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KMUW News is a team of dedicated on-air and digital reporters working to tell the stories of Wichita and its residents.

For six years running, KMUW has been named Station of the Year by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, the most prestigious award for major markets in the state. KMUW reporters have been honored for their work by regional and national organizations like KAB, the Radio Television Digital News Association, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and the Alliance for Women in Media.

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With the situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic changing rapidly, we’re compiling news and information here about COVID-19. For more community updates, reopening plans and public health orders, check out our COVID-19 Resource Center.

How many known cases are in Kansas?

As of Sept. 23, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has confirmed 55,226 cases of COVID-19 (+1,267 since last report), and 621 deaths (+21). The positive test rate is 7.4%. KDHE gives a live update on its Facebook page every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2 p.m.

More than 437,000 other people have tested negative for COVID-19. 

Sedgwick County, which includes confirmed cases not finalized in KDHE's count, says as of Sept. 23 there have been 8,149 confirmed cases (+42 since last report) and 85 deaths. The positive test rate is 4.8%. The county no longer reports active cases or recoveries. 

The U.S. has had more than 6.8 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, and more than 200,000 deaths. 

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Working from home and tired of looking at Zoom screens all day? Us too. After several months in quarantine, there's got to be a way to spice things up. Today on The Range, we rundown some tips on how to improve your virtual meeting and livestream events.

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Wichita is in the process of replacing its vintage-looking trolleys with new electric vehicles. But with the free Q Line on hiatus because of the pandemic, it's anyone's guess when the public will be able to ride them. Today on The Range, we go en route the new Q.

Plus, we've heard it hundreds of times by now: Fill out the census. But what are we missing out on if we don't? (Turns out, a lot.)

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Creating art can be a trial-and-error process. So is finding a way to exhibit your work during a pandemic.

This week on The Range, we talk to two Wichita artists who thought they'd found a way to put on a show — until they realized they needed to think more inside the box.

Plus, we visit a shrimp farm. In Sumner County. In landlocked Kansas.

The Range | Aug. 28, 2020

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Even as many newspapers struggle with declining circulation and revenue — even before COVID-19 hit — a Black newspaper based in Wichita is still moving forward, despite the headwinds of the pandemic.

This week on The Range, we talk to Bonita Gooch, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Community Voice, about how the paper has kept its head above water for 25 years.

Plus, when reporter Hafsa Quraishi first started working from home back in March, it seemed like a dream: no commute, unlimited snacks, pajamas.

The Range | Aug. 21, 2020

Aug 21, 2020
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This week on The Range, we travel to Wilmore, Kansas, population 37, where an unusual attraction can make even adults feel like kids again.

Plus, you've heard it before, likely any time aviation takes a hit: Diversify Wichita's economy. But what does that really mean?

Wichita Eagle employment reporter Megan Stringer recently looked into that very question. We talk to her about what a diversified economy could look like in Wichita.

The Range | Aug. 14, 2020

Aug 14, 2020
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In her job as an investigator for the federal public defenders office in Wichita, Cecilia Wood was given an assignment: explore how her clients' lives are affected by their dependence on the Wichita transit system.

Her approach? Give up her car for a year and learn to rely on the bus.

"To understand what [our clients] go through with the transportation system is huge," she says. "I've had a car my entire life."

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Unofficial results have been posted. Listen to KMUW 89.1 FM on Wednesday morning for analysis on local and statewide races. 

A full list of statewide results can be found at the Kansas secretary of state's website. Check out all of  KMUW's 2020 election coverage here.

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Although both the Democratic and Republican parties ditched their presidential primaries this year, there are still several significant races on Kansas primary ballots on Aug. 4 — and plenty of down-ballot races that need deciding, too.

The Range | July 31, 2020

Jul 31, 2020
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This week on The Range, after a steady drumbeat of bad business news, we're focusing on the sunnier side of things, including what's keeping one local economist optimistic.

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