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Sedgwick County Wants Ban On Abortion Services During Coronavirus Outbreak

Sedgwick County commissioners plan to ask the governor and health leaders to reconsider an exemption allowing abortion services to continue during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts says he will not run for re-election in 2020, opening the door to a parade of candidates announcing a run or considering jumping into the race to replace him. Multiple Republicans are eyeing the seat, and it could be the first time Democrats have a competitive U.S. Senate primary since the 1990s.

Here’s the rundown of who’s seeking the seat in Washington: 

TOPEKA, Kansas — A stay-at-home order for the entire state of Kansas will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday, March 30, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Saturday, making it one of at least 20 states to ask its residents to conduct only essential business. 

The executive order, which will last at least until April 19, is meant to slow the spread of coronavirus. Kansas has surpassed 250 cases of COVID-19 — including two military personnel, one from Fort Riley and one from Fort Leavenworth — and has five deaths. 

LAWRENCE, Kansas — It’s hard for Meg Heriford to tell people they’re no longer allowed to walk into her restaurant. She runs the Ladybird Diner in downtown Lawrence, one of the first restaurants in town to close when coronavirus cases spiked in the U.S.

After one crowded lunch service, Heriford said, she could no longer justify the risk to her staff or customers. The restaurant closed March 14, though she and a small number of staff haven’t stopped working. The Ladybird is offering free bagged lunches for anyone who needs them. Heriford buys the food from her usual distributor, prepares it and leaves it on carts in front of the restaurant.

Dr. Joe Meier’s hospital in Wilson County has 15 beds, no intensive care unit and one ventilator. Two of his neighboring counties in southeast Kansas have no hospital at all, and another two have no ICU either.

So Meier has a plea to the residents of his region: Stay home.

"It's not a matter of 'if' (COVID-19) is going to hit here,' he said. "It’s a matter of when."

Johnson County Commissioners wrestled with their new reality on Thursday, saying they’re getting calls from constituents worried about the coronavirus, wondering about the costs to society and the economy from all the business shutdowns and stay-home orders.

By the end of their weekly meeting, they’d directed public health officials to develop a logistics plan as soon as possible, with costs identified, to ramp up coronavirus testing in the county, using private labs if necessary.

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Safety net health care clinics around Wichita are adapting to the growing public concern over COVID-19.

J.V. Johnston, executive director of Guadalupe Clinic, said the unease can be difficult to mitigate.

“We have patients that are in panic mode,” Johnston said. “They have the flu or strep throat, and they think they have COVID-19. And they’re scared.”

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On this episode of The Range, we get a desperately needed sports fix from some Shocker basketball legends. Before the coronavirus outbreak, a group took time to visit fans at an assisted living center in east Wichita — and super-fan Carla Eckels tagged along.

A massive federal coronavirus stimulus package, on the verge of final passage, should bring some welcome relief from the pandemic to the Kansas City metro area, members of the Kansas and Missouri Congressional delegations said Thursday.

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the so-called CARES Act on Wednesday night, and the U.S. House is expected to do so quickly on Friday. It then goes to President Trump.

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Sedgwick County says several stores are offering special shopping hours for older adults during the coronavirus outbreak.

People 60 and older are most at risk for infection. Many say they are uncomfortable shopping in grocery stores or pharmacies with large crowds of people.

A jump in prescriptions being issued for drugs touted as possible treatments for COVID-19 has prompted two Missouri health agencies to issue guidelines concerning their use.

In a joint statement, the Missouri Board of Pharmacy and the Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts said concerns had been raised that “this activity may lead to stockpiling of medication, inappropriate use and potential drug shortages for patients with a legitimate need.”


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Movie Review: 'Portrait Of A Lady On Fire' Burns With Life

Portrait of a Lady on Fire appeared on nearly every top 10 list from 2019 I can remember, but our local theaters never bothered to bring it to town, so I wasn’t able to see it until this last weekend. I usually work hard not to let my expectations get the better of me, but I failed—it was just receiving so much praise . And, well, it didn’t meet my expectations. It completely. Blew them. Away.

