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Airlines that serve Wichita’s Eisenhower National Airport are cutting back on flights because of the drop in air travel.

Airport officials said Wednesday that domestic passenger traffic has dropped 90 percent from a year ago. April capacity at the airport is expected to drop 30 percent from last month, as airlines trim 298 flights.

American, Delta, Southwest, United, Frontier and Allegiant are either reducing or eliminating flights over the next two months. Southwest is cutting some flights through June.

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Sedgwick County commissioners plan to ask the governor and health leaders to reconsider an exemption allowing abortion services to continue during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Three Kansas prison workers have contracted the coronavirus in the first cases reported in the state's prison system amid an outbreak that has one cash-strapped health system slashing pay.

The Department of Corrections announced Tuesday night in a news release that the three employees at the Lansing Correctional Facility are recovering at home. Inmates who had close contact with the workers have been moved to medical isolation where they will be monitored for symptoms.

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WICHITA, Kansas — Floods, tornadoes and other natural disasters raked across the plains of Kansas long before this latest pandemic swirled invisibly around the globe.

And no amount of hunkering down in this #AloneTogether period will ward off storm systems or the chaos they rain down.

To deal with that reality in this year of COVID-19, emergency response managers at the federal, state and county levels are retooling how they’ll act when disaster strikes.


The U.S. has more than 200,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and more than 5,000 deaths. The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a pandemic.

With so much information and disinformation out there about the novel coronavirus, we’ve compiled information about what we know so far, and try to answer (some) of the frequently asked questions about the current outbreak.

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Wichita Festivals announced Tuesday that it is canceling this year’s River Festival due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Wichita Public Schools' Kids Eat Free program is now providing free breakfasts along with lunches to feed children while schools remain closed.

The program began last week and continues for the rest of the academic year. Children 18 years and younger can pick up meals to-go at 18 sites around Wichita.

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A Sedgwick County man has died from COVID-19 less than a week after he tested positive for the disease.

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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has extended deadlines indefinitely for driver’s license and vehicle registration renewals during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The new executive order was signed into place earlier this month. It says Kansans will have 60 days after the State of Disaster is lifted to get their registrations and licenses renewed. 

Drivers will not be charged late fees or interest on expired vehicle registrations if they do not renew within the month they normally would.

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A stay-at-home order for the entire state of Kansas will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday, March 30, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Saturday, making it one of at least 20 states to ask its residents to conduct only essential business.

The executive order, which will last at least until April 19, is meant to slow the spread of coronavirus. Kansas has surpassed 200 cases of COVID-19 — including two military personnel, one from Fort Riley and one from Fort Leavenworth — and four deaths.