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Why These Kansans' Votes Didn't Count Two Years Ago And Why That Could Be A Problem This Year

More than a quarter of the 29,000 provisional ballots in Kansas were rejected in the 2018 general election because of various errors, leaving 7,692 voters out of the democratic process.

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Kansas is expecting record voter turnout in the 2020 general election. If you haven't voted yet but still want to, here's how you can still cast your ballot in Sedgwick, Butler, Harvey, Cowley and Sumner counties.

Advance ballot. In Kansas, mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3 and arrive at the election office by the Friday after Election Day to be counted. Still, the USPS recommends that you mailed your ballot back at least a week before the state deadline.

STILWELL, Kansas — After Doug Reed put his elderly father’s Johnson County home up for sale, the mailbox started to fill up with letters from the Kansas Department of Labor, sometimes 25 or 30 at a time.

“We had two or three big batches of them, and they’ve been dribbling in ever since,” Reed said.

Within a couple weeks, about 130 letters had arrived, all bearing his father’s street address but addressed to different names.

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WICHITA, Kansas — Amid a surge of coronavirus cases across rural Kansas, Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly provided details on her new statewide testing plan Wednesday, adding 400,000 more by the end of the year.

That's nearly double the amount of tests available now, with the goal of reaching a total of 1 million tests. The extra capacity is expected to go to schools and high-risk populations, like those living and working at nursing homes.

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Sedgwick County commissioners formally asked their colleague Michael O’Donnell to resign immediately due to his actions involving a negative campaign video last year.

Commissioners adopted a resolution Wednesday that censures O’Donnell and calls for him to decline a second term representing the 2nd District should he win re-election next week.

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TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and top Republican legislators agreed Tuesday to try for now to encourage Kansas counties to adopt local mask mandates rather than consider a statewide rule as the state experiences its biggest surge in new coronavirus cases of the pandemic.

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Wichita City Council members voted Tuesday to formally denounce one of their colleagues and two other elected officials accused of putting together a false attack ad against the mayor.

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The attorney for Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O’Donnell says a civil lawsuit filed against O’Donnell and two other elected officials is frivolous and won’t be successful in court.

Mark Schoenhofer contends in a court filing that Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple filed the lawsuit with the main objective of impacting the results of the Sedgwick County Commission 2nd District election.

O’Donnell, a Republican, is seeking a second term representing the 2nd District. His opponent is Democrat Sarah Lopez.

LENEXA, Kansas — For months, the people at a Johnson County lab found themselves consumed, running an endless parade of tests on human spit.

The feds hadn’t yet OK’d a single saliva test for COVID-19, but the scientists at Clinical Reference Laboratory were sure they could design something that worked.

At-Risk Star Students Overcome COVID-19 Learning Restrictions In Wichita Program

Oct 26, 2020
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Even for the best and brightest students, remote learning in the midst of a pandemic can prove challenging.

Regardless of their past record, even high-performing students can find themselves struggling to stay focused, missing out on socialization and potentially veering off track.


A rare condition in children that doctors say stems from COVID-19 is now showing up in Wichita as doctors diagnosed a 12-year-old girl with a multisystem inflammatory syndrome, also known as MIS-C.

According to the CDC, only a little more than 1,000 children have been diagnosed with the condition in the United States. Less than 10 of those cases have been in Kansas.

"I was beginning to think, 'Oh my god, oh my god, I’m going to lose my daughter,'" Jessica Rains said, referring to her daughter, Adalyn.

Last week, doctors told Rains that her daughter has MIS-C.


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Sunday, October 1

Soulful sounds this Sunday from Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, father and son duo Eddie & Gerald Levert, and the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. We'll also hear the latest tunes from vocalist Lynne Fiddmont and MF Robots, as well as uplifting contemporary gospel music from legendary singer Marvin Winans.  Plus this week’s DoubleTake comes from the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, and Grammy-winning  jazz bassist, Esperanza Spaulding.   

Here's "I Got The Feelin'" from James Brown:

Monday, October 26

Night Train marks birthdays of trumpeter Eddie Henderson (as a leader and with Herbie Hancock, Benny Golson and Kenny Barron), third stream French pianist Jacques Loussier, and gospel legend Mahalia Jackson (including as part of Ellington’s Black, Brown and Beige suite). We’ll also hear more music from October featured artist Yusef Lateef from his own albums and as part of the Cannonball Adderley Sextet. Plus recent ‘genius grant’ recipient Cecile McLorin Salvant, and new titles from the John Fedchock NY Sextet, pianist Miki Yamanaka, the John Daversa Quintert’s Cuarentena project, and Crescent City vibes player Jason Marsalis.

Tuesday, October 27

Some international jazz sounds tonight as Night Train marks birthdays of Belgian guitarist Philip Catherine (including on a new album with German bassist Martin Wind), and Norwegian bassist Arild Andersen. Plus more music from October featured artist Yusef Lateef (with Grant Green and with Nat Adderley’s Big Sax Section), newly named ‘genius grant’ recipient Cecile McLorin Salvant, and new music from JD Allen, Bill Frisell, Ella Fitzgerald (a previously unreleased Berlin concert performance), the Mark Masters Ensemble (with music of Alec Wilder), Bobby Watson, Steve Cardenas, and Joshua Redman (with his original quartet lineup of Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade together for the first time since the mid-‘90s).

