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Central Kansas Farmers Clash With Local Wildlife Refuge Over Water

ST. JOHN, Kansas — Water — who gets to use it, when and how — sparks fights all over the world. The latest battleground is in south-central Kansas, near the federally operated Quivira National Wildlife Refuge. In its simplest form, it’s a clash between the refuge, which isn’t getting its legal share of water, and the local farmers who may be forced to cut back on how much water they use on their crops.

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Six players signed contracts, wore Jayhawk T-shirts and put on blue KU ballcaps.

But they won’t be running onto a basketball court or football field anytime soon. They are the University of Kansas’ first varsity esports team.

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Steven Spielberg's masterpiece E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is one of the most beloved films ever made, and ranks No. 4 all-time in box office adjusted for inflation. This weekend, the Wichita Symphony will perform John Williams' Oscar-winning score for E.T. live while the movie itself is projected on a giant screen for the audience.

Johnson County's top election official, Ronnie Metsker, is resigning just over a year after former Secretary of State Kris Kobach appointed him to a new four-year term. 

Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab announced the resignation in a statement, but did not say why Metsker is stepping down. All requests for comment from Metsker were directed to the secretary of state's office.

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Two naturalization ceremonies held today at Century II welcomed and recognized 175 new U.S. citizens who will be living in Kansas.

The new citizens came to the United States from more than 30 different countries.

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Wichita residents and businesses will see their water and sewer rates go up next year.

City council members on Tuesday approved a 5% increase to help pay for a new water treatment plant.

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A first responder team that handles mental health crisis calls in Sedgwick County is expected to be back on duty this month.

The Integrated Care Team, known as ICT-1, disbanded when a trial period for the program ended in October.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed three changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) this year. They affect the employment requirements for adults without dependents who are able to work, whether participation in certain other programs automatically qualifies a person for SNAP and, most recently, how the standard utility deduction is taken in calculating a household’s income.

TOPEKA, Kansas — What if researchers could go to a single hub for vast deposits of information on a range of issues from water quality to court rulings to the medicinal powers of marijuana?

Armed with all that existing research, they might begin to draw conclusions that apply across the country. They might also avoid repeating the work of other researchers.

The cover of Megan Phelps-Roper's book "Unfollow" gives away the ending. We know the hero leaps far beyond her old confines and goes on to live a healthy, happy life reaching out to others in need.

But in this case, the ending isn't as captivating as the middle of the story.

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Parts of a prehistoric shark skeleton, the only specimen of its kind found in North America, will soon be on display at Fort Hays State University.


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 2019 NPR. To see more, visit

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'In The Dream House' Uses Shards Of Prose To Recount A Toxic Relationship

An epigraph at the start of Carmen Maria Machado’s memoir quotes author Zora Neale Hurston: “If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.”

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Monday, December 9

Global Village highlights a variety of Latin sounds from artists and groups from many different corners of the globe. We’ll hear Yapunto, a French group inspired by Afro-Colombian music, Colombian artists Los Piranas, Machuca andToto La Momposina, Canadian-Colombia artist Roberto Lopz, Cuban cuatro player Kiki Valera, the Afrocubism project featuring African and Cuban arists, Peruvian chicha pioneers Los Destellos and Los Wembler’s de Iquitos, and Congolese rumba artists Sam Mangwana, Franco and Rochereau.

Tuesday, December 10

It’s Human Rights Day – marking the anniversary of the U.N. adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Global Village marks the occasion with music from around the world in celebration and support of human rights. Highlights include music from Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Miriam Makeba, the Listen to the Banned compilation, Femi Kuti, and Toots Hibbert of Toots & the Maytals (who was also born on this date).

More information about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights can be found here.

Wednesday, December 11

It’s National Tango Day in Argentina – marking the birthdays of two giants of traditional tango music – Carlos Gardel and Julio de Caro - who were born on this day. Global Village celebrates with music from them and from both classic and new tango artists from Argentina and around the world. Among the artists featured are new tango pioneer Astor Piazolla, vibes player Gary Burton, Finland’s Pedro’s Heavy Gentlemen, and Spain’s Otros Aires.

Thursday, December 12

Global Village marks Jamhuri or Republic Day, celebrating the independence of Kenya, with a program devoted to Kenyan music from a variety of artists, including benga pioneer and star D.O. Misiani, the Kenyan-American group Extra Golden, guitar and bottle band Abana Ba Nasery, and the first internationally released studio album from a popular group of Congolese musicians who made their career in Kenya, Orchestre Les Mangelepa.

Friday, December 13

It’s World Violin Day and Global Village celebrates with music from a number of violinists and bands featuring violin from around the world.  We’ll hear the Canadian violin and cello quartet – the Fretless, another Canadian group – the Sultans of String, Mathias Duplessy and the 3 Violins of the World (from China, India and Mongolia), a Paolo Conte song from the Hot Club of San Francisco, the famed Cuban charanga band – Orquesta Aragon, violinist Regina Carter from her Africa-inspired project, Reverse Thread, and more.

