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Kansas Lawmakers Want To Block The Right To Abortion By Changing The State Constitution

TOPEKA, Kansas ⁠— Lawmakers are fast-tracking a push to amend the state constitution and undo a Kansas Supreme Court ruling that said women have the right to abortion. The goal, with voters’ approval in August, is to add a line to the state bill of rights saying abortion isn’t constitutionally protected ⁠— and that legislators can regulate abortions, including when a pregnancy results from rape or incest or threatens a woman’s life. The proposal already is awaiting floor votes in both chambers, just over a week after the 2020 session began.

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LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas suspended forward Silvio De Sousa indefinitely Wednesday in the first punishment handed out by coach Bill Self following a melee near the end of the third-ranked Jayhawks' game against rival Kansas State.

Boeing's troubled 737 Max airplane will now remain grounded from passenger service until at least June or July, which is months later than the company had previously suggested.

And that means airlines will likely cancel Max flights through the busy summer travel season.

The three U.S. airlines that fly the 737 Max, American, Southwest, and United, had already removed the planes from their flight schedules into early June.

Not since Len Dawson guided the Kansas City Chiefs to the Super Bowl IV title has the team had such an elite quarterback at the centerpiece of the offense and the team. 

But even Patrick Mahomes, who’s been the starting QB since 2018, knows he’s not the sum of all the parts on offense and defense. Here are five guys not named Mahomes who also bring something special to the Chiefs:

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The Kansas Division of Vehicles added two new options to reduce wait times and long lines at driver’s license offices across the state.

The agency launched a scheduling platform so people can make appointments instead of showing up at a DMV office and waiting in line.

Division of Vehicles director David Harper says the service is available in Wichita, Andover, Derby, Topeka, Kansas City (Kansas), Lawrence, Manhattan, Mission, Olathe and Overland Park.

The first phase of a new trade agreement between the United States and China is scheduled for a White House signing ceremony Wednesday and many in the agriculture community are hoping the deal will bring some relief to the farm economy.

For the first time in half a century, the Kansas City Chiefs are going to the Super Bowl. 

The Chiefs beat the Tennessee Titans 35-24 at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday to win the AFC Championship, a year after falling just short in a heartbreaking overtime loss to the New England Patriots.

TOPEKA, Kansas — The same kids who end up in trouble with the law often come from families in disarray.

Those families, in turn, regularly turn to the state for food assistance, foster care or mental health care.

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WICHITA, Kansas — About 150,000 people in Kansas get their drinking water from private wells.

How clean, and safe, is that water? Short answer: It depends.

But new research suggests those wells deliver water tainted with a range of pollutants. Some leaked from dry cleaning operations. Yet far more wells soak up, and deliver to taps, fertilizer that’s been building up in Kansas soil and water over generations of modern farming.

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On this episode of The Range (our first!), Beth Golay brings us a love story from an unlikely place: the bus stop. She rides Route 21 with Sylvia, whose husband, Samuel, has faithfully walked her to and from her stop for years.

TOPEKA, Kansas — Kansas Governor Laura Kelly’s budget wish list is long: boosting spending on higher education, public safety and human services. She'd aim to cut some taxes, but look to add new ones for streaming video and music services.

Not surprisingly, the $7.8 billion plan is getting a mixed response from the Republicans who control the Legislature.


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Richard Crowson

Crowson: 2020 Predictions

Here’s my prediction for Wichita in 2020: A successful petition drive will put saving Century II on the ballot and, thanks to Russian hackers, it will appear to have failed by a narrow margin.

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Sunday, January 26

Sunday on Soulsations, hear new music from R&B veteran Charlie Wilson. The former lead vocalist of The Gap Band celebrates love with his new song "Forever Valentine." Wilson teams up with "Uptown Funk" singer Bruno Mars on the romantic tune.  

Monday, January 20

Night Train marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a number of selections in hour one and a Blues and Beyond Martin Luther King Jr. Day Special with music from Dr. Billy Taylor, Paul Robeson, Otis Spann and more in hour two. We also mark birthdays of two drummers – the legendary Jimmy Cobb and Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts – and begin a week of tributes to artists who passed away in 2019 with music tonight from pianist Harold Mabern and bossa nova pioneer Joao Gilberto.

