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WICHITA, Kansas — Between concerns about schools staying open and the challenges of learning remotely, teachers and students are haunted by another question that goes beyond 2020: Will snow days disappear forever?

The Range | Nov. 27, 2020

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The number of COVID-19 cases in Kansas has doubled in the last five weeks. The spike has led to overcrowded hospitals and nearly 250 deaths this month. And African Americans are being hit particularly hard: Black Kansans are three times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 than white Kansans, and more than seven times more likely to die from the disease.

This week on The Range, we talk to one Wichita woman about her battle with COVID-19, and why she says sharing her story is so important.

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Black Friday normally acts as the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season.

But 2020 upended that tradition ... like so many others.

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A new COVID-19 health order for Sedgwick County limits public gatherings to 25 people and continues current restrictions for businesses.

The mandates are in effect Friday through Jan. 9. This latest health order from Sedgwick County Health Officer Dr. Garold Minns replaces directives that were in effect since Nov. 13.

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The Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office has filed a petition seeking to remove Wichita City Council member James Clendenin from office.

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic started eight months ago, local restaurant owners have been overwhelmed.

In March, they had to shut down their restaurants, figure out how to launch carryout only models, and try to navigate unemployment and loans and grants that could help them and their employees stay afloat.

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Wichita’s Eisenhower National Airport is looking at a slower-than-normal holiday travel season as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns against traveling at all.

Brian Grimmett / Kansas News Service

WICHITA — Coronavirus cases are at record levels. Just in time to pretty much ruin Thanksgiving.

In Kansas, those cases have hospitals worried about having enough space or staff. That’s prompted local, state and federal officials to urge people to just stay home.

We spoke with three Kansans about their decisions to cancel trips to see family — and the loss that represents.

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Kansas will not be the final frontier for the U.S. Space Command headquarters.

The Range | Nov. 20, 2020

Nov 20, 2020
Beth Golay / KMUW

When KMUW's Beth Golay began taking the bus four years ago, she learned the ins and outs of the city transit system from veteran driver Troy Bowens.

This week on The Range, she goes en route the 17/27 bus with Troy once again to catch up.

Plus, in its 57 years, Connie's Mexico Cafe has never experienced one like 2020. Hear what new lessons the pandemic has taught this old Wichita restaurant.

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