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Fortune 500 Companies Think They Can Make Money Buying The Wind In Kansas

One morning after the next, semi-trailer trucks get off Interstate 70 near Colby in west-central Kansas. They haul parts of giant wind turbines in 150-foot-long sections, the pieces to the Solomon Forks wind farm and the next monumental phase of the Kansas bet on wind energy. The farm will plant 105 turbines in the prairie, each towering 250 feet high. The project is one of a wave of wind farms under construction in Kansas that will add 20 percent more electrical generation to the state’s output.

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The Kansas State Board of Education on Tuesday adopted new standards for school safety.

The state Legislature ordered the guidelines in May in response to the school shooting debate.

The Environmental Protection Agency is looking to remove thousands of acres of wetlands and miles of waterways from Clean Water Act protections.

The EPA said Tuesday it believes the proposed changes to the “Waters of the United States” rule will reduce inefficiencies and allow landowners to have the freedom they need over their property.

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A ruling by the Kansas Supreme Court could make it easier for police officers to search a home based on what they believe they smell.

In the recent ruling, four of the seven justices said that an officer’s belief she smelled unlit marijuana was probable cause to sweep an apartment in Douglas County and then ask for a search warrant.

Wichita’s MacDonald Golf Course will remain part of the municipal system after the Park Board on Monday rejected an offer to purchase it.

Lawmakers unveiled the much-anticipated farm bill compromise Monday night, ending the months-long impasse over whether a critical piece of legislation that provides subsidies to farmers and helps needy Americans buy groceries could pass before the lame-duck session concludes at the end of the year.

Brian Grimmett / Kansas News Service

One morning after the next, semi-trailer trucks get off Interstate 70 near Colby in west-central Kansas.

They haul parts of giant wind turbines in 150-foot-long sections, the pieces to the Solomon Forks wind farm and the next monumental phase of the Kansas bet on wind energy. The farm will plant 105 turbines in the prairie, each towering 250 feet high.

The project is one of a wave of wind farms under construction in Kansas that will add 20 percent more electrical generation to the state’s output.

President Donald Trump visited Kansas City, Missouri, Friday to speak at a national conference for Project Safe Neighborhoods, a Justice Department initiative that aims to partner local and federal officials in order to reduce violent crime.

At the Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, a crowd of hundreds of law enforcement officials and prosecutors from around the country greeted the president with warm applause, dozens of cell phones popping up in the air to capture his entrance.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case brought by Republican-led states that were seeking to defund Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood and other organizations that provide women's reproductive health services.

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Wichita will launch a Gunshot Detection System next week, which can locate where gunfire occurs.

Acoustic sensors will be installed in unspecified locations across the city. Their locations were determined by crime data collected over the past three years and requests from residents.

The top child welfare official in Kansas says bringing in additional contractors under a new series of grants will cost more but will help put the troubled foster care system on solid footing.

Department for Children and Families Secretary Gina Meier-Hummel says the cost will rise $35 million per year. Kansas will have more contractors and she says that will make it easier to serve the more than 7,000 kids in foster care.

Meier-Hummel says the new structure will mean less travel time for kids going into placements.


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Past & Present: Wichita's North End

This fall, a group of students and I participated in the Day of the Dead event at the Nomar International Market. We had with us a large, blown up map of the North End from the 1950s, showing all the individual houses, stores, and other structures. People could write on the map or put in pins with tags that showed what the given building was and why it was significant to them.

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Sunday, December 16

Hear a new holiday release by neo-soul and R&B artist, Sy Smith. The project is called Christmas in Syberspace, which Smith says is something to get you into the holiday spirit– but with a Syber-twist to it. We'll also hear traditional classics including “Oh Holy Night” from gospel singer and pianist Smokie Norful. Plus hear the latest edition of the new segment, That’s My Song.  

Monday 12.10.18

Tonight’s Night Train showcases classic and contemporary alto saxophone players – including Charlie Parker, Johnny Hodges, Cannonball Adderley, Phil Woods, Kenny Garrett, Richie Cole and Steve Slagle. And as the show continues its salute to jazz singers for Joe Williams centennial birthday, there’s music from Abbey Lincoln and Ernestine Anderson.

