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Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Homicide is a leading cause of maternal mortality in Kansas and nationally, and a Wichita woman’s death last month is high-profile example. It comes as the state’s domestic violence shelters are filling up at the same time that extra pandemic aid is ending. KMUW's Rose Conlon reports.

Plus more on these stories:

  • Kansas will no longer require teachers to pass a basic skills exam that has been part of the licensing process for decades.
  • Kansas voter registration day is Tuesday, and the state will host events to increase civic engagement.
  • Kansas wildlife commissioners are trying to crack down on pet smugglers who collect native animals like ornate box turtles.
  • All students received free school meals during the pandemic. That ended last school year.
  • Sedgwick County will host a free household hazardous waste disposal event on Saturday.
  • The United Auto Workers strike that has shut down three plants could lead to work stopping at the Fairfax General Motors plant in Kansas City, Kansas, this week.

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Lu Anne Stephens is KMUW's Director of Content and Assistant General Manager. She has held many positions over many years at KMUW. Lu Anne also produces KMUW’s New Settler's Radio Hour and the Hidden Kansas segment for KMUW’s weekly news program The Range.