LaRissa Lawrie

News Intern

LaRissa is thankful for the opportunity to work for KMUW, a station she grew up listening to. Originally from Wichita, she is a graduate student at Wichita State University working toward a Master of Arts degree in Communication. She is passionate about the intersection of communication and technology.

She is active in the entrepreneurship and communications communities in Wichita. She is also a member of Wichita Professional Communicators and the National Federation of Press Women. When she’s not working at KMUW, LaRissa enjoys photography, traveling, and spending time with her family.

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government will host seminars on Kansas open government laws across the state this month.

“As our office investigates complaints of violations of open government laws, most often we find the violations were inadvertent and can be avoided through better education,” Schmidt said in a news release.

One session is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 23, at Wichita State University. It will run from 9 a.m. until noon at the Marcus Welcome Center, 1845 Fairmount.


More electric buses may be on the way to Wichita.

The City Council voted Tuesday to move forward on a federal grant application for the purchase of six electric buses.

If approved, the nearly $6 million grant could mean electric buses on the street as early as 2019. Electric buses are quieter, better for the environment and more fuel efficient than diesel buses.

The city has applied for two other grants and has received $4 million, according to Mike Tann, Wichita’s transit director.

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Satellite voting locations around Sedgwick County are now open.

Voting will take place Thursday and Friday from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The primary is Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Here are the satellite voting locations:


Grace Presbyterian Church, 5002 E. Douglas

Greenwich Road Church of Christ, 1746 S. Greenwich

Independent Living Center, 3033 W. Second St. North

Faith Christian Church, 2110 W. 45th St. South

Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 2727 E. 25th St. North

Republican officials selected Michael Capps of Wichita to fill the vacancy for the Kansas House 85th District.

Capps replaces former Rep. Chuck Weber, who resigned July 14 to work for the Kansas Catholic Conference. Capps is expected to be sworn in within a week; he will serve the remainder of Weber’s term.

LaRissa Lawrie

The American Red Cross escalated its call this week for donors to help combat a summer blood shortage.

The Red Cross said that around summer holidays like Independence Day there are fewer blood drives and a decline in new donors.

Karen Alderson said she donated blood on Tuesday during a drive at Friends University as a way to give back.


A Wichita co-working space geared toward women will soon offer a new service.

The Hive is partnering with media company World Studios ICT to offer an accessible audio-video room. The room will have equipment and professional assistance for people looking to start a podcast or weekly video series.

The Hive was opened by entrepreneur Andrea Stang in April. Stang says she created the organization as both a resource space and a way for local creatives to connect and inspire each other.

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Sedgwick County commissioners delayed making a decision Wednesday about the future location of a new county administration building.

The county plans to move departments out of the current courthouse to free up space for the district attorney’s office and the court system.

The commissioners discussed the three options they are considering. Those include buying and renovating the Riverview building, near Second and Waco, or a downtown building on North Main. The third option is constructing a new building next to the Sedgwick County Courthouse.