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Tuesday, May 23, 2023

2023 is the International Year of Millets—at least, the United Nations has declared it so. Millets are a type of small grain mostly grown in parts of Asia and Africa. And part of the UN’s interest is that millets are nutritious, good for diversifying global foods, and drought-resistant. That last quality could make them useful for U-S farmers, especially as some parts of the country face deepening drought.

Plus, more on these stories:

  • The Wichita school district has hired architects and engineers to gauge the condition of its buildings. T he results could lay the groundwork for a new bond issue campaign.
  • The city plans to convert a section of 21st Street in west Wichita from two lanes to three lanes in an attempt to reduce crashes.
  • Oil company TC Energy discovered that a piece of the Keystone oil pipeline had warped in Washington County 10 years before it burst last December.
  • Several city offices and attractions will be closed over the upcoming holiday weekend.
  • A Memorial Day remembrance event will be held Monday in Wichita.

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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.