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Wichita's ARISE Ensemble Celebrates 30 Years

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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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.

Forecasters say the El Nino weather pattern in the Pacific Ocean should lead to slightly warmer and wetter conditions across the Midwest this winter. That’s good news for some farmers who struggled with drought over the summer.

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is arguing in federal court filings that Secretary of State Kris Kobach should not be held liable for exposing sensitive information about voters.

Schmidt also contends that voters have no constitutional right to the privacy of their data.

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Steve Vai launched Generation Axe in 2016. Though Vai and his longtime friend Joe Satriani had performed a variety of G3 tours, which bring together three headlining-level guitar players, each with a solo set, Generation Axe differed in significant ways. For one, it's five players: Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme/Rhianna fame, Zakk Wylde, known for his work with both Black Label Society and Ozzy Osbourne, and Tosin Abasi of Animals As Leaders. Moreover, the players share the stage throughout the night, teaming up in unexpected but exhilarating combinations.

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Movie Review: 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?'

In the early 1990s, Lee Israel did something many of us probably wish we could do—she figured out how to be someone else. Or, I should say, she figured out how to be multiple someone elses.

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Friday, November 23

Nature is the latest release from legendary Australian musician Paul Kelly and features adaptations of poems by Sylvia Plath, Walt Whitman and Dylan Thomas. We’ll hear music from that recording on this episode as well as from Tami Neilson’s SASSAFRASS!.

Saturday, November 24

 Over the last few years, Louis Michot of the acclaimed Louisiana outfit Lost Bayou Ramblers, has been leading his own group, Michot’s Melody Makers. The outfit draws upon Louisiana-French fiddle tunes as well as material culled from the pre-accordion Creole/Celtic/Afro/French cannon. Along the way we're treated to new compositions, recently uncovered Cajun and Creole tunes and experiment or two with samples. We’ll hear from the group’s debut, Blood Moon, as well as music from Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown.

Monday, November 26

Listen for selections from John Cale and Lou Reed’s 1990 tribute to their friend and mentor, Andy Warhol, Songs For Drella as well as selections from Live MCMXCIII the 1993 live set capturing the short-lived Velvet Underground reunion featuring Reed, Cale, drummer Mo Tucker and multi-instrumentalist Sterling Morrison.

Tuesday, November 27

We’ll hear music from Fool’s Parade, the 1998 effort from onetime J. Geils Band frontman, Peter Wolf. Hailed as one of the essential recordings of the 1990s, the record finds Wolf working in a number of familiar musical idioms including blues, R&B and pop. Plus: Music from the 1970 self-titled debut release from the J. Geils Band.

Wednesday, November 29

Released in 1974, Heroes Are Hard To Find was Fleetwood Mac’s first album to enter the Top 40 of the U.S. album charts. It was also the band’s final effort before the arrival of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. We’ll hear music from this recording as well as selections from Buckingham’s recent solo anthology.

Thursday, November 30

We’ll hear music from Simulation Theory, the latest release by Muse as well as selections from Paul McCartney’s 1986 release, Press To Play.

Sunday, November 18

Sunday on Soulsations, Wichita’s own singer/song writers and national recording artists, Rudy & Bob Love talk about their favorite song they’ve recorded by their band, Rudy Love & The Love Family. Hear the tune the two brothers co-wrote with Durell Berry saying, it’s their anthem coming up on Soulsations with Carla Eckels, Sunday at 6pm on KMUW.  

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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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Steve Vai launched Generation Axe in 2016. Though Vai and his longtime friend Joe Satriani had performed a variety of G3 tours, which bring together three headlining-level guitar players, each with a solo set, Generation Axe differed in significant ways. For one, it's five players: Vai, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme/Rhianna fame, Zakk Wylde, known for his work with both Black Label Society and Ozzy Osbourne, and Tosin Abasi of Animals As Leaders. Moreover, the players share the stage throughout the night, teaming up in unexpected but exhilarating combinations.

Monday 11.12.18

In honor of Veterans Day, Night Train steps aside to present two exciting performances from the premier jazz ensemble of the Air Force, the Airmen of Note. In hour one, we’ll hear them with trumpet legend Bobby Shew, and in hour two, their special guest is saxophone legend Walt Weiskopf. Shew, a veteran himself, has appeared with acclaimed big bands led by Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Toshiko Akiyoshi and more. Weiskopf also worked with Rich and Akiyoshi, was a member of Steely Dan, and is also a highly regarded jazz educator.

Tuesday 11.13.18

Night Train marks birthdays of drummer Idris Muhammad, singer Blue Lu Barker, Kansas City band leader Benny Moten, and pianist Hampton Hawes; continues the November jazz organ feature with music from Charles Earland and Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7; pays tribute throughout the week to trumpeter Roy Hargrove; previews concerts for the coming week; and in hour two features a special on West Coast pianist – including birthday artist Hampton Hawes, along with Dave Brubeck and Nat ‘King’ Cole.

Wednesday 11.14.18

Night Train continues its week-long tribute to master trumpeter Roy Hargrove, who passed away earlier this month, along with more jazz organ sounds for the November feature, concert previews, and birthday salutes to pianists George Cables and Ellis Marsalis (who will be featured in a special in hour two of the show).

Thursday 11.15.18

Night Train wraps up a week-long tribute to Roy Hargrove with music from his now-out-of-print debut ablum, as a guest with Jimmy Smith, and from his classic Latin jazz set, Habana. The show is also celebrating the centennial birthday of Wild Bill Davis this month and we’ll hear him in some different settings with work he did with Count Basie, Gloria Lynne, Lionel Hampton, and Louis Jordan. Plus new music from Ben Paterson and Richie Cole and in hour two, in conjunction with jazz organ feature, a special devoted to three great soul jazz organists – Jimmy Smith, Shirley Scott and Baby Face Willette.

My Fellow Kansans: The latest episode

My Fellow Kansans: Kelly Wins — A Minisode

A race that looked to be oh-so-close turned out to be a clear victory for Democrat Laura Kelly, the new governor-elect of Kansas. On this mini episode of “My Fellow Kansans” we hear what Kelly had to say on election night and her explanation of what vaulted her to victory over Republican Secretary of State and conservative firebrand Kris Kobach.

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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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