Local News

Lu Anne Stephens / KMUW

The tallgrass prairie once covered more than 170 million acres across North America.

Today, only about 4% is left, and most of it can be found in the Flint Hills of Kansas.

Still Need To File Your Taxes? Here's Where To Get Some Help

Apr 15, 2021
401(K) 2012, flickr Creative Commons

Haven’t filed your taxes yet? Don’t panic: The IRS extended the filing deadline to May 17.

It marks the second straight year that the deadline has been postponed. Last year, it was pushed back to July 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s filing service started later than usual.

If you need help filing, there are a couple of free options.

El Alvi / Flickr Creative Commons

Kansas says it will stop distributing the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine as federal health officials investigate reports of rare complications in six people who received the vaccine.

Madeline Deabler / Wichita Journalism Collaborative

After a year of navigating the disruptions fostered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the spring of 2021 promises to be the start of a cautious reopening.

But mental health experts say the wounds of the past year could remain with us for quite some time.

Photo Courtesy of Catholic Diocese of Wichita

The remains of Father Emil Kapaun, lost for nearly 70 years, will return to Kansas.

Nadya Faulx / KMUW

With COVID-19 vaccines available to all Kansans age 16 or older, public health officials are battling a different pandemic problem: vaccine hesitancy.

Experts say the COVID-19 shots are as safe as any other routine vaccine, and they are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from the disease. They offer an end to the year-long pandemic, but only if enough people are inoculated to reach herd immunity.

Stephan Bisaha / Kansas News Service/File photo

A small but growing number of colleges are requiring students to get a COVID-19 vaccine before returning to campus, but Kansas universities so far say they won’t require the shot.

Carla Eckels / KMUW/File photo

Gov. Laura Kelly signed a bill this week requiring utilities to take certain steps before the construction of electrical transmission lines in urban areas.

The legislation, which is specific to Wichita, followed outcry from residents here after Evergy installed large transmission poles in several neighborhoods in 2018.

Nadya Faulx / KMUW

The first baseball game in the stadium built for the Wind Surge, Wichita’s minor league team, will not involve the Wind Surge.

Instead, Wichita State will play Houston in a college baseball game Saturday in Riverfront Stadium’s debut event.

Carla Eckels / KMUW

This story was updated April 14  

The NoMar Theater in Wichita's North End has a new owner.