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This year’s midterm elections are less than a month away, and voter registration deadlines are upon us.

If you haven’t yet registered to vote, you’d better hurry.

Today is the deadline to register in Texas. The Lone Star State has the strictest deadline on the High Plains; and one of the earliest in the country.

Federal lawmakers failed to pass a new farm bill by the September 30 deadline.

With the registration deadline only three days away, Texans looking for voter-registration forms on the Secretary of State's website this weekend got an error message for nearly a day. Applications for mail-in ballots were also inaccessible. Information about who's running for office this November was also knocked offline.

Service was restored by late Saturday.

Garden City's Diversity Blooms In New Film

Oct 8, 2018
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A film about Garden City’s diversity will be aired at a free, public screening this week. 

The film  STRANGERS IN TOWN will premiere at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Garden City High School.

According to its website, Strangers In Town The film tells the story of how global migration unexpectedly transformed and enriched Garden City, Kansas. 

Immigration brought great challenges to the community, including demands for housing, social services, education, and infrastructure.

Colorado's gubernatorial candidates didn't need to say a single word Friday night on the downtown Denver debate stage to start drawing a contrast with one another.

Democratic candidate Jared Polis walked onto the stage wearing blue tennis shoes, while Republican Walker Stapleton wore shiny black dress shoes.

The two men also clashed at the microphone when the cameras started rolling.

Voters are dissatisfied with both major political parties. Nearly 70 percent say the Republicans and Democrats fail to adequately represent the American people, according to a recent survey from the nonpartisan Democracy Fund.

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.

Political experts claim the debate over Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination has only widened the ideological divide among voters, and one analyst is studying how the Texans have responded.


Fifty Years Of Belongings

Oct 8, 2018
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Hello, Radio Readers. I’m Jane Holwerda from Dodge City, Kansas, ruminating on aging, death and dying for our Fall 2018 series.

In her memoir, Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?, Roz Chast illustrates the things so many of us wrangle as our parents and elders die.  

Fresh off a victory that cemented his latest, controversial pick on the nation’s high court, President Donald Trump came to Kansas on Saturday night hoping to transfer his popularity in the state to two fellow Republicans.

Trump arrived just hours after Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court — the most contentious appointment to the court in generations. Trump was in regular rally form, playing to an adoring crowd of some 10,000 thrilled supporters at the Topeka Expocentre.

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