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Recount Shows Ranzau Winner In Sedgwick County Commission Race

With the recount of last week’s votes for a Sedgwick County Commission race now complete, Commissioner Richard Ranzau remains the winner of the Republican primary for the 4th District.

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A federal judge on Friday denied a motion to dismiss charges against Sedgwick County Commissioner and former state legislator Michael O’Donnell.

Defense attorneys argued that the case is an overreach by federal prosecutors.

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With the recount of last week’s votes for a Sedgwick County Commission race now complete, Commissioner Richard Ranzau remains the winner of the Republican primary for the 4th District.

Kansas Unemployment Rates Down From Last Year

Aug 17, 2018
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The unemployment rate is down to 3.4 percent in Kansas.

 

The Kansas Department of Labor reported on Friday that unemployment decreased from 3.6 percent in July 2017. In Wichita, unemployment dropped to 4.3 percent in July, compared to 4.8 percent last year.

The national unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in July.

According to the monthly report, July was Kansas’ 14th consecutive month of job growth. Kansas has slightly exceeded the national rate for job growth over the past year.

 

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Kansas City-area businessman Greg Orman will be on the ballot in November as an independent candidate in the Kansas governor’s race.

The Secretary of State’s office announced Friday afternoon that Orman’s independent nomination petition was sufficient. He delivered more than 10,000 signatures to the office last week — twice the amount required by law.

Orman’s running mate for lieutenant governor is state Sen. John Doll from western Kansas.

On a western Kansas tour this week, U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall touted progress on a new proposal that would let more immigrants come into the country on guest visas to work on farms, in meat-packing plants and other agricultural jobs.

A bill introduced in the U.S. House in July would provide a temporary guest worker visa — known as the H-2C — for year-round agricultural work. Its co-sponsors include Marshall and fellow Kansas Republicans, Lynn Jenkins and Ron Estes.

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For the second time, the Kansas Supreme Court is asking Sedgwick County District Court officials to determine whether a Wichita man convicted of murder 25 years ago has the right to appeal.

Shelbert Smith was arrested after a pizza delivery man was robbed and murdered in May 1993. Smith pleaded no contest to first-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery and possession of a firearm by a minor, according to court records.

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Kansas is one of the worst states in the country when it comes to handling its elections, according to a new report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kansas was ranked 48th out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on how it performed in the 2016 elections.

The main factor that pushed Kansas so low was the high number of provisional ballots — about 3 percent in 2016 compared to the national average of about 1 percent.

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The city of Wichita is selling hundreds of items from the former Central Library downtown.

An internet-only auction is open, with bidding set to close Sept. 18.

Dozens of tables, cabinets, chairs of all sizes, office accessories and shelves — and more — are available.

The items will be on display at an open inspection on Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the former library on South Main Street.

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Law enforcement agencies throughout Kansas are increasing their patrols for impaired drivers the next few weeks.

The stepped up enforcement is part of a national traffic safety campaign called “You drink. You drive. You Lose.” Expect to see billboards and commercials with the message, too.

Officers will target drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Chris Bortz with the Kansas Department of Transportation says men under 34 are the biggest offenders.

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Sedgwick County Commissioner and former state Sen. Michael O’Donnell has been charged with more counts of wire fraud and money laundering related to his campaigns for office, just days before a scheduled hearing on Friday to have earlier charges dismissed.

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Marginalia: S. K. Perry

Sarah Perry was longlisted for London’s Young Poet Laureate in 2013, and her experience as a poet is evident in her debut novel, Let Me Be Like Water .

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KMUW Music

Sunday, August 19

Sunday on a special edition of  Soulsations we remember the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. She passed away from pancreatic cancer on August 16, 2018, at her home in Detroit. Franklin was 76 years old. Hear Franklin's music and some reflections about the iconic singer from fans in the Wichita community.

