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Questions Linger About Ramifications of Rape Case Of Kansas Girl In State Custody

The alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl while she was waiting for a foster care placement in May has many asking about consequences for the contractor, responsible that day for both the girl and the 18-year-old accused of assaulting her. On a Facebook Live session Wednesday, Department for Children and Families secretary Gina Meier-Hummel fielded a question about why the contractor hasn’t been dropped. A day before, lawmakers promised tough questioning of KVC Kansas officials at this month’s...

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More Red Cross volunteers from Kansas are joining relief efforts in flood-devastated areas of North and South Carolina.

Red Cross chapters in Kansas, Nebraska and southwest Iowa have sent 61 volunteers and staff to six different operations in the past week. At least 17 volunteers came from south-central and southeast Kansas.

So far, the Red Cross has sent five emergency response vehicles from Nebraska and Kansas. The latest one stocked with supplies left Monday from Coffeyville en route to North Carolina.

Committee Recommends More Lenient Fees, Bonds in Kansas Municipal Courts

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A committee of Kansas judges and attorneys says cities need to reduce the costs of appearing in municipal court.

The Kansas Supreme Court appointed the ad hoc committee last September to assess whether the state’s municipal courts impose an unreasonable financial burden on low-income people. 

A report released Wednesday lists more than a dozen suggestions to reduce or simplify fees, bail and monetary fines that come with being arrested and charged with a crime.

The alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl while she was waiting for a foster care placement in May has many asking about consequences for the contractor, responsible that day for both the girl and the 18-year-old accused of assaulting her.

On a Facebook Live session Wednesday, Department for Children and Families secretary Gina Meier-Hummel fielded a question about why the contractor hasn’t been dropped.

At least one Kansas business says the Trump administration's plan to further limit the number of refugees entering the country could hurt its operations.

Secretary of State of State Mike Pompeo announced on Tuesday a plan to cap the number of refugees entering the country at 30,000 next year. For the current year the cap was lowered to 45,000, though final admissions numbers will be about half that.

In the wake of rape charge filed in an attack on a 13-year-old girl in the office of a foster care contractor, Kansas lawmakers said Tuesday they’ll investigate what went wrong.

One legislator said state officials and the contractor responsible for watching over the alleged victim will face tough questions later this month.

City of Wichita

A former Wichita fire station is set to become the city’s newest co-working business center.

Wichita City Council approved the sale of the former firehouse at Topeka and Lewis streets at a meeting Tuesday.

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Prominent Kansas Republican Nancy Kassebaum has endorsed Democrat Sen. Laura Kelly for governor.

Kassebaum spent three terms in the U.S. Senate as a moderate Republican between 1978 and 1997. She was the first woman to chair a major committee. Now she’s endorsing Kelly over conservative GOP nominee Kris Kobach.

In a statement, Kassebaum praised Kelly’s “competence, understanding, and dedication.”

Former Republican Gov. Bill Graves has also endorsed Kelly.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt acknowledges that a multi-state attack on the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, could wipe out some popular consumer protections.

But, Schmidt said, he believes Congress will step in to preserve certain parts of the law if he and 19 other Republican attorneys general succeed in striking down the individual mandate — that everybody buy coverage or face a fine on their tax return — as unconstitutional.

The Kansas Association of Broadcasters has named KMUW 89.1 FM the large market radio station of the year for the fifth year in a row.

Thirty years after its hard turn to the right — driven largely by abortion politics and the anti-abortion Summer of Mercy protests — Kansas is on the cusp of what could be another course-changing event: the 2018 race for governor.

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We Love Our Constitution, Despite Knowing Little About It

We love our constitution—at least, what we know about it. The Constitution was ratified 231 years ago this past Monday, September 17. Each year, the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania surveys Americans on how much they know about the American system of government. Each year, the results demonstrate how little Americans know about the Constitution.

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Dogs: Why Do We Love 'Em So Much?

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Tuesday, September 18

Released in 1997, Cornershop’s third album, When I Was Born For The 7th Time combined elements of Punjabi music, hip-hop and alternative rock. We’ll hear selections from that release as well as music from Richard Thompson’s 2015 release, Still.

Wednesday, September 19

We celebrate Talk Like A Pirate Day with selections from Tom Waits, Clutch, Tempest and The Tallest Man On Earth.

Thursday, September 20

Young Sick Camellia is the new album from Alabama soul band St. Paul and The Broken Bones. We’ll hear selections that release on this episode as well as music from the 2005 self-titled debut from The Budos Band.

Friday, September 21

Listen for selections from Double Negative, the latest release from Low plus new music from Will Courtney’s Crazy Love.

Saturday, September 22

My Way is the latest release from Willie Nelson and is his tribute to the late Frank Sinatra. Listen for selections from it as well as from Lyle Lovett’s The Road To Ensenada.

Monday, September 24

Love, Loss, and Auto-Tune is the latest from Swamp Dogg. We’ll hear selections from it as well as Paul McCartney’s latest, Egypt Station.

