Ascha Lee

Engagement Assistant

Ascha started at KMUW as an Engagement Intern in August 2017. She graduated from Wichita State in May 2018, and was named the Outstanding Journalism Graduate of 2018 by her instructors at the Elliott School of Communication. After graduating, Ascha stayed on at KMUW in the Engagement department. She was a KMUW News Lab intern from May 2018 to January 2019.

 

Ascha is originally from the Pratt, Kansas area and is a proud rancher's daughter. When she's not at KMUW, Ascha enjoys running, road trips, cooking and spending time with her cats, Louie and George.

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City of Maize

Maize has announced a new initiative to develop an arts district along its Academy Avenue.

 

City of Maize executive assistant Jolene Graham said the goal is to create an area that helps characterize the city.

 

“The ideal outcome is creating a downtown sense for our community,” Graham said. “Maize does not really have a downtown area. And that’s what we’re looking for. How do we have our own unique voice in the metropolitan mix of the Wichita area?”

 

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The unemployment rate is down to 3.4 percent in Kansas.

 

The Kansas Department of Labor reported on Friday that unemployment decreased from 3.6 percent in July 2017. In Wichita, unemployment dropped to 4.3 percent in July, compared to 4.8 percent last year.

The national unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in July.

According to the monthly report, July was Kansas’ 14th consecutive month of job growth. Kansas has slightly exceeded the national rate for job growth over the past year.

 

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas is launching a voter hotline to guard against voting problems.

 

The Election Protection hotline will allow voters to call with questions or any issues they encounter at the polls this election season.

 

Kansas ACLU’s Legal Director Lauren Bond described potential issues the hotline could be used for.

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About 4,000 people attended a political rally Friday at Century II in Wichita in support of James Thompson, one of two Democrats running in Kansas' 4th Congressional District.

But perhaps the biggest draws at the "Unite for America" rally were Vermont senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who both endorsed Thompson in his second bid for Congress.

The Kansas Attorney General’s office said that applications for concealed carry licenses continue to decline.

About 4,900 new license applications were submitted to the state Concealed Carry Licensing Unit in the 2018 fiscal year. That’s the lowest total since the licensing program began in 2006.

The Personal and Family Protection Act, enacted in 2015, allows eligible individuals over age 21 in Kansas to carry a concealed weapon without a license.

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Lake Afton is closed to all water contact due to a blue-green algae outbreak.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a public health warning Friday for the upcoming weekend and next week. The warning is effective immediately for the entire lake.

Sedgwick County said in a news release that prohibited water contact includes swimming and water skiing. The county said fishing is permitted but fish kept for eating should be prepared using guidelines established by KDHE.

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The 13th annual Symphony in the Flint Hills event took place on June 9 in Butler County. KMUW’s Ascha Lee files this Audio Postcard, featuring music from the Kansas City Symphony and voices from Gov. Jeff Colyer and special guest singer Aoife O’Donovan.

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The attorney general’s office announced that a new task force will focus on preventing youth suicide in Kansas.

A recent report from the State Child Death Review Board found that average suicide rates for Kansan minors more than doubled between 2005 and 2015.

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Wichita police say that Emily Glass, questioned in the disappearance and death of 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez, was found dead early Friday morning.

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The 13th annual Symphony in the Flint Hills event will take place Saturday in Butler County.

The one-day event is organized to educate people about the importance of appreciating and protecting the tallgrass prairie landscape. About 7,000 guests attend each year to enjoy barbecue, art and educational sessions throughout the afternoon before the concert. The Kansas City Symphony performs at sunset.

This year’s event will be held at Rosalia Ranch, about 15 miles east of El Dorado. It also was the site of the 2014 symphony.

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