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Judge: Kansas Must Count Disputed State, Local Race Votes

A Shawnee County judge has ruled that 17,000 Kansans who registered to vote at the DMV will be able to vote in all races in the primary election.
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If you’re not a very political animal, we have good and bad news for you. The good news: Our primary coverage ends Tuesday! The bad news: Our general election coverage begins Wednesday!

But if you can’t get enough political news, we certainly had plenty for you over the past week in advance of Election Day on Aug. 2. And just to make sure you didn’t miss any, we’re rounding up some of our stories from the last few days here.

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Lake Afton in western Sedgwick County is under a blue-green algae warning.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has also issued warnings for Atchison County Park Lake in Atchison County and Overbrook City Lake in Osage County. The lakes under warning aren’t closed, but according to the KDHE, contact with the water can cause serious illness and should be avoided. Pets that swim in or drink the water, or that eat dried algae along the shore, may become seriously ill or die.

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Tuesday’s primary election could change the balance of ideologies in the Kansas Legislature. If that happens, Clay Barker, executive director of the state GOP, says it’ll probably be in the House. According to Barker, if moderate Republicans pick up eight to 10 seats currently held by conservatives, there could be a power shift on issues related to schools and taxes.

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A Shawnee County judge has ruled that 17,000 Kansans who registered to vote at the DMV will be able to vote in all races in the primary election.

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With favorability ratings for the governor and the Kansas Legislature low, dozens of state lawmakers will find out Tuesday whether they’ve survived primary challenges. Among them: a Wichita-area senator who’s been the face of Gov. Brownback’s fiscal policies.

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Halfway through its fiscal year, attendance at the Sedgwick County zoo is up 18 percent from 2015 and up 31 percent from 2014, according to a new financial report presented to the County Commission.

 

A brand new elephant attraction opened back in May, drawing large crowds to see longtime resident Stephanie and the zoo's six new elephants. The Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley features a five-acre outdoor display, as well as an indoor facility with a 550,000 gallon elephant pool.

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Heading into the Aug. 2 primary, Republican Congressman Tim Huelskamp is in a desperate fight against a political newcomer to keep his seat in Kansas’ "Big First" District. But as election reporter Peggy Lowe reports, Huelskamp already lost one important battle: the backing of the state’s powerful agricultural interests.

Kate Green

Shortly before the Wichita-based band Standing in the Colour began writing its new record, Singularity, guitarist Ryan Green left the band. Green and his brother Mark had created a distinct sound with their playing. According to drummer Mike Gangwere, Mark Green was more than up to the challenge of creating a single guitar sound that could stand up to the old twin guitar attack.

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The Democratic National Convention will wrap up on Thursday night in Philadelphia with Hillary Clinton formally accepting the presidential nomination. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, delegates have found the speeches from First Lady Michelle Obama and others inspiring.

The Democratic National Convention has been historic. Hillary Clinton is the first woman to ever be nominated for president by a major party. She’ll formally accept that role on Thursday night.

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Most hospitals in south-central Kansas received “average” or “above average” ratings when it comes to quality of care.

Federal health officials released overall ratings for Medicare-certified hospitals so people can comparison shop when they need medical services.

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Kate Green

Shortly before the Wichita-based band Standing in the Colour began writing its new record, Singularity, guitarist Ryan Green left the band. Green and his brother Mark had created a distinct sound with their playing. According to drummer Mike Gangwere, Mark Green was more than up to the challenge of creating a single guitar sound that could stand up to the old twin guitar attack.

Sunday, July 31

Tonight we'll hear old school music from a band from the Bahamas! The Beginning of the End with the 1971 groove, Funky Nassau! Also we wrap up Guitar Month with the sounds of Jonathan Butler.

Monday, August 1

We celebrate the anniversary of George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh with selections from the concert itself as well as music from the musicians involved. 

Tuesday, August 2

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The Appleseed Collective spends much of its time on the road, so it's fitting that the band's latest recording, The Tour Tapes, is comprised entirely of music taken from live performances. Band member Andrew Brown explains that the band also wanted to spotlight its growth as songwriters and performers.

Saturday, July 30
It's another from the Best of the Best series: Zoe Lewis and her Rubber Band performing at the Old Settlers Inn.  Zoe plays everything from traditional folk tunes, ballads, world beat and also vaudeville.  Zoe even sings a song about pie!  Does it get any better?

Here are a couple of videos…

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Some GOP Candidates In Kansas Backing Away From Brownback

When you’re a Republican, and the governor is a Republican, and the governor has a low approval rating, running for office can be tricky. In a state Senate race in Topeka, both Republicans are trying to keep their distance.
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