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In Kansas, Shifting The Power Balance Between Renters And Landlords

Mold. No heat in the winter. Leaking roofs. The most common complaints Teresa Baker hears about rental housing in Kansas revolve around poor living conditions that violate state law.

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The kickoff for Big Read: Wichita, the community-wide reading event, is scheduled for Sept. 28 at the Advanced Learning Library.

The opening event, which runs from 2 to 4 p.m., will include a nature photography exhibit by Roy Wenzl; a mime performance by Wichita State University’s Alithea Mime Troupe; chamber music, and a readers' theater presentation.

The book chosen for this year's Big Read is "Lab Girl," a memoir by Hope Jahren. 

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The national average price for corn this season is back to $3.60 a bushel, about where it’s been most of this year except for an early-season spike ($4.16 in July) before the size and quality of the crop was known.

That’s not great news for corn growers, and for the ethanol part of the market, the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates are even worse.

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An Ohio video game player upset about an online bet has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for recruiting another man to make a bogus emergency call in 2017 that led to police killing a Kansas man.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren on Friday also imposed a restriction on gaming activity by 19-year-old Casey Viner of North College Hill, Ohio, for two years.

Viner pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction of justice. He has admitted trying to hide his involvement after realizing the antic got someone killed.

MANHATTAN, Kansas — A bus filled with livestock industry representatives from South America, Australia, Africa and Europe drove past rows of pens and concrete feed bunks in central Kansas this week.

They held their phones and cameras up to the windows as a wave of cattle lifted their heads and stared back. Dump trucks full of feed shared the roads with cowboys on horses.

Half of the tour group, who had come to Kansas State University for the 9th Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock Conference, had never visited an industrial-sized feedlot.

Ken Burns is to contemporary television what baseball is to contemporary sports: a vestige that remains relevant, no matter that there are gadgets and gizmos galore competing for our attention. Just as families once flocked to the box on Sunday nights to see Ed Sullivan introduce the most exciting entertainers of the day or others gathered around the tube to witness historic programs such as Roots, so too do we find occasion to hunker down and dig into a new Burns series every now and again and learn something more about America's cultural heritage.

Over the last five years, almost 15,000 workers disappeared from the Kansas workforce.

During the same timeframe, the state is growing economically, with a recent monthly report showing 14,000 jobs created in the last year and unemployment at 3.3%. That’s below the national rate. 

Despite the good news, Kansas officials see a long-term challenge: having enough employees to fill the state’s jobs, especially in high-demand careers like nursing and accounting.

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Hattie McDaniel is best known as the first African-American to receive an Academy Award. The actress and radio performer has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and her image is on a U.S. postage stamp.

Still, most people aren’t aware that McDaniel was born here, in Wichita. 

This story was updated at 10 a.m. on Sept. 12, 2019, to reflect comments from the Bureau of Prisons.

The federal Bureau of Prisons will provide opioid addiction treatment for a prisoner at the Leavenworth penitentiary, according to a settlement reached Wednesday.

This June the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its plan to move two of its research agencies out of Washington, D.C., to the Kansas City area. Most of the people working at the agencies have since quit, leaving gaping holes in critical divisions. Researchers warn that the agency upheaval will starve farmers, policymakers and ultimately consumers out of the best possible information about food and the business of growing it.

Credit: Cybele Knowles, courtesy of The University of Arizona Poetry Center

Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky has been referred to as “an important literary event” and the collection described as “a contemporary epic,” as “a poetry collection framed as a two-act play,” and as “book-length series of poems.”

In anticipation of his visit to Wichita State University, KMUW's Beth Golay reached out to Kaminsky with some questions about his new collection. 

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Marginalia: Kate Williams

Kate Williams is a self-described '90s kid. If you don’t believe her, a look at the pop culture references sprinkled throughout her new YA book, The Babysitters Coven , might convince you.

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Monday, September 16

Night Train kicks off the week with a long list of birthday artists, including blues legend B.B. King, vocalese great Jon Hendricks, Brazilian, jazz and classical guitarist Charlie Byrd, baritone saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett, and jazz violin pioneer Joe Venuti (featured in a special with early guitar great Eddie Lang in hour two of the show). Plus more for the September Jazz Meets Classical feature and new music from the Eyal Vilner Big Band, Paul Combos and Nicki Parrott.

Tuesday, September 17

Concert previews, new music from guitarist Steve Khan and also from organist Tony Monaco with saxophonist Richie Cole, and birthday celebrations for drummer Jeff Ballard (heard tonight with Brad Mehldau and Danilo Perez) and soul jazz organist Jack McDuff (including a special featuring him in hour two of the show) all on tap tonight on the Night Train.

Wednesday, September 18

Night Train marks birthdays of trombonist John Fedchock and guitarist Emily Remler (including a special about her in hour two of the show) and continues the September Classical Music Month feature with music from Tessa Souter and Oregon. Plus percussionist Poncho Sanchez returns after seven years with a new album in tribute to John Coltrane.

Thursday, September 19

Tonight on the Night Train, more classical meets jazz for the September Classical Music Month feature, including an early birthday celebration for pioneering chamber jazz drummer Chico Hamilton. Plus new music, classic recording and more.

Monday, September 16

Sudden Swoon is the latest release from Young Mister, we’ll hear selections from that as well as music Luke Temple’s Both-And.