Tuesday 12.11.18

Night Train marks the 80th birthday of legendary pianist McCoy Tyner in a special show devoted to his music. We’ll hear Tyner as a leader, in a duo recording with vibes master Bobby Hutcherson, as a sideman with Joe Henderson, and as part of the classic John Coltrane Quartet. Plus covers of his compositions from new albums by Aaron Goldberg and the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra. Then in hour two, a special featuring Tyner with saxophonist Azar Lawrence, a long-time member of Tyner’s band. We’ll hear them separately and together, including from their famous appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Wednesday 12.12.18

It’s the centennial birthday of December featured artist Joe Williams today and Night Train features music from across his career – from early hits with the Basie band to later work with George Shearing and Grammy-nominated music with his own group. We’ll also hear music from pianist Norman Simmons and guitarist Henry Johnson, both members of Wiliams’ band, and music from several other artists born on this date – singer and songwriter Bob Dorough, pianist John Hicks, saxophonist Grover Washington, Jr., accordionist Richard Galliano, and drummers Tony Williams and Michael Carvin. And there’s new tribute albums from Richie Cole (for Cannonball Adderley) and Lindsey Blair (for Wes Montgomery) among the featured new releases tonight.

Thursday 12.13.18

Night Train joins in with Global Village and Strange Currency to celebrate Violin Day, with music spanning swinging Hot Club of France inspired sounds to jazz fusion. Among the artists featured are Jean-Luc Ponty, Zbigniew Seifert, Stephane Grappelli, Didier Lockwood, the Hot Club of San Francisco and also Regina Carter – both as a special guest on a new album from Cuban piano master Chucho Valdes and in a special Newport Jazz Festival performance in hour two of the show.


Thursday, December 13, is World Violin Day. Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train are teaming up to mark the occassion with 5 hours of music, 7 p.m. to midnight.


Monday, December 10

It’s Human Rights Day – marking the anniversary of the U.N. adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Global Village marks the occasion with music from around the world in celebration and support of human rights. Highlights include music from Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, the Listen to the Banned compilation, Femi Kuti, and Toots Hibbert of Toots & the Maytals (who was also born on this date).

More information about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights can be found here:

Tuesday, December 11

Today is Independence Day in Burkina Faso and Global Village marks the occasion with a show devoted to music from that West African nation. Highlights include music from one of the country’s most revered musicians, Amadou Balake; pioneering electronic group Burkina Electric; the internationally acclaimed group Farafina; traditional artists Gabin Dabire and Le Freres Coulibaly; and the Bambara Mystic Soul compilation that highlighted the rich and diverse music of ‘70s Burkina Faso.

Wednesday, December 12

Global Village marks Jamhuri or Republic Day, celebrating the independence of Kenya, with a program devoted to Kenyan music from a variety of artists, including benga pioneer and star D.O. Misiani, the Kenyan-American group Extra Golden, the guitar and bottle band Abana Ba Nasery, and the first internationally released studio album from a popular group of Congolese musicians who made their career in Kenya, Orchestre Les Mangelepa.

Thursday, December 13

It’s World Violin Day and Global Village celebrates with music from a number of violinists from around the world. We’ll hear the violin and cello quartet, the Fretless, who just was named Instrumental Group of the Year in the Canadian Folk Music Awards, another Canadian group – the Sultans of String, Mathias Duplessy and the 3 Violins of the World (from China, India and Mongolia), a Paolo Conte song from the Hot Club of San Francisco’s new 30th anniversary compilation, the famed Cuban charanga band – Orquesta Aragon, violinist Regina Carter from her Africa-inspired project, Reverse Thread and more.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also celebration Violin Day tonight.)

Friday, December 14

Global Village highlights global pianists this time – including 2019 NEA Jazz Master and South African great Abdullah Ibrahim, Cuba’s Chucho Valdes and Cuban-born, Canadian-based artist Hilario Duran, new tango player Pablo Ziegler, December featured artist Professor Longhair, and Crescent City pianist Henry Butler, who will be the featured artist in December’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival monthly concert series show later this month.

December 14/16

Crossroads pays tribute to Chicago singer, songwriter, guitarist and session man Jody Williams, who passed away at the beginning of the month. We’ll hear music he did early in his career, selections from his comeback albums from 2002 and 2004, and guest appearances he made with Howlin’ Wolf, Mannish Boys, and Jimmy Rogers.

Also more music for the December feature celebrating centennial birthdays of Professor Longhair and Dave Bartholomew. Along with music from them, we’ll hear other Crescent City selections from the Meters, Keith Stong, Johnny Adams, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Paul Gayten, Cyril Neville and Henry Butler (who will be featured on this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival concert special on Dec. 31st).

And there’s new music from Kirk Fletcher, the Knickerbocker All Stars, Frank Bey, Tony Joe White and more.

My Fellow Kansans: The latest episode

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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The 6888th: Black Military Women Honored With Monument

A monument was unveiled last Friday at Kansas' Fort Leavenworth to honor the only black Women's Army Corps unit to deploy overseas during World War II.

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