Ray Strunk

News Lab Intern

Ray Strunk is a communications student at Wichita State and an intern in the KMUW News Lab.

He is a washed-up Barton Community College tennis player and spends his evenings and weekends teaching the sport to people of all ages at Riverside Tennis Center.

When he's not writing stories or swinging a racquet, he likes searching for cool clothes at thrift shops, listening to podcasts and pretending to be funny on Twitter.

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Sedgwick County needs more than 100 workers for the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Shifts begin at 4:45 a.m. and last until about 9 p.m. at the county’s 73 poll locations. Workers are required to attend a paid training session.

Positions are available for election clerks, provisional ballot judges and supervisors. Pay begins at $120 for election day, plus $37.50 for training.

A limited number of positions are available for half-day shifts, which pay $7.50 per hour.

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Home prices in Wichita should increase nearly 5 percent next year, according to a new forecast released today by the  WSU Center for Real Estate.

Home sales should grow as well. More than 10,000 homes are expected to be sold in the city in 2019, an increase of 1.4 percent.

Stan Longhofer, director of the center at Wichita State University, said the report is not all positive. The forecast projected another down year for new home construction.

Wichita will bid farewell to Lawrence-Dumont Stadium with one final baseball game on Saturday.

The last game in the 84-year-old stadium will feature former area baseball players, along with local celebrities and athletes. It will be followed by a screening of “The Sandlot,” food trucks and music. The night will wrap up with a fireworks show.

Park and Recreation director Troy Houtman said he didn’t want to just “walk away” from the historic stadium.

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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 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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If you plan to travel over the holiday season, now would be a good time to start booking flights.

Dean Headley, a Wichita State University marketing professor and co-creator of the annual Airline Quality Rating survey, said he expects to see a historically busy travel season this year.

“All the information I can garner is that we’re going to see one of the heaviest travel seasons we’ve seen possibly ever,” he said.

Headley said the increase is a result of the strong national economy.

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The Wichita Meals on Wheels program needs volunteers.

The program said it loses student volunteers during the school year and many of its regular volunteers are on vacation or planning to be out of town for the holidays.

Volunteers work about one hour per day, delivering a noon meal to homebound residents across the city.

Meals on Wheels, which is run by Senior Services of Wichita, serves close to 900 people daily. The program currently has about 200 volunteers who prep and deliver the meals.

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Volunteer Kansas is looking to help make volunteer work more efficient.

The Wichita nonprofit is set to host a free volunteer training conference on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at The Technology Specialist, 1823 S. Eisenhower.

The conference, titled “Leading the Way, Not Managing the Day,” is part of an international professional development collaboration between Volunteer Kansas and other volunteer organizations. Its aim is to develop leadership skills for people who work with volunteers, service-delivery programs or nonprofits.

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The Kansas Food Bank is expanding.

Construction is set to begin this week on a 21,000-square-foot addition to the food bank’s existing warehouse near downtown.

Brian Walker, president of the food bank, said the current space doesn’t have enough room for the food bank’s nearly 5,000 yearly volunteers -- a number, he said, that continues to grow.

The $5 million expansion will include a space for the volunteers, who currently work in the main warehouse.


The Kansas State University Foundation had its second-best fundraising year in history.

The foundation announced Monday that it raised $174.2 million in fiscal year 2018.