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Wichita's Spanish Speakers Getting Out The Vote

There are nearly 70,000 Spanish-speaking people living in Wichita, many who could head to the polls next month. As the midterm elections draw near, more Spanish speakers are being made aware of the election process and learning about who is running for office. A group of Hispanic women recently participated in a Spanish voter training session at Wichita’s Peace and Social Justice Center to help with that effort.

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Kansas utility regulators approved rates for Westar Energy that will lower many customers' monthly election bills.

The rate schedule approved Thursday by the Kansas Corporation Commission would lower monthly bills for residential customers by about $3.80 a month.

The rate decrease will not apply to most people who have installed solar panels or other self-generating devices. Those customers will be charged additional fees that Westar says are necessary so those customers pay their fair share of maintaining the power grid.

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Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, are testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Watch the proceeding live here starting at 9 a.m. or listen to NPR's coverage and analysis at 89.1 FM.

Angie Schreiber sees it time and again: dyslexic students failing to learn to read through traditional teaching techniques.

But she says she knows how they can flourish.

Schreiber’s private teaching service in Emporia uses an approach known as structured literacy. The method drills students on myriad rules of English sound and spelling that most of us never learned consciously.

Kansans seeking health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s federally run exchange will have the choice of three insurers in 2019.

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer said in a statement that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Medica Insurance Co. and Ambetter from Sunflower Health Plan will offer 23 separate plans for individuals through HealthCare.gov, the federal government exchange.

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A prescription drug monitoring program in Kansas will receive a federal grant worth more than $736,000 to expand.

The Kansas Board of Pharmacy oversees K-TRACS, a system for monitoring prescriptions for controlled substances.

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The Kansas Board of Regents is seeking $25 million from state lawmakers to fund a financial aid program for college students.

The board's budget request is part of a plan to funnel up to $50 million into need-based financial aid for Kansas students enrolling in universities and technical schools, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. The financial aid would also be available for private schools that aren't part of the Regents system.

Qualifying students could receive up to $5,000 each.

A new poll suggests 72 percent of voters, regardless of party affiliation, believe Congress and federal regulators “need to do more” to bring high-speed internet to rural Americans.

Angie Gomez has seen and heard plenty of stories about how hard it is for unauthorized immigrants and migrant farmworkers in rural areas to find lawyers to help them apply for or change their legal status.

Unleashed Pet Rescue in Mission, Kansas, took in 71 dogs from animal shelters affected by Hurricane Florence last week, and the vast majority are still up for adoption.

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President Trump is addressing the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday morning. Watch his remarks live.

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Commentary & Podcasts

A Musical Life: Ryan Benton

Ryan Benton is the primary composer in the band Sunshine Dreamers. The band’s latest album is Stand Still .

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My Fellow Kansans: The latest episode

My Fellow Kansans: The Rise — And Fall — Of Sam Brownback

Before he was governor, Sam Brownback had been state agriculture secretary, congressman, and U.S. senator. But when he captured the state’s top office in 2010 he had even bigger plans: to transform Kansas into a red-state model for the nation. That’s not the way things panned out.

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KMUW Music

Sunday, October 14

Sunday on Soulsations we'll hear from a member of the long time popular gospel group "The Winans" who has launched his solo career. Multi-Grammy Award winner Carvin Winans released his new single "Once In A Lifetime." The love song is from his upcoming 2019 album The Softest Way.

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Tuesday, October 16

Serving as the soundtrack to the new documentary about Joan Jett, Bad Reputation, the film’s soundtrack arrives with a new song from Jett and her band the Blackhearts as well as guest appearances from members of the Sex Pistols, Bikini Kill and a new cover of The Replacements’ classic “Androgynous” featuring Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! and Miley Cyrus. Listen for selections from that release as well as new music from Cursive’s first album in six years, Vitriola.

Wednesday, October 17

Fair Enough is the latest from Seattle Band Minus The Bear. The EP maintains the group’s trademark use of electronics and futuristic sounds and recalls some of the band’s earliest work. We’ll hear selections from it as well as from Tokyo Police Club, TPC.

