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Friday, April 21, 2023

Yellowjackets perform Saturday night at the Crown Uptown on the closing night of the Wichita Jazz Festival. Saxophonist Bob Mintzer says that with a recent Grammy-nominated album and a shared vision the band continues to find musical excitement after 40 years together. KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin recently spoke with Mintzer.

Plus, more on these stories:

  • Kansas Democratic Governor Laura Kelly vetoed a bill that limits use of women’s bathrooms and shelters to people who are identified as female at birth. Kelly’s rejection likely sets up another veto override attempt by the Republican-controlled Legislature.
  • Governor Laura Kelly vetoed a bill Thursday that essentially banned puberty blockers and similar care for transgender children.
  • Democratic Governor Laura Kelly signed into law Thursday a bipartisan funding plan to preserve water in Kansas.
  • The number of people experiencing homelessness in Sedgwick County increased about 18 percent over the past five years, from around 600 to 700. 
  • Tenants gathered for a meeting at Century II Thursday to learn about their rights. 
  • The EPA selected Wichita State as one of 17 new environmental justice centers, bringing with it at least $10 million dollars of funding.
  • The American Red Cross of Kansas is opening a shelter for people who were impacted by a fire at an apartment complex in Wellington Thursday. 
  • Two professors fired by Emporia State University last year will get their jobs back after winning an appealThe City of Wichita is reminding residents to safely ride electric scooters around the city as the scooters return.
  • Wichita State will hold a spring carnival this weekend.
  • Exploration Place Gallery will open to the public this Saturday. 

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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.