In the Mix

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A new partnership between the Wichita Black Nurses Association, Black churches and the Sedgwick County Health Department is working to get the COVID-19 vaccine to communities of color that have been hit particularly hard by the disease.

This week on The Range, we stop by a vaccination clinic at St. James Missionary Baptist Church to hear why increasing access to the vaccine is so vital.

Plus, don't throw those food scraps away — we talk to the owner of Nudge Compost about the greener alternative to clean your plate.

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Black Kansans have received the COVID-19 vaccine at about half the rate of white Kansans.

Now, as the vaccine rollout continues, there’s been a growing effort to close that gap.

The Range | Feb. 26, 2021

Feb 26, 2021
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Wichita State men’s basketball coach Isaac Brown continues to draw more attention as he leads the Shockers to more victories — including last week’s win over highly ranked Houston.

This week on The Range, we get to know Wichita State’s first Black head basketball coach.

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The Wichita State University men's basketball team has been on a winning streak, including last week's game against highly ranked Houston.

And as the Shockers rack up more victories, it's bringing more attention to Isaac Brown. He was named head basketball coach on Friday after holding the title on an interm basis since the fall. Brown is the first African American to be at the helm of the men's basketball program in WSU history, and the first to lead a Division I men's basketball program in Kansas.

The Range | Jan. 22, 2021

Jan 22, 2021
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Some neighborhoods in Wichita's 67214 zip code, west of Wichita State University, have long struggled with poverty and access to fresh, healthy food. 

But a community group is trying to change that by providing free breakfasts, groceries — and even books. This week on The Range, we stop by a Books & Breakfast event to meet some of the people behind the initiative, and some of the residents it's serving.

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Christmas Day is a time of celebration, a day when many of us traditionally gather with family or friends. But even that simple act is difficult —even impossible —in a year marked by significant challenges. 

KMUW's Carla Eckels spoke to four Wichita pastors who shared their messages of faith and hope.

The Range | Nov. 27, 2020

Nov 27, 2020
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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.

The Range | Oct. 9, 2020

Oct 9, 2020
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Kansas' first Muslim sorority began its first full year at Wichita State University this fall, despite the challenges of the pandemic. This week on The Range, we talk to the president of Mu Delta Alpha about the sorority is building sisterhood, and a better understanding of Islam.

Plus, the 2021 forecast for Wichita's economy is out, and while it's not all puppy dogs and ice cream, it does bring some good news — if we can keep the coronavirus under control.

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A momentous election is now less than 40 days away, and a local group has been working hard to register young voters.

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Working from home and tired of looking at Zoom screens all day? Us too. After several months in quarantine, there's got to be a way to spice things up. Today on The Range, we run down some tips on how to improve your virtual meeting and livestream events.

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