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Tuesday, March 28, 2023

For nearly 20 years, KMUW has featured local artists during its fundraisers, adding extra appeal to the traditional pledge drive mug and t-shirt. Our current featured artist is Armando Minjarez, well known for his own work and for spearheading art projects in the community. I recently sat down with Minjarez to talk about his inspiration, this year's art, and when he first started identifying as an artist.

Plus, more on these stories:

  • The Kansas Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in key abortion cases. Attorney General Kris Kobach's office has asked the court to overrule its landmark decision protecting abortion rights.
  • Enrollment at public universities in Kansas has decreased dramatically over the past decade. Fewer people are going to any kind of schooling after graduating from high school.
  • The Kansas Senate gave initial approval to a bill increasing state tax credits for adopting children to almost $15,000 dollars per child.
  • A bill that would prohibit local governments from banning single-use plastic bags passed the Kansas House of Representatives Monday.
  • Several providers that address addiction in Reno County will host an educational event this Friday.
  • A 15 county burn ban begins Saturday, including Sedgwick County.


Wichita's Early Edition is produced by KMUW News and is part of the NPR Podcast Network.

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Beth Golay is KMUW's Director of Marketing and Digital Content. She is the host of the KMUW podcast Marginalia and co-host with Suzanne Perez of the Books & Whatnot podcast. You can find her on Wichita Transit in conversation with other riders for En Route, a monthly segment on KMUW's weekly news program The Range.