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Kansas U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is not enthusiastic about the Senate’s version of the Obamacare replacement bill.

Nevertheless, he supports it.

Daniella Hovsepian

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.

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A new news program begins Friday on local public television. "Kansas Week" will allow journalists to pull out some of the information that often stays buried due to time constraints.

The half-hour show will be a news-of-the-week wrap-up followed by discussions with local and state newsmakers and journalists.

The producer and host is Pilar Pedraza, who recently reported for KWCH TV. She says this sort of program has the thing that commercial news programs often don't: time.

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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 Wichita Police Department’s new Old Town surveillance system is up and running.

The city has installed about a dozen cameras throughout Wichita’s Old Town neighborhood. In total, about 70 cameras will be placed throughout the district as a way to monitor crime.

The new 10-screen monitoring and command center in City Hall was unveiled on Thursday.

Excel Industries

Excel Industries in Hesston says it is reorganizing its operations and will lay off about 270 employees, effective immediately.

Excel announced the layoffs Thursday in a letter sent to employees.

The plant was the scene of a shooting that left four dead and 14 wounded in 2016.

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Recent Republican victories in several special congressional elections – including this week’s in Georgia – have raised doubts about whether Democrats can gain control of the U.S. House next year. To erase those doubts, they’re focusing on several swing districts, including one in Kansas.

Republican Kevin Yoder has represented Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District since 2011.

But for a dozen years before that, Democrat Dennis Moore held the seat.

Thomas Malbaux

The Wichita Public Library is beginning a new program this week that offers online learning in a social, small group setting.

The sessions are called Learning Circles, and they’re free.

Ten Learning Circles are planned from now through November on topics such as fake news, the art of poetry, superheroes and how to make a website.

The idea is to get a group of 10-15 people together to take an online course and talk about it along the way to completion.

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Wichita is starting the design process for a new baseball stadium that will replace Lawrence-Dumont in Delano.

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Gov. Sam Brownback has until Sunday to take action on the Kansas budget approved by lawmakers. His decisions could prompt action on the ceremonial last day of the legislative session.

It’s likely Brownback will sign the budget, but he can block specific items with his line item veto power. Lawmakers also have the power to override those decisions with a two-thirds vote.

Democratic Sen. Anthony Hensley says some line item vetoes could draw override attempts. Those would come on the ceremonial last day of the session, which is Monday.

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