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Thursday, April 13, 2023

The Fairmount neighborhood sprang up in the late 1890s, with close ties to its college neighbor to the north, now known as Wichita State University. Through a series of transitions over the years, Fairmount became a largely Black neighborhood. And that changed the relationship between the area and the university. Now developers who hope to serve a growing student body are remaking Fairmount’s northern edge with high-end student apartments. Here’s more on the neighborhood’s latest transition, plus news from Wichita and around the state.

Plus, more on these stories:

  • Kansas school districts with high percentages of low-income students could lose millions in funding next year unless state lawmakers extend the benefit. 
  • The Wichita Land Bank acquired its first properties this week since it was established in May 2021. 
  • The Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office is warning about computer scams aimed at older people.
  • The number of sexually transmitted infections in Kansas continued to rise in 2021, and cases of chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea all rose from the year before.
  • 2023 has already been an active year for tornadoes, with multiple outbreaks across the Midwest and South at the end of March.
  • A federal judge temporarily blocked federal regulations in Kansas and 23 other states that deal with clean water.


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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.