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Early Voting Begins In Sedgwick County

Sedgwick County’s early voting period begins on Monday at the election office in downtown Wichita.
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Kansans who want to vote by mail for the fall election should probably get on it sooner rather than later.

In Kansas, voters can request advance ballots, mail them back and skip going to the polls at all. Wyandotte County Election Commissioner Bruce Newby says if that’s what you want to do, request a ballot as soon as possible. There needs to be enough time for election officials to mail you a ballot, for you to fill it out and mail it back.

Newby stresses that the ballots have to be back by the end of Election Day.

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Sedgwick County’s early voting period begins on Monday at the election office in downtown Wichita.

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Many low-income families struggle to afford enough food. Moms and kids who qualify can participate in a federal program geared toward early development. Once kids turn five, though, they are no longer eligible for the benefits. Harvest Public Media’s Kristofor Husted reports on how that puts families at risk.

It’s 7:30 in the morning at Battle Elementary School in Columbia, Missouri. Students hop off of their buses, head down the hallway past a few folding tables with crates of milk, fruit juice and warm muffins sitting on top.

New numbers show the unemployment rate in Kansas went up for the fourth month in a row.

The Kansas Department of Labor reports the state’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 4.4 percent in September. That’s up from 4 point one percent a year ago. The agency also says the state’s total labor force has decreased over the year.

Between August and September, Kansas lost 2100 private-sector jobs.

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In a vote of 2329 to 601, Wichita teachers tentatively approved a teachers' agreement between United Teachers of Wichita and the USD 259 Board of Education. If the board approves the agreement at their meeting on Oct. 24, it will be the end of several months of negotiations that required the help of a federal mediator.

City of Wichita

The City of Wichita is making improvements to traffic in the area around the new Southeast High School, located at 127th Street East and Pawnee in south Wichita.

Council member Pete Meitzner says the city conducted traffic counts before the school opened last spring, and again after it opened.

“We were able to take additional traffic counts, and we were able to determine what would be the best use of the taxpayer funds related to stop signs, speed limits for safety reasons and traffic lights," he said Thursday at the mayor's weekly briefing.

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One of the men charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction on a housing complex in Garden City has waived a detention hearing.

Gavin Wright, a 51-year-old man from Liberal, decided to pass on a detention hearing in the case and instead pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Updated, 10:20 a.m. Monday: The timeline has been updated to include additional documentation from the Secretary of State's Office regarding the language printed on DMV receipts in July.

Despite a court order clearing the way for them to vote this November, Kansans who registered at the Department of Motor Vehicles were still being told they would need to provide proof of citizenship up until an Oct. 18 deadline.

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Thousands of people were evacuated from Atchison Friday morning after a chemical cloud erupted from a nearby factory. The plume of gasses came from MGP Ingredients, which distills alcohol and produces other food ingredients.

Atchison City Manager Trey Cocking says the situation was caused by a chemical reaction.

"At 8:02 this morning, two chemicals were inadvertently mixed with each other at MGP by their sewer plant. That caused a gaseous plume to develop. That plume covered good portions of the city of Atchison,” Cocking says.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff's office is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other law enforcement agencies for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Saturday, Oct. 22.

Personnel from the Sedgwick County Sheriff's office will staff three drop-off locations, including the Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 W. Zoo Blvd.; the Household Hazardous Waste Center, 801 W. Stillwell; and the Oaklawn Activity Center, 4904 S. Clifton.

The initiative includes any expired or leftover prescriptions or over-the-counter medications.


Big Read Wichita 2016

Teresa Nguyen Saves 'Brave New World'

Oct 17, 2016

My name's Teresa Nguyen. I chose my favorite book, Brave New World. I based it on 1) I've read it more than any other book, and 2) I really like dystopian future societies. I feel like it's actually very similar to potentially what might be going on today.

For example I love 1984, but in it everyone is very aware of their oppression; whereas in Brave New World no one is aware but a few, and that to me is scarier than everyone being aware.

Will Swanson Saves 'Tarzan of the Apes'

Oct 13, 2016

This is a Will and I would save Tarzan of the Apes By Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Well, if we're at a point where society is just burning books because books are bad, you know, the time for argument is over and you just kind of want to protect some stories. And aside from being a good story on its own Tarzan--as Burroughs demonstrated with like 20 odd sequels--it's also really good source material for other stories. So you can keep the narrative traditions that have kind of shape to human culture for so long kind of going.

Clare Vanderpool Saves 'Hannah Coulter'

Oct 12, 2016

I'm Clare Vanderpool, and I'm a mom and I'm a writer. I have chosen Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry because I think if we're talking about a culture in which stories are suppressed, this is a book all about story and our connection to story, our connection to place. It's the story of a life, in my estimation, a life well-lived.

So I think it kind of shows us not only how to live but also gives us a chance to see how one character reflects back on that life.

Wendell Berry writes stories that all take place in this fictional town of Port William, Kentucky.

Racine Zackula Saves 'Slaughterhouse-Five'

Oct 11, 2016

Racine Zackula and I work at the Wichita Public Library. I am the fiction selection librarian of the library, so I order all the fiction for adults. I really have the best job in the world.

I've chosen Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut as a book that I would save from being burned. And I discovered it when I was 18. And it's funny because even at 18 I just I knew parts and bits of why I liked it. But then going back on other readings, then I knew it was because of the language.


Cooking with Fire: New York vs. Chicago Style Pizza

There are many debates in the food world that will never be settled: who has the best barbecue; if chili should contain beans. One debate in my mind reigns supreme: New York- versus Chicago-style pizza.
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KMUW Music

Monday 10.24.16

It’s another Monday Night at the Movies tonight on the Night Train, joining Global Village and Strange Currency every Monday night this month to highlight film related music. Tonight it’s film noir – with music from these post-war dark classics performed by Gerry Mulligan, Dmitri Matheny and the Jazz at the Movies Band – and a special in hour two exploring the scores of film noirs.

Tuesday 10.25.16

Monday, October 24

It’s another Monday at the Movies in the Global Village – this time with a visit to ‘Disney World’ for world, jazz and other unusual versions of songs from Disney films like Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Lady and the Tramp and other classics – done by Los Lobos, Miles Davis, Buster Poindexter, Peggy Lee and more.

Tuesday, October 25

October 28/30

Crossroads wraps up the October feature celebrating the 90th birthday of Chuck Berry and remembering zydeco star Buckwheat Zydeco (including a special in hour two of the show with Buckwheat Zydeco as a special guest). The show also remembers Phil Chess, one of the founders of Chess Records, who just passed away, highlights music from blues artists with concerts in the coming week, and spotlights some of the best of new blues releases.

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Wednesday, October 26

Songbook is a new covers collection from Mia Doi Todd. The collection features songs written by Prince, Joni Mitchell, and Townes Van Zandt among others. We’ll hear selections from that record as well as music from She Haunts My Dreams, the 1999 release from Spain.

Thursday, October 27

Sunday, October 23

Sunday on Soulsations hear new praise and worship music from gospel great Fred Hammond. It’s Hammond’s first live recording in almost two decades. He’s touring the country with other gospel artists as part of the Festival of Praise Tour

Election 2016


8 Things To Know If You Want To Vote In The Kansas General Elections

It would be hard not to know there’s a presidential election going on. There’s lots of action at the state level too.Already, with the results of the August primaries, there’s a lot of turnover in the Legislature. And there are at least 10 Kansas Senate races and 20 House races that are competitive in the general elections.If you’ve heard anyone say “finish the ballot”, it was probably a Democrat encouraging you to vote all the way down through county commission, school board, and precinct...
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