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Kansas Looks At Hiring More School Counselors, If They Can Be Found

Gov. Sam Brownback wants to add hundreds of new counselors to public schools in Kansas over the next five years, if those counselors can be found.

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The latest drought report shows that all of Kansas is drying out, with the southern parts of the state now being considered in extreme drought.

But what impact could this weather pattern have if it sticks around?

More than 50 percent of the state is currently seeing drought conditions, up from only 1.5 percent three months ago. And assistant state climatologist Mary Knapp says the outlook for the next three months isn't much better.

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Kansas' former education commissioner is hoping to bridge the divide between how schools teach and what businesses need from their workers.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Diane DeBacker was appointed late last year to the new executive director of business and education innovation position at the Kansas Department of Commerce. Her job is meant to bring education voices into the department.

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If nothing else, Sam Brownback has marked his time as governor of Kansas with one bold approach after the next. And few remade the status quo as much as his approach to welfare.

“They’re all some of the most difficult pieces that I play,” says pianist Christopher O’Riley, discussing his preparation for a recital spotlighting the music of Radiohead.

The Los Angeles-based musician has been arranging/interpreting/performing Radiohead’s music since the early 2000s. “I really like to think that this is an infinitesimally slowed-down improvisation because I really am making note choices, harmony choices from one sixteenth note to the next.”

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Winter weather has created some slick and hazardous roads across Kansas. Walt Brinker, the author of "Roadside Survival," says the best way for motorists to avoid sliding off the road, or getting stuck in snow and icy conditions, is to stay home.

"If you do have to go out, you need to watch your speed—accelerate and decelerate very gradually and don't make any sudden stops," Brinker says. "If you can avoid stopping at stop lights by timing your driving so that you arrive as they turn green or while they're green, you'll be much further ahead than if you had to stop for a light."

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The only public hearing on the proposed merger between Westar Energy and Great Plains Energy will take place next Monday in Topeka.

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This week is the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March on Washington, which brought thousands of demonstrators to the capital and inspired dozens of similar events in cities around the world—including Wichita.

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In the coming months, Congress will map out how it’ll spend upwards of $500 billion on food and farm programs over the next five years.

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A Shawnee County District Court judge has temporarily blocked an ordinance that raises the tobacco-buying age in Topeka to 21.

The ruling comes after two Topeka businesses, with the assistance of the Kansas Vapers Association, filed a lawsuit this week challenging the regulation. The ordinance was scheduled to go into effect Thursday. The businesses claim the mandate conflicts with state law, which allows the sale of tobacco to people 18 and older.

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The Wichita Art Museum has appointed a new curator to oversee its more than 8,000-piece collection.

Wichita native Tera Hedrick has worked with the museum since 2016, and has served as interim curator since last May.

"Tera exceeded every expectation, so much so that the museum ended its national search and selected her as the WAM curator for the museum’s next chapter,” WAM director Patricia McDonnell said in a statement Friday. “Tera is an extraordinary talent, and we are fortunate to keep her in her hometown of Wichita."

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Endless Possibilities for MarkArts | An Artist's Perspective

The news is out about the new and wonderful $22 million MarkArts complex, which opened at Rock Road and 13th Street last week. I think we are extremely lucky to have this jewel in Wichita.

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“They’re all some of the most difficult pieces that I play,” says pianist Christopher O’Riley, discussing his preparation for a recital spotlighting the music of Radiohead.

The Los Angeles-based musician has been arranging/interpreting/performing Radiohead’s music since the early 2000s. “I really like to think that this is an infinitesimally slowed-down improvisation because I really am making note choices, harmony choices from one sixteenth note to the next.”

Monday 1.15.18

Night Train steps aside for two specials – from Night Lights and Blues & Beyond – featuring music in celebration of Dr. King Day.

Tuesday 1.16.18

Some legendary tenor saxophonists and classic and contemporary organists featured tonight on the Night Train. Among the highlights, a Best of 2017 pick from Pat Martino featuring organist Pat Bianchi, the latest from organists Gregory Lewis, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Organissimo, tenor men Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane (with Thelonious Monk), Stan Getz (with Charlie Byrd from the pioneering Jazz Samba album), and Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis (with organist Shirley Scott).

Wednesday 1.17.18

Night Train features another 2017 favorite, from the Peter Erskine Trio, for the January Best of the Year feature, and marks birthdays of singers Eartha Kitt and Cheryl Bentyne, and pianists Cyrus Chestnut and Cedar Walton, including a performance from Walton at the Savannah Music Festival in hour two of the show.

Thursday 1.18.18

Night Train marks birthdays of drummer Al Foster (with McCoy Tyner, Bobby Hutcherson, and Sonny Rollins), guitarist Bobby Broom, singer Irene Kral, and saxophonist Steve Grossman. Plus more of the Best of 2017, including show favorites from bassist Ben Allison, the Bill Charlap Trio, and guitarist Ralph Towner; new music from Julian Lage and Steve Slagle; and a preview of a new double-album from the Chick Corea + Steve Gadd Band.

A Blues Artist Tribute

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This week at the Crossroads as part of the January feature looking back at the past year in blues, a tribute to artists who passed away in 2017 – including last albums from both Gregg Allman and Chuck Berry; music from Fats Domino and from a Domino tribute album that included a track from Tom Petty; also James Cotton, Lonnie Brooks, Leo ‘Bud’ Welch, soul singer Charles Bradley, and guitarist Howard Carroll of the gospel group the Dixie Hummingbirds.

We also highlight an Allman Brothers cover of an Elmore James song, as part of the January Elmore James Centennial Birthday feature; and in hour two, a special in tribute to CeDell Davis, who passed away last year, and R.L. Boyce, one of this year’s blues Grammy nominees.

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Al Holliday & The Eastside Rhythm Band will perform at Barleycorn's Saturday, Jan. 13 from 7–9 p.m. The soul-inspired group features Holliday's signature blues-based vocals—which have earned him acclaim from the St. Louis-area paper, Riverfront Times—as well as plenty of southern-inflected piano and horns.

You can hear plenty of what has listeners across the region excited via the album Natural Remedies (2015) or through the collective's live shows.

Jedd Beaudoin: When was it that soul music first entered your life?

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Tuesday, January 16

Listen for selections from Drunk, the 2017 release by Thundercat, featuring guest appearances from Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar. We’ll also hear music from Michael McDonald’s 2017 effort, Wide Open.

Wednesday, January 17

We’ll hear music from Psychsploitation Today, the new release by The Prefab Messiahs as well as new music from the neo-psychedelic band Django Django.

Thursday, January 18

Listen for music from Strange Angels, the new tribute to blues great Elmore James featuring selections from Rodney Crowell, Tom Jones and Jamey Johnson. We’ll also hear performances by James himself, who died in 1963.

Friday, January 19

 We’ll hear music from Echo, the 2017 effort from Vehicles as well as selections from Split Lip Rayfield’s On My Way.

Saturday, January 20

Ruins is the first album of new material from First Aid Kit since 2014, listen for selections from it on this episode as well as for recent music by The Wichita Flag.

Monday, January 22

We’ll hear music from Tunnel Vision, the 2017 EP from Kill Vargas as well as selections from Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations.

Tuesday, January 23

We’ll hear music from Accomplice One, the new release from Tommy Emmanuel featuring guest appearances from Rodney Crowell, Amanda Shires and Ricky Skaggs, plus music from guitarist Julian Lage. 

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State Board Of Education Approves Pilot Programs For Accelerated Teaching Licenses

The Kansas State Board of Education on Tuesday approved two new pilot programs for educating teachers to address Kansas’ teacher shortage .

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