Chandra Stauffer

She is a graduate of Wichita State University and has lived in the Wichita-metro area her entire life.

She loves public radio for its diverse content of news, music and entertainment. Specifically, she loves Wichita Public Radio because of its dedication to local news coverage and relationship with the art community.

And even though she can’t run as far or as fast as Zack Gingrich-Gaylord, it is her preferred mode of exercise with a LDR of 13.1 miles!

If you want to know about her love of the Dave Matthews Band and potato chips, you should follow her on Twitter.

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Health
12:29 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Via Christi Offering Help For Insurance Marketplace

Via Christi Health has planned seven public events to help Kansans better understand and enroll in the health insurance marketplace.

There will be nationally certified navigators on hand to provide help navigating and enrolling in health insurance coverage offered through the Health Insurance Marketplace. In a release, Via Christi states the goal is to increase preventative cancer screenings through increasing access and enrollment in health insurance coverage.

The Via Christi nurse navigators will be at the following locations in November:

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Health
6:03 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Q&A: The Affordable Care Act In Kansas

KMUW hosted a live call-in show October 9. We took questions from callers, email and Twitter. Below are questions and answers from the hour. We received more questions than we could get to during the hour, but we followed up with our panelists and added those additional questions and answers below.

Our guests were:

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Environment
10:52 am
Fri August 9, 2013

City Officials: The Drought Is Over

City of Wichita officials announced Friday the drought that threatened the area’s water supply the two past summers and heightened conservation efforts is officially over.

In a release Friday, the city reports Cheney Lake, the city’s primary water source, reached full capacity in the early hours of Thursday from 73.6 percent on July 29. Earlier this year, the lake was as low as 58 percent capacity, causing city officials to encourage conservation efforts through a media campaign, a rebate program and other measures aimed at extending the area’s water supply.

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Music
8:16 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Listen: New From Civil Wars, 'Dust To Dust'

Joy Williams and John Paul White are The Civil Wars, a duo of passionate performers, but these days they can barely speak to one another.

The Civil Wars are about to release a new album — their second and probably their last for a while or perhaps forever. Today we have a new song for you by Joy and John Paul, a ballad called "Dust to Dust."

Community
8:37 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Free Dumping Is Back For Sedgwick County Residents

Sedgwick County again will help residents dispose of bulky waste by offering a coupon covering the cost to dump up to 1,000 pounds; loads exceeding this limit are accepted, but will be subject to fees.

An online request form will be available beginning July 22 at sedgwickcounty.org, or residents may request a coupon by calling 660-9110. Residents will need to present their name and address online or over the phone.

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Community
10:10 am
Fri June 28, 2013

You're On Your Own To Clean Up After Thursday's Storm

Thursday's storm knocks over this tree in the Riverside neighborhood.
Credit Lu Anne Stephens / KMUW

Crews from the city of Wichita are currently clearing tree limbs and debris that fell into streets and onto public property during the Thursday night wind storm.

However, they will not pick up debris from private property owners. Instead they are encouraging homeowners to work with their trash haulers to remove debris or take it to one of four Wichita locations for a fee. 

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Business
9:40 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Via Christi Announces Details Of 230 Statewide Layoffs

Via Christi Health is eliminating 360 positions in its workforce this month.

The Kansas-based health care provider says the layoffs will affect 230 full and part-time workers statewide. The remainder of the reductions will come from recently vacated positions that will not be filled.

“This is an extremely difficult undertaking as these staff members have made valuable contributions to Via Christi during their careers in our ministry,” said Jeff Korsmo, Via Christi Health’s president and CEO, in a news release Wednesday.

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Community
8:44 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Does Wichita Have Enough Parks?

Riverside Park in North Wichita, taken in October 2009.
Credit Ty Nigh / flickr Creative Commons

 A report released Wednesday from The Trust for Public Land on the nation's park systems ranks Wichita 34th out of the 50 largest U.S. cities.

ParkScore rates city park systems on a scale of zero to five park benches, with Wichita earning two. Wichita scored well on median park size but was hurt by low marks for park and playground access.

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Community
1:12 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Visit Wichita Parks, Answer Some Trivia, Maybe Win A Prize

A new program that encourages and rewards residents for visiting public parks was announced Friday.

The new Park Passport program encourages residents to visit 18 specific local parks, including Oak, Buffalo and Fairmont, and answer trivia-like questions posted on signs in each park.

If you visit Oak Park, for example, you'll be asked, "What is the slogan on the back of the 18th disc golf basket?"

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Weather
11:10 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Storm Debris? City Says You're On Your Own

The city of Wichita is not planning to collect fallen limbs or other messes from this weekend’s storm.

In a release Monday, the city said property owners are responsible for disposing of debris, none of which should be placed at the curb unless arrangements with a private hauler have been made.

Four Wichita locations are accepting storm debris for a fee: 

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