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Gov. Jeff Colyer announced a new $65 million project Tuesday to improve a section of I-235 stretching over the Little Arkansas River in Wichita.

The project will replace bridges in poor condition, add auxiliary lanes and improve the interchange ramp at Broadway.

"Investing in the modernization of our transportation network here in Sedgwick County really improves our local quality of life," Colyer said near the interchange. "It is important for economic development."

Long-time city planner Triveece Penelton always thought if she ever made national news, it would be because of a great project.

But last week, the attention came instead when a Leavenworth County commissioner — a white man addressing a black woman — made a comment about the "master race" to her after she gave a presentation.

After 10 years of consistent gains, the number of immigrant families enrolled in SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, fell by 10 percent in 2018.

New, preliminary research presented this month at the American Public Health Association conference showed the drop was highest for for families who had been in the U.S for fewer than five years. It’s a reflection of what Harvest Public Media and other outlets reported earlier this year: that some families are choosing not to participate in federal benefit programs out of fear it could impact their immigration status.

Eating crickets might improve the microbiome — the good bacteria found in the gut that wards off illness, according to a recent six-week study at Colorado State University.

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Water and sewer rates for Wichita residents are staying where they are — for now.

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The Q-Line trolley is revamping its routes beginning next month.

The trolley service will begin running along Douglas only on Dec. 15. Those routes will be extended to Seneca.

The Old Town and Government routes, which have fewer passengers, will be discontinued to accommodate the changes.

The extension means the Q-Line will reach an additional 5,000 Wichitans, said city transit director Mike Tann during this week’s announcement.

Kansas has agreed to cover the cost of drugs to treat Medicaid patients with chronic hepatitis C without subjecting them to a lengthy list of requirements.

A legal settlement, which awaits final court approval, resolves a class action lawsuit alleging the state made it too difficult for hepatitis C patients to receive the potentially life-saving treatments.

They say it takes one to know one. As Kansas governor-elect Laura Kelly soon will be, former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was a Democrat leading the state while Republicans controlled the Legislature. 

Jim McLean of the Kansas News Service spoke with Sebelius about the support from Republicans that helped Kelly overcome competition from Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach and independent Greg Orman in the governor's race and what will make her successful in office. 

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In 2006, Dweezil Zappa began touring as Zappa Plays Zappa, focusing on the music of his late father, Frank, who passed away in 1993.

Across a variety of tours, the younger Zappa was joined by many alumni of his father's touring and recording groups, including Terry Bozzio, Steve Vai and Adrian Belew. The endeavor was successful enough that ZPZ became a top draw on concert circuits in and outside of North America.

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The head of the committee examining Century II's future as a performing arts venue says it's time for the community to make a decision.

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Nature As An Artistic Mission | An Artist's Perspective

Wichita artist Jim Simpson is a fisherman. Fishing and being out in nature is a mission for Mr. Simpson.

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In 2006, Dweezil Zappa began touring as Zappa Plays Zappa, focusing on the music of his late father, Frank, who passed away in 1993.

Across a variety of tours, the younger Zappa was joined by many alumni of his father's touring and recording groups, including Terry Bozzio, Steve Vai and Adrian Belew. The endeavor was successful enough that ZPZ became a top draw on concert circuits in and outside of North America.

Sunday, November 25

It’s been four months since the iconic singer Aretha Franklin died (August 16, 2018) from pancreatic cancer in her hometown of Detroit. Fans from around the world have taken part in tributes and other projects to honor Aretha. A 1972 gospel concert film, Amazing Grace, has just been released featuring the Queen of Soul. Hear listeners in Wichita share their reflections and enjoy an entire hour of Aretha Franklin music on this encore edition of Soulsations with Carla Eckels, Sunday night at 6 on KMUW.

Monday 11.19.18

Night Train celebrates birthdays of pianist Kenny Werner (with music from his new solo piano album), alto saxophonist Vincent Herring, and trombonist and bandleader Tommy Dorsey (including a special in hour two featuring him and brother Jimmy). Plus new music from the Verve Jazz Ensemble and Jorge Nila, and more music for the November jazz organ feature.

