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The Range | Jan. 8, 2021

Jan 8, 2021
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This week on The Range, we visit a small Kansas town that rebuilt its biggest tourist attraction, and itself, following a devastating tornado.

Plus, we talk with the mayor of Wichita about how the city is helping businesses survive the pandemic.

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A mandatory face mask policy and restrictions on restaurants and bars in Sedgwick County will continue for at least another month.

Sedgwick County Health Officer Dr. Garold Minns issued a new health order Wednesday that maintains policies that have been in place since early November.

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Members of Congress are formally counting the Electoral College votes today.

A group of Republicans are planning to object to the results, citing false claims of widespread voter fraud. President Trump continues to baselessly claim that he won the election rather than Joe Biden, who is set to be sworn into office on Jan. 20.

Watch the proceedings live beginning at 12 p.m. CT.

Sedgwick County Health Department workers set up a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Intrust Bank Arena.
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For starters, the COVID-19 vaccine doses intended for Ness County in west-central Kansas landed somewhere else.

“That was my first clue we had a problem,” said Carolyn Gabel, the county’s public health administrator.

Then someone from Dodge City called. Those vials bound for Ness City? They hadn’t been kept as cold as needed. They were no good anymore and needed replacing.

Nadya Faulx / KMUW

When Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple was sworn into office on Jan. 13, 2020, he thought the recently announced layoffs at Spirit AeroSystems would be his biggest challenge.

"And then, you know," he said, "the pandemic hit."

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An updated employment forecast from Wichita State University shows the local economy improving slightly more than expected in 2021.

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Now that a COVID-19 vaccine has reached Kansas, residents and employees of long-term care homes are expected to be among the first groups of people offered the vaccine.

The question is how many of them will choose to take it. Public health officials and the homes’ operators strongly endorse the vaccine, but polls have shown that many Americans remain skeptical or opposed.

Stephan Bisaha / Kansas News Service

College life at public universities in Kansas had one defining trait last semester: isolation.

Noah Fortson / NPR

Four Republican members of the Kansas Congressional delegation plan to object when Congress meets Wednesday to certify the Electoral College.

The Range | Jan. 1, 2021

Jan 1, 2021
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It's the first First Friday in 2021, and we're ringing in the New Year by talking about art.

Of course, 2021 doesn’t look much better than 2020 for art shows. But that hasn’t stopped two Wichita art lovers from becoming the new owners of one of the city's best-known galleries. This week on The Range, we talk to them about why, despite the challenges, the market for art is thriving.

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