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PRATT, Kansas — This summer marks the third year that Kansans have grown hemp for industrial uses.

Yet growing the less sexy cousin of the plant associated with getting high and some medicinal uses has proven riskier and more difficult than many farmers initially expected.


For nine years, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, or DACA, has protected people illegally brought to the U.S. as children.

Sunflower Community Action, a nonprofit in Wichita that fights for racial and economic equity, is hosting a “DACA Cumple 9,” or “DACA Turns 9,” celebration on Tuesday. It will be nine years to the date that former President Barack Obama signed DACA into law in 2012.

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Wichita's Haymakers will celebrate the release of Live At Art Church this weekend with a Sunday afternoon gig at The Brickyard.

The CD collects some of the group's most popular live favorites and spotlights the longstanding musical relationship between founding members Tom Page and Dustin Arbuckle.

The band recorded a show at Art Church in Malvern, Iowa. It's a venue that both Arbuckle and Page say they enjoy returning to while on tour with the band.

The pair recently discussed two of the album's 10 songs.

The Range | June 11, 2021

Jun 11, 2021
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This week on The Range, we share a final conversation with the late, great Karla Burns, an icon in the Wichita arts community who died last week at the age of 66.

Plus, after a chaotic school year upended by the pandemic, many districts across Kansas are looking to summer school programs to make up for lost learning. But, in a shocking twist, those districts are having a hard time getting students — and teachers — to sign up.

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WICHITA, Kansas — Kansas schools find themselves entangled in a debate about the past and whether critical race theory — the left's notion that America has yet to atone for its white supremacist origins and the right’s allergy to that world view — ought to guide the teaching of history and politics.

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JuneteenthICT is bringing a month of celebrations to Wichita.

Ti’Juana Hardwell, a volunteer for JuneteenthICT, said she is looking forward to the event’s annual parade, which was canceled last year.

“The parade is kind of like that big, huge announcement that, ‘Hey, JuneteenthICT is here,’” Hardwell said.

Juneteenth, short for June 19th, was the day Union troops freed about 250,000 slaves in Galveston, Texas. That happened more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.


A classic Hispanic-American novel is the selection for next year’s Wichita Big Read.

Wichita Public Library officials announced Thursday that “The House on Mango Street,” by Sandra Cisneros, was chosen as the city’s 14th Big Read selection because its themes of race, diversity, identity and inclusion are relevant to Wichita readers.

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Karla Burns was born to perform.

“Years ago, I used to walk up and down the side street there at 8th and Wabash and sing my head off,” she said in a 2019 KMUW interview. “Singing every day and think, “Oh dear God, if I could just do this for my life, would be wonderful.’”

And that’s what she did, enjoying a career in theater that took her around the world, and eventually, back to her native Wichita, where she became an icon in the local arts scene. Burns died on June 4 after a long illness at the age of 66.

Singing, dancing and acting were part of her DNA.

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Longtime Wichitans will remember Dan Glickman. He was the U.S. Representative for Kansas' 4th District for nearly 20 years and later Secretary of Agriculture under President Bill Clinton. He also had a stint as head of the Motion Picture Association of America. Glickman has written a memoir, Laughing at Myself: My Education in Congress, on the Farm, and at the Movies. And as he tells KMUW's Tom Shine and Beth Golay, his 'dad joke' humor is from his dad, Milton.

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The Wichita American Rocketry Challenge Team has its sights set on the national finals in Colorado.

This is the team’s 11th appearance in the national competitions. It is one of 100 middle or high school teams to qualify.

“Everybody says, ‘Why rocketry?’” team coach Bill Lindsay said. “Well, it is rocketry, but if you look at the way the industry is heading today, I mean, we’re trying to get to Mars. We’re trying to get back to the moon.”