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Wednesday, August 15

Listen for selections from new and recent releases by Tami Neilson, Horne + Holt, The Magpie Salute and a re-recording of David Bowie’s “Zeroes.”

Thursday, August 16

Released in 1993, Frosting On The Beater was the third album from Seattle power pop outfit The Posies. We’ll hear music from that collection plus selections from Columbia: Live At Missouri University, the 1993 album from the reunited Memphis band Big Star. The group’s remaining members, Jody Stephens and Alex Chilton, recruited Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of The Posies for what was thought to be a one-time reunion but lasted until Chilton’s death in 2010.

Friday, August 17

With their band Knest on a hiatus, guitarist Jonathan Horne and classically-trained cellist Randall Holt began experimenting with improvisational techniques. The result is Wires, their debut album, which explores the possibilities of both their respective instruments across a series of compositions that the pair see as tone poems. We’ll hear music from that release as well as selections from High And Lonesome With The Excuses, the new release from veteran singer-songwriter John Eberly and his band The Excuses.

Saturday, August 18

Listen for music from Led Zeppelin, Jeff Buckley with Gary Lucas and new music from Galen Ayers.

Monday, August 20

We celebrate the 70th birthday of vocalist Robert Plant with selections from his work with Led Zeppelin and as a solo artist. Plus music from Jimmy Page with The Black Crowes, Sam Phillips and Stone Temple Pilots.

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In early 2017 Old Crow Medicine Show celebrated signing with the Columbia label by issuing a live, track-by-track re-recording of Bob Dylan's classic 1966 LP Blonde On Blonde. The band had tapped acclaimed producer Dave Cobb to helm their next studio album, but Cobb issued a specific if somewhat unusual directive to the band, which visits the Stiefel Theatre on Thursday, Aug. 16.

Robert Plant turns 70 on Monday, August 20, and Global Village and Strange Currency are teaming up to celebrate. Tune in from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. for three hours of music from Robert Plant, Led Zeppelin and other Plant projects, and notable covers. 

Monday 8.13.18

Lots of great jazz piano tonight on the Night Train as we mark birthdays of George Shearing and Mulgrew Miller, and get to new releases from pianists Eliane Elias, Michika Fukumori, Lynne Arriale, Erroll Garner, Bill Anschell, and Brad Mehldau. We’ll also hear from pianist Jimmy Rowles, one of four musicians we’re featuring this month for their centennial birthdays, and from South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, who was just named a 2019 NEA Jazz Master.

Tuesday 8.14.18

Night Train marks birthdays of singer Lorez Alexandria and singer/pianists Ben Sidran and Jeannie Cheatham tonight. Plus more for our centennial birthdays feature – this time from pianist Jimmy Rowles (with guitarist Barney Kessel and saxophonists Gerry Mulligan and Ben Webster), vocalese pioneer Eddie Jefferson, and Texas tenor Arnett Cobb. New release tonight include Peter Erskine & the Dr. Um Band, Karrin Allyson, Eddie Henderson, Eddie Palmieri, Kurt Elling and Jared Gold.

Wednesday 8.15.18

Night Train marks birthdays of drummer Stix Hooper of the Crusaders and jazz piano great Oscar Peterson (featured in a special in hour two of the show). The August Four Centennials Feature continues, this time with music from Arnett Cobb, and there’s new music from Latin jazz ensemble Tribu, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, and soul jazz organist Radam Schwartz.

Thursday 8.16.18

Night Train features music from pianists Bill Evans (featured in a Jazz Profiles special in hour two of the show) and Mal Waldron, singer Mary Stallings and drummer/producer Cecil Brooks III, all born on this date – along with more in the August Four Centennials Feature, this time from Jimmy Rowles and Eddie Jefferson.

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'Hope For The Future': The Dockum Sit-In, Sixty Years On

This year is the 60th anniversary of the first successful student-led sit-in of the modern civil rights movement. And it didn’t happen in the South, but rather in the heart of the Midwest: in Wichita.

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