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Wednesday, May 3, 2023

The Wizard of Oz and Kansas have been inseparable since farm girl Dorothy Gale first skipped down the yellow brick road. But does an enduring image from the Dust Bowl 1930s hold Kansas back from what it wants to be today? David Condos of the Kansas News Service reports.

Plus, more on these stories:

  • One of the country’s most sweeping laws limiting transgender rights will take effect in Kansas in July. 
  • The City of Wichita says it's struggling to hire enough staff to keep its pools open this summer.
  • Ascension Via Christi paused surgeries and other procedures because problems with its phone lines and internet.
  • As Wichita prepares to get its new water treatment plant online, the city is making updates to its existing water infrastructure.
  • Spirit Aerosystems is expected to release its 1st quarter earnings report this morning. 
  • The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is pursuing plans for a new and bigger home, to be built next to the historic Paseo YMCA building where the leagues were founded. 

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

Producer: Debra Fraser and Beth Golay
Editors: Tom Shine and Beth Golay
Contributors: Kylie Cameron, David Condos, Rose Conlon, Greg Echlin, Tom Shine.
Theme Music: Torin AndersenDigital 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.