Wednesday, October 28

Night Train marks birthdays of bassist Glen Moore (with singer Nancy King and with Oregon, the chamber jazz ensemble he co-founded), singer and pianist Andy Bey, and Latin jazz big band pioneer Chico O’Farrill (including a special in hour two with his son, Arturo, who began his career in his father’s band and now heads up some of the more adventurous projects in contemporary Latin jazz). We’ll also get to music from October featured artist Yusef Lateef, and the latest releases from the Dafnis Prieto Sextet, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, and Swingadelic.

Thursday, October 29

Night Train wraps up the month-long centennial birthday party for Yusef Lateef with music he did as a leader and guesting with acclaimed bassist Paul Chambers. The show marks birthdays of saxophonist Zoot Sims (including with a Jazz Profiles special in hour two) andthe ‘Queen of Boogie’ Hadda Brooks. And there’s new music from Latin jazz band Mongorama, Brazilian pianist, composer and arranger Antonio Adolfo, saxophonist Cory Weeds, and pianist John Di Martino (with a tribute to Billy Strayhorn).

Monday, October 26

The final Monday of every month, we present Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, our award-winning monthly concert series (First Place in the 2020 Kansas Association of Broadcasters Annual Awards in the Special Program category) showcasing top world music artists and groups who have appeared at the prestigious annual festival that takes place each spring in Savannah, Georgia.

Throughout October Global Village has been featuring music from Senegal’s Orchestra Baobab, a group with a strong Cuban influence in their music. For this month’s Savannah Music Festival show, we turn to the sound of contemporary Cuba and one of the rising stars on the Cuban music scene – singer, composer, choir director, and former member of Maqueque – Dayme Arocena.  In this high energy show, Arocena showcases her deep roots in the traditions of Cuban music, but with a decidedly modern approach.

Tuesday, October 27

Global Village gives the drummers some with music from a variety of international drummers – including Nigerian percussionist Olatunji from his groundbreaking 1959 album, Drums of Passion, the “Dancing Drums” of Ananda Shankar, and Japanese taiko drum group Kodo with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart.

Wednesday, October 28

Global Village marks birthdays of bassist Glen Moore (with world chamber jazz ensemble Oregon he cofounded and with Lebanese oud player Rabih Abou-Khalil), and of composer and Indian-jazz fusion pioneer John Mayer. Plus new music this time from Sandeep Das & the HUM Ensemble, slack key guitarist Jim ‘Kimo’ West, and Moroccan indie rock band Bab L’Bluz – and some of the earliest music recorded by the October featured group, Orchestra Baobab.

Thursday, October 29

Global Village devotes the entire show this time to the music of Omara Portuondo. This legendary Cuban singer, who turns 90 today, has had a long and successful career going to back to the 1960s and in more recent years has garnered international attention as part of the Buena Vista Social Club. We’ll hear her with Buena Vista and with fellow Social Club members Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, Manuel Galban, and Ibrahim Ferrer. We’ll also hear music from her solo projects and as a special guest with Orquesta Aragon, Orquesta America, and Roberto Fonseca.

Friday, October 30

Global Village celebrates the birthday of Latin Soul Jazz percussionist Poncho Sanchez with music from across his career. We’ll hear some of his early work with West Coast Latin jazz pioneer Cal Tjader, guest appearances with the Caribbean Jazz Project and Dr. John, and music from albums he did as a leader, including his Grammy-winning release Latin Soul.

Friday, October 30 and Sunday, November 1

Crossroads wraps up the October Roomful of Blues feature with music from the band, and solo projects from past members including Ronnie Earl, Greg Piccolo, Duke Robillard, and Sugar Ray Norcia (including music from his new album with the Bluetones and featured in a special in hour two).

We’ll also get to a blast from the past from James Brown from his Famous Flames days, and  new tracks from a great soul discovery – Sonny Green, Johnny Iguana’s Chicago Spectacular, and an archival gem from the New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers (with Charlie Musselwhite, Alvin Youngblood Hart, the Squirrel Nut Zippers’ Jimbo Mathus, and Jim, Cody and Luther Dickenson.

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Friday, October 23

The Loneliness In Me is the latest release from Michigan-based musician Rachel Brooke. We’ll hear music from that release as well as selections from The Replacements’ 1983 album Hootenanny.

Saturday, October 24

Listen for selections from My Getaway, the latest from Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations as well as selections from Pretend Friend and Friends from Pretend Friend.

Monday, October 26

Self-Acceptance Speech is the first full-length album from Old News. We’ll hear music from that recording as well as new music from William Elliott Whitmore.

Tuesday, October 27

Although commonly categorized as a heavy metal band Blue Öyster Cult’s music has often straddled several genres. We’ll hear music from the band’s first studio album in two decades, The Symbol Remains, as well as music from Re-Imaginos, the new release from the band’s former drummer, Albert Bouchard, who has revisited material heard on the group’s 1988 album, Imaginos.

Wednesday, October 28

We'll remember singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker, who died October 23 at the age of 78.

Thursday, October 29

Listen for music from the new Pleased To Meet Me boxed set by The Replacements, including the band’s final recording session with original guitarist Bob Stinson. We’ll also hear selections from Prince’s Parade LP.

Friday, October 30

We’ll preview our November featured artist, Pink Floyd.

Saturday, October 31

We celebrate Halloween with music from Bruce Springsteen, Thomas Dolby and Talking Heads.

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