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J. Schafer Wednesday, November 10th, 2021

Two hundred years ago this month, a handful of American traders from Franklin, Missouri, received a warm welcome in the Mexican city of Santa Fe, which signaled the opening of trade on what became known as the Santa Fe Trail. Listen to Part 11 in our monthly series marking 200 years of the Santa Fe Trail.

The race for four seats on the Wichita school board has become a battle between the incumbents and a slate of challengers recruited by the county Republican Party. (Photo by Suzanne Perez, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, October 27th, 2021

People running for local office in Kansas find themselves in increasingly partisan-like contests settled by an ever more polarized electorate.  

Substitute teacher Serle McNeil leads an algebra class at Andover High School. McNeil is one of a team of full-time subs rounded up last year to fill in a suddenly chronic shortage. (Photo by Suzanne Perez, KMUW)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, October 19th, 2021

Schools across Kansas can't find enough substitute teachers in the midst of a lingering pandemic and national labor shortage. That could have long-term consequences for students.  

Hays artist Matt Miller stands on a scaffold as he puts the finishing touches on the town's latest mural. (Photo by David Condos, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Murals have become a trend across rural Kansas. Here's why more small towns are starting to turn to larger-than-life outdoor artwork.  

Traders along the Santa Fe Trail, leaving Bent's Fort (circa 1840).
J. Schafer Monday, October 11th, 2021

KPR's monthly series, commemorating 200 years of the Santa Fe Trail, continues this week as we recognize Indigenous People's Day (October 11, 2021) and reflect upon the arrival of Native Peoples in North America. This radio series highlights excerpts from the documentary called The Road to Santa Fe.

Kansas Highway 23 divides the Gray County Wind Farm from the Ensign Wind Farm. (Photo by Brian Grimmett, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Wednesday, October 6th, 2021

After decades of success, the Kansas wind industry faces new challenges that could slow its growth.

Turbines at the Gray County Wind Farm near Montezuma, Kansas. (Photo by Brian Grimmett, Kansas News Service)
Kansas News Service Tuesday, October 5th, 2021

Living in the shadow of the state's first large-scale wind farm for 20 years has been an economic boon for the people living in Gray County, Kansas.

At the University of Kansas, the state’s flagship institution, enrollment has dropped 5% over the past five years. (Photo by Carlos Moreno, KCUR)
Kansas News Service Sunday, October 3rd, 2021

Enrollment at Kansas colleges and universities fell again this fall, continuing a system-wide decline of more than 11% over the past five years.

The scene at Fort Pickett in Virginia, where families evacuated from Afghanistan are being processed before heading to their new homes. (Photo from Hillary Snyder, Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas)
Kansas News Service Thursday, September 30th, 2021

Kansans who help resettle refugees are preparing to welcome 500 people from Afghanistan to the state. Many are destined for Wichita and Kansas City, but they'll be scattered across the state.

KMUW Radio Wednesday, September 29th, 2021

Services are underway in Wichita for Father Emil Kapaun, who died more than 70 years ago in a North Korean prisoner of war camp.


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