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Kansas Lawmakers Unveil New Tax And Budget Proposals

Negotiators from the Kansas House and Senate have agreed to a new tax proposal, and House lawmakers are planning to rush it towards a same-day House vote. Monday marks the fifth anniversary of the 2012 tax cuts being signed into law, and the bill in consideration would reverse many of those changes . The plan would reinstate income taxes for more than 300,000 business owners and increase income tax rates, and would raise more than $1 billion over the next two years to eliminate a state budget...

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Negotiators from the Kansas House and Senate have agreed to a new tax proposal, and House lawmakers are planning to rush it towards a same-day House vote.

The Society of Professional Journalists honored KMUW reporter Deborah Shaar with the Sigma Delta Chi Award for her investigative work on the Federal Aviation Administration's attempt to change how weather is monitored at airports across the country, including in Wichita. The award recognizes excellence in journalism and is one of the top prizes given in the profession.

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Kansas' Attorney General has sent a letter to President Trump asking for reassurance on his commitments to keep Guantanamo Bay prisoners out of Ft Leavenworth.

Derrick Schmidt is asking for a double down from Trump, not only to keep prisoners from Guantanamo Bay off the U.S. mainland, but to not authorize any funds which might be used for their transfer as well.

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The Wichita School Board has approved the sale of property near Jackson Elementary in the northeast part of the city.

The board unanimously voted Monday to sell off the 17.5 acres of land near 29th & Woodlawn.

"We had that piece of property for many years before we even built Jackson, and through the years we've sold off pieces of the property before to a couple of churches so that areas in the neighborhood could also use the property that we are not using," says USD 259 spokeswoman Susan Arensman.

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As infections of yellow fever spread in places like Brazil and Angola, the Sedgwick County Health Department has a limited number of the vaccines for travelers who may be exposed to virus.

The health department says it receives a monthly allocation of yellow fever vaccines, which at this time are only for people who will be traveling to countries where the immunization is required--not just recommended.

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Kansas cities may soon be able to designate districts where patrons can move among bars, restaurants and entertainment venues, drinks in hand.

Both the House and Senate have passed versions of a bill that would allow areas similar to Kansas City, Missouri's Power and Light District, where patrons can leave bars with their alcoholic beverages and move around a common area. Lawmakers are working toward a resolution between the two versions.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he'll declare within the next two months whether he's seeking the Republican nomination for governor in 2018.

Kobach said during a recent Associated Press interview that he's looking at the race very seriously. GOP Gov. Sam Brownback is term-limited.

The Kansas secretary of state was considered a candidate for a job in President Donald Trump's administration. But he said he turned down positions in the White House and the Department of Homeland Security because he and his family wanted to stay in Kansas.

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Lawmakers in the Kansas House have twice rejected efforts to hold a debate on the issue of concealed weapons in public buildings, but the issue could keep popping up.

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The Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport terminal will celebrate its second anniversary in June. Officials say that in the last two years, they’ve seen near-record traffic and more satisfied customers.

The new terminal was designed to be more accommodating to travelers, says spokeswoman Valerie Wise. She says there’s a shorter distance from the ticketing wing through security, and to the gates.

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As the Trump administration takes the initial steps toward renegotiating one of the country’s most influential and controversial trade deals, groups that represent farmers and ranchers are already waving a caution sign.

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You Are Not A Riot | New American Songbook

In hip hop, it’s not unusual for strong personalities to go up against one another—we call it beef. But the song “You Are Not a Riot” by the Oakland-based outfit called The Coup puts an interesting spin on beef with its subject, described in the subtitle as “An RSVP from David Siquieros to Andy Warhol”.

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KMUW Music

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.

Saturday, May 20

Mad Agnes at the Old Settlers Inn. The trio is another of those talented groups that are impossible to pigeonhole. Folk, Celtic, classical, pop, rock - or somewhere in-between!

Sunday, May 21

Hear a love song from O’Bryan. The R&B singer/songwriter is known for his very popular 1983 cover of the Stevie Wonder tune “You and I.” O’Bryan has released a 2017 ballad, “For The Love Of You.”

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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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