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Hackers Of Kansas Data System Got Social Security Numbers Of Millions In 10 States

Hackers who breached a Kansas Department of Commerce data system used by multiple states gained access to more than 5.5 million Social Security numbers and put the agency on the hook to pay for credit monitoring services for all victims.

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s prized income tax exemption for businesses is gone.

Over the governor’s veto, in June lawmakers raised income tax rates and repealed the exemption that had benefited roughly 330,000 business owners, including about 53,000 farmers.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach highlighted some state policies Wednesday as he helped lead the first meeting of a federal election integrity commission.

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The City of Wichita is holding a special meeting Thursday night for the public to learn more about the proposed 2018-19 budget.

The nearly $600 million budget includes funding for the first phase of a recent staffing plan for the Wichita Police Department. It also funds five full-time and six part-time positions at the Advanced Learning Library opening next year, and supports a four-year sustainability plan for the city's transit system.

A federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit of a former Haskell Indian Nations University student who says she was raped by two of the school’s football players. She sought damages from the school, the federal government, the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and Haskell employees.

The 21-page order by U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten ruled that the government and university were immune from damages under the doctrine of sovereign immunity and that the ex-student had other remedies against the employees.

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A case of mad cow disease has been found in a cow in Alabama.

U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists confirmed Tuesday that an 11-year-old cow found in an Alabama livestock market suffered from the neurologic cattle disease, formally called bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). The animal “at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to human health in the United States,” according to the USDA.

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An agency that helps older adults navigate life transitions is adjusting to meet current and future needs in the community.

The Central Plains Area Agency on Aging serves people aged 60 years and older in Sedgwick, Butler and Harvey counties.

The agency says it’s noticing a change when it comes to nutrition programs offered in the tri-county area.

Agency executive director Annette Graham says more seniors are using a home-delivery meal program instead of going to community sites where meals are offered.

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Hundreds of volunteers are needed in Wichita next month to help distribute free backpacks and shoes to children heading to school this fall.

Organizers are looking for 1200 volunteers to help with the "Day of Hope” event at McAdams Park and Bethel Life Center.

The City of Wichita, churches, health organizations and the humanitarian relief organization Convoy of Hope are part of the collaborative effort.

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The Presidential Commission on Election Integrity -- which some have taken to calling simply the “Kobach commission” -- holds its first in-person meeting in Washington, D.C., later Wednesday morning. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is vice chair of the commission, and his pursuit of voter fraud in Kansas will be in the spotlight.

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The story resembles what is taught in history textbooks about Native Americans: the forced migrations, the pillaging of land and natural resources, the murderous treatment of the tribes. It’s the story of author David Grann’s new work of nonfiction, Killers of the Flower Moon, but this isn't colonial history. It took place less than 100 years ago just south of our Kansas border, in the Osage territory of Central Oklahoma.

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The City of Wichita is moving forward with a nearly $30 million project to renovate Lawrence Dumont Stadium and make improvements to the area around it.

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A Musical Life: Piper Lou-Reneé

Piper Lou-Reneé is a singer-songwriter based in Hutchinson, Kansas, who has released several albums, including 2016’s Regards, Girl .

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Saturday, July 22

We'll hear a compilation of performances from the Sedgwick County Zoo Summer Concert Series.  This show includes bayou-blues queen Marcia Ball, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, A Roomful of Blues and more. Great shows, great crowds. 

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Sunday, July 23

Sunday on Soulsations R&B crooner Babyface sings about love.  His latest old school album is called Return of the Tender Lover. Last week Babyface reportedly serenaded music genius Steve Wonder and his new bride during their wedding reception.

Monday 7.17.17

Tonight’s Night Train is devoted to a special full-length audio documentary, Vince Guaraldi – The Story of Dr. Funk, to mark the birthday of the popular West Coast pianist and composer for his birthday. Actually, it wasn’t funk, but west coast cool and Latin jazz that put Vince Guaraldi on the map. That and the breezy and engaging music he did for all of the Peanuts television specials right up until his sudden death in 1976. Guaraldi's story woven together with music and interviews with his biographer Derrick Bang, a number of musicians including former bandmates Eddie Duran and Dean Reilly, and Peanuts television co-creator and the man who brought Guaraldi into that project, Lee Mendelson. 

