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Lawmakers Worried New Foster Care Contracts Open The Door To Discrimination

Update: An earlier version of this story misidentified the agency that advised lawmakers on the language of the law. It was the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. A restructuring of how Kansas hires agencies to manage foster care and adoptions could allow widespread exclusion of placements with gay parents — a revelation Monday that prompted objections from some lawmakers.

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One of the new additions to the Advanced Learning Library in Wichita is getting a lot of attention.


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The Wichita Park Board voted 4-3 Friday night in favor of plan to close the L.W. Clapp Golf Course in southeast Wichita.

City staff had recommended the closure as a way to help fill a roughly $600,000 hole in the golf fund’s operating budget next year. A report shows Clapp is the lowest-performing course in the city’s golf system.

Many residents spoke out against the closure during a three-hour meeting Friday. The meeting had to be moved to a larger room to accomodate all those who attended.

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KMUW and KWCH 12 will air two gubernatorial forums in advance of the Aug. 7 primary election.

The Republican candidates for governor will meet Tuesday, July 10, and the Democratic candidates on Wednesday, July 11. Both 45-minute forums will air live on KWCH beginning at 6:15 p.m.

KMUW will rebroadcast both forums. The Republican forum will be rebroadcast at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, and the Democratic forum at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 12.

Republican candidates scheduled to participate Tuesday are Jim Barnett, Jeff Colyer, Kris Kobach, Patrick Kucera and Ken Selzer.

There’s a common thread among the campaigns of several men aspiring to replace Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach — promises of administrative competence.

So says Emporia State political scientist Michael Smith. It jumped out at him as he perused some of their websites.

“To me,” he said, it “has sort of a subtext, that that has not been Kobach’s focus.”

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After years fronting a heavy metal band, Dusty Grant decided to try his hand at solo acoustic performances in 2017. A year later, Grant is issuing a new video for the song "Done So Much" and has busied himself with a variety of live performances including a recent tour with Sprout The Anti-Hero of the band Screaming Red Mutiny.

Grant debuts his new video this Saturday, July 7, at The Elbow Room.

You've been doing this solo acoustic thing for about a year?

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Wichita firefighters and law enforcement officers stuck to their promise of stepping up enforcement of fireworks violations this year.

Officials have written 133 citations this fireworks season, compared to nine in 2016 and none last year. Violators were fined $250, down from the previous $2500 penalty.

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Students living at Wichita State University will have another year of crowded dorm rooms.

The university is converting some single-person rooms into doubles and some doubles into triples as a way to provide more beds for students interested in living on campus.

Last summer, several students were notified that they would be getting an extra roommate. WSU says that’s because more students from outside the Wichita area enrolled and needed housing.

And while a new apartment complex, The Flats, opened on campus last year, the Fairmount Towers residence hall closed.

After months of verbally sparring with trade partners, the United States is poised to implement wide-reaching tariffs Friday on imported goods, and one in particular has the agriculture economy on edge: soybeans.

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The University of Kansas will hire former Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long to lead its athletic department.

KU announced Thursday that Long will replace Sheahon Zenger, who was fired May 21. Zenger was KU's athletic director for nearly seven years. He received a $1.4 million severance package.

Long was athletic director at Arkansas from 2008 to 2017 before being fired last November amid criticism over the football team's performance. The Razorbacks, who also fired coach Brett Bielema, went 4-8 last season.

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Dave Mason was a founding member of the English rock band Traffic. During his on-again/off-again period with that group, he penned the song "Feelin' Alright," which has become his most enduring composition. After leaving Traffic for good in the late 1960s, he embarked upon a successful solo career, notable for his 1977 hit, "We Just Disagree," which was penned by Jim Krueger. He continued to have solo hits into the 1980s, then became a member of Fleetwood Mac during the following decade.

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On Stage This Summer

If it's summer, there must be farce, and if there's farce, the chances are good that it's at The Kechi Playhouse. See How They Run is a three-act comedy by Philip King, set in an English village just after the end of World War II. Laugh the night away at this fast-paced, door-slamming delight, on stage through July 29 th .

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Monday 7.16.18

Night Train kicks off the week with more music from July featured artist Hank Jones, including a newly released live set from Copenhagen in 1983 and from one of several performances from the Village Vanguard with the Great Jazz Trio. Night Train also marks birthdays of Latin jazz artists Cal Tjader and Bola Sete (also featured tonight on Global Village), tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz, and drummer Bobby Previte, and features new releases from Emmet Cohen with Ron Carter, the Fred Hersch Trio and Ben Paterson.

