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Kansas Congressional Delegation Split On Border Wall Funding Emergency

Kansas U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran is one of several Republicans who expressed concern about President Donald Trump’s declaration Friday of a national emergency to fund construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

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A few days before the November midterm election, Alejandro Rangel-Lopez turned 18.

But before he cast that first ballot, local election officials moved Dodge City’s only polling location from the relatively convenient center town to its outskirts.

The move caused confusion, drew national criticism and raised questions about voting access governed by white elected officials in a town where nearly two-thirds of the population is Latino.

Former Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson and his wife have created a scholarship at Wichita State University to help immigrant students.

The couple donated $200,000 to launch the Mark and Stacy Parkinson Scholarship for First Generation Immigrant Students.

Parkinson, a WSU graduate, served as governor from 2009 to 2011, replacing Kathleen Sebelius.

Kansas U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran is one of several Republicans who expressed concern about President Donald Trump’s declaration Friday of a national emergency to fund construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Before Laura Kelly took over as governor, the Kansas Department for Children and Families overhauled which private companies would manage its child welfare system, and how the department would oversee their work.

Kelly put the brakes on that whole plan in December.

On Thursday, she announced she’d be rolling back major parts of the changes. She canceled grants with two companies and said the state would renegotiate grants with three companies.

Republicans in the Kansas Legislature handed Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly her first defeat this week.

On Valentine’s Day, no less.

They soundly rejected her plan to extend the timetable for covering the unfunded liability of the state pension system, KPERS.

Kelly hoped to lower the state’s annual payments by extending the timetable for amassing 80 percent of the dollars needed to pay all future retirement benefits.

Sedgwick County Sheriff

There will be an increased law enforcement presence on K-15 beginning today.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office said it will crack down on traffic violations over the next two weeks as part of a safety campaign to reduce the number of accidents.

“What we’re trying to do with this is what we keep trying to do with these initiatives and that is reduce the number of fatalities in Sedgwick County,” Sedgwick County Sheriff's Lt. Tim Myers said.

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Cartwheel, led by guitarist and vocalist Kristyn Chapman, will celebrate the release of its debut recording, Best Days, on Friday, Feb. 15, at Wave on a bill with Old News, Mess and Pigments. It is an all-ages event.

Joining Chapman on the release are drummer Will Erickson and bassist Riley Day. Chapman recently visited the KMUW studios to discuss the origins of both her band and Best Days.

You've got this new record, which is something you've been working on for quite a while. Where did this whole thing start?

This story was updated to add the comments of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly.

Oswego Community Hospital, a 12-bed critical access hospital in southeast Kansas, abruptly closed down on Thursday, citing insufficient revenue to cover its operating expenses.

The hospital’s board released a statement saying the hospital had “weathered low patient volumes; high number of uninsured patients; low reimbursement rates; difficulty in getting payment from private insurance providers; low Medicaid and Medicare rates; and the state’s refusal to expand Medicaid.”

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Wichita has a reputation for being a tough city for singles — at least, according to some very unscientific rankings. Here's what a few single young Wichitans, and a dating expert, said about what modern dating is really like.

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and Kansas Department of Transportation officials outlined plans Wednesday for putting a state highway program abandoned by former Republican Gov. Sam Brownback back on track.

Years of lean budgets prompted annual raids of the state highway fund. With more than $2 billion siphoned off since 2011, it became known as the “bank of KDOT.”

“By reducing transfers from the state highway fund, we move closer to closing the bank of KDOT,” Kelly said at a news conference staged at the transportation agency.

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Tortuous Conversations Are Torturous | YSIW

In this episode of You're Saying It Wrong , we focus on "confusable words," also sometimes called "paronyms": words that look and/or sound very similar to each other but have different meanings.

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Cartwheel, led by guitarist and vocalist Kristyn Chapman, will celebrate the release of its debut recording, Best Days, on Friday, Feb. 15, at Wave on a bill with Old News, Mess and Pigments. It is an all-ages event.

Joining Chapman on the release are drummer Will Erickson and bassist Riley Day. Chapman recently visited the KMUW studios to discuss the origins of both her band and Best Days.

You've got this new record, which is something you've been working on for quite a while. Where did this whole thing start?

