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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.

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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.

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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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The Voices of the Rainbow Choir, made up of youth with different abilities, will make at least nine stops in Wichita this summer at various locations, and recently made a stop at KMUW.

Candace Staker is the family support services coordinator at Rainbows United, an organization that supports children with special needs. Staker says singing at different sites is a way to get the kids out and into the community.

"To get our kids out to meet people, work on some socialization and also a way for folks in the community to meet someone a little different from them," Staker says.

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Seven school districts across Kansas will launch with redesigned curriculums and schedules this fall.

The redesigns are part of the Kansans Can School Redesign Project, an initiative by the Kansas State Department of Education to improve performance.

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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."

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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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