Tuesday 7.17.18

A long list of birthdays to celebrate tonight on the Night Train, including Dave Brubeck and Marian McPartland drummer Joe Morello, tenor saxophonist Chico Freeman, pianist Vince Guaraldi, guitarist Mary Osborne, singer Joanie Pallatto (with the late, great Bob Dorough, who was just named a 2019 NEA Jazz Master), baritone saxophonist Nick Brignola, and singer Jimmy Scott. Plus more from July featured artist Hank Jones (with brothers Thad and Elvin) and new releases from Eliane Elias, the ‘Standards Trio’ of Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock & Jack DeJohnette, Roger Kellaway, Bill O’Connell and Freddy Cole.

Wednesday 7.18.18

Night Train continues the July Hank Jones Centennial Birthday feature with music the acclaimed pianist did with Cannonball Adderley (on the classic Somethin’ Else album) and with Abbey Lincoln. There’s also new music from Don Braden, Leslie Pintchik, the Jeff Hamilton Trio and the Kenny Barron Quintet; and a birthday salute to keyboardist Brian Auger with some of his jazz recordings in hour one and a special concert performance in hour two of the show.

Thursday 7.19.18

Night Train highlights music and musicians from around the world – including Brazil’s Antonio Adolfo and Nilson Matta, Argentina’s Diego Urcola, Cameroon’s Gino Sitson, the Gabriel Alegria’s Afro-Peruvian Sextet, and saxophonist Juli Wood from her album featuring jazz renditions of traditional music from Finland.

Monday, July 16

Global Village celebrates birthdays of ska and reggae star Desmond Dekker, salsa star Ruben Blades, Brazilian guitarist Bola Sete, and West Coast Latin jazz pioneer Cal Tjader. Plus more music for the Hot July/Cool Nordic Sounds feature with Finnish accordionist Markku Lepistö (with Samurai Accordion), and new music from the Turbans, African Scream Contest 2 with music from Benin, and reissues from the Gladiators and Buena Vista bassist Cachaito.

Tuesday, July 17

Global Village goes to Estonia for some traditional, neo-folk and classical music with roots in Estonian folk music. We’ll hear music of Arvo Pärt and Tormis performed by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and the contemporary ensemble, Tormis Quartet from a new tribute album they did. Plus selections from Trad.Attack!, Mari Kalkun , the award-winning Estonian-Belgian group Estbel, and the Estonian-Ukranian band Svjata Vatra.

Wednesday, July 18

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 in honor of Mandela and the fight against apartheid in South Africa that still resonate today, including works from a number of musicians from South Africa. We’ll hear selections from Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Artists United Against Apartheid, Abdullah Ibrahim, Brenda Fassie, Harry Belafonte and more.

Thursday, July 19

In conjunction with the Hot July/Cool Nordic Sounds feature, Global Village heads to Norway for a wide array of traditional, classical, jazz and world inspired music. We’ll hear pioneering world jazz saxophonist Jan Garbarek and contemporary sax and goat horn world jazz player Karl Seglem; Hardanger fiddle player Annbjorn Lien; Sami artist Mari Boine; early music lute and guitar player Rolf Lislevand; contemporary classical group Trio Mediaeval; Norwegian-African ensemble Monoswezi and more.

Friday, July 20

Global Village celebrates Colombian Independence Day with a wide array of different styles of music and artists from that South American country. We’ll hear the popular folk styles of cumbia and vallenato, classical music, salsa, and contemporary Latin rock, from such artists as Carlos Vives, Aterciopelados, Joe Arroyo, Sidestepper, and more.

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Crossroads continues the July Jump Blues feature with music from Louis Jordan, early Roomful of Blues, Kansas City’s Jay McShann, a classic from Big Maybelle, and a Jump Blues special, Jump Jive & Wail, in hour two of the show.

Plus music from blues artists with concerts in the coming week and new music from Muddy Gurdy, Deb Ryder, Marcia Ball, Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps, and more.

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Willis Alan Ramsey has, to date, released one album. Issued on Shelter Records in 1972, his self-titled debut remains a high water mark in the pantheon of American singer-songwriter albums. The 11 songs that comprise the record speak volumes about the artist's maturity and breadth of musical and lyrical interests.

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Formed more than 30 years ago in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, The Jayhawks have undergone something of a career renaissance in recent years. After an ill-fated reunion with founding member Mark Olson came to an end around 2012, the band soon found its footing again and completed a reissue campaign that expanded on some classic albums it made into the early 2000s. Then, in 2016, came Paging Mr. Proust, a lean and imaginative album that saw the outfit taking some of the biggest musical risks of its career.

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Kansas Resettlement Agency Working To Increase Next Year's Cap On Refugee Admissions

Under former President George W. Bush, the highest ceiling on the number of refugees admitted into the U.S. was 80,000. Under Barack Obama, it was 110,000. President Donald Trump set this year's cap at 45,000. “And based on the numbers so far, we're looking at less than half that many that we were told would be allowed into the country," says Harold Schlechtweg, the advocacy coordinator with the International Rescue Committee in Kansas.

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