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Small Kansas School Districts Anxious About State Funding

There’s been an awful lot of discussion on what Kansas’s new school funding formula will look like and whether the Legislature will still make cuts to public schools mid-year. Nothing has been decided, which has educators in the state both a little optimistic and a little scared.

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Kansas is preparing to report on whether its tax collections exceeded expectations again in February.

The state Department of Revenue planned to issue its monthly report Wednesday afternoon. Tax collections have been greater than anticipated for each of the past three months.

They were nearly $32 million ahead of expectations through January for a surplus of almost 1 percent.

But collections are being compared against a revised and more pessimistic fiscal forecast issued in November.

Sam Zeff / Kansas News Service

There’s been an awful lot of discussion on what Kansas’s new school funding formula will look like and whether the Legislature will still make cuts to public schools mid-year.

Nothing has been decided, which has educators in the state both a little optimistic and a little scared.

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The City of Wichita is moving forward with a three-year plan to stay below federal ozone standards and improve air quality. The strategy was presented to City Council members at a workshop on Tuesday.

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President Donald Trump issued an executive order Tuesday directing the Environmental Protection Agency to revise a controversial environmental rule opposed by many Midwest farm groups.

Trump ordered new EPA administrator Scott Pruitt to formally revise the Obama Administration’s 2015 Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the U.S. Rule, which was meant to explain which rivers, streams and creeks are subject to regulation by the EPA.

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On Tuesday, the Olathe bar shooting survivor being hailed as a hero joined the chorus of people calling on President Trump to denounce the targeting of two men because of their race.

Ian Grillot, 24, who tried to stop a gunman when he opened fire at Austins Bar & Grill last Wednesday, says he believes the shooter singled out the two Indian victims because of their ethnicity and hopes President Trump will address the incident.

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The Wichita Public School District is looking for feedback on the longer school days that were put into place this year.

In the face of increasing costs and flat funding from the state, the district lengthened the school day by 30 minutes. The change allowed USD 259 to make the school year 15 days shorter, saving nearly $3 million in operating costs.

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When the Kansas Senate comes back after this week’s midsession break, it may consider legislation to form a comprehensive state plan to fight diabetes.

House Bill 2219 would instruct the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to conduct an analysis of state costs from diabetes, identify best practices to prevent and control the condition, and develop a budget to implement those practices.

It also would require the agency to report on the plan’s progress every two years.

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The state is making a change to the system that allows people to get a virtual place in line at drivers licensing offices.

As a result, the remote wait line system will be shut down beginning on March 1.

If you need to visit the drivers licensing offices in Wichita, Andover or Derby over the next few weeks, you’ll have to physically wait in line.

The Kansas Division of Vehicles is switching the wait line management software called QLess to improve the forecasting on wait times.

Shortly after the president concludes, former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will deliver the Democratic Response to President Trump’s address. Beshear was chosen by Democratic Party leaders for his record, expanding affordable health care.

NPR will have a transcript of Beshear’s remarks and journalists across the NPR newsroom will also be annotating his remarks.

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President Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday evening at the Capitol, around 8:00 PM Central Time. The address comes a day after Trump gave an outline of his budget plan for Congress, which would increase defense spending and make cuts to domestic programs. Following tradition, House Speaker Paul Ryan invited the president to make the speech to lay out his agenda in the early days of his new administration.

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Cory Norton

Musical Space: Local Spaces

Last time I talked about musical geography - how style springs up from places that artists and audiences can identify with. I gave lots of examples from all over the country, but the most important aspect of this is that there is a musical nexus right here.

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  1. Mamud Band – Dynamite on Stage! (Felmay)

 

  1. The Nile Project – Jinja (Zambaleta)

 

  1. Alsarah & the Nubatones – Manara (Wonderwheel)

 

  1. Clinton Fearon – This Morning (Boogie Brown Productions)
  1. Anda Union – Homeland (Hohot)

 

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  1. Rolling Stones – Blue and Lonesome (Interscope)
  1. Raphael Wressnig/Igor Prado – The Soul Connection (ZYX)
  1. Nancy Wright – Playdate! (Vizztone)
  1. Wee Willie Walker & the Greaseland All Stars – Live! (Little Village Foundation)
  1. Big Head Blues Club – Way Down Inside (Big Records)
  1. Ronnie Baker Brooks – Times Have Changed (Provogue)
  1. John Mayall – Talk About That (F

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  1. Richie Cole – Richie Cole Plays Ballads and Love Songs (Mark Perna Music)
  1. Steve Slagle – Alto Manhattan (Panorama)
  1. Delfeayo Marsalis – Make American Great Again (Troubadour Jass)
  1. Phil Norman Tentet – Then and Now (Mama)
  1. The Three Sounds – Groovin’ Hard (Resonance)
  1. Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 – Soul Jazz Fridays (Sunflower Soul)
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Monday 2.27.17

Night Train pays tribute to fusion pioneer and jazz guitar great Larry Coryell with music he did as a leader and guest on albums from across his six-decade long career in hour one - including his first appearance on record with Chico Hamilton on Dealer, the pioneering fusion albums Duster (with Gary Burton), Spaces and Aspects (with the Eleventh House) , acoustic solo and duet projects and more. Then in hour two, a special performance from Coryell and his band in a lively set of originals and standards.

Monday, February 27

It’s Independence Day in the Dominican Republic and the climax of a month (!) of carnival celebrations that go on there every year. Global Village celebrates with classic and contemporary merengue and bachata from Juan Luis Guerra, Wilfredo Vargas, Luis Vargas and more. Plus music from Red Baraat, DJ Dolores, and some blasts from the past from BeatleJazz and Jesse Winchester.

Tuesday, February 28

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Via Christi, City Of Wichita To Offer Day Of Free Health Care Services

Via Christi is partnering with the city of Wichita to host a day of free health care services on April 8. The event will take place in Fairmount Park and will offer a number of services, such as medical care and testing; dental, vision, and hearing screenings; and foot care for diabetics. All care will be free, and is available for adults and children. Speaking at the mayor’s briefing Thursday, Peg Tichacek, Via Christi’s Chief Mission Integration Officer, said she has invited hundreds of...

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