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Wednesday, April 1

We mark April Fools’ Day with music from Robert Plant, Grateful Dead, Rufus Wainwright, John Prine and more.

Thursday, April 2

Released in 1976, Big Beat was the sixth album released by the band Sparks and is notable for featuring the fan favorite “I Want To Be Like Everybody Else.” We’ll hear music from that set as well as music from Caribou’s Suddenly.

Friday, April 3

It’s our New Month, New Music feature with music from Matt Wilson & his Orchestra, Pearl Jam, Lilly Hiatt, Sam Doores and Sparks.

Saturday, April 4

Gigaton is the first studio album from Pearl Jam in seven years. We’ll hear selections from that effort as well as music from Sparks’ Kimono My House.

Monday, April 6

We’ll hear music from Burn The Witch, the new release from singer-songwriter Sarah Peacock as well as songs from Sparks’ 2006 album Hello Young Lovers.

Tuesday, April 7

Sorry You Couldn't Make It is the latest from 77-year-old soul hero Jerry Williams, who performs under the name Swamp Dogg. This new set features guest appearances from John Prine, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), and Jenny Lewis (ex-Rilo Kiley). We’ll hear from it as well as music from Medicine Show, the 1984 album by The Dream Syndicate.

Wednesday, April 8

Walking Proof is the latest album from Nashville-based singer-songwriter Lilly Hiatt. We’ll hear music from it as well as songs from the 2019 self-titled effort from Mercy Bell.

  1. Various – Soul Sega Sa, Vol. 2 (Bongo Joe)
  2. Various – Leve Leve (Bongo Joe)
  3. Erlend Viken – Sastrugi (Grappa)
  4. Bossacucanova – Bossa Got the Blues (Six Degrees)
  5. Gyedu-Blay Ambolley - 11th Street, Sekondi (Agogo)
  6. Dàibhidh Stiùbhard – An Sionnach Dubh (Wildtune)
  7. Yukihiro Atsumi – Kachofugetsu (Nippon Notes)
  8. V.A. – 12 Bombazos Bailables (Vampi Soul)
  9. Vedan Kolod – Wild Games (CPKL Music)
  10. Mahala – Californeasca (Mahala)

  1. James Hunter Six – Nick of Time (Daptone)
  2. Jimmy Johnson – Every Day of Your Life (Delmark)
  3. Whitney Shay – Stand Up! (Ruf)
  4. Roomful of Blues – In a Roomful of Blues (Alligator)
  5. Frank Bey – All My Dues Are Paid (NOLA Blue)
  6. Phantom Blues Band – Still Cookin’ (Vizztone)
  7. Tinsley Ellis – Ice Cream in Hell (Alligator)
  8. Chanda Rule + Sweet Emma Band – Hold On (PAO)
  9. Robert Cray Band – That’s What I Heard (Nozzle)
  10. Jimmy Carpenter – Soul Doctor (Gulf Coast)

  1. Guitar Elation – Double Live at the Green Lady (Jazz Daddy)
  2. Andrea Brachfeld – Brazilian Whispers (Origin)
  3. Bill Cunliffe Trio – Sunrise Over Molokai (Metre)
  4. Aaron Diehl – The Vagabond (Mack Avenue)
  5. Lolly Allen – Coming Home (OA2)
  6. Delfeayo Marsalis – Jazz Party (Troubadour Jass)
  7. Calle Loiza Jazz Project – There Will Never Be Another You (Goose Mountain)
  8. Bobby Watson/Vincent Herring/Gary Bartz – Bird at 100 (Smoke Sessions)
  9. Alex Levin Trio – A Sunday Kind of Love (Alex Levin)
  10. Erroll Garner – Feeling Is Believing (Mack Avenue/Octave)

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Sunday, April 5

Award-winning producer Fred Jerkins presents A Project of Healing. It features music by gospel artists Trini-i-Tee 5:7 and Lowell Pye. The project is designed to provide a message of encouragement and healing, perfect for such a time as this. Hear selections from that release tonight at 6 p.m. on Soulsations.