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For the first time in almost 14 years, Wichita baseball fans cheered on a minor-league team in their hometown.

The Wichita Wind Surge played their inaugural game Tuesday night at Riverfront Stadium against the Amarillo Sod Poodles to an almost sold-out crowd.


After months of town halls, workshops, and at-times heated discussions, the Wichita City Council on Tuesday approved a new code of ethics for elected officials.

Catholic Diocese of Wichita

The Catholic Diocese of Wichita has announced funeral arrangements for Father Emil Kapaun.

The diocese said Tuesday that it will hold a funeral Mass for Kapaun on Wednesday, Sept. 29, in Hartman Arena. A vigil will be held the day before at the arena in Park City, which can hold up to 6,500 people.

Kapaun's remains will be returned from Hawaii on Sept. 25. His family and diocese officials — and likely military officials — will accompany them.

Brian Grimmett / Kansas News Service

SALINA, Kansas — Ebony Murell and a few interns meticulously sort 99 kinds of silphium. It’s a wild relative to a sunflower. And the biologists at The Land Institute — an outfit devoted to finding out how science can make farming more planet-friendly — want to unravel the plant’s secrets for tolerating bugs and diseases.

“We don’t know what all of these traits mean in terms of plant defenses,” Murell said. “Any or all of them could matter.”

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The long-delayed debut of Wichita’s newest baseball team is finally here.

Can video games like “Call of Duty: World War II” and “Battlefield 1942” be shaping the way young people view history?

Journalist Sian-Pierre Regis and his mother, Rebecca Danigelis, became something of a minor sensation in 2017 when word got out that, following Rebecca’s sudden firing from her decades-long hotel housekeeping job, Sian-Pierre came up with a novel way to help her cope: He asked her to create a bucket list of things she’d always wanted to do, but that her job had kept her from trying.

The Range | May 7, 2021

May 7, 2021
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When schools shut down last spring because of the coronavirus, Wichita West High art teacher Kevin Kelly collected his students' scrapped pieces and got to work on his latest show.

This week on The Range, we talk to the painter about how he's transforming discarded art into something new.

Plus, after going dark more than a year ago, movie theaters are reopening. But will the allure of sound and spectacle on the silver screen be enough to draw audiences away from streaming at home?

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The Kansas Board of Regents on Thursday appointed Rick Muma as the next president of Wichita State University.

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Despite a rocky financial start to 2021, Spirit AeroSystems said it has begun rehiring workers following massive layoffs a year ago.