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A Two-Year-Old Kansas Law That Kept Kids Out Of Jail May Have Pushed Them Into Foster Care

Holes punched in walls. Car headlights smashed. Windows broken. Weapons, threats, sexual comments. Children who can’t live with other children. Children whom foster parents won’t take in. Children who aren’t able to get the mental health care they desperately need. Kansas foster care contractors and parents say all of these situations have become more common — and more risky — since 2017, when the state made sweeping changes to the juvenile justice system. The changes, they say, removed options for dealing with foster children who have high needs and violent behaviors.

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A program that helps abused and neglected children in state custody is putting out the call to recruit more volunteers.

CASA of Sedgwick County uses certified volunteers — court-appointed special advocates — to advocate for children who are removed from their homes and placed into temporary foster care.

CASA executive director Sandra Bradley says nearly 80 kids are currently in need of an advocate.

“The kids that are on our waiting list have been referred to us by the judge in their case, thinking that they could use the extra support of our services,” Bradley says.

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Kris Kobach isn’t fazed that fellow Republicans worry he’s unpopular or too brash in pushing his hard-right views to keep Kansas’ open Senate seat in GOP hands next year.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and others are so concerned that they’ve spent months urging Mike Pompeo, a former Kansas congressman, to step down as U.S. secretary of state and run for the seat Republican Sen. Pat Roberts is leaving. Pompeo in the race would make it far more difficult for Kobach to win the GOP primary in August.

The Wichita Police Department is hosting a city-wide event on Saturday to hear feedback about law enforcement from community members.

The “What’s Going On and What More Can We Do” event invites people to discuss trends, topics and concerns in the criminal justice system with city, county and state law enforcement officials.

Police Chief Gordon Ramsay says the goal of the event is for his department and other agencies to gather insights from the community to help improve law enforcement effectiveness.

Table of Hope Metropolitan Community Church is hosting an open house on Sunday to showcase renovations at the church.

Jackie Carter is the church's senior pastor. She said many people have stopped coming to services, or the  food pantries, because they are not able to climb the church’s stairs.

Two major donors and the public contributed to the improvements. An elevator was added to all three levels and restrooms were upgraded to meet federal disability guidelines.

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The U.S. House of Representatives is holding open hearings this week in its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. All hearings will be streamed through this video player as they are live.

A historic steam locomotive is headed to Kansas as part of a tour to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Union Pacific transcontinental railroad system.

Ken Soons

More than 35 years after Amy Ray and Emily Saliers began performing under the Indigo Girls banner, the duo continues to attract capacity crowds to its high-energy concerts.

In 2018, the band issued a live album which found them backed by the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and, in 2020, Saliers says they will release of a new studio album, the pair's first since 2015's One Lost Day.

The Indigo Girls perform at Salina's Stiefel Theatre on Friday, Nov. 15.

There’s still a chance Century II will remain a part of Wichita’s skyline — just not as a performing arts or convention center.

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For decades, a university education meant students had to load up on math, history and English courses. Now, Kansas universities are slashing those general education requirements so more students can graduate on time and have more room for classes in their major.

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If Wichita’s new baseball team can draw fans to the stadium like it did Wednesday night for the unveiling of its name and logo, it will be in good shape.

Before a packed house at Wave, the new team was officially christened the Wichita Wind Surge.

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Monday, November 18

Global Village marks Moroccan Independence Day with a program devoted to music from that nation. We’ll hear some of the ‘70s artists who ushered in a new contemporary style of music; the meeting of the spiritual Gnawa and jazz artists Randy Weston and Don Cherry; eclectic master musicians like Hassan Erraji and Majid Bekkas, and more.

Tuesday, November 19

Global Village marks Garifuna Settlement Day, a national holiday in Belize to celebrate the Garifuna people and culture. This indigenous American and African people have long been a threatened culture and musicians have been at the forefront of the effort to preserve and bring to wider attention its wealth and beauty. We’ll hear music from a groundbreaking international release, Paranda, along with key figures like Andy Palacio, Aurelio, the Garifuna Collective and the Garifuna Women’s Project.

Wednesday, November 20

Global Village marks the birthday of the late, great Crescent City legend Dr. John. We’ll hear music from a number of his albums, along with guest appearances with Olu Dara, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Donald Harrison, Angelique Kidjo, Taj Mahal, and Cyril Neville, and as part of the New Orleans Social Club project.

