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Air Force Visits Wichita State To Consider Utilizing New Aviation Technology

The United States Air Force is interested in partnering with Wichita State University and Kansas businesses. Representatives of the Air Force had high praise for the technology at the university after a tour of the experiential engineering building and the National Institute of Aviation Research. The Air Force is focusing on increasing the lifespan and sustainability of their airplanes.

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For the first time in seven years, rural America’s population is growing.

The annual U.S. Department of Agriculture report “Rural America at a Glance” found the increase — only 0.08 percent — mainly in scenic rural areas like the Rocky Mountains, more densely populated rural areas and rural communities that are within about an hour’s drive of a major city. Essentially, places where people still have access to urban amenities or can go hiking, biking, fishing or skiing.

Brad Churchill, a slaughter operations manager at Cargill Meat Solutions, has worked in the cattle industry for more than 30 years. He’s seen many employees injured by cattle.

“A young man did nothing to provoke this 1,600-pound angus steer who turned on him in an instant,” Churchill said of one incident last year. The man crawled through an escape hatch and only had a dislocated shoulder and few fractured ribs.

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The United States Air Force is interested in partnering with Wichita State University and Kansas businesses.

Representatives of the Air Force had high praise for the technology at the university after a tour of the experiential engineering building and the National Institute of Aviation Research. The Air Force is focusing on increasing the lifespan and sustainability of their airplanes.

The high-desert town of Palisade, Colorado, is synonymous with fresh, locally grown peaches. Years ago, thousands of migrant workers would flock here each year in August to harvest the fuzzy fruit. But today, on its narrow dirt roads, Bruce Talbott drives a truck loaded down with 9 tons of wine grapes.

A Kansas law prohibiting drug-induced abortions via telemedicine is being challenged by a women’s health clinic in Wichita that provides abortions.

Trust Women Wichita on Thursday filed a lawsuit seeking to block the law from taking effect on Jan. 1.

“Our mission as an organization is to provide reproductive health care to people in the state of Kansas and elsewhere, and to provide that care to underserved communities,” said Julie Burkhart, founder and CEO of Trust Women Wichita.

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James McMurtry first emerged on the American music scene of the 1980s via the John Mellencamp-produced Too Long In The Wasteland, the first of a handful of recordings he made for Columbia Records. Since then, songs such as "Levelland" and "Out Here In The Middle" have become staples of the Americana scene — with Robert Earl Keen covering both — joining other McMurtry compositions such as "We Can't Make It Here" and "Choctaw Bingo" as essential listening in an age of unrest and hardships.

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Kansas Democratic Governor-elect Laura Kelly is targeting school funding, Medicaid expansion and LGBT protections as some of her top priorities as she prepares to take office in January.

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It was the War to End All Wars.

World War I, a massive tableau of death and suffering, ended 100 years ago on Sunday, Nov. 11.

More than 9 million servicemen died in the Great War, including 116,000 Americans.

Countries from five continents sent troops to the conflict. It was war on an epic scale that the world had never witnessed.

And yet it also was a war with small, personal stories. Millions of them. Of fathers and husbands, sons and brothers, sent to Europe never to return.

United Way of the Plains is mailing out surveys this week in Sedgwick and Butler counties.

The nonprofit sends out surveys once every three years and uses the results to identify unmet social, health and human service needs. United Way then brings local government, business and nonprofit organizations together to raise money toward those community needs.

Delane Butler, vice president of marketing for United Way of the Plains, said the organization uses the results to determine where to focus its efforts.

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Sedgwick County commissioners have put their attorney on paid leave until further notice.

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Book Review: 'Dry'

Award-winning author Neal Shusterman wrote the new Young Adult novel Dry in collaboration with his son. In it, they’ve turned a drought-plagued Southern California into a dystopian region when access to the Colorado River is entirely cut off, and made this a thrill-ride of a novel.

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KMUW Music

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.

Monday, November 12

It’s a squeezebox extravaganza this time in the Global Village with artists and bands from Italy, Serbia, Argentina, Russia, France and more that feature accordions and related instruments. Among the artists featured:  Celtic band Solas, Berlin’s 17 Hippies, new tango group the Pablo Ziegler Quintet, Russia’s Trio Voronezh, and Italian accordionist Filippo Gambetta.

Tuesday, November 13

Global Village pays tribute to Tabu Ley Rochereau - one of the giants of African music and one of the architects of the popular soukous style of music.. We’ll highlight music from early in his career when he worked with Le Grande Kalle, some of his classic recordings, and several key artists who emerged from his influential bands.

Wednesday, November 14

In advance of the Latin Grammy Awards on November 15th, Global Village presents a special show highlighting a few of many nominees among the 49 categories in this 19th annual event. We’ll hear music from nominated releases by Dafnis Prieto, Nestor Torres, Ruben Blades, Carlos Franzetti, Mariza, Marta Gomez, Hamilton de Holanda, and Aterciopelados.

Thursday, November 15

Global Village celebrates the birthday of singer Marta Topferova, a Czech-born, U.S.-based artist inspired by a wide array of Latin styles of music. There’s also music from November featured artists Bert Jansch and Guo Gan, a tribute to saxophonist Sonny Fortune, and new music from Galician piper Susana Seivane, Swedish flamenco guitarist Robi Svard, and Afro-Portuguese artist Caterina dos Santos.

Friday, November 16

This time in the Global Village we highlight music featuring the erhu, a spiked fiddle that has been part of Chinese music for over a thousand years. We’ll hear music from November featured artist Guo Gan, erhu in a Chinese-Caribbean jazz setting from a recent album by Dongfeng Liu, and more traditionally oriented pieces from the Silk String Quartet and the Orchid Ensemble. Plus the latest from Madagascar’s Toko Telo, NEA Heritage fellow Rahim Alhaj, and the Mongolian band Anda Union.

November 16/18

Crossroads continues the November Wild Bill Davis/Blues Organ feature with music Davis did on a blues album from Ella Fitzgerald; marks birthdays of Hank Ballard, W.C Handy, W.C. Clark, and also Howlin’ Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin (featured in a special in hour two of the show); and continues with more nominees in the 22nd Annual Maple Blues Awards, including two artists who racked up the most nominations this year, Colin James and Sue Foley.

Sunday, November 11

Sunday on Soulsations - a bit of jazz.  We remember Grammy award-winning trumpeter Roy Hargrove, who died November 2, 2018 at the age of 49 in New York.  Mentored by Winton Marsalis, Hargrove was known for his traditional jazz as well as his work with D'Angelo, Common and Erykah Badu.  He also formed the group RH Factor that included an urban flavor of modern jazz, hip hop, R&B and gospel music.  

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James McMurtry first emerged on the American music scene of the 1980s via the John Mellencamp-produced Too Long In The Wasteland, the first of a handful of recordings he made for Columbia Records. Since then, songs such as "Levelland" and "Out Here In The Middle" have become staples of the Americana scene — with Robert Earl Keen covering both — joining other McMurtry compositions such as "We Can't Make It Here" and "Choctaw Bingo" as essential listening in an age of unrest and hardships.

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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Top Candidates For Kansas Governor Disagree On Medical Marijuana

The top contenders running for governor say Kansas should not follow Colorado’s lead and legalize recreational marijuana, but they differ on medical marijuana.

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