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Kansas Pays More Than $1 Million To Man Who Spent 17 Years In Prison For His Doppelganger's Crime

Richard Jones, who spent nearly 17 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, is getting $1.1 million from the state of Kansas. It’s the first payment made under the state’s new mistaken-conviction statute.

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Richard Jones, who spent nearly 17 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, is getting $1.1 million from the state of Kansas. It’s the first payment made under the state’s new mistaken-conviction statute.


Federal regulators have proposed fining Kansas' only nuclear power plant $232,000 over what regulators say was retaliation against an employee reporting a possible safety issue.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Tuesday that it found the Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corp. violated federal regulations. The Wolf Creek plant is 55 miles south of Topeka.

The NRC said that during a fall 2016 refueling outage at the plant, a contract employee reported a safety concern. The NRC said the employee was placed on paid administrative leave.

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Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer's education council says a state program should pay more of the job-training costs for high school students taking college classes.

The Excel in Career and Technical Education (Excel in CTE) initiative covers the tuition costs of students taking technical college courses while the students are still in high school. During the fiscal year of 2017, the program had cost about $24 million.

Studies show even children raised by parents with money problems or substance abuse tend to fare better than those routed through a chronically troubled foster care system.

So the federal government wants states to invest more heavily in keeping troubled families safely together.

Washington has promised to match every dollar a state spends on certain family preservation programs. The Kansas Department for Children and Families is suggesting $3.9 million, less than 1 percent of its yearly budget.

A man convicted of abusing and killing his girlfriend's 3-year-old son before encasing the boy's body in concrete in their rental home's garage was sentenced Monday to more than 100 years in prison.

Judge Steve Ternes sentenced Stephen Bodine to 109 years and six months after telling him during the hearing in Sedgwick County district court: "Your acts were disgusting and cowardly and monstrous."

Bodine, 41, did not address the court.

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The annual Battle of the Badges blood drive starts today.

Sedgwick County first responders will compete to collect the most blood donations over the next two weeks. Donors can vote for either EMS, Fire or Law Enforcement when they give blood.

Wichita Fire Department Capt. Chris Fleming said the competition allows people to “give the gift of life” for the holidays. It also helps the American Red Cross during a traditionally slow time for blood donations.

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A program that offers mental health services at Wichita schools is showing signs of success.

Comcare Executive Director Joan Tammany gave a progress report at a Sedgwick County Commission meeting last week. She says the program is right where it needs to be at the halfway point of the school year.

Comcare hired therapists and case managers for 22 schools in the Wichita district. The behavioral health intervention teams are assessing and treating students by referral at six elementary schools, six middle schools, five high schools and five special day schools.

Peter Sagal is probably best known as the host of the NPR quiz show, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me. But listeners might not know that Sagal is also an author — and a dedicated runner. KMUW's Beth Golay recently spoke with Sagal about his new book.

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The 50 or so students gathered at the Mid-America All-Indian Center this past Saturday made up what was probably the largest class Josh Webster has seen in this almost 20 years of teaching.

“The one I thought was huge before this one was 11,” he says.

The students are here for what is the first of 10 free Cherokee language classes now being offered at the center. Webster is one of just a handful of certified Cherokee language instructors in the country — and at 35, he’s among the youngest.

WSU Tech will be one of the first schools in the country aided by Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation.

WSU Tech and nine other community colleges were awarded $100,000 Metallica Scholars Grants by the heavy metal band’s philanthropic organization.

Dana Schirer, assistant director of grants for WSU Tech, says the grant will be used to advance career opportunities for women in the manufacturing industry.


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On Stage: 'Amahl And The Night Visitors'

Although the name Hieronymus Bosch generally conjures up visions more fitting to Halloween than Christmas, it was his work The Adoration of the Magi that inspired the composer Gian Carlo Menotti to create the beloved one-act opera, Amahl and the Night Visitors . Menotti had been commissioned by NBC to make the first-ever opera for television, and it was performed live at Rockefeller Center in New York City on Christmas Eve, 1951.

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NPR's Book Concierge: Our Guide To 2018's Great Reads

The Book Concierge is back! Explore more than 300 standout titles picked by NPR staff and critics. Open the app now! Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit

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KMUW Music

Join Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7 p.m. to midnight on Christmas Eve, December 24, and on Christmas night, December 25, for 5 hours of holiday music both nights.

Monday, December 24

Global Village features seasonal favorites done world music style and holiday songs from various corners of the globe. Highlights include the salsa Christmas classic Asalto Navideño, a favorite from Louis Armstrong, a tiny Nutcracker from the Modern Mandolin Quartet, a holiday favorite done punk-polka style by Brave Combo, and songs of the season from the Caribbean and New Orleans.

