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Kelly Budget Spends On Kansas Schools And Child Welfare, Republicans Worry About Cost

In her first budget as governor, Democrat Laura Kelly aims to inject cash into what she calls critical state services. The proposal unveiled Thursday also would start to wean the state off money diverted for years from highway construction and upkeep.

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A Marion County, Kansas, judge on Friday appointed a receiver to run Hillsboro Community Hospital after its lender moved to foreclose on the 15-bed facility earlier this month.

The judge found that “immediate and irreparable harm is likely to result if a receiver is not appointed to operate and manage the Hospital in order to ensure that it remains open and retains as much of its value as possible.”

Teachers fleeing the state? Promises to schools broken time and again?

Here’s some context for the statements you heard about Kansas education Wednesday night — both in Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s State of the State Speech and Republican Senate President Susan Wagle’s response.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids of Kansas' 3rd District had been in office for less than 24 hours when Republicans came out swinging with an attack ad.

"With her very first vote in Congress, Sharice Davids caved to the party bosses and voted to support Nancy Pelosi for Speaker," says a female narrator, with chilling music in the background.

The Greater Wichita Ministerial League will focus on unity at its annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, where nationally recognized pastor and Grammy award-winning singer Marvin Winans will be the keynote speaker.  

Max Crace

Released in 1990, Ah Via Musicom served as Texas guitarist Eric Johnson's breakthrough album, spawning four singles, three of which became inescapable on rock radio in subsequent years. The tune "Cliffs of Dover" earned Johnson a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1992. Johnson toured incessantly behind the recording and landed a coveted spot opening for legendary Canadian band Rush during the touring cycle.

In her first budget as governor, Democrat Laura Kelly aims to inject cash into what she calls critical state services.

The proposal unveiled Thursday also would start to wean the state off money diverted for years from highway construction and upkeep.

Courtesy Newman University

Newman University has awarded its most distinguished scholarship to five high school seniors.

The students were selected from among 23 candidates who interviewed for the Cardinal Newman Scholarship. Each scholarship is worth about $130,000 over four years.

To be eligible, students must have at least a 3.9 cumulative high school grade point average and a 29 composite ACT score. Students also had to complete an online application and write an essay.

The long tentacles of the partial federal government shutdown are reaching especially deep into food and agriculture. Here’s an update on some of the impacts now four weeks into the longest shutdown in history.

Jim McLean / Kansas News Service

The cast of characters may be new, but the script taking shape at the outset of the Kansas Legislature’s 2019 session rings familiar. 

The new governor — Democrat Laura Kelly — proposes a budget that pays for her priorities. It highlights things that she believes her election shows that voters also want. Republican legislative leaders respond with what amounts to, Thanks, but we’ve got a better handle on what Kansans want.

Deborah Shaar / KMUW

The Sedgwick County Commission began a new term Wednesday with two new members.

It was the first official meeting for Lacey Cruse and Pete Meitzner, who were elected in November to four-year terms. Jim Howell began a second term as the 5th District commissioner.

Third District Commissioner David Dennis and 2nd District Commissioner Michael O’Donnell have two more years in their terms before the next elections.

Cruse and Meitzner took time at the end of the meeting to thank their supporters and give a hint about their style of governing.

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Rule Breakers | YSIW

It's probably obvious that we love rules at You're Saying It Wrong. So it's equally unnerving and thrilling when we get to break them. In this episode we're dealing with split infinitives, ending sentences with prepositions, and trying to "Latinize" English — all rules we are allowed to break!

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Monday 1.21.19

Night Train steps aside for two specials – from Night Lights and Blues & Beyond – featuring music in celebration of Dr. King Day.

(Global Village also celebrates Dr. King Day this evening.)

Tuesday 1.22.19

Night Train marks birthdays of trombone pioneer J.J. Johnson, singer Lizz Wright, bassist Eberhard Weber, and saxophonist Tony Campise. Plus more for the January Best of 2018 feature, including more show favorites and this year’s jazz Grammy nominees.