Thursday, October 18

C'est La Vie is the first album from Phosphorescent in five years and highlights the experiences of founding member Matthew Houck in that time, which included leaving New York City for Nashville, becoming a father and nearly dying from a life-threatening illness. We’ll hear music from that effort as well as song from Different Windows, the new effort from Smokey Delights.

Friday, October 19

Years In The Making is a new collection from singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III featuring previously unheard studio material, live radio performances and demo recordings. Listen for selections from that release as well as music from Rachel Eckroth’s When It Falls.

Saturday, October 20

Loving The Alien (1983-1988) is a new boxed set from David Bowie which spans from re-emergence into the pop world with 1983’s Let’s Dance and also includes a new production of his 1987 effort Never Let Me Down featuring longtime collaborators such as Reeves Gabrels (guitar) and Sterling Campbell (drums). We’ll hear music from across that box on this episode as well as selections from Wanderer, the latest by Cat Power.

Monday, October 22

Listen for selections from Poor Until Payday, the latest by The Reverent Peyton’s Big Damn Band as well as selections from Iron and Wine’s new EP, Weed Garden.

October 12/14

Crossroads kicks off the October feature celebrating the 70th birthday of guitarist, songwriter and producer Duke Robillard with music he did on the debut album from Roomful of Blues and from one of a couple of releases he did with jazz guitar legend Herb Ellis.

Plus birthday salutes to R&B pioneer Jimmy Liggins and Louisiana bluesman Kenny Neal (including a special featuring Neal in hour two of the show), regional blues concert previews, and the latest from Marcia Ball, Nick Moss, Mike Zito, Bernard Allison and Anthony Geraci.

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Tuesday, October 9

Well Kept Thing is the latest release from post-rock outfit Foxhole. Twelve years in the making, this new effort chronicles changes in the members’ lives as they grew into their adults selves and became as a coffee shop owner, a farmer and commercial fisherman, a creative director, an admission to MIT’s Media Lab. Listen for music from that release as well songs from the band Sonna.

Wednesday, October 10

Released in 2002, Fashionably Late was Linda Thompson’s first solo recording in 17 years. Aided by her son Teddy and a host of other players, the record returned the English vocalist to the spotlight. We’ll hear music from that effort as well as from Plays Well With Others, a new boxed set chronicling Phil Collins’ time as a guest musician and producer with a range of artists including John Martyn, Robert Plant, David Crosby and Brand X.

Thursday, October 11

Pour Down Like Silver was the fourth album from Richard and Linda Thompson, recorded not long after the couple had adopted the Sufi faith. We’ll hear selections from that as well as from The Who’s 1975 effort, The Who By Numbers.

Friday, October 12

Listen for selections from Teddy Thompson’s 2011 release, Bella, as well as selections from Lindsey Buckingham’s new Solo Anthology.

Saturday, October 13

We’ll hear selections from Other Arrangements by singer-songwriter Parker Milsap as well as selections from Crowded House’s 1988 effort, Temple of Low Men.

Monday, October 15

Released in 2010 Midnight Souvenirs was the seventh solo release from J. Geils Band vocalist Peter Wolf. The record features guest appearances from Merle Haggard, Shelby Lynne and Neko Case. We’ll hear selections from it as well as from the 1974 effort from the J. Geils Band, Nightmares...and Other Tales from the Vinyl Jungle.

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Sunday, October 7

Sunday on Soulsations, new music by Anthony David.  The singer/songwriter’s release is called Hello Like Before, a tribute album to the legendary Bill Withers. David says, “In many ways Bill Withers is the artist most influential to my music career."

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Kansas Schools Having Increasingly Difficult Time Finding Teachers

Kansas schools are still struggling to hire teachers. There are more than 600 vacant teaching positions in Kansas, nearly 100 more than in the fall of 2017. Special education and elementary positions have the largest number of vacancies. The Kansas State Board of Education received the update on Tuesday from the Teacher Vacancy and Supply Committee. The main reason for the open positions is a lack of applicants or qualified applicants. The committee also hinted that the vacancy numbers could...

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