Strange Currency keeps the special feature going with music from Sufjan Stevens, Lyle Lovett, U2 and more.

Night Train closes out the evening with two Joy to the World holiday specials for this Christmas Eve. The shows feature Bob Thompson and his band in concert with a special guest vocalist. In hour one we’ll hear a Kansas City born, Columbus based singer who appeared with Freddie Hubbard, Herbie Mann, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Columbus Symphony and more. In hour two, Tom Lellis is the special guest.

Monday 12.17.18

Tonight’s Night Train features male jazz singers, including December featured artist Joe Williams, vocalese masters Jon Hendricks (with Kurt Elling) and Eddie Jefferson, Bobby McFerrin, Bob Dorough, Ben Sidran, Mose Allison, Gregory Porter, and Allan Harris. Plus new releases from John Scofield, OJT, Tomas Martin Lopez, Ted Piltzecker, David Hazeltine, the Jack Mouse Group, Jorge Nila, and Christian Sands.

Tuesday 12.18.18

Night Train continues the December Joe Williams centennial birthday feature and also marks birthdays of Eddie ‘Cleanhead' Vinson (performing with Joe Williams), Pee Wee Crayton, Harold Land, and we’ll even join in with Strange Currency for Keith Richards’ 75th with a cool jazz cover of a Stones classic. We also remember the popular singer Nancy Wilson who passed away last week with music she did with Cannonball Adderley and Joe Williams’ band alum Henry Johnson, and hear her in a Jazz Profiles special in hour two for the birthday of Fletcher Henderson. Plus new holiday music and music from one of two classic Coltrane albums that just went gold.

Wednesday 12.19.18

Night Train marks birthdays of several New Orleans artists – Professor Longhair (featured this month on both Global Village and Crossroads for his centennial birthday), trumpeter and singer Kermit Ruffins, and jazz pioneer King Oliver (featured in a special in hour two). We also continue the December feature marking the centennial birthday of legendary jazz singer Joe Williams, and it’s the birthday as well of guitarist Jacques Lesure, pianist and composer Bobby Timmons – and also of Maurice White – and Night Train will feature some recent covers of classic Earth, Wind & Fire songs in honor of the occasion.

Thursday 12.20.18

Night Train celebrates the season with a show devoted to holiday sounds – from classics and favorites to new and contemporary versions of holiday songs. Among the highlights – selections from Jazz at Lincoln Center, Etienne Charles, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, the Hollywood Tuba 12, Kermit Ruffins, the Yellowjackets, Duke Ellington, Pee Wee Ellis, Karrin Allyson, Matt Wilson, and more.

Monday, December 17

Global Village celebrates birthdays of Crescent City greats Art Neville (Neville Brothers, the Meters) and pianist James Booker, along with more music from December featured artists Professor Longhair and Dave Bartholomew. Also music from Henry Butler (this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival artist, with the show airing at the end of the month), Haitian band Ram, and a major Nigerian hit from the ‘70s by Shina Williams that finally resurfaced earlier this year.

Tuesday, December 18

Global Village continues a series of shows devoted to particular instruments - this time wind instruments from around the world. We’ll hear the Indian brass band Rajasthan Express, the Romanian brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia, the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, saxophonists Pharoah Sanders and Gato Barbieri, bass clarinetist Oran Etkin, and more.

Wednesday, December 19

It’s the centennial birthday today of Global Village December featured artist Professor Longhair and we’ve got music from him and one of his classics performed by Henry Butler (the December Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival featured artist, airing at the end of this month). Plus music from our other December featured artist, Dave Bartholomew – also born 100 years ago in December. We’ll hear him as a special guest with Dr. John. Plus birthday salutes to Crescent City trumpeter and singer Kermit Ruffins, and the ‘father of Ethiojazz,’ Mulatu Astatke – and new music from Brazil’s Bixiga 70 and Benin International Musical.

Thursday, December 20

It’s the annual Global Village new holiday releases special, when the show presents some of the new, and different, holiday titles that have come out this season. We’ll hear music from Finland’s Frigg, the Putumayo Presents Joy to the World compilation, Bay Area women’s world vocal group Kitka, along with soul, blues, jazz, and rock releases from Les McCann, the Old 97’s, Eden Brent, Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers (with kazoos!), and more.

Friday, December 21

Global Village marks the first day of winter with a show devoted to songs of the season. Artists featured include Leonard Cohen, Gil Scott-Heron, Boys of the Lough, Bebel Gilberto, ErsatzMusika, Loreena McKennitt, Esquivel and more.

(Strange Currency and Night Train also mark the Winter Solstice tonight.)

