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This week on The Range, we go En Route with Wichita transplant Jesus Ortega. He moved here in 2018 for a fresh start and a new life — and that's exactly what he found.

Plus, let the buyer beware: Sellers rule the Wichita housing market, and that's not likely to change anytime soon.

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When Anna and Craig Patrick bought their first house in Manhattan, Kansas, in 2013, it was an enjoyable experience.

They had plenty of time to look at multiple houses, and there was no rush to make an offer.

“I remember it was so fun,” Anna Patrick said.

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Wichita State University could have a new president within the next few months.

A search committee charged with finding WSU’s next leader interviewed candidates via Zoom this week and plans to send a list of finalists to the Kansas Board of Regents for consideration, said Dan Peare, chairman of the committee.

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After going dark because of the pandemic, many big entertainment venues in Wichita are reopening for live performances this spring.

Stages at the Orpheum Theatre, the Cotillion, Intrust Bank Arena and Wave have been dormant for more than a year.

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WICHITA, Kansas — Utility companies in Kansas will soon have a new accounting tool that could speed the closure of coal-fired power plants — and save customers money.

The financial tool is known as securitization. It’s not a new idea, but it is complex. The Kansas Legislature passed a bill approving the use of the tool after more than two years of discussion.

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Last spring, Wichita families clamoring for online learning options quickly snapped up 500 spots at Education Imagine Academy, a K-12 virtual school that allows students to work at their own pace.

Next school year, many of those students will return to traditional, in-person schools. Others plan to remain at the virtual academy.

And the online school is changing its approach based on lessons learned from the pandemic.

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Kansans can now file for a protection order online instead of going to a courthouse.

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Advocates for passenger rail are optimistic the $2 trillion infrastructure package President Joe Biden outlined this week could speed up efforts to bring service back to Wichita.

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Up until this past year, Aaron Lee Martin performed regularly at venues around Wichita. Now, the worship leader at Hope Community Church in Andover is finding new ways to connect with others.

This week on The Range, Martin talks about how the pandemic has changed his approach to storytelling.

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Houseplants are back — in a big way. Just ask Tillie’s Flowers.

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