 

Monday 9.17.18

Night Train marks birthdays of drummer Jeff Ballard and Jack McDuff (including a special featuring music and conversation from the soul jazz organist in hour two of the show), continues with more music for our September feature (including a classic Horace Silver composition performed by pianist Tommy Flanagan, and music from the classic Somethin’ Else album from Cannonball Adderley), and new music from the Brad Mehldau Trio and guitarist Nate Najar.

Tuesday 9.18.18

More September feature music from Frank Foster (with Frank Wess), Horace Silver, and Cannonball Adderley (with his brother Nat’s Sextet) – and a Jazz Profiles Special about Nat Adderley in hour two of the show. There’s also new music from French horn player Ken Wiley, and Mike Clark with Delbert Bump, and birthday salutes to guitarist Emily Remler and trombonist John Fedchock.

Wednesday 9.19.18

Night Train highlights some jazz trombones – including trombone great J.J. Johnson (with Nat Adderley), and contemporary artists Michael Dease, Wayne Wallace, and the trombone lineup of Band of Bones. Also music from Billy Strayhorn performed by saxophonist Johnny Hodges and pianists Fred Hersch and Joey Alexander, and a guest appearance Strayhorn made with South African singer Sathima Bea Benjamin – and saxophone greats Johnny Hodges, Bobby Watson, and Pharoah Sanders.

Thursday 9.20.18

Night Train highlights tributes and covers tonight – including music from featured artists Horace Silver, Cannonball Adderley and Frank Foster performed by Taj Mahal, Allan Harris, Tim Hegarty, Doug MacDonald and others. We’ll also hear Mose Allison compositions from Maria Muldaur and Roseanna Vitro, and Chick Corea compositions from Joe Farrell and Duende Libre.

Monday, September 17

Global Village heads to Prince Edward Island this time to showcase music from three talented contemporary folk ensembles: Vishten, the East Pointers, and Ten Strings & a Goatskin. Also on tap, music from indigenous Canadian artist Buffy Sainte-Marie,  Swedish folk group Vasen, English folk rock from Sandy Denny with Fotheringay, Herbie Hancock’s Imagine Project, and as the September Music of Mali feature continues, more from the Tuareg/desert rock band Tinariwen.

Tuesday, September 18

As part of the Global Village September Music of Mali feature, a special show devoted to some of the wide range of styles and artists of that country. We’ll hear legendary guitarist Ali Farka Toure, his son Vieux Farka Toure, the father and son release from Toumani and Sidiki Diabate, one of the great traditional singers of Mali, Kasse Mady Diabate, and his equally talented daughter who is part of Trio da Kali (our featured artists in this month’s Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival), Salif Keita’s groundbreaking Soro album, and the remarkable women of Wassoulou, including famed singer Oumou Sangare.

Wednesday, September 19

It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day! In honor of the occasion, Global Village has a special show filled with songs about pirates from the likes of Roger McGuinn, Marianne Faithfull, Bob Marley, Al Stewart, the Almanac Singers with Woody Guthrie, and, of course, some music from the Pirates of Penzance!

Thursday, September 20

In conjunction with the September Music of Mali feature, Global Village devotes a show to Malian guitarists. We’ll hear Djelimady Tounkara, a member of the influential Super Rail Band and widely regarded as one of the country’s and one of the continent’s finest guitarists, the acclaimed and eclectic Boubacar Traore, the legendary Ali Farka Toure, Samba Toure who worked in Ali’s band, and rising guitar stars Oumar Konate and Sidi Toure.

Friday, September 21

Global Village marks International Day of Peace, a day set aside by the United Nations since 1982 in support of world peace. The program highlights topical tunes from a variety of artists from around the world, including Third World, Vieux Farka Toure, Van Morrison, Sameer Gupta, the Holmes Brothers, Edwin Starr, Van Morrison, and more.

September 21/23

Crossroads celebrates the birthday of soul legend Ray Charles, including a special about him in hour two with a number of special guests, including September featured artist B.B. King.

We’ll also hear B.B. with some key members of Ray Charles’ band; music from Crossroads’ other September featured artists, Koko Taylor (with special guest Buddy Guy) and Freddie King (from his time with Leon Russell’s Shelter label);  new music from Frank Bey, Buddy Guy and Boz Scaggs; and music from a host of artists with local and regional concerts in the coming week.

Henry Diltz

Gillian Welch remains a singular voice in American music. Her songs are never rushed, developing at a pace that is haunting; her albums arrive at a similarly sparse pace, each one commanding the listener's attention as they absorb her finely crafted lyrics and otherworldly tunes.

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Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE: Sedgwick County Sheriff's Deputy Killed During Scuffle With Suspect

Updated on Monday, Sept. 17, at 1:40 p.m: A Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputy was killed Sunday afternoon while trying to subdue a suspect, the Sheriff’s Office said. Sheriff Jeff Easter said Deputy Robert Kunze III, a deputy since 2006, was killed after responding to a suspicious character call. The suspect, who has been identified as Robert Greeson, also was killed, Easter said.

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