Thursday, November 21

Global Village highlights some Afrobeat in this visit, including music from Fela’s sons Femi and Seun Kuti, Kiala – who worked in one of Fela’s bands, the Chicago Afrobeat Project, and Ghanian Afrobeat veteran Ebo Taylor. We’ll also hear some funky sounds from Mexico’s Sonido Gallo Negro, legendary New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Indian group Wild Tchoupitoulas with the Meters and the Neville Brothers, and Nigeria’s Shina Williams & His African Percussionists.

Friday, November 22

A triple birthday celebration in the Global Village for three legendary Spanish composers – Tárrega (11.21), Rodrigo (11.22) and de Falla (11.23) – with some of their most famous pieces performed by John Williams, Julian Bream and the Miles Español project. We’ll also hear music from Celtic Spain’s Cristina Pato and Rosa Cedrón , the Vahdat sisters from Iran , desert blues band Terakaft, and singer Cassandra Wilson.

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Friday, November 22 and Sunday, November 24

Crossroads continues the November feature of music of Bonnie Raitt for her 70th birthday.

Also throughout November, there’s music from the recently announced nominees in the Maple Blues Awards, celebrating Canadian blues artists. This time we’ll hear from Colin James, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne, Michael Jerome Browne, Matt Anderson, Harrison Kennedy, and David Vest.

Plus the latest from Houston blues acts the Steve Krase Band and Annika Chambers, the Kansas City acoustic duo of Hudspeth & Taylor, Chicago’s Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues celebrating blues harp legend Little Walter, the North Mississippi Allstars, and soul blues singer Tad Robinson.

Ken Soons

More than 35 years after Amy Ray and Emily Saliers began performing under the Indigo Girls banner, the duo continues to attract capacity crowds to its high-energy concerts.

In 2018, the band issued a live album which found them backed by the University of Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and, in 2020, Saliers says they will release of a new studio album, the pair's first since 2015's One Lost Day.

The Indigo Girls perform at Salina's Stiefel Theatre on Friday, Nov. 15.

Sunday, November 17

Sunday on Soulsations, we highlight Motown with the sounds of the Marvelettes. As one of the girl group sensations of the 60s, the Marvelettes were the first Motown group to hit #1 on the U.S. pop charts with "Please Mr. Postman". They also sang the popular Smokey Robinson penned tune, "Don't Mess With Bill". Hear music from the Marvelettes on Soulsations, Sunday night at 6 p.m. on KMUW.

Here are the Marvelettes performing "Please Mr. Postman":

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Monday, November 11

This time in the Global Village, more music for the November Mongolia feature, including Anda Union, who are also the November featured artists in the Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival series. We’ll also hear the latest from Mali’s Hama Sankare, Rasgueo, and the Moon over City Ruins album that explores the music exchange between China and Japan many centuries ago. Global Village marks birthdays of Finnish oud and guitar player Jussi Reijonen and percussionist, composer, and second generation AACM world-jazz artist Kahil El Zabar.

Tuesday, November 12

This time in the Global Village, it’s music from the Spanish guitar and Spanish guitarists. We’ll hear legendary new flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia, classical guitarist John Williams (performing Rodrigo’s famous "Concerto de Arunjeuz"), and folkloric guitarist Pipo Romero. We also remember the late Hossam Ramzy with music from an album he did with flamenco guitarist Rafa El Tachuela

Wednesday, 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.

Thursday, November 14

Global Village remembers Buckwheat Zydeco on his birthday and also gets to music from South African kora-inspired guitarist Derek Gripper who was also born on this date. Plus more for the November Mongolian music feature, this time from the Buryati/Lithuanian group Udu – and we’ll hear new music from Russia’s Otava Yo, the Cape Verdean Funana compilation Pour Me a Grog, and UB40.

Friday, November 15

Global Village marks the birthday of Czech Republic-born, New York-based Latin music artist Marta Topferova. We’ll hear music from several of her albums and use them as a jumping off point to explore some other Latin sounds as well, including music from the Buena Vista Social Club and from new releases by Cuban-Canadian artist Alex Cuba, Colombian-Canadian musician Roberto Lopez, Senegalese artist Diali Cissoko, and Congolese Rumba veteran Wuta Mayi (from his first new album in several decades and also from an earlier release as part of the soukous supergroup, the 4 Stars).

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