1:33 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Kansas House Panel Passes Budget Requiring Tax Increases

Credit Stephen Koranda

A Kansas panel has endorsed a $6.4 billion-dollar budget that will not balance without tax increases.

The House Appropriations Committee approved the plan on Tuesday.

The budget would fall about $133 million dollars short if the Legislature does not increase taxes on alcohol and cigarettes as Governor Sam Brownback has recommended.

Representative Virgil Peck said that he would not support a budget that increases spending without having secured the revenues to pay for it.

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1:28 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Kansas Lawmakers Move To Restrict Collective Bargaining

State Senator Julia Lynn

The Senate Commerce Committee is considering a proposal to restrict collective bargaining between public employees and state and local government agencies.

Chairwoman Julia Lynn says the Committee will debate the measure during its meeting today. Lynn believes the Republican-dominated panel supports the bill.

The measure would limit contract talks between government agencies and unions to minimum pay for workers.

Employers could determine other issues themselves, including how workers are evaluated.

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9:19 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Bad Moons, Ghosts & KooKoo Goo

Sonic Youth's 1985 album 'Bad Moon Rising'
Credit Album Cover Art

Thursday, March 19

Released in 1985 Bad Moon Rising was the second full-length album from Sonic Youth. Despite the band having formed in New York City, the music on this album is focused heavily on Southern California—especially the dark underbelly of Los Angeles in the late 1960s as the counterculture’s dark side came to light. We’ll hear selections from this release as well as from Strange Angels, the 1989 release from performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson. The record was remarkable for Anderson’s new attention to her voice and more traditional song structures and its wide range of guest artists, including jazz vocalist Bobby McFerrin.

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8:23 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Straight No Chaser Pays Tribute To Jazz Pioneer Clark Terry

Jazz legend Clark Terry

Sunday, March 22

Tonight on Straight No Chaser, we pay tribute to the late jazz pioneer Clark Terry. We'll also hear from Bud Shank , a new CD from Russell Malone, Phil Woods, and Blue Mitchell.

8:15 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Five Alchemists: Contemporary Photographers Explore 19th-Century Techniques

Art credit: Heidi Kirkpatrick, Ivy, 2014. Cyanotype photogram on vintage child’s dress, 26 x 58 x 11 inches. Courtesy Wallspace Gallery, Santa Barbara, California.

If you’ve been to the Wichita Art Museum to see the daguerreotype exhibition Photographic Wonders but did not go downstairs, you missed a significant show.

Typically, WAM does a call-and-response structure with the main attraction upstairs and a response show downstairs. But this response show, Five Alchemists: Contemporary Photographers Explore 19th-century Techniques, marks three important landmarks for WAM:

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Domenico Montanaro is NPR's lead editor for politics and digital audience. Based in Washington, D.C., he directs political coverage across the network's broadcast and digital platforms.

Before joining NPR in 2015, Montanaro served as political director and senior producer for politics and law at PBS NewsHour. There, he led domestic political and legal coverage, which included the 2014 midterm elections, the Supreme Court and the unrest in Ferguson, Mo.

Prior to PBS NewsHour, Montanaro was deputy political editor at NBC News, where he covered two presidential elections and reported and edited for the network's political blog, "First Read." He has also worked at CBS News, ABC News, The Asbury Park Press in New Jersey, and has taught high-school English.

5:00 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Determining The Extent Of The Homeless Population In Wichita

Credit Abigail Wilson

The United Way of the Plains holds an annual event called the Point In Time Homeless Count every January. It’s an effort to make sure local homeless agencies have a good feel for the extent of the homeless population in Wichita. Pat Hanrahan is the President of United Way.

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4:31 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Wichita City Council Moves Forward With Animal Control Advisory Board

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The Wichita City Council is moving forward with an Animal Control Advisory Board, which would report to the police department and city council members.

The proposed advisory board would consist of nine members, including a representative from the city, a licensed veterinarian, and residents.

Wichita Police Captain Doug Nolte says aggressive dogs are a big problem, and that the city’s animal control system could use help in addressing those concerns.

Number of reported bites investigated by Wichita Animal Control:

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1:50 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Slowing Enrollment In Kansas Schools Shows Economic Recovery

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The number of students who enrolled in the Kansas higher education system dropped slightly in 2014, especially among older, non-traditional students which officials say indicates economic recovery.

The overall enrollment at Kansas public institutions, including community colleges and technical schools, fell 2.5 percent from the 2012-2013 academic year to the following one.

The Kansas Board of Regents met last week to discuss enrollment at the state's schools.

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