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Catholic Diocese of Wichita, Kansas

What is a saint? That’s a question Joe Drape asked himself during his research for his book The Saint Makers: Inside the Catholic Church and How a War Hero Inspired a Journey of Faith.

The war hero is from Kansas, and he’s known as either Father Kuh-PAWN or Father KAY-pin. KMUW’s Tom Shine and Beth Golay caught up with Drape virtually in his New York City apartment to talk about the priest’s ongoing journey toward sainthood. Here’s part of their conversation (you can also watch Golay's author talk with Drape at the video player at the end of the page):


When Wichita University students Frank and Dan Carney opened their first Pizza Hut, they had simple ambitions.

"In 1958, we started it to pay our way through college," Frank Carney said in an interview from the 1970s, after the company had grown into the largest pizza restaurant chain in the world.

Frank Carney, a legendary Wichita entrepreneur, died Wednesday. He was 82.

Chris Neal for the Kansas News Service

Most of Wichita attorney Trent Wetta’s clients fall between the ages of 14 and 17, but they can be as young as 10. They typically face misdemeanor charges, such as possession of marijuana or theft, or minor felony charges, like burglary.

It can prove tricky guiding a child through a criminal justice system made by adults with law degrees.

Nadya Faulx / KMUW

A hotel in downtown Wichita is being converted into a housing complex for residents experiencing homelessness.

Jim McLean / Kansas News Service

FREDONIA, Kansas — Nick Baldetti resigned as director of the Reno County Health Department in July.

He left to head an effort to establish a school of health at McPherson College. It was a good opportunity, Baldetti said, but he likely would have stayed to see the department through the pandemic if not for the 80-hour work weeks, the hostile political environment and the threats to his family.


Sedgwick County Republicans selected their former leader to serve the remainder of the term for the 2nd District seat on the county commission.

Stephan Bisaha / KMUW

All elementary students in Wichita Public Schools will learn remotely, starting this week.

The district's school board voted Monday night to make the switch because of the county's worsening coronavirus crisis.

Briana O'Higgins / KMUW

WICHITA, Kansas — Between concerns about schools staying open and the challenges of learning remotely, teachers and students are haunted by another question that goes beyond 2020: Will snow days disappear forever?

The Range | Nov. 27, 2020

Nov 27, 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases in Kansas has doubled in the last five weeks. The spike has led to overcrowded hospitals and nearly 250 deaths this month. And African Americans are being hit particularly hard: Black Kansans are three times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 than white Kansans, and more than seven times more likely to die from the disease.

This week on The Range, we talk to one Wichita woman about her battle with COVID-19, and why she says sharing her story is so important.

Nadya Faulx / KMUW/File photo

Black Friday normally acts as the unofficial start to the holiday shopping season.

But 2020 upended that tradition ... like so many others.