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Five Moments From The Kansas Motor-Voter V. Kobach Trial That Stick Out

Much was at stake in the two-plus weeks in Kansas City, Kansas, where Secretary of State Kris Kobach defended in federal court the strict voter registration law he spearheaded and his office’s execution of those rules.

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Wichita businessman Wink Hartman will be Kris Kobach's running mate in Kobach's campaign for governor.

Kobach formally announced Hartman's selection Wednesday as he kicked off a four-city bus tour in Topeka. As lieutenant governor, Hartman would function like a corporate chief operating officer and audit state agencies, Kobach said.

Hartman dropped out of the governor's race last month and immediately endorsed Kobach, leading to speculation he would join his campaign.

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Kansas lawmakers moved Tuesday to make a bill to release information about the deaths of children in state custody more transparent.

In response to several high-profile cases where a child had been brought to the attention of the Department for Children and Families and later died, the bill requires the agency to release information about kids who die as a result of abuse or neglect.

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A bill before Kansas lawmakers says faith-based child agencies should not be required to place children in families if it conflicts with the religious values of the organization.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach got a tongue lashing Tuesday from the judge who will decide whether he violated federal law by blocking tens of thousands of voter applications.

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Kansas lawmakers are considering creating a watchdog based outside the state’s child welfare agency, but with access to inside information.

A bill to create a child advocate to review the Department for Children and Families comes after years of horror stories of abused children who ended up injured, missing or dead.

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Coming out of the weekend, lots of fans in Lawrence and Manhattan were thrilled as their basketball teams advanced in the NCAA tournament.

But that also means some coaches are putting extra money in their pockets.

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For an increasing number of voters, choosing between red and blue feels like no choice.

Elections in Kansas this year could serve as a proving ground for a fed-up electorate made up of folks who might be disgusted enough to form a new political party.

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Syed Jamal, the Bangladeshi-born scientist whom the federal government is trying to deport, must be released from jail, a judge ruled Tuesday.

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Now that Republican leaders have a report they commissioned on school funding, it’s not clear they’ll pursue its recommendations to spend more for better student performance.

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Three militia members accused of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex in southwest Kansas go on trial Tuesday in Wichita.

Their alleged plot laid bare tiny pockets of the ugliest, potentially violent, racism in a region that’s seen immigrants drawn to tough meatpacking jobs for decades.



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Cooking With Fire: Picanha

When people ask me what I do for a living and I tell them I get to basically eat great food and write about it, well, that’s a conversation starter.

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Crisis Casanova celebrates the release of its new EP, The Fool Friday, March 23, at Kirby's Beer Store. Here, the band, which consists of guitarist/vocalist and primary songwriter Cecilia Raheb, Brenna Beeson (trumpet, keyboards, vocals) and Josué Estrada (trumpet, drums), recently stopped by the KMUW studios to discuss some band history and its current status.

Jedd Beaudoin: Cecilia, this started with you writing songs. When did Brenna come into the picture?

Sunday, March 25

Coming up on Soulsations, hear music from Jazz/Soul Artist George Benson.  On March 22, 2018, the legendary guitarist and singer turned 75! His music career spans over half a decade.  Benson's upcoming tour schedule includes performing at the Jazz Heritage Fest in New Orleans in April and the Hollywood Bowl this Summer. During an NPR interview, the Grammy award winning vocalist talks about the viability of music:

"If you put something on that record that people want to hear, they'll buy it," Benson says. "So I never gave up on that idea, that jazz musicians have the same opportunity as everybody else. And it's what you put on that record that makes the difference, whether you sell it or not, or are able to get it into people's households."

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Zack Smith and Caitlin Doyle-Smith first met in California. He was just leaving for Nashville to start a musical career. But some long phone conversations and continuous text messages kept the two in contact and soon she'd traded one driver's license for another. The couple began playing shows, married and went on the road with the Dixie Chicks.

They recorded two albums, including 2016's Sweet Tennessee Honey — which features a guest turn from Chicks' vocalist Natalie Maines, as well as Sarah Jarosz and Jano Rix (The Wood Brothers) — and are working on a third.

