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Ghosts Of Social Media Past Haunt Kansas Governor's Administration

The last week might have been easier for Gov. Laura Kelly if every staffer and appointee had stuck to sharing cat photos on Twitter instead of political opinions. The Kansas GOP pounced quickly on her newly formed Democratic administration for the social media transgressions of its people. With divided government in Topeka, GOP leaders won’t miss a chance to point out potential errors.

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For the first time since its earliest hours as a Southern California jug band in the late 1960s, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band expanded to a sextet in 2018.

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Kansas universities are looking beyond the Midwest — as far out as California — for out-of-state students to fill their classrooms.

But other states are competing just as hard for Kansas students.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he misses Kansas and would like to go back into business in the state someday. But at the Road to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Overland Park Monday, the former congressman was cagey about his future in public office.

The annual conference gives business people a chance to rub elbows with potential funders in government, foundations and the private sector. Pompeo said it’s no coincidence that this year’s summit was in his home state.

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Gov. Kelly announced Tuesday morning that she is withdrawing her nominee for an appeals court seat after past tweets showed Jeffry Jack insulting the president and calling for gun control.

“It’s unacceptable for a sitting judge, who must be seen as unbiased and impartial, to post personal political views on social media,” Kelly said in a statement Tuesday morning.

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A contractor strike at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita is entering its sixth week.

Seventeen machinists union members who work for FlightSafety Services Corporation walked off the job in mid-February. The workers rejected FlightSafety’s contract offer because the agreement did not include a government designation that determines wages. Last week, union members rejected a "return-to-work" agreement.

Social workers can perform a myriad of tasks. Some check on children in abusive homes and some train foster families. Others support patients through medical procedures like kidney dialysis or provide talk therapy to mental health patients.

But there are too few of them in Kansas.

A federal appeals court is refusing to toss out a lawsuit filed by two female students alleging Kansas State University refused to investigate their rapes and other sex assaults at off-campus fraternity houses.

The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the women had sufficiently alleged that Kansas State's deliberate indifference made them vulnerable to sexual harassment by allowing the students who they say attacked them to continue attending the university. The university purportedly did not investigate the rape allegations.

You might not know it from looking at her business card, but MacKenzie Mallon is a detective of sorts.

Mallon is the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art's specialist in provenance, which means she researches the records of ownership for works in the museum's collection.

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The Kansas Senate has agreed to a school funding plan aimed at ending a long-running lawsuit over education spending. It’s a rare example of Republicans going along with Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly.

Gov. Kelly proposed essentially renewing a plan the Kansas Supreme Court ruled last year was close to adequate. Based on calculations from the Department of Education, the proposal would add $90 million more a year to account for inflation.

It passed the Senate on a 32-8 vote and is headed to the House. Republican Sen. Molly Baumgardner calls the plan reasonable.

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The Wichita Symphony Orchestra presents a program of musical and visual virtuosity on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17 via an evening of film and music.

In collaboration with astronomer and visual artist Dr. José Francisco Salgado, the WSO will perform Maurice Ravel's Daphnis & Chloe while the audience takes in the spectacular film Moonrise, which Salgado has prepared.


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Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations have a new live EP, recorded at The Hook and Ladder Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The four-song set spotlights the musical partnership struck between the bandleader, guitarist Brandon Hudspeth, bassist Mark Foley and drummer Kendall Newby.

Arbuckle recently spoke with KMUW about the EP and his band’s history.

March 22/24

Crossroads continues the March Marcia Ball feature with some of her classic releases, along with guest appearances on the Sing Me Back Home New Orleans benefit release and with Mitch Woods.

There’s also music from Jimmie Vaughan, who shares a birthday with Marcia Ball (3.20) and has a regional date in the coming week.

And there’s new music from Rosie Flores, Kirk Fletcher, Paul Oscher, Charley Crockett, Kevin Burt, Big Joe & the Dynaflows and more – and classic sounds from Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Little Feat, and Huey ‘Piano’ Smith.

Monday, March 25

The final Monday of every month, we present Global Village at the Savannah Music Festival, a monthly concert series showcasing top world music artists and groups who have appeared at the prestigious annual festival that takes place each spring in Savannah, Georgia.

