in this year’s Independent Music Awards, honoring small label and artist-released music in 96 categories. Night Train highlights jazz nominees tonight, while Global Village and Crossroads will feature some of the world and blues nominees later in the week.
Also tonight birthday celebrations for Brazilian pianist, singer and composer Eliane Elias, pianist and former musical director for Dizzy Gillespie – Mike Longo, and singer Bill Henderson. Plus new music from Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez, vibes player Steve Hobbs, gypsy jazz guitarist Stephane Wrembel, and soul jazz group Organissimo.

Tuesday 3.20.18

Night Train marks the centennial birthday of pianist, composer, author, pioneering jazz educator and label owner, and long-time host of the groundbreaking Piano Jazz radio show, Marian McPartland. We’ll hear music from throughout her career, hear from McPartland herself from a National Endowment for the Arts interview after she was named an NEA Jazz Master, and in hour two hear a special memorial program featuring her compositions performed by such artists as Sarah Vaughan, Elvis Costello, Bill Charlap, Karrin Allyson and more.

It’s also the first day of spring, and Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to feature some songs for the new season, including from pianist, composer and vocalist Meredith D’Ambrosio, who was also born on this date and who regularly included spring songs on her albums.

Wednesday 3.21.18

Jazz has become an international language and Night Train offers some proof tonight from jazz pianists from around the world – including Italy’s Stefano Bollani, Brazil’s Antonio Adolfo, the Dominican Republic’s Michel Camilo, Germany’s Florian Hoefner, and Turkey’s Fahir Atakoglu.

Night also continues its Women’s History Month celebrations with Japanese pianist Hiromi, singers Dee Alexander and Molly Johnson, and drummer Allison Miller.

Thursday 3.22.18

Night Train marks birthdays of guitarists George Benson (including a special focusing on his early jazz career in hour two of the show) and Melvin Sparks, highlights new music from organist Robert Kennedy and guitarists Pat Martino and Hristo Vitchev, and as the Women’s History Month feature continues, there’s music from innovative German organist Barbara Dennerlein.

March 23/25

Crossroads joins in with Global Village and Night Train this week to feature nominees in this year’s Independent Music Awards which honor artist and small label releases. We’ll hear music from blues nominees Benny Turner, the Altered Five Blues Band, Chris Daniels & the Kings, Wes Mackey, and the Likho Duo.

Plus more blues women for the Women’s History Month feature, including Sister Rosetta Tharpe (whose birthday was Tuesday); Maria Muldaur & Tracy Nelson (from an album in tribute to Sister Rosetta); Canadian singer and guitarist Sue Foley (off her new album, The Ice Queen); Leyla McCalla (who will be featured Monday night on the next program in the new monthly series, Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival); and Ruthie Foster (featured in a Savannah Music Festival concert special in hour two of the show).

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Sunday, March 18

Sunday on Soulsations, hear new music from Jody Watley. She’s known as the original female lead vocalist for the group Shalamar on soul classics “Take That To The Bank” and “A Night To Remember.” Watley was featured on dance TV show Soul Train in the 70s. She been named one of America’s 50 Most Beautiful People by People Magazine and one of the Greatest Dance Club Artists of All Time by Billboard Magazine in 2016. Jody Watley is also an award winning songwriter with BMI. Hear her new single, “Waiting In Vain,” on Soulsations, Sunday night at 6 on KMUW 89.1FM.

Monday, March 19

Global Village continues the March Women’s History Month feature with a birthday salute to Brazilian pianist, singer and composer Eliane Elias, along with music from the world-jazz group Musique Noir, Dee Dee Bridgewater from her Mali-inspired Red Earth album, and South African singer Busi Mhlongo.

Tuesday, March 20

Spring is here! And Global Village welcomes in the new season with a wide array of artists, styles and songs celebrating the ups (and downs) of spring. Among the artists featured: Dori Caymmi, the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York,  Hugh Masekela – and as we continue our Women’s History Month Feature, also music from singer-songwriter Erin McKeown, Mei Han and her Red Chamber classical and contemporary Chinese ensemble, and fado star Mariza.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also have Spring Specials tonight.)

Wednesday, March 21

Global Village marks the International Day of Nowruz. Honored in a UN Resolution, the date was chosen to mark the celebration of Persian New Year and the arrival of spring. It has been celebrated for several thousand years and across countries spanning Central Asia, the Balkans, and the Middle East. The show highlights music from a number of countries that celebrate Noruz as a national holiday and includes both traditional and contemporary music, including some ‘70s rock-inspired releases – and as we continue our Women’s History Month feature, music also from Iranian singer and activist Marjan Vahdat, and ‘the Queen of the Gypsies,’ Esma Redzepova.

Thursday, March 22

The Independent Music Awards honor small label and self-released projects in a wide array of styles covering over 90 categories and 400 releases. Global Village highlights some of the many nominees with world music influences in advance of this year’s Awards ceremony March 31st in Lincoln Center.  We’ll hear music from the duo of Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita; Jordanian oud player Karim Baggili; Vietnamese zither player Tri Nguyen; the Indian music Akshara Ensemble; Hawaiian ukulele player Daniel Ho with the Mongolian group, the Grasslands Ensemble; award-winning Canadian folk duo Cassie and Maggie; avant-accordionist Guy Klucevse; new tango pianist Emilio Solla; Latin flutist Carlos Cano; salsa dura singer Edwin Perez; and Ecuadorian singer Luz Pinos.

Friday, March 23

Global Village highlights global harps – including music from Veracruz from Sones de Mexico; acclaimed Venezuelan harpist Hugo Blanco; Alan Stivell – the artist who almost single-handedly revived interest in the Celtic Harp in the ‘70s; Rodrigo Romani – who pioneered the use of the Celtic harp in contemporary Galician folk music; and in conjunction with the March Women’s History Month feature, we’ll hear from pioneering jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby, contemporary world-jazz harpist Carol Morgan, and classical harpist Catrin Finch with Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita.

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The Harmed Brothers could be any city's hometown band for the amount of time the group spends on the road. Somehow, between those long stretches of tour, the outfit has found time to record a series of finely tuned albums that spotlight the songs of Ray Vietti and Alex Salcido. The latest such release is a collection of tunes captured lived at Morehouse Barbers in the St. John's neighborhood of Portland (titled, unsurprisingly, The Morehouse Barber Sessions).


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Students At State Universities In Kansas Pay For Higher Education Funding Cuts

Students are bearing more than two-thirds of the cost of their education at Kansas state universities.

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