Wednesday 1.23.19

Night Train celebrates two major jazz birthdays tonight – vibes master Gary Burton (including music from a new five-disc career retrospective) and guitar great Django Reinhardt. Along with music from the ‘gypsy jazz’ legend, we’ll hear music from other artists and groups inspired by his sound, including a special in hour two featuring a performance from the Hot Club of Detroit.  Plus more for the January Best of 2018 feature, including music from show favorite, the Hot Club of San Francisco, from a recent 30th anniversary compilation.

(Global Village also celebrates Django Reinhardt’s birthday this evening.)

Thursday 1.24.19

It’s music with a Latin influence tonight on the Night Train, including a number of 2018 releases for the January feature. We’ll hear music from Nestor Torres’ Latin Grammy nominated release, Eddie Daniels’ Grammy nominated album, the intriguing China Caribe Night Train favorite from Dongfeng Liu, and another show pick from inventive Cuban artist Alfredo Rodriguez. We also remember trumpeters Roy Hargrove and Jerry Gonazlez who passed away in 2018 – and get to the latest from Chucho Valdes, Charlie Dennard, Aaron Goldberg, Stefon Harris, and more.

Monday, January 21

Global Village celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with songs dedicated to him, music inspired by the Civil Rights Movement, and pieces that reflect human rights themes as performed by artists from around the globe, including Mavis Staples, the Soweto Gospel Choir, Toots & the Maytals, Stevie Wonder, and more.

(Night Train also celebrates Dr. King’s birthday tonight.)

Tuesday, January 22

Global Village highlights world mandolins– with influences from Brazilian (Hamilton de Holanda), Western and Arabic classical (Avi Avital) and folk (Solas, MandolinMan and Runa). Plus music from Cal Tjader, the Nordic group Sver, and contemporary Brazilian band Forro in the Dark.

Wednesday, January 23

Global Village celebrates the birthday of gypsy jazz guitar great Django Reinhardt with music from the master himself and from his Hot Club of France partner – violinist Stephane Grappelli. We’ll also hear from some of the many contemporary artists and groups inspired by his music to offer both traditional and contemporary forms of his trademark ‘gypsy jazz’ sound, including Tchavolo Schmitt, Bireli Lagrene, Pearl Django, the Hot Club of San Francisco, the Hot Club of Detroit and Hot Club Sandwich.

(Night Train also celebrates Django Reinhardt’s birthday tonight.)

Thursday, January 24

Global Village continues the January Best of 2018 feature and celebrates the birthday of Crescent City great Aaron Neville. We’ll hear Neville solo and with the Neville Brothers, and get to music from the 2018 and nominated album from Ziggy Marley, along with show favorites from Bombino (the featured artist for the January Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival show, which airs next week), Hugh Masekela, and the Dur-Dur Band.

Friday, January 25

Global Village marks the birthday of pianist, composer and bossa nova pioneer Antonio Carlos Jobim with performances from the legendary Brazilian artist and covers of some of his many classics from Stan Getz, Charlie Byrd, Sting, Quarteto Jobim Morelenbaum, the Jobim Orchestra, classical guitarist Berta Rojas, and John Pizzarelli’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of a classic album from Jobim with Frank Sinatra.

January 25/27

Crossroads wraps up the January Best of 2018 feature with more Blues Music Awards and Grammy nominees – this time including Shemekia Copeland, Dom Flemons, Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite, Maria Muldaur, Elvin Bishop and Bettye LaVette. We also remember some artists who passed away in 2018, including Terry Evans, Eddie C. Campbell, Otis Rush and, in hour two, a special tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

Max Crace

Released in 1990, Ah Via Musicom served as Texas guitarist Eric Johnson's breakthrough album, spawning four singles, three of which became inescapable on rock radio in subsequent years. The tune "Cliffs of Dover" earned Johnson a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1992. Johnson toured incessantly behind the recording and landed a coveted spot opening for legendary Canadian band Rush during the touring cycle.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Monday, January 21. Global Village, Strange Currency, Night Train and Soulsations are celebrating the life of the civil rights icon with music features leading up to and on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

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Deborah Shaar / KMUW

Wichita-Based Neighborhood Food Pantry Program Expanding Across Kansas

More small food pantries are going up in neighborhoods across Kansas. The freestanding wooden boxes are called “Paxton’s Blessing Box," and they offer non-perishable food items to anyone who needs them.

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