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Snow Hits NW Kansas And Forces Closure Of I-70

Heavy spring storms hit Kansas overnight, with snow and high winds reported in far western areas of the state. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for much of northwest Kansas this morning (FRI). The Kansas Department of Transportation's 511 information hotline was reporting many road closures because of the weather:

I-70 was reopened about noon. Snow accumulations of up to 5 inches were reported in that area, with winds reported up to 50 miles per hour.

Alash Ensemble Brings Tuvan Throat Singing to Lawrence

Something exotic and unique has come to Lawrence: Tuvan throat singing. The Alash (uh-LASH) Ensemble of Tuva will perform a free concert at 7 o'clock tonight (FRI) at the Lawrence Arts Center. Throat singing is one of the oldest forms of music in the world. As KPR's J. Schafer reports, tonight's (FRI) concert promises a musical performance that few Kansans have ever experienced.

Again... you can catch the Alash Ensemble of Tuva in a FREE concert, tonight (FRI) at 7 o'clock... at the Lawrence Arts Center.

Ticket Consultant Sentenced in KU Ticket Scam

Thomas Blubaugh (BLUE-baw) worked as a consultant to the University of Kansas ticket office for almost three years. His wife, Charlette (char-LET), was an associate athletics director in charge of the KU ticket office. Together, they participated in a ticket scam that was a federal violation. As Kansas Public Radio's Greg Echlin reports, Thomas Blubaugh, 47, is the latest to be sentenced.

KS Congressman Looks Ahead to Shutdown Ramifications

As the federal government moves closer to a shutdown, 1st District Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp is talking about what a continued budget stalemate could mean. During the 1996 federal government shutdown, national parks closed, thousands of federal employees were sent home, and services such as the processing of passport applications were halted. But many things DID continue running, and would do so again this time around:

Huelskamp says his staff in Washington and in Kansas would continue to work if a shutdown occurred, although they initially would not receive pay. Unless President Obama and Congress can reach a deal by midnight Friday, a government shutdown will take place.

Hall Center Hosts Conference on "Border War"

An academic workshop featuring more than two dozen leading Civil War scholars is taking place today (THUR) and tomorrow (FRI) at the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas. The meeting will focus on the western frontier and the contentious "Border Wars" between Kansas and Missouri. KU history professor Jonathan Earle says their impact can still be felt in the region today.

The conference will also examine how social and political ideological differences in the Civil War era still have repercussions for politics in modern times. The Hall Center workshop is part of a series of events culminating in a major public and academic presentation on the Civil War scheduled for this November at the Kansas City Public Library.

Hall Center Workshop Draws Top Historians

Thirteen of the nation's leading scholars on the Kansas and Missouri "Border Wars" in the late 19th century will be meeting today (THUR) and tomorrow (FRI) at the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas. KU history professor Jonathan Earle is one of the conference organizers. He says that analyzing what happened in the Bleeding Kansas era is now challenging traditional ways of thinking about the U-S Civil War.

The conference brings together scholars who have rarely interacted outside the pages of scholarly journals. The papers being discussed at the conference will be part of a public presentation on the Civil War in November at the Kansas City Public Library.

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