Tuesday 11.20.18

Night Train marks birthdays of saxophonist Don Braden, cool jazz singer June Christy, and pianist Geoffrey Keezer; highlights new releases from Chip White, Aaron Goldberg (on a release that marks the return of drummer Leon Parker) and the Ted Nash Quinter (featuring drummer and WSU alum Matt Wilson); and, in conjunction with the November jazz organ trio, presents a Jazz Profiles special in hour two about the legendary soul jazz organist, Jimmy Smith.

Wednesday 11.21.18

Night Train marks birthdays of Crescent City great Dr. John and tenor sax legend Coleman Hawkins (including a special about him in hour two of the show); and highlights new music from organist Pat Bianchi (as part of the November jazz organ feature), French horn player Ken Wiley, and guitarists Lindsey Blair (with a tribute to Wes Montgomery) and John Scofield.

Thursday 11.22.18

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Thanksgiving with a menu packed with musical goodies all about food – from the turkey and sweet potatoes to a host of holiday desserts – from such tasty players as Bob Dorough, Jaco Pastorius, Gene Ammons, Cyrus Chestnut, Matt Wilson, and (helping us along with the November Jazz Organ Feature) Organissimo and Kevin Coelho.

Tune in from 7 p.m. to midnight for KMUW Music's annual Thanksgiving celebration on Thursday, November 22.

Global Village is serving up a feast for the holiday with songs about food. On the menu: Rice, Red Beans and Turnip Greens, Sweet Pumpkin, Hot Cross Buns with some Frim Fram Sauce and other musical delicacies.

The annual Thanksgiving feature continues on Strange Currency with music from The Kinks, Mike Keneally, Lyle Lovett and more.

Monday, November 19

Global Village highlights global violins – including music from November featured artist Guo Gan, master of the erhu, the distinctive two-string traditional Chinese violin. We’ll also hear the Sultans of String with a 50 piece orchestra, Caribbean violin-based groups Malavoi and Orquesta Aragon, Norwegian fiddler Annbjorg Lien, All Ireland Fiddle Champion Liz Carroll, the all-fiddle Finnish group JPP, the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, and more.

Tuesday, November 20

This time in the Global Village, the program is devoted to music of India. Among the highlights, the legendary Ravi Shankar (with a piece he composed with Phillip Glass), his daughter Anoushka Shankar and nephew (and raga-rock pioneer) Ananda Shankar, the Indian blues of Michael Messer’s Mitra, Iranian sitarist Abbas Mehrpouya, the contemporary sounds of Tabla Beat Science, acclaimed sarodist Ali Akbar Khan, and the classic Call of the Valley album.

Wednesday, November 21

A triple birthday celebration in the Global Village for three legendary Spanish composers – Tárrega (11.21), Rodrigo (11.22) and de Falla (11.23) – with some of their most famous compositions performed by John Williams, Julian Bream, the Miles Español project, and more.

Thursday, November 22

Global Village serves up a feast for the holiday with songs about food. On the menu, Rice, Red Beans and Turnip Greens, Sweet Pumpkin, Hot Cross Buns with some Frim Fram Sauce and other musical delicacies.

(Strange Currency and Night Train will also serve up Thanksgiving holiday specials tonight.)

Friday, November 23

Global Village highlights global guitars – including music from November featured artist Bert Jansch. We’ll also hear music from one of Africa’s finest guitarists, Djelimady Tounkara, German-born African-inspired guitarist Leni Stern, Swedish flamenco guitarist Robi Svard, and Cuban guitarist and Buena Vista member Manuel Galban. Plus new music from Malian singer and songwriter Fatoumata Diawara, and old school Latin soul and funk band the Hip Spanic Allstars.

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My Fellow Kansans: 'Kansas Common Sense'

Well, fellow Kansans, it’s over. Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly, running as the “fix-it” candidate on the premise that Kansas had gone off the rails, beat “full-throttle conservative” Kris Kobach in the race for governor. Her win signaled Kansans’ desire to, if not reverse the state’s turn to the right, at least turn down the political rhetoric and focus on the basics.

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Kansas To Pay Teach For America $270,000 For Recruiting Three Teachers

The Kansas Legislature agreed to pay education nonprofit Teach For America more than $500,000 this year for a pilot program to recruit 12 teachers to the state. But the national organization only recruited three teachers for the state in 2018. All of them were placed in Kansas City, Kansas, where the local school district pays their salaries and benefits on top of another $3,000 per teacher per year to Teach For America.

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