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Corb Lund arrives in Wichita on Thursday, Feb. 14 for a performance at Wave. The Canadian musician has been releasing quality Western-based music since the mid-1990s. Along the way, he has earned acclaim for his deep-reaching narratives and humorous wordplay. Albums such as Five Dollar Bill, Cabin Fever and Things That Can't Be Undone remain among his most popular.

What were the origins of the No Rest For The West tour?

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Sunday, February 17

It's been 12 years since the Queen of Funk created a new album. Legendary vocalist Chaka Khan just released a project called Hello Happiness. Khan's been in the music industry for nearly five decades. She'll tour this spring and there's a documentary in the works about her career. Hear music from Chaka Khan on Soulsations, Sunday night at 6 p.m. on KMUW.

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Wednesday, February 13

Mark Feldman’s Level5 is a funk-inflected instrumental-based collective featuring bassist Will Lee (David Letterman, The World’s Most Dangerous Band) and guitarist Oz Noy. We’ll hear music from that as well as Charlie Faye & The Fayettes’ The Whole Shebang.

Thursday, February 14

It’s our annual Valentine’s Day special with selections from Nina Simone, Ray Charles, M Ward, The Cure and Billy Bragg.

Friday, February 15

Released in 1978, Love Bites was the sophomore release from the Buzzcocks and features one of the band’s most beloved songs, “Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve).” We’ll hear music from that release as well as selections from Real Life, the 1978 effort from former Buzzcocks member Howard Devoto’s band Magazine.

Saturday, February 16

Released in 1992, Copper Blue served as the debut album from the band Sugar featuring Bob Mould. The record’s high-energy alternative rock tendencies yielded some of Mould’s best songs of the 1990s, including “If I Can’t Change Your Mind,” “Hoover Dam” and “Helpless.” Listen for selections from that recording as well as from Juliana Hatfield’s Pussycat.

Monday, February 18

Having established himself as a singer-songwriter entrenched in the Americana tradition, Robert Ellis decided to do something a little different for his latest album. An accomplished guitarist, Ellis decided to write his latest record on grand piano. The result is Texas Piano Man, a collection of songs that recalls classic singer-songwriter albums of the 1970s while also highlighting a jazzier side of Ellis’ craft. Listen for music from that as well as selections from Jon Regen’s Stop Time.

Tuesday, February 19

Released in 1994, File Under: Easy Listening was the second and final album from Bob Mould’s band Sugar. The record had undergone a labored recording process (which saw Mould and his bandmates scrapping 17 songs they’d recorded in Atlanta, Georgia) and would fail to meet the commercial expectations placed on the band after its 1992 debut LP, Copper Blue. We’ll hear music from File Under: Easy Listening as well music from Juliana Hatfield’s collaboration with Matthew Caws of Nada Surf, The Minor Alps.

Wednesday, February 20

Having gained early notoriety with the band Swans, Louisiana-born singer Jarboe has been creating unusual, vocally-driven albums since her departure from that group in 1997 in addition to collaborating with acts such as Neurosis, Byla and others. We’ll hear music from her 2018 effort, The Cut Of The Warrior, as well as Kate Bush’s The Hounds Of Love.

Thursday, February 21

Medium Cool is the latest release from Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Luther Russell. Listen for music from that recording as well as selections from Town of Ten by Old Joe Clarks.

February 15/17

Crossroads continues with more music from February featured artist Johnny Winter (including music from one of the albums he did with Muddy Waters and part one of a two part special in hour two – we’ll air part two next week at the Crossroads).

The prestigious Canadian Maple Blues Awards just announced this year’s winners and the show features some of them, along with more of the recently announced Blues Music Awards nominees – among them, Colin James, Buddy Guy, Ellen McIlwaine, Danielle Nicole and more.

Plus new music and previews of local and regional concerts in the coming week.

Airing at 4 p.m. on Sundays in February, this radio documentary from WXPN and NPR celebrates gospel music's influence on early rock and soul.

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‘I Don’t Want To Be Poor All My Life’: Kansas Prison Staff Face Low Pay And Long Hours

Hunter Defenbaugh loves working in prison. Five nights a week, the 19-year-old corrections officer works overnight shifts in the infirmary at El Dorado Correctional Facility 30 miles northeast of Wichita. He checks on sick inmates, gives them blankets, calls nurses for help. Defenbaugh likes the job, he says, because he likes helping people. It beats his old gigs flipping burgers at McDonald’s or ringing up customers at Walmart.

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