Tuesday, January 21

Night Train highlights classic and contemporary soul jazz tonight – including music from such great veterans as Jimmy Smith, Lou Donaldson and Jack McDuff, and contemporary soul jazz acts including Dave Stryker, Brian Charette, Organissimo, and Mike LeDonne.

Wednesday, January 22

Night Train marks birthdays of jazz trombone pioneer J.J. Johnson, composer and trombonist Juan Tizol, and chamber jazz bassist Eberhard Weber, and continues the week-long tribute to jazz artists who passed away in 2019, this time remembering guitarist Vic Juris, third stream pianist Jacques Loussier, and vibes and marimba player Dave Samuels (including a tribute special featuring the music of Samuels in hour two of the show).

Thursday, January 23

Night Train celebrates birthdays of vibes master Gary Burton, and guitar legend Django Reinhardt. We’ll hear Burton as a leader and with Chick Corea, along with Reinhardt’s groundbreaking work in the Hot Club of France and Django-inspired performances from Stephane Wrembel and Pearl Django. Night Train also wraps up a week-long series of tributes to artists who passed away in 2019 with selections from Ethel Ennis, Bob Dorough, and Sam Pilafian. In hour two it’s a Woodsongs special Django tribute with the Hot Club of San Francisco and other special guests.

Monday, January 20

Global Village celebrates 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.

Tuesday, January 21

Global Village marks birthdays of Richie Havens and Edwin Starr, and continues the January Best of 2019 feature with show favorites (including contemporary highlife artist Gyedu-Blay Ambolley, Russian band Otava Yo, Australian/Mongolian group Equus, and the blues-reggae set Red, Gold, Green & Blue), along with music from brass band Dobranotch and Tuvan band Huun-Huur-Tu (both winners in this year’s Russian World Music Awards), and one of this year’s Grammy nominated groups, the Gullah band Ranky Tanky, who will be featured on the next Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival show the last week of this month.

Wednesday January 22

Global Village takes a little side excursion to Italy for a variety of different sounds from the pioneering neo-folk accordionist Riccardo Tesi, to the Napoli Mandolin Orchestra (with spaghetti western music!), along with Stefano Saletti with his Piccola Banda Ikona group, folk/ jazz saxophonist Enzo Avitabile, and the traditional pipes group Zampogneria.

Thursday, 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 who 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.

Friday, January 24

Throughout the month, Global Village has been looking back at significant music of the past year. In this special edition of the show, it’s a look back at some of the significant losses, paying tribute to musicians from around the world who passed away in 2019. Among the artists remembered are Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi and Dorothy Masuka; South Africa’s Johnny Clegg; Lord Burgess who wrote hit songs inspired by the Caribbean for Harry Belafonte; vibes player Dave Samuels who headed up the acclaimed Caribbean Jazz Project;  Brazil’s bossa nova pioneer Joao Gilberto and Godmother of Samba Beth Carlvalho; Kehinde Lijadu of Nigeria’s Lijadu Sisters; and Egyptian percussion master Hossam Ramzy.

Friday, January 24 and Sunday, January 26

Crossroads continues its look back at 2019 with a program remembering artists who passed away in the past year, including Art Neville of the Meters and the Neville Brothers, Paul Barrere of Little Feat, soul blues singer Wee Willie Walker, and Dr. John (including a tribute special in hour two of the show).

Plus more of the best of 2019, with Blues Music Awards nominees Jimmy Carpenter, Toronzo Cannon and Nancy Wright, and birthday salutes to Aaron Neville and also Bettye LaVette (a 2020 Blues Hall of Fame inductee and nominee in this year’s Blues Music Awards as well).

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St. Louis-based singer-songwriter Beth Bombara will perform at Barleycorn's Tuesday, Jan. 21, on a bill with Joey Lemon and Samantha Crain.

Bombara's 2019 album Evergreen earned accolades from the critical community and further established her as a recording and touring entity.

She recently spoke with KMUW about the album and her ongoing friendship with Crain.

At times Evergreen recalls Neil Young or Emmylou Harris albums from the '70s. Were those touchstones for you?

NPR's Favorite Books Of 2019: The Book Concierge Is Back With 350+ Great Reads

NPR's Book Concierge returns with 350+ new books handpicked by NPR staff and trusted critics. This year, for the first time, users can explore seven years of Concierge recommendations all in one place – that's more than 2,000 great reads. Open the app now! Copyright 2020 NPR. To see more, visit

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