The Sedgwick County Commission and County Counselor Eric Yost formally agreed to part ways Monday.

Farmers know every year they’re going to encounter surprises from things out of their control, like drought or pests.

This year, great growing conditions led to a bin-busting soybean harvest, but a tit-for-tat exchange of tariffs with China meant that country went from being a major buyer to virtually ignoring U.S. soybeans.

That’s caused prices to drop, leaving U.S. farmers and grain elevators struggling to store soybeans until prices or demand improves. Those factors threaten to undermine the soybean futures contract, and federal regulators have until Dec. 10 to review a proposed solution to the problem.

Les Miles is 65, but he’s not prepared to dig into his retirement savings nor the $1.5 million buyout settlement he agreed to last week with LSU football.

That buyout, which was far less than what LSU had agreed to pay Miles through 2023, paved the way for him to accept a new challenge: turn around the moribund football program at the University of Kansas. 

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Black Friday is the big shopping day this week — but if you’d prefer to go small, you’re in luck.

Wichita is again participating in Small Business Saturday, a nationwide initiative. The “holiday” aims to get shoppers into local brick-and-mortar stores. That’s done by offering discounts and deals similar to those offered by large retailers during the holiday shopping season.

For some businesses, the event may be the push they need to become established, said Spice Merchant owner Bob Boewe.

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is proposing to strip the secretary of state's office of its power to prosecute election fraud cases.

The proposal from Schmidt comes less than four years after fellow Republican and Secretary of State Kris Kobach persuaded legislators to grant him prosecutorial power. Kobach became the first secretary of state in the nation to have such power in July 2015.

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Sedgwick County is moving toward permanently replacing its county counselor.

Commissioners put Eric Yost on paid administrative leave nine days ago.

Commissioners hired a new interim county counselor Friday to handle the county's legal work during the transition.

Mike Pepoon will earn a salary comparable to the level he was at when he retired from the counselor’s office in 2015.

This story was updated to include comments from the Kansas Department for Children and Families.

A lawsuit filed Friday contends Kansas violates foster children’s civil rights by moving them too often, adding to their trauma and restricting their access to necessary mental health treatment.

The National Center for Youth Law, Children’s Rights and Kansas Appleseed filed the suit against Gov. Jeff Colyer and the heads of the Department for Children and Families, the Department for Aging and Disability Services and the Department of Health and Environment.

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.

African-Americans Renewing Interest In Spirituals Ensemble (ARISE) is celebrating three decades of singing.

"This year we are celebrating 30 years of spirituals and storytelling and the life and legacy of the African American in this country," says Dr. Sharon Cranford, president of ARISE.

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Lee Rocker signed his first recording contract at age 17 as a member of rockabilly revivalists the Stray Cats. Having grown a following on the New York City music scene of the early 1980s, the trio (rounded out by guitarist Brian Setzer and drummer Slim Jim Phantom) made their way to England at the height of a Teddy Boy revival. Eventually, a bidding war between labels ensued and the trio signed with Arista in the U.K., resulting in two hit records.

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Justin Cary

Cooking With Fire: Cornish Game Hens

The Cornish game hen peaked in popularity back in the 1980s, when it was a guaranteed dish on the menu of every white-cloth restaurant in America. But the little bird fell out of favor by the 1990s, and it became more and more difficult to find, even in the poultry aisle of local supermarkets.

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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.

November 23/25

Crossroads marks birthdays of recent Blues Blast Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Jimmy Johnson; highlights more Maple Blues Awards nominees; previews blues concerts for the coming week; and continues the November Blues Organ feature with music from Jimmy Smith and a special in hour two featuring Memphis soul jazz and blues organ trio, the City Champs.

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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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