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Thursday, June 15, 2023

Musician James McMurtry has never shied away from controversy. Recently, he's taken to raising his voice against anti-drag laws and what he sees as other threats to the LGBTQ community. He's even appeared in drag a time or two himself. KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin recently spoke with McMurtry and has more.

Plus more on these stories:

The Kansas Board of Regents approved tuition hikes Wednesday for all six state public universities.

  • The controversial Grain Belt Express power transmission line could begin construction next year in Kansas and Missouri after approval of an amended agreement.
  • Sedgwick County is eyeing the Murfin building as a potential new home for its administrative offices.
  • Nurses at St. Joseph hospital have voted overwhelmingly in favor of authorizing a strike.
  • Kansas Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt announced Wednesday that she has breast cancer.
  • Regenerative agriculture is a movement that takes a conservation approach to farming with practices that are often influenced by Indigenous knowledge.
  • Long-time Sedgwick County Counselor Mike Pepoon will retire later this year.

Producers: Lu Anne Stephens and Beth Golay
Editors: Tom Shine and Beth Golay
Contributors: Jedd Beaudoin, Daniel Caudill, Samantha Horton, Suzanne Perez, and Eve Tesfaye
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.