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Wichita's Spanish Speakers Getting Out The Vote

There are nearly 70,000 Spanish-speaking people living in Wichita, many who could head to the polls next month. As the midterm elections draw near, more Spanish speakers are being made aware of the election process and learning about who is running for office. A group of Hispanic women recently participated in a Spanish voter training session at Wichita’s Peace and Social Justice Center to help with that effort.

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New research out of Stanford University shows that limiting wastewater injection is helping to prevent man-made earthquakes in Kansas and Oklahoma.

The researchers have created a new physics-based model that can better predict where man-made earthquakes will occur by looking at increases in pressure. The model shows that the number of earthquakes is driven by how much wastewater is being injected into the ground.

Sedgwick County Zoo

The Sedgwick County Zoo could in 25 years be unrecognizable from the zoo visitors know today.

A new master plan unveiled Wednesday lays out a vision for the zoo's future, including expanded exhibits, a concert venue, an aquarium and an African savanna-themed hotel and resort.

The plan aims to take the zoo, now nearing its 50th birthday, to "the next level."

Democrat Sharice Davids walloped incumbent Rep. Kevin Yoder in fundraising last quarter.

The Davids campaign says the first-time candidate raised $2.7 million between July and September. In that same period Yoder, running for a fifth term in the Kansas 3rd District, raised almost $1.3 million.

A new poll by Emerson College in Massachusetts finds the Kansas governor’s race is a statistical tie with five weeks to go until the general election.

The poll reports 37 percent of voters surveyed chose Republican Kris Kobach and 36 percent chose Democrat Laura Kelly if the election was held now.

Independent candidate Greg Orman received support from 9 percent of voters. About 15 percent of those surveyed are still undecided.

The poll indicates President Donald Trump is popular in Kansas with a 55 percent approval and 45 percent disapproval rating.

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Wichita State University will hold a ceremony Tuesday in memory of the 1970 plane crash involving the university's football team.

On Oct. 2, 1970, a plane carrying the WSU football team — along with administrators and fans — crashed in the Rocky Mountains. The crash killed 31 people, including 14 football players and the university's athletic director, Bert Katzenmeyer. Nine people survived.

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The Kansas economy has been sluggish the past few years, but the candidates running for governor each have a plan to jumpstart things.

Will any of them actually work?

Enrollment at public colleges in Kansas fell about half of a percent this fall, according to a new report from the Kansas Board of Regents released Monday.

Pittsburg State University's enrollment declined just under 4 percent — the largest decrease for a state university this year. Fort Hays State University had the largest percent increase with a little over 2 percent.

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The Joyland carousel will soon be spinning again, more than 14 years after the amusement park closed.

Botanica is breaking ground Monday on its new Carousel Gardens. The $3 million addition will house the newly restored carousel, which Joyland donated to Botanica in 2014.

The carousel was built in 1949 and served as a staple of the Wichita amusement park until it closed in 2004.

Marty Miller, Botanica’s executive director, said it was important to preserve history by keeping the carousel in Wichita.

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Starting next year, Kansas counties are required to do post-election audits. The check will make sure the voting process — from equipment to office procedures — is done correctly, and the election results are accurate.

According to legislation approved earlier this year, a county election board will review at least one contested race on federal, state and county levels.

According to legislation approved earlier this year, a county election board will review at least one contested race on federal, state and county levels.

The National Republican Congressional Committee has pulled more than $1 million in advertising support from Rep. Kevin Yoder's re-election campaign in the Kansas 3rd District, according to The Hill newspaper.

The Hill broke the story late Sunday and quotes an unnamed source "familiar with the NRCC's strategic thinking."

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A Musical Life: Ryan Benton

Ryan Benton is the primary composer in the band Sunshine Dreamers. The band’s latest album is Stand Still .

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My Fellow Kansans: The latest episode

My Fellow Kansans: The Rise — And Fall — Of Sam Brownback

Before he was governor, Sam Brownback had been state agriculture secretary, congressman, and U.S. senator. But when he captured the state’s top office in 2010 he had even bigger plans: to transform Kansas into a red-state model for the nation. That’s not the way things panned out.

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KMUW Music

Sunday, October 14

Sunday on Soulsations we'll hear from a member of the long time popular gospel group "The Winans" who has launched his solo career. Multi-Grammy Award winner Carvin Winans released his new single "Once In A Lifetime." The love song is from his upcoming 2019 album The Softest Way.

