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Study: Wichita Arts Organizations Generate Millions For Local Economy

A new study from Americans for the Arts shows Wichita arts organizations generate millions of dollars for the city’s economy.

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The City of Wichita is hosting a free expo Saturday for residents looking for housing assistance and resources.

The second annual Housing Expo will include more than 70 vendors and have various workshops to help people find housing around Wichita, whether it’s advice on purchasing a house or help finding affordable housing.

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Gov. Sam Brownback on Thursday signed into law the state’s new school funding formula, which increases aid to schools by $284 million within two years.

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Fastball's "The Way" was one of the inescapable singles of 1998. It became a top ten hit on Billboard's Hot 100 charts and earned attention in markets such as Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and Australia. All The Money That Pain Can Buy, the album that spawned the single, sold over a million copies and earned the trio two Grammy nominations. Co-founder Tony Scalzo says that where some bands might have been frightened by the prospect of not sustaining its standing in the charts, Fastball has no such concerns.

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Wesley’s Children’s Hospital is about to begin a year-long project to expand its emergency room.

The $2 million expansion will add four private beds, bringing the total to 14. The pediatric ER will also be remodeled to reflect the new look of the main Wesley Children’s Hospital, which unveiled its own renovation last year.

Ashley Lunkenheimer, associate director of the emergency department, says the pediatric ER has seen 30 percent growth 2013.

Five people say they are interested in completing the legislative term of the late Rep. Patsy Terrell.

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The National Endowment for the Arts has announced $82 million worth of grants to arts organizations and art projects. All 50 states are set to receive funds, including six projects in Kansas.

Almost a million dollars is on its way to Kansas to support the arts. Music Theatre Wichita will use $10,000 for their production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In connection with the play, the theatre will explore race, disability, religion, and class distinctions. The money will also go towards the theatre's new Festival of Summer Musicals.

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Given all the controversy about KanCare – Kansas’ privatized Medicaid program – it would be reasonable to expect big crowds at public hearings about renewing the program.

But that wasn’t the case Wednesday when relative handfuls of health care providers and consumers turned out in Topeka for the first in a series of forums scheduled across the state.

The sparse turnout disappointed state officials and legislators who attended.

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The City of Wichita is hosting a social media town hall Thursday afternoon about the 2018-19 budget.

Mayor Jeff Longwell, city council members and city staff will answer questions on the city’s Facebook page and on Twitter account. Participants can follow along with #ICTBudget2017. Topics will include street maintenance, traffic safety, snow and ice removal, and youth reading programs.

The Kansas Board of Regents will vote Thursday on how much to hike tuition at state universities next year.

The six regent schools’ requests range between 2.5 and 3 percent, less than recent years. Wichita State University is requesting a 2.5 percent increase.

University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said during discussions Wednesday that the 2.5 percent increase her campus is asking for is barely above inflation.

“There was definitely a focus on making the tuition increase a modest one," she said.

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A new exhibit opens at The Kansas African American Museum on Friday called "The Fire Next Time: The Legacy of the Kerner Report."

The Kerner Commission Report was released in 1968 after racial violence and rioting in urban areas across the country.

President Lyndon Johnson impaneled a special commission, named after Illinois Gov. Otto Kerner, to see why these riots were happening and how to prevent them from happening again.



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Ready For Science Saturday? Here's A Preview.

Science Friday is coming to Wichita this fall, but this weekend, KMUW is hosting an event called Science Saturday . Sarah Jane Crespo, director of community engagement at KMUW, spoke with Jonathan Huber about the event.

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Monday, June 26

We’re All Alright is the eighteenth studio album from Cheap Trick and the second to feature drummer Daxx Nielsen, the son of guitarist and founding member Rick Nielsen. We’ll hear selections from this record, including a cover of song by The Move, the band would ultimately spawn Electric Light Orchestra. We’ll also hear more music from the self-titled debut by The Magpie Salute, the band featuring former Black Crowes guitarists Rich Robinson and Marc Ford.