Holiday Soul & Spirit

Dec 17, 2018

December 21/23

In conjunction with the Crossroads December Music of New Orleans feature, the show presents an American Routes Special, Holiday Soul & Spirit. In hour one, it’s live music from the Crescent City’s Preservation Hall, with the ‘Soul Queen of New Orleans’ Irma Thomas, along with the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet and the acclaimed gospel group, the Blind Boys of Alabama. In hour two, it’s blues, jazz, and roots seasonal favorites from Johnny Otis, Charles Brown, Bob Dorough, Leadbelly, Willie Mitchell and more.

Saturday, December 15

Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out The Trash is the 1981 debut album from The Replacements. The Minneapolis, Minnesota quartet had already garnered a reputation for breathtaking live shows while blending pop sensibilities with punk aggression. The record features several staples from the band’s career, including the observation on romance across class lines (“Customer”), teen angst (“Shiftless When Idle,” “I Hate Music”) and the outfit’s urban roots (“Raised in the City”). We’ll hear selections from that recording as well as music from former Replacement Tommy Stinson’s 2011 solo release, One Man Mutiny.

Monday, December 17

We celebrate the birthday of R.E.M’s Mike Mills with selections from his work with that group as well as appearances with The Baseball Project, Warren Zevon and Smashing Pumpkins. We’ll also mark the birthday of Bob Stinson, guitarist for the The Replacements, born on this day in 1959 and passing in 1995.

Tuesday, December 18

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards turns 75 on this day. We’ll mark the occasion with songs from his work with that band as well as some of his notable guest appearances as well as solo recordings such as Talk Is Cheap.

Wednesday, December 19

Released in 1997, Time Out Of Mind was hailed by many as Bob Dylan’s return to form. Collaborating with producer Daniel Lanois, Dylan recorded a number of darkly atmospheric songs including “Standing In The Doorway,” “Not Dark Yet” and “Cold Iron Bounds.” We’ll hear selections from this release as well as music from Paul McCartney’s Kisses on the Bottom, a collection of jazz and pop standards.  

Thursday, December 20

We celebrate the birthday of bassist Mike Watt with music from his work with Firehose and the Minutemen as well as from across his solo career. Plus more birthday music from Billy Bragg and Mike Keneally.

Friday, December 21

We mark the birthday of Frank Zappa with selections from some of his favorite performers, including Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Johnny “Guitar” Watson and more.

Saturday, December 22

Musician Richey Edwards was born on this day in 1967. He gained notoriety as a member of the Welsh band Manic Street Preachers in the 1990s. His playing prompted one colleague to comment that Edwards “couldn’t play guitar in the way that a blind man can’t see.” He disappeared in February 1995 just as he was to leave for a promotional tour of the United States and declared “presumed dead” in 2008. We’ll hear selections from his work with Manic Street Preachers and hear selections from his contemporaries in bands such as Pulp and Blur.

Monday, December 24

 Listen to holiday music from Sufjan Stevens, Lyle Lovett, U2 and more.

Tuesday, December 25

We have more holiday music, this time from Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon and Adrian Belew.

Wednesday, December 26

Released in 2005, Paul McCartney’s Chaos and Creation In The Backyard marked his first release in roughly 20 years that did not carry a production credit from him. Instead, he turned to longtime Radiohead and Beck collaborator Nigel Godrich. Much of the album features McCartney on all instruments and is considered one of his best recordings in the 2000s. Listen for music from that release as well as selections from Bob Dylan’s 1992 release, Good as I Been To You.

Thursday, December 27

 Listen for music from Paul McCartney’s 2013 album, NEW as well as selections from Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline.

Friday, December 28

We hear some covers of classic Paul McCartney compositions as well as some of the former Beatles’ most notable appearances with other artists.

Saturday, December 29

Released in 1980, McCartney II wasn’t only Paul McCartney’s second solo effort, it was also his first solo record in a decade, issued roughly one year before the end of his band Wings. We’ll hear music from this recording as well as selections from Bob Dylan’s Oh Mercy.

Monday, December 31

We mark the birthday of Replacements co-founder Paul Westerberg, born 1959 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We’ll hear his work with that band, from his solo output and covers of several of his best-known songs. Plus music from Paul McCartney and Bob Dylan.

My Fellow Kansans: The latest episode

My Fellow Kansans: Live With The Governor-Elect

With the election of Democrat Laura Kelly as governor, it appears Kansas is trending back to the center. But voters sent a mixed message as conservatives regained control of the Legislature. To cap off this season My Fellow Kansans, the incoming governor sat down with Jim McLean of the Kansas News Service and took questions from a live audience at Washburn University in Topeka. As Kelly prepares to take over the reins of state government, she said she's found the problems to be worse than she thought. But the governor-elect, a veteran of the state senate, is confident she'll have a "moderate majority" of Democratic and Republican lawmakers working with her on solutions.

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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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