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Police Arrest 18 Protesters At Kansas Secretary Kobach’s Office

Police arrested 18 people protesting policies pushed by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach after the demonstrators occupied part of his office. Police led them past other protesters to a bus waiting outside the Kobach’s office.

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The University of Kansas is being criticized for retaining former Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little at a salary of more than half a million dollars

But the arrangement is far from unusual in Kansas.

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Industrial hemp is coming to Kansas, but first the Department of Agriculture has to figure out how to regulate it.

Kansas Revenue Secretary Sam Williams is defending the process his agency used to hand out a multi-million dollar IT contract without taking public bids.

The deal with contractor CGI to update a tax management system will cost the state $50 million over 10 years.

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Adam W. Purinton, the Olathe resident who was sentenced to life in prison last week for killing a Garmin engineer and wounding two other men, plans to plead guilty to hate crime charges and avoid a possible death sentence in federal court.

A change of plea hearing is set for May 21, the day Purinton turns 53 years old, before U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia, according to courtroom minutes filed on Wednesday. Purinton had previously pleaded not guilty to the hate crime charges.

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Kansas has legalized the sale of state lottery tickets through vending machines, and they're expected to start popping up in stores and gas stations next year.

Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer this week signed a bill sought by lottery officials to authorize vending-machine sales. Most states already allow such vending machines, and Kansas Lottery officials see them as a way to boost sales.

Lottery Director Terry Presta said Friday that annual sales eventually could rise by up to $100 million.

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Kelley Hunt's last album, The Beautiful Bones, was released in 2014, but the veteran singer says the wait for new material is almost over, as she's hard at work on at least one new recording at the moment. Hunt will bring plenty of songs from her past and a few new ones with her when she performs at The Cotillion Ballroom Saturday night.

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Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer says the state’s government will be more transparent with the new rules for releasing information he signed into law Thursday.

The president of Garden City Community College faces growing pressure to resign over a range of sexual harassment issues at the school and a threat to its accreditation.

This week, the college’s faculty senate demanded Herbert Swender step down — citing what it says was a too-slow reaction to accusations that a coach sexually harassed former cheerleaders and directed racist remarks at them. Local residents echoed those sentiments to the school’s board of trustees.

Meanwhile, the community college faces possible suspension of its accreditation.

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The executive director of the Kansas African American Museum is leaving.

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Alan Cumming brings his show Legal Immigrant to Salina's Stiefel Theatre on Friday, May 11. The show explores the actor's own experiences with immigration and allows him to display his trademark warmth and humor. Known for a variety of roles, including his work on The Good Wife, Cumming is also the author of several books, including My Father's Son. He currently appears on the CBS series Instinct.

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Justin Cary

Cooking With Fire: Cold Smoking

This piece originally aired on February 10, 2017. When most of us think of smoked foods we think of traditional barbecue pits with roaring fires creating smoke and heat to slowly cook things like pork shoulder or brisket.

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KMUW Music

Monday 5.21.18

Night Train marks the birthday of Fats Waller with some music from the great stride pianist and singer in hour one, and a special about his life and music in hour two. We’ll also mark birthdays of guitarist Marc Ribot, bassist Joe Byrd, bandleader and arranger Bill Holman, and drummer Larance Marable. And as we continue our Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature, a surprising Latin jazz album from Japanese pianist Makoto Ozone and the No Name Horses big band.

Tuesday 5.22.18

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate the birthday of bandleader, pianist, composer and provocateur, Sun Ra, including music from several of his albums in hour one and a Jazz Profiles special about his life and music in hour two of the show. It’s also the birthday of trombonist Nick Finzer and Night Train will highlight music from his new album, No Arrival.  We’ll also dip into Yusef Lateef’s pioneering Eastern Sounds album for the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature.

Wednesday 5.23.18

Music from Ken Peplowski (from a new big band album), Richie Beirach, Randy Sandke, and Artie Shaw for their birthdays – including an Artie Shaw special with biographer Tom Nolan in hour two of the show.  Also some new ‘vintage’ sounds from the Glenn Crytzer Orchestra, and as we continue the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature, selections from Akira Tana and the Anthony Brown Asian American Orchestra.