Tuesday, June 27

Step Into Light is the latest album from Fastball, the band best known for its late 1990s hit “The Way.” This new effort finds the band blending elements of its classic sound with contemporary sensibilities on a record that stands as one of the group’s best efforts to date. We’ll hear from it on this episode of the show as well as music from the Spirit of the Stairs release Lambo Doors.

Wednesday, June 28

Weather Diaries is the first album of new material from veteran shoegaze band Ride in 21 years. Listen for music from that effort as well as the latest by Slowdive, that group’s first new recording in 22 years.

Thursday, June 29

So You Want To Be An Outlaw is the latest release from singer-songwriter Steve Earle. Listen for music from it as well as selections from his son Justin Townes Earle’s latest, Kids In The Street.

Friday, June 30

Woodstock is the brand new release from Alaskan band Portugal. The Man. Some of the material dates to before the group’s previous effort, Evil Friends, and features production work from Danger Mouse and Mike D of the Beastie Boys. We’ll hear music from that effort as well as selections from Paul McCartney’s experimental electronic project The Fireman.

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Jonny Lang was 16 years old when his 1997 album Lie To Me became an inescapable presence on radio. Lang's mixture of soul, blues and R&B quickly earned him a loyal following. He was first exposed to that blend of music on his family's farm in North Dakota.

Sunday, June 25

Sunday on Soulsations hear “Rock Steady” a 1971 funky soul gem from Aretha Franklin.  The Queen of Soul recently took part in an inaugural Detroit Music Weekend festival with a street naming and a tribute concert as well as her own free headline show in downtown Detroit. The 75 year-old Franklin is working on a new album with Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Lionel Richie that she hopes to have out by January 2018.

Saturday, June 24

Fun, poetic, gritty and wonderful. It's Greg Brown recorded at the Old Settlers Inn. Greg is the founder of Red House Records, has received a plethora of folkie-and-indie type awards and his tunes have been covered by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Ani DiFranco, Shawn Colvin and countless others. Like most singer-songwriters, he's best when performing live in a small setting ­ like the Old Settlers Inn.

Monday, June 19

Global Village continues the June Islands feature with a trip to Jamaica for a special birthday celebration for Jamaican guitar great Ernest Ranglin. The show features music from his solo projects, as well work he did as lead guitarist and musical director for Jimmy Cliff, and as a guest artist with the Skatalites, Monty Alexander, the Melodians, Millie Small, Jackie Mittoo, and more.

Tuesday, June 20

Global Village marks World Refugee Day with music from artists from many different corners of the world who were once refugees. Featured in the show is music from the Refugees for Refugees project, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, NEA Heritage Fellow Rahim Alhaj, Western Sahara’s Aziza Brahim, Ugandan artist Samite and more.

Wednesday, June 21

Global Village welcomes in the new season with songs of summer from Bob Marley & the Wailers, Desmond Dekker, Ray Barretto, Bill Withers, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Michael Franti & Spearhead and more.

Thursday, June 22

In conjunction with the June ‘Islands’ feature, Global Village pays a visit to Japan. Among the highlights: a composition from Japan’s “Beethoven of the Koto” that is considered akin to the national melody of the country, traditional music from the internationally acclaimed composer and multi-instrumentalist Joji Hirota, ‘70s fusions from Stomo Yamashata’s Red Buddha Theater and Osamu Kitajima, traditional and contemporary Okinawan music from the Rinken Band, Shoukichi Kina, and the Surf Champlers (with a wild version of the James Bond Theme), and a recent release from Kengo Saito bringing together music of Japan and Afghanistan.

Friday, June 23

It’s Take Your Dog to Work Day and Global Village lets loose the hounds in songs from Jesse Winchester, the Roches, Rufus Thomas, Nick Drake, Big Mama Thornton and more. Plus music from African greats Orchestra Baobab and King Sunny Ade, Balkan-inspired Tipsy Oxcart, kora player Seckou Keita, and the Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten Cambodian rock soundtrack.


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Wichita Performing Arts Groups Watching Closely As City Considers Future Of Century II

Leaders and patrons of the arts organizations that call the Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center home are watching closely as the city considers future options for the iconic round building with the blue roof. Music Theatre Wichita is among the performing arts groups that have a strong interest in the upcoming decisions.

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