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The Wichita school district — the state's largest — has announced leadership changes for the 2021-22 school year, including new principals at several schools and some changes to district administration:

Jeff McPheeters

The Symphony in the Flint Hills is back after two years of cancellations — and so far there’s no threat of another cancellation on the horizon.

Through art, music and educational presentations, the Symphony in the Flint Hills tells the story of one of the last standing tallgrass prairies in North America.

The 2019 event was cancelled after storms damaged the concert site, and the pandemic was the culprit in 2020.

The Range | June 4, 2021

Jun 4, 2021
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All the world's a stage — as Music Theatre Wichita is finding out this season.

This week on The Range, we talk to MTW's artistic director about adapting to the pandemic and finding new venues to put on shows.

Plus, recent ransomware attacks have exposed a longstanding problem: a major lack of cybersecurity experts. Demand for Information Security Analysts is expected to grow over the next decade, however, and Wichita wants in.

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A new replica of Wichita’s Keeper of the Plains statue is on display at Jardine Middle School, a STEM magnet. The statue replaces the 10-foot fiberglass Keeper vandalized and stolen from Planeview Park last fall. Arts Partners recruited students at the school to be a part of the project. KMUW's Carla Eckels spoke to the students whose work is on the new Keeper.

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The recent ransomware attacks on Colonial Pipeline and meat producer JBS have exposed a longstanding problem: a profound lack of cybersecurity experts.

There are thousands of openings in the field and demand is expected to grow. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that jobs for Information Security Analysts is projected to increase by 26% through 2026. That’s nearly four times the average for overall job growth.

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Local races are set for Sedgwick County’s municipal and school elections.

Three seats on the Wichita City Council and four seats on the Wichita school board are up for election this fall. Several cities around the county will elect new mayors. You can find a full list of candidates running for office here.

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New survey results show that reluctance to get COVID-19 vaccinations has dropped in Kansas.

At the same time, worries about vaccine side effects seem to be increasing.

The Range | May 28, 2021

May 28, 2021
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We hear the train a-comin' — or do we? This week on The Range, we discuss the status of the effort to bring passenger rail back to Wichita, a prospect that seems more likely than ever under the president's new infrastructure package.

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Guitarist Greg Skaff's latest album, Polaris, finds the former Wichitan and longtime New York City resident accompanied by two of the greatest living jazz players: bassist Ron Carter and drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath.

Comprised of original material from Skaff as well as a bevy of standards, the record demonstrates Skaff's particular genius on his instrument, including his singular phrasing and the ability to reimagine standards in such a way that renders them new.

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Land-locked Kansas is not where you might expect to see a squadron of pelicans or a fling of sandpipers.

But a couple of times a year, we become home to thousands of migratory birds making the long journey north or south. And when that happens, there’s no better place for bird watching than the salt marshes at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.