12:08 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

A Surge Of Hispanic Births Is Leading To Higher Enrollment In Kansas Public Schools

A new report says increased enrollment in Kansas schools is being driven by births in the Hispanic population.

The report by the Kansas Association of School Boards predicts that within five years, Kansas public school enrollment will reach 500,000 for the first time since 1970.

The report’s author, Ted Carter, says most of the increase is because of births among Hispanics, not migration into the state.

12:01 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Americans For Prosperity Spends $410K On Ads Thanking Mike Pompeo

A conservative group with ties to billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch is spending big money to thank U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo for his work in Congress amid a bitter race for his seat.

Americans for Prosperity says it’s spending nearly $410,000 for radio and television ads that begin today and run until the day before the Aug. 5th Republican primary.

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10:41 am
Tue July 15, 2014

R&B, Funk Group The Bar-Kays Celebrates 50 Years On Soulsations

Sunday, July 20:

Hear music from R&B and funk group the Bar-Kays. The band celebrates 50 years in the music industry.  The Bar-Kays performed at the White House last year in a “Memphis Soul” concert.  The group is also part of the 2014 Master's of Funk World Tour.  

Web Extra: The Bar-Kays perform "Shine" on the set of Soul Train.

The Harlem Quartet - 8:00 p.m. on July 15 through 17 at Chamber Music at The Barn at Prairie Pines

5:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Happy Birthday, Wichita STATE University!

Fiske Hall is the oldest surviving structure on Wichita State's campus
Credit Fletcher Powell / KMUW

This month is Wichita State University’s 50th birthday!

On July 1, 1964, the University of Wichita officially joined the state university system. It was not an easy journey.

The University of Wichita had been municipal university since the 1920s. By the 1960s, however, many in Wichita believed that the time had come for WU to join the state university system, serving the state, not just one city.

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5:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Wichita Tops Abandoned Homes List

A recent report listed Wichita as having the highest percentage of abandoned homes in foreclosure among the nation’s largest metro areas. KMUWs Abigail Wilson has more…

Of the 301 properties in foreclosure in Wichita right now, nearly half stand vacant and abandoned.

A June report by real estate information company RealtyTrac says the properties, known as zombie foreclosures, are homes where the foreclosure process has been started, but never finished by the homeowner or the bank.

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6:56 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Brownback, Santorum Greeted By Protesters In Visit To Wichita

Members of the Kansas National Education Association were joined by other local unions and voter rights groups in their protest of Gov. Sam Brownback.
Credit Sean Sandefur

The Kansas gubernatorial race is in full swing—incumbent Sam Brownback took his campaign to a movie theater in east Wichita Monday afternoon. Joining him was former presidential hopeful and Republican senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum. Greeting them were teachers protesting an education bill signed into law in April.  

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5:23 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Multiple Cases Of Measles Discovered in Wichita

Measles virus (paramyxoviridae)
Credit Sanofi Pasteur, flickr Creative Commons


Multiple cases of measles have been reported in Sedgwick County including a student taking summer classes at Wichita State University and four individuals linked to a restaurant in the city. 

According to Wichita State University, the student had not received an MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella.

Following health department guidelines, WSU Student Health is notifying faculty, staff and students who may have been exposed to this individual.

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4:57 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Zoot Sims, Ahmad Jamal And More Jazz Greats As The Prestige Records Tribute Continues

Saxophonist John Haley "Zoot" Zims

Sunday, July 20

The Prestige Records tribute continues tonight on Straight No Chaser in celebration of the jazz record label's 65th Anniversary.

We will hear selections from John Haley "Zoot" Sims, an American jazz sazophonist, along with other jazz greats including Ahmad Jamal, Greg Skaff and Grant Green.

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3:39 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

New Works From Morrissey, John Hiatt, Plus Johnny Cash’s Most Controversial Album Featured This Week

Morrissey's 10th studio album World Peace Is None of Your Business"
Credit Album Cover Art

Wednesday, July 16: We’ll hear from Jackson Browne’s 1973 album For Everyman, a record featuring appearances from Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Joni Mitchell and David Crosby. It also marks the first collaboration between Browne and multi-instrumentalist David Lindley. The two have collaborated off and on since 1973, including on the live album Love Is Strange, which we’ll also hear from.

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