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Kansas Political Parties Say Move To Fall Local Elections Offers Benefits

The 2017 Kansas election is in the books as counties finished most of the work finalizing their results Thursday.

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The tax bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday had the support of all four Kansas representatives.

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One of the greatest needs for residents in Wichita’s Fairmount neighborhood is jobs, according to the second part of an extensive door-to-door survey that Wichita State University conducted in the area earlier this year.

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Drivers in east Wichita will notice a change in the traffic pattern around the Kellogg and Greenwich Road area beginning Saturday.

New frontage roads along the north and south of East Kellogg are opening from Greenwich to Zelta.

Wichita officials say moving traffic to the frontage roads means construction work on Kellogg can begin.

The City of Wichita, the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Kansas Turnpike Authority started projects to improve travel in east Wichita about two years ago.

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A man from Georgia was sentenced on Thursday to more than two years in prison for an email scheme that stole about $566,000 dollars from Sedgwick County.

George James pleaded guilty to wire fraud but denied that the scheme was his idea.

Sedgwick County received an email in October 2016 asking for a bank account change for electronic payments for a Wichita construction company.

The county issued the payment to what it thought was Cornejo and Sons’ new account, but the money instead was deposited into James’ bank account.

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KanCare expansion advocates are already setting their sights on potential future state lawmakers in their push to get expansion legislation passed next year.

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Dan Tedesco grew up loving music, eventually playing and studying jazz as a college student, knowing all along that he wanted to make his living as a performing musician. That life hasn’t always been easy but, as he points out in his documentary film, Chasing The Lightning, his dream hasn’t faded.

Tedesco provides a screening of the film and a live performance on Friday, Nov. 17, at Barleycorn’s.

Jedd Beaudoin: When did the idea to make the film Chasing The Lightning present itself?

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Kansas Republican Congressman Kevin Yoder could face stiff competition in his re-election bid. Based on recent election trends, Democrats think Yoder’s 3rd District seat is winnable.

Democrats made big gains in last week’s legislative elections in Virginia. University of Kansas political scientist Patrick Miller says that trend could carry over into some congressional races closer to home next year.

“Republicans lost almost every single one of the 17 Virginia Statehouse seats that Hillary Clinton carried,” Miller says.

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Wichita Area Technical College announced Wednesday that it will officially become Wichita State University’s Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology.

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Shawnee Mission Health has become the 17th member nationwide of the MD Anderson Cancer Network, joining forces with one of the top cancer centers in the United States.

The affiliation follows a year-long certification process by MD Anderson and is a big leap forward for Shawnee Mission Health’s cancer center, which opened not quite four years ago.

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Large livestock farms likely will have to report high levels of two types of emissions as of Wednesday, despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s last-minute effort to further delay a federal rule it’s been trying to modify for years.

The EPA tried to exempt most farms, including concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, from having to report emissions of two air pollutants — hydrogen sulfide and ammonia — that are considered hazardous.

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Cooking With Fire: Pumpkin Pie

Of all the classic Thanksgiving dishes, pumpkin pie may just be my favorite. Maybe it’s because when I was younger I convinced myself that I was really eating vegetables when consuming large quantities of pumpkin pie topped with extra whipped cream.

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A.J. Croce has been releasing albums to critical acclaim since the early 1990s. With songs that are steeped in the American traditions of New Orleans, deep blues as well as folk and pop, he has carved a unique space for himself in the musical landscape. Born to singer-songwriters Jim and Ingrid Croce in 1971, the musician had shied away from performing his father’s music until recently.

KMUW Music is celebrating Thanksgiving with five hours of music! Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Thursday, November 23 from 7:00 p.m. to midnight.

Global Village serves up a feast for the holiday with songs about food. On the menu: Rice, Red Beans and Turnip Greens, Sweet Pumpkin, Hot Cross Buns with some Frim Fram Sauce and other musical delicacies.

The annual Thanksgiving celebration continues on Strange Currency with music from The Kinks, Mike Keneally and others.

Award-Winner James Day

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Sunday, November 19

Sunday on Soulsations, new music from songwriter and producer James Day.  His music has been described as “a joy inducing affair."  Day has won numerous awards including Billboard Magazine Awards, the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and a Songwriters Hall of Fame Award for Songwriting Excellence.

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Friday, November 17

Nexus is the new collaborative effort between Steve Howe of Yes and his son, Virgil. Inspired by jazz, classical and rock music, the collection speaks to each musician’s diversity. We’ll hear music from this release as well as from the band Little Barrie, the band Virgil Howe played drums in until his death in September of this year.

Saturday, November 18

The Moral Crossing is the sophomore release from British group Autobahn. We’ll hear music from that recording on this episode as well as selections from the latest by Drew Breskin, Cha-Ching Machine.

Monday, November 20

Acid Tongue is an American-bred garage band heavily influenced by AM-radio soul, folk and psychedelic rock. We’ll hear selections from the band’s latest effort, Babies, on this episode plus music from the debut by Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations.

Tuesday, November 21

We celebrate the birthday of Dr. John with a variety of selections from throughout his career.

Wednesday, November 22

The Security Project is a group formed by ex- Peter Gabriel drummer Jerry Marotta and former King Crimson member Trey Gunn. The band’s focus from the beginning has been the more obscure corners of the Gabriel discography. We’ll hear selections from The Security Project’s latest, Contact as well as music from The Luxembourg Signal’s new effort, Blue Field.

Thursday, November 23

We team up with Global Village and Night Train for our annual Thanksgiving celebration with music from The Kinks, Mike Keneally and others.

Friday, November 24

One More Crooked Dance is the thirteenth album from singer-songwriter Jules Shear. Recalling the work of Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Neil Young and others. We’ll hear selections from this new recording as well as songs Shear has written for artists such as The Bangles, Til Tuesday and Cyndi Lauper.

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Dan Tedesco grew up loving music, eventually playing and studying jazz as a college student, knowing all along that he wanted to make his living as a performing musician. That life hasn’t always been easy but, as he points out in his documentary film, Chasing The Lightning, his dream hasn’t faded.

Tedesco provides a screening of the film and a live performance on Friday, Nov. 17, at Barleycorn’s.

Jedd Beaudoin: When did the idea to make the film Chasing The Lightning present itself?

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Homeland Security To Hold Chemical Weapons Test Near Kansas Border

The Department of Homeland Security is now taking public comment on a plan to release biological and chemical materials at the former Chilocco Indian School near Arkansas City.

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