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Wichita Pools -- Minus McAdams -- To Open For Season

Wichita city pools will open for the season on Monday—with one controversial exception.

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This Memorial Day weekend is expected to break travel records. Forecasters say that one million more people will travel this year compared to last year.

AAA says that 39.3 million people will travel at least 50 miles away from home for Memorial Day weekend. Despite a recent rise in gas prices, 88 percent of those – about 35 million – will be in cars.

Travel growth has continued for three years. AAA attributes that to more confidence and more consumer spending in general in the U.S.

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The Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility is being converted to a medium-security prison this summer and the nearly 150 mental health inmates currently held there will be moved to the larger El Dorado Correctional Facility, the Kansas Department of Corrections said.

The plan announced this week quickly drew concerns from Larned officials and an organization that represents corrections officers, The Hutchinson News reported.

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Wichita city pools will open for the season on Monday—with one controversial exception.

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Kansas lawmakers have left for the weekend, but not before going into overtime. When they come back on Tuesday, they’ll be on Day 102 of what was supposed to be a 100-day legislative session.

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A new law will allow Kansas crisis centers to treat involuntary mental health patients for up to 72 hours, but it isn’t clear if lawmakers will fund it.

Gov. Sam Brownback on Wednesday signed House Bill 2053, which allows crisis centers to treat people deemed a danger to themselves or others because of a mental health or substance use disorder. The bill had passed the House unanimously and passed the Senate 27-12 after some amendments. 

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The Cherokee Maidens have returned with a new album, My Dixie Darling. Cherokee Maidens’ founding member Robin Macy says there’s something very important that’s informed the music this time out.

“This record is all about bloodlines,” she says.

Joining Macy, fellow Maiden Monica Taylor and guitarist Ken “Kentucky” White is a new voice.

“Kenny White’s sister, Lauren. We call her Sis. She is the original Dixie darling," Macy says. "She’s from Louisville, Kentucky. She’s a powerhouse.”

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Kansas Global Trade Services in Wichita received a Presidential Award in Washington D.C this week for Export Service.

The President’s “E” Award recognizes four consecutive years of sustained commitment to export expansion. The award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of American exports.

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The Kansas Board of Regents has selected Dr. Doug Girod to be the next chancellor of the University of Kansas. Girod has been serving as the head of the KU Medical Center for the last four years.

The regents held a special meeting in Lawrence Thursday to make the announcement.

“Dr. Girod is the right person for this time of transition. His 23 years of service are a testament to Dr. Girod’s love and commitment to KU," said Regents Chair Zoe Newton. "He will honor KU’s traditions and history while leading this great university into the future."

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House lawmakers have passed a new spending plan for Kansas schools, on a vote of 84-39. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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The Kansas House debated a new school finance plan for five hours Wednesday, taking up two dozen amendments and finally voting 81-40 to advance a bill not much different from the one that had come out of committee. The measure is slated to get a final vote in the House Thursday. Then it will be the Senate’s turn.

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Marginalia: Suzanne Tobias On Reading Challenges

At the end of December, I was tagged in a Facebook post by Suzanne Tobias, a reporter and columnist for The Wichita Eagle .

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Sunday, May 28

Sunday on Soulsations-- We conclude our month-long celebration of the music of Stevie Wonder. Hear highlights of an  interview with Wonder’s childhood friend Margaret Terry.  The Detroit native remembers the mad rush from neighbors and friends every time Wonder would return home, go to her house and start playing his infectious music!

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The Cherokee Maidens have returned with a new album, My Dixie Darling. Cherokee Maidens’ founding member Robin Macy says there’s something very important that’s informed the music this time out.

“This record is all about bloodlines,” she says.

Joining Macy, fellow Maiden Monica Taylor and guitarist Ken “Kentucky” White is a new voice.

“Kenny White’s sister, Lauren. We call her Sis. She is the original Dixie darling," Macy says. "She’s from Louisville, Kentucky. She’s a powerhouse.”

Monday 5.22.17

Night Train marks birthdays of Sun Ra (including a Jazz Profiles Special in hour two) and trombonist Nick Finzer;  features artists appearing at the KC Jazz & Heritage Fest; has more from May featured artist Ron Carter – this time with guitarists Wes Montgomery and Steve Khan; and highlights new music from tenor saxophonist Nick Fowser and trumpeter Terell Stafford.

Tuesday 5.23.17

May 26/28

Crossroads wraps up the May Taj Mahal feature with several albums spanning his career.

Plus more 2017 Blues Music Award winners – including Curtis Salgado, Kenny Neal and Eric Bibb – along with concert previews, and a birthday salute to T Bone Walker, including a special featuring classic tracks from the blues legend and electric guitar pioneer in hour two.

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Never Look Back: Life After Incarceration

Hutchinson Correctional Facility is Kansas’ second-largest prison for adult male inmates. The facility houses nearly 2,000 men, and certain programs at the prison aim to make sure that many of them never come back.

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