Government
12:17 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Federal Advocacy Group To Challenge Kansas Gun Law

A national gun-control group says it is planning to challenge a Kansas law declaring that the federal government has no authority to regulate guns that are manufactured, sold and kept only in the state.

The Washington-based Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence announced Monday that it would file a federal lawsuit against the state law.

The Kansas law was enacted in 2013 and makes it a felony for any U.S. government employee to attempt to enforce a federal regulation or treaty when it comes to Kansas-only firearms, ammunition or accessories.

Music
11:29 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Soulsations Sunday features new music from jazz funk band Afro Elements

Sunday, July 13

Hear new music by Afro Elements.  The jazz funk band's sophomore project, Out of the Centre, features a large brass section and two new vocalists. The album also features as it’s special guest musician Barry Finnerty, the former guitarist for many legendary artists, including The Crusaders.

Web extra: Preview Afro Elements' new album Out of the Centre with the featured video.

Music
11:18 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Birthdays of Louis Jordan, Joe Zawinul, Bela Fleck and hard bop masters Lee Morgan & Hank Mobley

Night Train gives a birthday salute to blues great Louis Jordan
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Monday  7.7.14

Night Train marks birthdays of jazz fusion great Joe Zawinul, hard bop tenor master Hank Mobley, and Prestige recording artist, guitarist Tiny Grimes. The July Prestige feature continues in hour two with a Jazz Profiles special devoted to one of the giants of the label, Gene Ammons. Plus new music from pianist Fred Hersch, guitarist Steve Khan, and a newly released concert set featuring David ‘Fathead’ Newman.

Tuesday  7.8.14

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Business
11:12 am
Tue July 8, 2014

UPDATE: Dillons To Close Two Under-Performing Grocery Stores Later This Month

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Updated on 07/08/2014 

Two Dillons grocery stores in Wichita that have been open since the 1960's will close this month. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports....

A Dillons store near 13th and Woodlawn and another at Harry and Broadway will shut their doors July 19.

Spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie says the location of the two stores makes it impossible to increase their size. She says this limits what the stores can offer customers when compared to other sites-- such as the Dillons at 37th and Woodlawn.

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Music
10:58 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Birthdays of Joe Zawinul, Mavis Staples, Bela Fleck & More

Jazz fusion great Joe Zawinul

Monday  July 7

Global Village celebrates the birthday of world jazz fusion great Joe Zawinul and also of Cuban-born Latin jazz percussionist Arturo Stable. Plus more music from the RealWorld label and this year’s Woman Festival lineup – the July Global Village feature – and new African sounds from Yaaba Funk and Sia Tolno (with Fela drummer and musical director Tony Allen).

Music from Joe Zawinul will also be featured tonight on the Night Train.

Tuesday July 8

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Music
10:22 am
Tue July 8, 2014

July Bluesfest feature kicks off with live music from B.B. King, Johnny Winter at Woodstock

Live music from B.B. King and others on Crossroads
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July 11/13

This week at the Crossroads, the July Blues Festival feature with classic live recordings and concert specials kicks off. This week, it’s live music from B.B. King, Otis Clay and Johnny Winter at Woodstock. Then in hour two, a special performance from Mavis Staples at the Newport Folk Festival.

Plus new music from Vaneese Thomas - the daughter of R&B legend Rufus Thomas, Dave & Phil Alvin, and Savoy Brown.

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Music
9:16 am
Tue July 8, 2014

New archival release from CSNY, plus a Bastille Day celebration and Be-Bop Deluxe on tap this week

CSNY 1974 is the new archival release from Crosby, Still, Nash and Young
Credit CSNY 1974 Deluxe Box Set

Tuesday, July 8: Listen for selections from John Hiatt’s 2000 album Crossing Muddy Waters. Hiatt focused on acoustic instruments on this recording, emerging with an album that was raw and emotionally charged, featuring songs about struggles with grief, family, and filled with his usual blend of humor and careful observation. The record was nominated for a 2001 Grammy for Best Folk Album and remains a favorite among Hiatt fans. We’ll also hear selections from 1861, the 2008 release from Kansas trio Moreland & Arbuckle.

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Commentary
5:00 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Musical Space: Tubes Vs. Transistors

It was a good thing in the 1950s when transistors started replacing vacuum tubes. Tubes are fragile, hot, heavy, noisy, power-hungry, expensive and prone to hum. Transistors are cheap, clean, and efficient; they are what make portable audio possible. So if transistors are so good, why are audiophiles willing to pay five figures for a pair of monaural tube amps?

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Commentary
3:09 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Beautiful City: The Influence of Chaz

Chaz Bojorquez
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Chaz Bojorquez has been called the O.G. Godfather of Cholo graffiti. He started writing graffiti in Los Angeles in the early 1960s-- his first letters were that of his own name, but soon he moved on to writing placas, or roll-calls, of Latino gangs that were prominent at the time.

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Commentary
1:00 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

How A Bawdy Mess Kicked Off The American Musical Tradition

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As you may have noticed, we’ve reached the time of year when musicals are most plentiful. This week, for instance, Music Theatre Wichita is staging a production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

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