We'll also remember Ric Ocasek of The Cars. The band emerged from the Boston music scene in the late 1970s and combined elements of New Wave and the avant-garde with a subtle but undeniable sense of humor. We'll hear songs from his work with The Cars as well as albums he produced, including the 1999 released from Ohio's Guided By Voices, Do The Collapse. Ocasek died on Sunday, September 15. 

Tuesday, September 17

Released in 2005, In Space is the fourth and final studio album from Big Star. Formed in 1971 in Memphis, Tennessee, the group’s early releases languished in obscurity until, during the 1980s, the then-defunct band was championed by younger bands, including The Replacements, who recorded a loving ode to Big Star frontman, Alex Chilton on the album Pleased To Meet Me. When Chilton reactivated the band in the 1990s, along with original drummer Jody Stephens, he invited Jonathan Auer and Ken Stringfellow of The Posies to join on bass and guitar. That lineup remained intact until Chilton’s death in 2010. In Space will be reissued in October with additional tracks. We’ll hear selections from the original release as well as music from the upcoming Replacements’ boxed set, Dead Man’s Pop.

Wednesday, September 18

We’ll hear music from 18th & Addison’s Old Blues/Modern Love in addition to selections from Jeremy Ivey’s The Dream and The Dreamer.

Thursday, September 19

Taking their name from their grandfather, as well as the small town in Oregon where they grew up. twin sisters Allison and Meegan Closner, who perform as Joseph, have just released the album, Good Luck, Kid. We’ll hear music from that as well as selections from Sweden’s First Aid Kit.

Friday, September 20

English-French rock band Stereolab has just reissued, in expanded form, its 1996 LP Emperor Tomato Ketchup listen for selections from it as well as from Mike Keneally’s 1999 LP Nonkertompf.

Saturday, September 21

Recovering from cancer, legendary songwriter John Prine found that he was often too tired to write new tunes of his own. However, he knew that he wanted to make another album. The answer? He’d record a series of duets with some of his favorite female vocalists and written by some of his favorite writers. The result was In Spite of Ourselves, one of Prine’s most revered recordings. The LP features appearances from Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and Iris Dement. We’ll hear music from that release as well as selections from Vince Gill’s 2011 album, Guitar Slinger.

Monday, September 16

Global Village celebrates Mexican Independence Day with music from Mexico – including a wide variety of regional styles, traditional and contemporary approaches, and American artists of Mexican heritage. Among the artists featured are Café Tacuba, Maldita Vecindad, Lila Downs, Los Lobos, Sones de Mexico, and Esquivel.

Tuesday, September 17

Tuesday’s Global Village continues the September feature with a program devoted to some of the many sounds and influences of Cuban music – from groundbreaking modern bands like Irakere and Buena Vista Social Club, to contemporary jazz performers like Harold Lopez-Nussa and Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, along with some different Cuban-inspired sounds from bands like  Senegal’s band Orchestra Baobab, Cuba-based Haitian group Desandann, and the classical meets Cuba music of the Klazz Brothers & Cuba Percussion.

Wednesday, September 18

Global Village marks Chilean Independence Day, pays tribute to the spirit of the Bahamas with music from the islands, and continues the September Cuban Music feature with music from the historic Cuban Jam Sessions recordings and a new Congolese Rumba inspired release from Dizzy Mandjeku & Ale Kuma.

Thursday, September 19

It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day! In honor of the occasion, Global Village has a special show filled with songs about pirates from the likes of Roger McGuinn, Marianne Faithfull, Bob Marley, Al Stewart, the Almanac Singers with Woody Guthrie, and of course, some music from the Pirates of Penzance!

Friday, September 20

Global Village pays tribute to “Egypt’s Ambassador of Rhythm,” Hossam Ramzy, who passed away on September 10th. The acclaimed percussionist recorded over a score of albums under his own name and worked with an illustrious collection of musicians from all over the globe. We’ll hear some of his own releases here, including his popular release Rock the Tabla, along with guest appearances he made with Jimmy Page & Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin fame, Afro Celt Sound System, Joan Armatrading, Rai star Khaled, Hungarian cimbalom master Kalman Balogh, Morocco’s Hassan Hakmoun, and Anne Dudley (Art of Noise) with Jaz Coleman (Killing Joke) from the Songs from the Victorious City album that takes its name from the translation of Cairo, where Hossam Ramzy was born.

Friday, September 20 and Sunday, September 22

Crossroads continues the September feature of music from soul blues master Little Milton with music from the later part of his career in hour one, and a special featuring a performance and interview with him in hour two of the show.

Plus we’ll preview some local and regional blues shows in the coming week and get to the latest from Mighty Mike Schermer (from Marcia Ball’s band), Vaneese Thomas (the daughter of Rufus Thomas and sister of Carla Thomas, whom we’ll also hear), Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, and Peter Frampton.

Ken Burns is to contemporary television what baseball is to contemporary sports: a vestige that remains relevant, no matter that there are gadgets and gizmos galore competing for our attention. Just as families once flocked to the box on Sunday nights to see Ed Sullivan introduce the most exciting entertainers of the day or others gathered around the tube to witness historic programs such as Roots, so too do we find occasion to hunker down and dig into a new Burns series every now and again and learn something more about America's cultural heritage.

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First Black Oscar Winner Hattie McDaniel Lacks Recognition In Her Hometown Of Wichita

Hattie McDaniel is best known as the first African-American to receive an Academy Award. The actress and radio performer has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and her image is on a U.S. postage stamp. Still, most people aren’t aware that McDaniel was born here, in Wichita.

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