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Wichita State president Rick Muma will make the same salary as his predecessor, according to a document obtained through a records request.

Carlos Moreno

In a typical February, the small Wabaunsee school district just west of Topeka pays a natural gas utility bill of about $4,300. This year, its bill was more than $53,000.

It’s not because classrooms were cranking up the heat. Wabaunsee is just one of hundreds of school districts in Kansas hit by an unprecedented spike in wholesale natural gas prices during February’s record-setting winter storm. Now the state is stepping in with $20 million in loans to help. 

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Last week, Rick Muma was named the 15th president of Wichita State University.

He assumes the presidency amid the COVID-19 pandemic and following the sudden departures of former president Jay Golden and men’s basketball coach Gregg Marshall.

Muma sat down with KMUW’s Suzanne Perez to talk about his new role and the future of WSU.

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All five Republican members of Kansas’ Congressional delegation sent a letter to Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly this week urging her to halt the extended federal unemployment benefits.

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Kansas officials say the state will follow new federal guidance that says people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear masks or socially distance.

But don’t get rid of your masks just yet.

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Summer vacation is back.

After the pandemic canceled most plans last year, AAA says the rising COVID-19 vaccination rate and relaxed health guidelines are fueling a surge in travel bookings.

The organization's latest annual summer travel forecast projects more than 37 million people nationwide are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home starting May 27 through May 31, an increase of 60% from last year, when only 23 million traveled.

The Range | May 14, 2021

May 14, 2021
Deborah Shaar

After the pandemic canceled plans last year, summer travel is heating up, thanks to increasing vaccination rates, loosened health guidelines and lots of pent-up demand.

This week on The Range, we talk to a tour company in Wichita that's welcoming the return of summer travelers.

Carla Eckels

After graduating from Wichita State University, Amy Vuong she struggled to find the same kind of resources and professional networking opportunities that had been available in school.

"We heard through our other friends and our other networks that others were having very similar conversations," she said. "And that's when we started exploring what can we do to address this need in Wichita for the young Asian American population."

Deborah Shaar / KMUW

Adolescents are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations.

The Sedgwick County Health Department on Thursday began offering the Pfizer vaccine to kids over 12 years old.

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What does it cost a school district to replace an offensive mascot?

Some Kansas schools are starting to find out.