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Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Houses sell for more money in neighborhoods with big, leafy canopies. So pests that can kill many trees quickly can pose real economic dangers. Celia Llopis-Jepsen of the Kansas News Service tells us how Kansas and Missouri communities are now hedging their arboreal bets.

Plus, more on these stories:

  • Abortion providers in Kansas and two other states filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking to preserve access to the abortion pill mifepristone.
  • U.S. Senator Jerry Moran says Wichita needs to expand beyond commercial aviation to retain the title of Air Capital of the World.
  • A new policy at Kansas State University will let students report drug-related emergencies or other concerns without fear of being punished for breaking the law.
  • Toxic algae blooms have returned to waterways in Kansas for the spring and summer.
  • The annual letter carriers food drive is scheduled for Saturday in and around Wichita.

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: Daniel Caudill, Rose Conlon, Celia Llopis-Jepsen, Suzanne Perez, and Tom Shine.
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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.