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Wednesday, July 19, 2023

June was among the driest on record for much of the Midwest. That deepened a years-long drought in parts of Kansas and Nebraska… while also spreading dryness east to states like Illinois and Missouri. But so far, July has brought some much-needed rain to parts of the region. Elizabeth Rembert reports… on whether it will be enough for thirsty crops.

Plus more on these stories:

  • The Kansas Board of Regents approved a new program Tuesday that it hopes will get more students to apply to college.
  • Kansas is looking for a contractor to run a $2 million dollar program that will distribute money to anti-abortion counseling centers. The goal is to encourage people with unplanned pregnancies to choose childbirth instead of abortion.
  • More Kansans have called for mental health support since the state implemented its new 9-8-8 crisis line one year ago.
    Construction on a 24-7 homeless navigation and housing center in Wichita is expected to begin next year.
  • Officials with Union Pacific continue to push back against a proposal in Kansas that would require trains to have two-person crews.
  • Riverfront Stadium will host more football games this fall for high schools in the Wichita area.

Producers: Lu Anne Stephens and Beth Golay
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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.