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Monday, December 9

After the success of 1969’s rock opera Tommy, The Who’s Pete Townshend set about creating another broad-reaching collection of songs titled Lifehouse. He eventually abandoned that project in favor of a more conventional Who project, titled Who’s Next. The album features “Behind Blue Eyes,” “Bargain” and “Baba O’ Reily” (often misidentified as “Teenage Wasteland”). We’ll hear selections from that release as well as from Townshend’s 1972 solo debut, Who Came First.

Tuesday, December 10

Released in December 1967 The Who Sell Out was inspired by the then-burgeoning pirate radio movement as well as Radio London, linking a series of unrelated song with faux commercials. Listen for music from that release as a well as Petra Haden’s 2005 cover of the record, Petra Haden Sings The Who Sell Out.

Wednesday, December 11

Eas De Fantasia is the new Spanish-language release from Kansas singer-songwriter MariaElena. We’ll hear selections from that as well from La Pistola y El Corozon, the 1988 album from Los Lobos, featuring the Los Angeles outfit’s salute to Tejano and Mariachi music.

Thursday, December 12

Released in 1969, Hot Rats was the second solo album from Frank Zappa. The record found Zappa exploring a jazz-oriented sound with musicians Jean Luc Ponty, Sugarcane Harris, Shuggie Otis, and Captain Beefheart. The album is the subject of an upcoming boxed set, The Hot Rats Sessions. We’ll hear music from the original album as well as songs from the latest by Miki Moondrops Fuwa Fuwa Music.

Friday, December 13

UnPOPular is the latest EP from J Hacha De Zola, including a cover of Billie Ellish’s “Bury A Friend.” Listen for music from that as well as music from the Elk City’s Souls in Space.

Saturday, December 14

Who is the latest release from The Who and the band’s first studio release since 2006. We’ll hear music from that recording plus songs from The Cure’s 2000 album Bloodflowers.

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Steven Spielberg's masterpiece E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is one of the most beloved films ever made, and ranks No. 4 all-time in box office adjusted for inflation. This weekend, the Wichita Symphony will perform John Williams' Oscar-winning score for E.T. live while the movie itself is projected on a giant screen for the audience.

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When bass legend Mike Watt took to the road earlier this year with his band the Missingmen, the touring lineup differed in one critical way: Watt regular Raul Morales, became a new father in 2019 and was replaced on the road by Nick Aqular. “Nick’s father went to high school with me,” Watt says. “He’s a few months shy of 40 years younger than me.” He adds that the age difference doesn’t bother him. “Music is just music; you can play with anyone you want to and nobody will think you’re a pervert. I never had children so this is a way of handing it down.”

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Monday, December 2

Global Village pays a visit to Japan. Among the highlights in this special show: a composition from Japan’s “Beethoven of the Koto” that is considered akin to the national melody of the country, traditional music from the internationally acclaimed composer and multi-instrumentalist Joji Hirota, ‘70s fusions from Stomu Yamashata’s Red Buddha Theater and Osamu Kitajima, traditional and contemporary Okinawan music from the Rinken Band, Shoukichi Kina, and the Surf Champlers (with a wild version of the James Bond Theme), and a project from Kengo Saito that brings together music of Japan and Afghanistan.

Tuesday, December 3

It’s Giving Tuesday and Global Village devotes the entire show to songs in the spirit of the day. We’ll hear selections from the Playing for Change series, The Same Heart soundtrack, Bob Marley, Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band, and more. Started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, Giving Tuesday hopes to encourage charitable donations in the spirit of the holiday season.

Wednesday, December 4

Global Village devotes the show this time to Indo-jazz fusion – from the pioneering work of Joe Harriott and John Mayer, to the popular sounds of Shakti with John McLaughlin, contemporary efforts from the Taal Tantra Experience and Sameer Guptu, and some fusions with other influences from L. Subramaniam and Trilok Gurtu.

Thursday, December 5

Global Village celebrates the birthday of pioneering film animator Walt Disney with a visit to ‘Disney World’ – a program devoted to world, jazz, and other unusual versions of what have become iconic songs from such Disney films as Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Lady and the Tramp, and other classics. We’ll hear unique versions of those songs from the likes of Los Lobos, Miles Davis, Buster Poindexter, Tom Waits, Peggy Lee and more.

Friday, December 6

It’s New Month/New Music time in the Global Village. Each month, Global Village devotes an entire show to the best of recently released and forthcoming world music albums. Among the highlights this time:

  • World music influenced new holiday releases from Los Lobos, the Paul Winter Consort’s Winter Solstice celebrations, and others
  • New African releases from Ghana’s Pat Thomas and Gyedu Blay Ambolley, and Mali’s Mamadou Kelly
  • The latest from Turkey’s Baba Zula
  • And some fascinating Balkan sounds by way of the Bayou from Louisiana’s Blato Zlato