Thanksgiving

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.

Many families are heeding the advice of health officials and inviting fewer people to Thanksgiving dinner. The trend has hurt turkey sales, especially for national producers.

But small organic and free-range turkey farmers may be faring better because of a loyal customer base that may be sticking closer to home than usual.

Nadya Faulx / KMUW/File photo

Wichita’s Eisenhower National Airport is looking at a slower-than-normal holiday travel season as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns against traveling at all.

Brian Grimmett / Kansas News Service

WICHITA — Coronavirus cases are at record levels. Just in time to pretty much ruin Thanksgiving.

In Kansas, those cases have hospitals worried about having enough space or staff. That’s prompted local, state and federal officials to urge people to just stay home.

We spoke with three Kansans about their decisions to cancel trips to see family — and the loss that represents.

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Wichita's board of education voted Monday to extend Thanksgiving break an two extra days.

Students and staff will now take Nov. 23 and 24 off, giving them a full work week away from the classroom — both in-person and virtually.

The district said it's running short on teachers and substitutes as the rise in COVID-19 cases in Sedgwick Counties forces employees to isolate and quarantine. 

Superintendent Alicia Thompson told the board it's been a rough couple of weeks.

The holiday season is officially upon us, and so are its classic dishes. For some home cooks who are vegan or vegetarian, Thanksgiving can be a time to flex their culinary creativity, and make the well-loved new.

The sky is dark and cloudy, but inside Rutabaga’s Comfort Food in downtown Lincoln, the light is warm, and it smells like Thanksgiving.

Sara Brown and her kitchen team are bracing for the lunch rush. Though the restaurant opened just two months ago, the dining room already tends to be busy by noon.

Some area Girl Scouts stopped by KMUW recently to participate in the Radio Day program. They spent some time in our studios recording their insights on our nation's first Thanksgiving.

Here's a sample from their day...

We think they did a great job and should wear their Radio Day badges proudly.

YMCA Hosts Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Nov 21, 2018
Ascha Lee / KMUW

The YMCA hosted its 41st free Thanksgiving dinner for families in need.

The nonprofit’s annual “We Care” dinner served about 1,500 people on Wednesday at the downtown location.

Eating crickets might improve the microbiome — the good bacteria found in the gut that wards off illness, according to a recent six-week study at Colorado State University.

Wichita Stores To Participate In Small Business Saturday

Nov 19, 2018
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Black Friday is the big shopping day this week — but if you’d prefer to go small, you’re in luck.

Wichita is again participating in Small Business Saturday, a nationwide initiative. The “holiday” aims to get shoppers into local brick-and-mortar stores. That’s done by offering discounts and deals similar to those offered by large retailers during the holiday shopping season.

For some businesses, the event may be the push they need to become established, said Spice Merchant owner Bob Boewe.

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