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Monday, May 22, 2023

Visit any bookstore these days, and you’ll see shelf after shelf devoted to the hottest literary trend — romance. We talk with the owner of a new Wichita bookstore that carries nothing but romance novels.

Plus, more on these stories:

  • Wichita community members have asked state officials to pay for the health care of people who may have been impacted by a toxic site.
  • State employees in Kansas will earn more after an audit found some jobs pay 30 percent less than similar workers elsewhere.
  • The Kansas Corporation Commission will hold a public hearing in Wichita this summer to allow public comment on Evergy's rate increase request.
  • Wichita State and the KU School of Medicine in Wichita are expected to begin construction on a joint health care sciences educational center next year.
  • A rare dust storm in Illinois this month caused a 72-car pileup on an interstate. Climate experts say it points to a bigger problem throughout the Midwest: soil erosion.

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, Celia Hack, Blaise Mesa, Sarah Nardi, Suzanne Perez 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.