Tuesday 7.18.17

Night Train marks the birthday of jazz-influenced British blues rock and jazz fusion organist Brian Auger with music from across his career in hour one, and a special live performance in hour two of the show.

Plus more from July featured artist Dr. Lonnie Smith, including a tribute album the organist did to Jimi Hendrix, Organissimo’s new tribute to the Beatles, and the latest from guitarists Steve Khan and former Wichitan Greg Skaff.

Wednesday 7.19.17

Night Train highlights pianists tonight – including a rare track with July featured artist Dr. Lonnie Smith on piano; new albums from pianists Chick Corea, Hans Ludemann, Yoko Miwa, Spike Wilner, and Mike Longo; and classics from Tommy Flanagan, McCoy Tyner, Joanne Brackeen and Marian McPartland. Also featured tonight the latest albums from Louis Hayes, the Afro Bop Alliance Big Band, the Peter Erskine New Trio and Ben Allison.

Thursday 7.20.17

Night Train teams up with Global Village and Strange Currency tonight to celebrate the 70th birthday of Carlos Santana – with some of his Latin jazz fusion work in hour one, and a special, Carlos Santana -Multidimensional Warrior – in hour two of the show. Plus more from July featured artist Dr. Lonnie Smith, a previously unreleased live performance from Jaco Pastorius, the latest from Ray Mantilla and Oregon, and a couple of little gems in music from Quartet San Francisco and Marc Johnson.

Monday, July 17

As part of the Global Village July South African Music feature, the program this time is devoted to one of South Africa’s richest musical contributions – the distinctive sound of South African jazz. American jazz was a big influence in the South African townships almost from its birth, carried to the country by American performers, records and film. After World War II, there was a remarkable flowering of South African jazz led by such greats as Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Abdullah Ibrahim and more. We’ll hear music from them and some of the South African jazz musicians who followed in this special edition of the show.

Tuesday, July 18

In conjunction with the July South African Music feature, Global Village marks Nelson Mandela International Day – a special day of commemoration, celebration, and public service designated by the United Nations in honor of South African leader Nelson Mandela’s birthday. The show highlights music and artists who created songs in honor of Mandela and the fight against apartheid in South Africa that still resonate today, including a number of musicians from South Africa. Among the artists featured: Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Artists United Against Apartheid, Abdullah Ibrahim, Brenda Fassie, and Harry Belafonte.

Wednesday, July 19

This time in the Global Village, the entire program is devoted to music of India. Among the highlights, the legendary Ravi Shankar (with a piece he composed with Phillip Glass), his daughter Anoushka Shankar and nephew (and raga-rock pioneer) Ananda Shankar, the Indian blues of Michael Messer’s Mitra, Iranian sitarist Abbas Mehrpouya, the contemporary sounds of Tabla Beat Science, acclaimed sarodist Ali Akbar Khan, and the classic Call of the Valley album.

Thursday, July 20

Global Village celebrates the 70th birthday today of Carlos Santana with music he did as part of the Santana band (including music from the band’s debut and from the Santana IV album that reunited the Woodstock era band), as a solo artist (from the Havana Moon set), as guest artist (with Nigerian drummer Olatunji, and bluesmen Buddy Guy and John Lee Hooker), and more in a program devoted entirely to his music.

(Strange Currency and Night Train will also mark the 70th birthday of Carlos Santana tonight.)

Friday, July 21

Global Village marks the birthday of singer-songwriter Cat Stevens with his own music and covers of his songs from Bacao Rhythm & Steel and the String Cheese Incident. Also more for the July South African music feature – this time from contemporary artists Thandiswa, Freshlyground, and Vusi Mahlasela – and some new Latin sounds from Ozomatli, Cuban singer Dayme Arocena, and a reissue of the Buena Vista classic, Introducing Ruben Gonzalez.

July 21/23

The Crossroads blues slide guitar feature for July continues with one of today’s best players, Sonny Landreth, with music from his debut album and new live double set, along with a Landreth special in hour two of the show.

Also blues concert previews for the coming week, newly named NEA Heritage Fellow Phil Wiggins (with John Cephas), and new music from the Hector Anchondo Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, Williams Wayne & Isaak, Taj Mahal with Keb’ Mo’ and Chuck Berry’s last album.

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State Workers Object To ‘Hyperpartisan’ Email From Brownback Administration

The head of an organization that represents Kansas state employees is criticizing Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration for using a state agency to deliver a political attack on the Legislature.

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