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Andrew W.K. announced his Power of Partying Tour earlier this year. When the tour ends in late November, the former Michigan resident will have made his way through all 50 states in the union.

Known for releasing albums under his own name as well as having produced acts such as Wolf Eyes and Lee “Scratch” Perry, W.K. spoke to KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin from WBEZ in Chicago this summer during a break from recording a new album that is likely to be released next year.

Jedd Beaudoin: What inspired you to launch this talking tour?

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Now that the registration deadline has passed, both parties in the state of Kansas are concentrating their efforts on getting out the vote.

With just weeks until the general election, both Republican and Democratic parties are encouraging their members to go to the polls.

Kerry Gooch, executive director of the Kansas Democratic Party, says that it's not just Democrats that he is concentrating on.

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The Kansas Department of Transportation opened bids Wednesday on a highway project that is key to legislative races in southeast Kansas.

The project would expand U.S. Highway 69 from two lanes to four between Kansas City and Pittsburg — something residents of that part of southeast Kansas say is essential for safe movement of people and goods.

Five companies bid between $20 million and $23 million on a contract for the first stage of the project in Bourbon County.

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Legislative researchers have found that the bond debt in Kansas has more than tripled since the late 1990s.

A chart they created shows the debt level stands at more than $5 billion for the 2017 fiscal year, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported. From fiscal year 1997 to 2017, the total amount of bond debt increased by 336.4 percent, or $3.8 billion, according to the chart.

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In what turned out to be his last big speech as a presidential candidate, Democrat Bernie Sanders called on his supporters to run for office. By then, one political newcomer from Sedgwick County had already filed to run for the Kansas Senate.

Kansas regulators are threatening to halt the $12.2 billion sale of Topeka-based Westar Energy to Great Plains Energy if they don't get details on cost savings and other information.

Kansas Corporation Commission took no action at a meeting Tuesday. But an order warned that if merger standards aren't met, possible action could include a request for dismissal of the merger application, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

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A federal grand jury returned an indictment in Wichita Wednesday charging three southwest Kansas men with conspiring to detonate a bomb at an apartment complex in Garden City. The defendants allegedly targeted the location because Muslim immigrants from Somalia live and worship there.

If convicted, 49-year-old Curtis Allen, 49-year-old Gavin Wright and 51-year-old Patrick Stein could face up to life in federal prison.

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A group of community and health leaders held a press conference Wednesday in Wichita to push for lawmakers to expand Kansas’ Medicaid system.

Many of the organizations participating in the meeting, which was hosted by Via Christi Health and held at the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce in downtown Wichita, have already come out in support of expanding KanCare, the state’s privatized Medicaid system. Now, they say they need Kansas lawmakers to put the issue on the agenda for the 2017 legislative session.

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. KMUW will carry special live coverage starting at 8 p.m. CDT on 89.1 FM.

NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, is live annotating the debate. Portions of the debate with added analysis are highlighted, followed by context and fact check from NPR reporters and editors.

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Sedgwick County’s Election Commissioner is issuing a vote of confidence in the equipment that will be used in local elections.

Tabitha Lehman told the Sedgwick County Commission Wednesday that every piece of voting equipment that is used in the county gets inspected and tested prior to Election Day. She says they test the machines and software to make sure the choices on the ballot are accurate.