Thursday 5.24.18

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency tonight to celebrate the birthday of Bob Dylan with jazz covers of his songs from Madeleine Peyroux, Ben Sidran, Bobby McFerrin, and Kurt Elling. Plus birthday salutes to soul jazz organist Charles Earland and saxophonist Archie Shepp.

Monday, May 21

Global Village marks the birthday of critically acclaimed guitarist and much-in-demand session player Marc Ribot. We’ll hear music he did with one of several groups he leads, Los Cubanos Postizos, and guest appearances with a wide array of artists, from Tom Waits (with whom he made some of his earliest appearances on record) to Robert Plant & Allison Kraus, Brazil’s Vinicius Cantuaria and Caetano Veloso, Afro-Peruvian star Susana Baca, Colombian rock band Aterciopelados, his brother Greg Ribot and more.

Tuesday, May 22

Global Village marks the birthday of (other) world musician Sun Ra with some pieces he did influenced by styles from other parts of the planet. Plus more for the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature including music from Zakir Hussain (with Tabla Beat Science) and Bela Fleck (with Indian slide guitarist V.M. Bhatt and ehru player Jie-Bing Chen) – the two, along with Edgar Meyer will be featured on the next edition of our monthly concert series, Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, at the end of May.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also feature music of Sun Ra tonight.)

Wednesday, May 23

In conjunction with the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature, Global Village highlights music from China. We’ll hear musicians from there, and those who call America and other parts of the world home, and we’ll hear a wide array of sounds, from traditional music, to contemporary styles, along with some cross-cultural collaborations. Among the artists featured are U.S. based musicians and educators Gao Hong (with a new album with Syrian oud player Issam Rafea) and Mei Han (doing a piece inspired by Balkan and klezmer music), Chinese erhu player Guo Gan with Ivorian balafon player Aly Keita, the Shanghai Restoration Project’s reworking of Chinese Jazz Age favorites, Taiwanese group A Moving Sound, and the Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, one of the oldest traditional Chinese music groups in the country.

Thursday, May 24

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Bob Dylan in a show devoted to world music artists doing Dylan songs and world music-influenced versions of his work. There’s Dylan tunes by Cuba’s Vocal Sampling, the art-folk Quercus trio (June Tabor, Huw Warren & Iain Bellamy), the Hudson album from Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, John Medeski and John Scofield, South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Robert Plant, reggae great Toots Hibbert, and more.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also celebrate Dylan’s birthday tonight.)

Friday, May 25

On this date in 1963, independent nations of Africa formed the Organization of African Unity. This has since been celebrated across Africa and around the world as Africa Day. It is a public holiday in several African countries and Global Village highlights music from them in this special edition of the show. Among the artists featured: Zimbabwe’s Thomas Mapfumo, Zambia’s Brian Chilala, Guinea’s Balla et ses Balladins, Ghana’s Ebo Taylor and C.K. Mann, and from Mali, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba.

May 25/27

Crossroads wraps up the May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month feature with music from Harry Manx, Slide to Freedom. Michael Messer’s Mitra and Taj Mahal’s Hula Blues Band.

Plus - some classic tracks for the birthdays of Albert King (5.25) and Junior Parker (5.27); previews of regional blues shows in the coming week; a few more Blues Music Award winners left out of last week’s show; and new music from Marcia Ball, Nick Moss, the Lucky Losers, and previously unreleased music from Jimi Hendrix.

Sunday, May 20

Sunday on Soulsations we'll hear the soulful sounds of American Idol’s Ruben Studdard. He has a new release that pays tribute to legendary singer, songwriter and producer Luther Vandross.

KMUW Music is celebrating Taj Mahal's birthday on Thursday, May 17. Tune in to Global Village and Strange Currency from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. for three hours of music. 

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Westar Wants Kansans To Pay For Peak Power. What Could It Mean For Your Energy Bill?

Perhaps conserving energy is important to you. You’ve switched out all of your incandescent light bulbs with LEDs. You keep your thermostat set at 78 in the summer. You might even get mad at your kids when they leave a light on. Your neighbor, on the other hand, isn’t quite as concerned. He keeps the thermostat set consistently at 68 and he hasn’t replaced any of his light bulbs because, in his words, who wants to pay $10 for a new one?

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