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Tuesday, October 16

Serving as the soundtrack to the new documentary about Joan Jett, Bad Reputation, the film’s soundtrack arrives with a new song from Jett and her band the Blackhearts as well as guest appearances from members of the Sex Pistols, Bikini Kill and a new cover of The Replacements’ classic “Androgynous” featuring Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! and Miley Cyrus. Listen for selections from that release as well as new music from Cursive’s first album in six years, Vitriola.

Wednesday, October 17

Fair Enough is the latest from Seattle Band Minus The Bear. The EP maintains the group’s trademark use of electronics and futuristic sounds and recalls some of the band’s earliest work. We’ll hear selections from it as well as from Tokyo Police Club, TPC.

Thursday, October 18

C'est La Vie is the first album from Phosphorescent in five years and highlights the experiences of founding member Matthew Houck in that time, which included leaving New York City for Nashville, becoming a father and nearly dying from a life-threatening illness. We’ll hear music from that effort as well as song from Different Windows, the new effort from Smokey Delights.

Friday, October 19

Years In The Making is a new collection from singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III featuring previously unheard studio material, live radio performances and demo recordings. Listen for selections from that release as well as music from Rachel Eckroth’s When It Falls.

Saturday, October 20

Loving The Alien (1983-1988) is a new boxed set from David Bowie which spans from re-emergence into the pop world with 1983’s Let’s Dance and also includes a new production of his 1987 effort Never Let Me Down featuring longtime collaborators such as Reeves Gabrels (guitar) and Sterling Campbell (drums). We’ll hear music from across that box on this episode as well as selections from Wanderer, the latest by Cat Power.

Monday, October 22

Listen for selections from Poor Until Payday, the latest by The Reverent Peyton’s Big Damn Band as well as selections from Iron and Wine’s new EP, Weed Garden.

October 12/14

Crossroads kicks off the October feature celebrating the 70th birthday of guitarist, songwriter and producer Duke Robillard with music he did on the debut album from Roomful of Blues and from one of a couple of releases he did with jazz guitar legend Herb Ellis.

Plus birthday salutes to R&B pioneer Jimmy Liggins and Louisiana bluesman Kenny Neal (including a special featuring Neal in hour two of the show), regional blues concert previews, and the latest from Marcia Ball, Nick Moss, Mike Zito, Bernard Allison and Anthony Geraci.

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Tuesday, October 9

Well Kept Thing is the latest release from post-rock outfit Foxhole. Twelve years in the making, this new effort chronicles changes in the members’ lives as they grew into their adults selves and became as a coffee shop owner, a farmer and commercial fisherman, a creative director, an admission to MIT’s Media Lab. Listen for music from that release as well songs from the band Sonna.

Wednesday, October 10

Released in 2002, Fashionably Late was Linda Thompson’s first solo recording in 17 years. Aided by her son Teddy and a host of other players, the record returned the English vocalist to the spotlight. We’ll hear music from that effort as well as from Plays Well With Others, a new boxed set chronicling Phil Collins’ time as a guest musician and producer with a range of artists including John Martyn, Robert Plant, David Crosby and Brand X.

Thursday, October 11

Pour Down Like Silver was the fourth album from Richard and Linda Thompson, recorded not long after the couple had adopted the Sufi faith. We’ll hear selections from that as well as from The Who’s 1975 effort, The Who By Numbers.

Friday, October 12

Listen for selections from Teddy Thompson’s 2011 release, Bella, as well as selections from Lindsey Buckingham’s new Solo Anthology.

Saturday, October 13

We’ll hear selections from Other Arrangements by singer-songwriter Parker Milsap as well as selections from Crowded House’s 1988 effort, Temple of Low Men.

Monday, October 15

Released in 2010 Midnight Souvenirs was the seventh solo release from J. Geils Band vocalist Peter Wolf. The record features guest appearances from Merle Haggard, Shelby Lynne and Neko Case. We’ll hear selections from it as well as from the 1974 effort from the J. Geils Band, Nightmares...and Other Tales from the Vinyl Jungle.

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Sunday, October 7

Sunday on Soulsations, new music by Anthony David.  The singer/songwriter’s release is called Hello Like Before, a tribute album to the legendary Bill Withers. David says, “In many ways Bill Withers is the artist most influential to my music career."

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Kansas Schools Having Increasingly Difficult Time Finding Teachers

Kansas schools are still struggling to hire teachers. There are more than 600 vacant teaching positions in Kansas, nearly 100 more than in the fall of 2017. Special education and elementary positions have the largest number of vacancies. The Kansas State Board of Education received the update on Tuesday from the Teacher Vacancy and Supply Committee. The main reason for the open positions is a lack of applicants or qualified applicants. The committee also hinted that the vacancy numbers could...

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