This time, it’s Malian singer, songwriter and guitarist Rokia Traore. From her first release in 1997, Traore was an instant star, a thoughtful and charismatic performer blending Malian traditions with jazz, rock and classical influences, and seamlessly moving from delicate and trance-like to soaring and powerful.

Tuesday, March 26

Global Village highlights music from ‘desert blues’ artists and groups, including Etran Finatawa, Tinariwen, Tamikrest, and Terakaft. We’ll also hear music from the pan-Latin band Ladama, the Sweet as Broken Dates compilation of Somalian music, and world music classics from a recently reissued album from Nubian star Ali Hassan Kuban, the new flamenco group Pata Negra, and the West Coast Afro-Cuban group Conjunto Cespedes.

Wednesday, March 27

In honor of Women’s History Month, Global Village highlights music from a wide array of Latina artists, including Gloria Estefan, the Buena Vista Social Club’s Omara Portuondo, the Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz, Paraguayan classical guitarist Berta Rojas, the multi-national group Ladama, Argentina’s Las Hermanas Caronni, Spanish New Flamenco singer Martirio, Mexican-American star Lila Downs, legendary Cuban Trova singer, guitarist and composer Maria Teresa Vera, and more.

Thursday, March 28

Global Village highlights some Latin soul, funk, and boogaloo sounds this time – including Joe Cuba’s big boogaloo hit, “Bang Bang,” Brazilian soul pioneer Tim Maia, Latin rock favorites Santana, and contemporary Latin soul bands Buyepongo, Palo!, and Money Chicha.

Friday, March 29

Global Village wraps up the March Music of Ghana feature with Ebo Taylor and Pat Thomas -  two stars of Ghanaian music whose careers at one point intertwined, who both drew on highlife and afrobeat influences, and who both later in their lives and careers found new international success.  Among other selections, we’ll hear some of their early work together, Taylor’s breakthrough international release "Love and Death", and the funky collaboration between Thomas and the band Marijata.

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Monday, March 25

Night Train features some ‘classical jazz’ this time – that is, jazz reinterpretations of classical compositions. We’ll highlight works from Bach, Borodin, Mussorgsky, Ravel, and more, reimagined by French third stream pioneer Jacques Loussier (who recently passed away), jazz hitmaker Dave Brubeck, clarinetist Eddie Daniels, guitar master Jim Hall, vocalist and lyricist Tessa Souter, and others.

Tuesday, March 26

Night Train marks birthdays of pianist and composer Hiromi, and of saxophonist James Moody (including a Jazz Profiles special about him in hour two of the show). Also more for the Nat Cole Centennial feature, this time with tribute albums from Diana Krall and Oscar Peterson, and selections from brother Freddy Cole.

Wednesday, March 27

Music tonight on the Night Train from singer Stacey Kent, saxophonist Ben Webster, and jazz diva Sarah Vaughan (including a Jazz Profiles special about her in hour two) – all born on this date – and more for the Nat Cole Centennial feature, including music from tribute albums done by baritone saxophone legend Hamiet Bluiett, pianist Ben Paterson, and vocal great Carmen McRae.

Thursday, March 28

Night Train heads west for some classic and contemporary sounds from that part of the country. Among the Left Coast artists featured tonight are Charles Brown, Art Pepper, the L.A. Treasure Project, Charles Mingus, Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton, and Chet Baker.

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The Pixies formed in Boston in 1986, but broke up in 1993 after a string of acclaimed albums that established the template for 1990's alternative rock. (Members of Nirvana once declared that that trio's breakthrough song, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," was a "Pixies rip-off.")

By 2004, a new generation of fans were clamoring for a Pixies reunion. That year the original quartet — David Lovering (drums), Joey Santiago (guitars), Black Francis (guitar, vocals, born Charles Thompson) and Kim Deal (bass, vocals) — booked a series of successful reunion shows.


Glen Rose

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Celebrates New Members, New Notes

For the first time since its earliest hours as a Southern California jug band in the late 1960s, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band expanded to a sextet in 2018.

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