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Thursday, April 27, 2023

Broadband connectivity is a complicated subject that the State of Kansas has been trying to make sense of for months. They're trying to determine how to divvy up about $150-million-dollars in federal funding. KMUW's Sarah Jane Crespo hosted the first-ever Engage Kansas in Hutchinson this week. We’ll look at what came out of that event, plus the latest movie review from Fletcher Powell.

Plus, more on these stories:

  • A bill that would ban hormone treatment or puberty blockers for transgender youth will not become law in Kansas. Republican lawmakers failed to override Democratic governor Laura Kelly’s veto.
  • After Governor Laura Kelly vetoed changes to the state’s mail-in voting law, senators narrowly failed to override her.
  • Kansas Republicans fell short on a veto override in their attempt to a flat tax on income.
  • A federal program allows uninsured people with some types of cancer to get Medicaid coverage, but thousands of Kansas cancer cases don't qualify each year.
  • KMUW's Fletcher Powell says sometimes we should just let go and have a little fun.

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

Producer: Debra Fraser, Lu Anne Stephens and Beth Golay
Editors: Suzanne Perez and Beth Golay
Contributors: Sarah Jane Crespo, Haley Crowson, Debra Fraser, Samantha Horton, Celia Llopis-Jepsen, Blaise Mesa, Fletcher Powell, and Tom Shine.
Theme Music: Torin Andersen
Digital Editors: Hugo Phan and Karlee Cooper

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.