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Thursday, August 31, 2023

In Wichita, several mothers are raising awareness about fentanyl after losing their children to the drug. In 20-22, Sedgwick County recorded more than 300 overdose deaths, with most of those being fentanyl-related. KMUW’s Kylie Cameron talked to the mothers as the world takes time today to observe International Overdose Awareness Day.

Plus more on these stories:

  • Kansas regulators say a proposed electric rate hike for Evergy customers is too high, and they’re recommending a much lower increase.
  • Fewer Kansas students are eating school meals following the end of federal COVID subsidies that allowed all kids to eat free.
  • Navy sailors and aircraft from Florida remain at McConnell Air Force Base, where they landed earlier this week to avoid Hurricane Idalia.
  • A Laotian Buddhist temple in Wichita is holding a nine-day festival for the community this week. It opened last Saturday and will close this Sunday night.
  • Several city facilities will have special hours or be closed in Wichita this weekend for Labor Day.

Producers: Beth Golay and Lu Anne Stephens
Editor: Tom Shine
Contributors: Jennifer Anima, Kylie Cameron, Celia Hack, Suzanne Perez, Tom Shine, and Taliyah Winn.
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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.