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Scientists say that if we’re going to stop rising global temperatures, the world will need to greatly reduce the amount of carbon it’s emitting into the air.

Electricity production is one of the largest culprits and transitioning away from fossil fuels is seen as a key step in stopping climate change.

Under mounting pressure to ditch fossil fuels and amid shifting economics that make coal increasingly less competitive, the largest utility in Kansas pledges to close nearly all of its coal-burning plants in the next 20 years.

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May 3, 2021
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After more than a year of quarantines, business closures and working from home, some have realized that the difficulties brought on by the pandemic will stay with us for years to come.

COVID-19 raised collective awareness around mental health and well being, said Jessica Provines, assistant vice president for student affairs and wellness at Wichita State University.

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The latest Airline Quality Rating survey from Wichita State University shows the nation’s major airlines improved in almost all areas last year.

But as Dean Headley, one of the study’s authors, said, that’s not surprising considering how the pandemic affected air travel in 2020.

Nadya Faulx / KMUW

Buy us some peanuts and Cracker Jack: It's baseball week on The Range.

With less than two weeks to go before the Wichita Wind Surge makes its long-awaited debut at Riverfront Stadium, we talk to the team's CEO, logo designer and No. 1 fan about America's pastime.

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When Katie Jo Oberthaler interned at KMUW as a high school student, she says she never expected to end up on the air.

More specifically, she never expected that songs she'd written would wind up on the airwaves at that very same station.

But her new album, Pawn Shop Queen (recorded as Katie Jo), is changing that. The record, tracked in Long Beach, California, is already earning her critical acclaim and airplay.

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Nearly three years ago, then-Mayor Jeff Longwell announced in a news conference at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium that the New Orleans Baby Cakes were planning to relocate to Wichita.

After a long, twisting journey that included controversy over the stadium development deal, the cancellation of the 2020 season and the death of the team's managing partner, affiliated minor league baseball will return to Wichita on May 11.

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President Biden is addressing a joint session of Congress on the eve of 100 days in office. Watch his remarks live on the player below beginning at 8 p.m. You can follow along with NPR's live fact-check here.

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Wichita public school enrollment fell by more than 2,600 students this year, a 5.6% drop that has officials scrambling to reconnect with families and get kids back.

Aviva Okeson-Haberman, an accomplished KCUR reporter known for her thoughtful, aggressive and compassionate reporting, has died after suffering a gunshot wound in her Kansas City apartment. She was 24.

The killing appeared to be the result of a bullet that pierced one of the windows of her first-floor apartment in the Santa Fe neighborhood. She was discovered there in the 2900 block of Lockridge Avenue on Friday afternoon by a colleague who had gone to check on her after she’d failed to respond to messages throughout the day.

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A jury in Minnesota this week found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty for the murder of George Floyd.

Floyd's death last year sparked worldwide demonstrations against police violence, and inspired Wichita State University professor Kevin Harrison to start The Breathe Project, aimed at denouncing racism and lifting up Black men. This week on The Range, we talk to Harrison about the group's work and his plans for the year ahead.

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