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It's Easy To Vote In Upcoming Kansas Primaries, But Register Now

The deadline to register before the Aug. 7 primaries is Tuesday, July 17. Fear not, registering is easy. So is finding your polling location, or voting in advance. Read on. Got a criminal record? Seriously, read on. First, check if you’re already registered and have a party affiliation All you need is your birth date, county of residence and full name to check online. Easy, right?

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Steve Cropper is a founding member of both Booker T. & the M.G.'s as well as The Blues Brothers. He was a central figure at the legendary Memphis R&B/soul label, Stax, where he worked in a variety of capacities, including as a writer, earning a credit on Otis Redding's classic, "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay."

Army veteran Cody Bolkenstyn remembers when his vehicle exploded in Iraq. And for him, hearing the sound of fireworks on the Fourth of July can put him back into that moment.

“It’s hard to control my breath,” he said. “In that instant I feel like I just got blown up or shot and then I kind of come back to reality really quick.”

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer says he will continue to push for a Medicaid work requirement despite a recent court order blocking a similar policy in Kentucky.

Last week, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, an Obama appointee in the District of Columbia, questioned whether the Trump administration had adequately considered the consequences of Kentucky’s work requirement before reversing longstanding federal policy to approve it.

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Kansas water use is declining, according to a new report from the U.S. Geological survey.

In 2015, Kansas used on average more than 4 billion gallons of water each day. That’s down nearly 25 percent from 1990. Of that, 2.6 billion gallons per day are used for irrigation — a decrease of 36 percent from 1990.

“What we’re doing is great, it’s just not enough of it,” said Kansas Water Office Director Tracy Streeter.

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An off-duty Wichita police officer killed an intruder who had entered his home and threatened him with a gun, Chief Gordon Ramsay said Tuesday.

The officer also was shot, but has since been released from the hospital, Ramsay said. He identified the man killed as 24-year-old Christian Webb. Officials did not identify the officer.

Jesse Nichols

Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy issues its new album, Gnosis, on July 4. The record is a succinct portrait of the Kansas band at this moment in time. Fusing elements of jazz, traditional roots music and adding some additional experimental threads, the record is another step in the group's evolution.

Founding member, guitarist and vocalist Jarrod Starling recently discussed the album's origins and the decade-plus the band has spent as a recording, performing and touring entity.

Kansas tax collections in June beat estimates — projections that already factored in tax hikes — by $144 million. That capped off a fiscal year where the state topped projections every month, which is a sharp departure from some recent years.

Lawmakers use the projections when they craft the budget, so the boost in revenue means the state’s bank account ends the fiscal year with $318 million more than state officials anticipated.

Dani Billings, Colorado Hemp Project

P.J. Sneed is a nurse at a hospital in Wichita, but only until the end of the June. That’s when he’ll quit to become a hemp farmer.

“I’ve not grown a stitch of hemp,” he said. “But I feel like I know how I could do it and have a plan to do it.”

He’ll need more than just enthusiasm to succeed as he trades the stresses of checking patients’ vital signs and administering medicine for the stresses of growing a new crop without experience or the benefits of crop insurance.

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The ruling that struck down the state's proof-of-citizenship voter registration law leaves Kansas potentially on the hook to pay attorney's fees and costs for the winning side.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson granted Monday a joint request asking her to hold off awarding all fees and related expenses until appeals have been exhausted.

The parties contend a final amount will depend on the time spent on the appeal. It also notes attorneys are still verifying Secretary of State Kris Kobach's compliance with the latest ruling.

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A federal judge has set a fall trial date for two online gamers whose alleged dispute over video game bet ultimately led police to fatally shoot a Wichita man while responding to a hoax call.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren on Monday scheduled a Sept. 4 jury trial for 18-year-old Casey Viner of North College Hill, Ohio, and 19-year-old Shane Gaskill of Wichita. They are charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice, wire fraud and other counts.

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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.

July 20/22

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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