Monday, March 26

This time in the Global Village it’s another edition of our series, Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival. Each month we head to the Festival for a performance from one of today’s top world music artists. For March, in conjunction with celebration of Women’s History Month, our featured artist is Leyla McCalla. The singer, songwriter, cellist and former member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops brings together string band, Haitian, blues, jazz and classical music in unique and captivating blend. This was her debut performance at the Savannah Music Festival.

Tuesday, March 27

Global Village journeys to North Africa for music from the pioneering Nubian singer and bandleader Ali Hassan Kuban, the Nile Project that brings together over a dozen artists from countries and cultures along the Nile River, Algerian great Maurice el Medioni – and as we continue our Women’s History Month feature - music from Mauritanian artists Malouma and Noura Mint Seymali, and Nubian group Alsarah & the Nubatones.

Wednesday, March 28

This time in the Global Village, it’s legendary songs and artists from Africa, including a variety of styles from Nigeria, South Africa, Mali, and more. Among the artists featured are Fela, King Sunny Ade, Manu Dibango, Debademba, and as we continue our Women’s History Month feature, music from South Africa’s Miriam Makeba and the Mahotella Queens.

Thursday, March 29

Global Village marks the birthday of Mory Kante, a pioneering guitarist, kora player and singer who was a member of Mali’s influential Rail Band, and launched an international career in the ‘80s with the hit song “Ye Ke Ye.” We’ll hear him with the Rail Band, as a solo artist, and guesting with another African legend, Manu Dibango (and special guest Herbie Hancock), along with a great version of his hit done by jazz fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty.

Friday, March 30

Global Village wraps up its salute to Women’s History Month with a program dedicated to reggae women. We’ll hear solo projects from the I-Threes: Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths and Rita Marley,  early pioneers like Hortense Ellis and Dawn Penn,  some reggae inspired music from Jamaica’s Grace Jones, British roots reggae singer Aisha, and one of the stars of the current Jamaican roots revival, Jah9.

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Wednesday, March 21

We’ll hear music from the Jimmie Vaughan Trio’s latest release, Live at C-Boy’s plus selections from the Edgar Winter Group’s 1972 LP They Only Come Out At Night.

Thursday, March 22

How To Solve Our Human Problems is the latest release by Scotland’s Belle and Sebastian. Listen for selections from it on this episode of the show as well as music from The Twilight Sad’s No One Can Ever Know, released in 2012.

Friday, March 23

Sunday Morning Coming Down is the 2012 release from Minneapolis’ The New Standards, featuring jazz-inspired covers of songs from the Arcade Fire, The Beatles and Talking Heads, among others. We’ll hear songs from that release plus music from the Bad Plus’ 2016 effort It’s Hard.

Saturday, March 24

Everybody’s Insecure is the latest release from Elk City. We’ll hear songs from that record as well as from Space Flyer, the 1994 effort from Melting Hopefuls.

Monday, March 26

Condition Blue is the 1991 effort from Britain’s The Jazz Butcher, we’ll hear music from that collection on this episode as well as songs from Kirsty MacColl’s Electric Landlady.

Tuesday, March 27

Space Gun is the latest release from Dayton, Ohio’s Guided By Voices. We’ll hear music from it as well as songs from Doolittle, the 1989 effort from the Pixies.

Wednesday, March 28

Hymns of the 49th Parallel is k.d. lang’s 2004 tribute to Canadian singer-songwriters and features material written by Leonard Cohen and Neil Young. We’ll hear music from that release as well as selections from Lucinda Williams’ 2017 remake of her Sweet Old World LP.

Thursday, March 29

Listen for selections from Ride Again, the 2015 release from Cherokee Maidens & Sycamore Swing plus music from Asleep At The Wheel.

Friday, March 30

I’ll Be Your Girl is the latest effort from The Decemberists, listen for selections from that release on this episode plus music from Andrew W.K.’s You’re Not Alone.

Saturday, March 31

 Listen for selections from David Bowie’s 1997 release, Earthling plus music from former Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson’s 1994 set, Heaven and Hull, featuring guest appearances from Bowie, Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Mott The Hoople’s Ian Hunter and John Mellencamp.


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Hot Towels And Tapered Cuts: Local Barbershop Welcomes NCAA Tournament

Wichita is among eight cities to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Downtown businesses are hoping thousands of visitors will eat, sleep, shop and perhaps get a haircut.

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