Kate Clause

Morning Edition Host

When Kate hosted her first shift at KSWC ("The Jinx") in 2001, she was almost too afraid to open up the microphone. She quickly overcame that fear and has since reported breaking news, found her "jazz voice," and committed the Morning Edition clock to memory.

After studying writing and journalism at Southwestern College, Kate worked for KMUW in 2006 as a news intern. She moved from short news spots to filling in as a host. She spent some time learning to report breaking news at KFDI-FM, then came to rest as KMUW's All Things Considered host and operations assistant.

In 2009, Kate and her husband Raymond moved to Portland, Oregon, where Kate worked as Oregon Public Broadcasting's radio operations coordinator. She supported OPB radio, opbmusic.org, and KMHD Jazz Radio. Her favorite moments at OPB include giving Dr. Lonnie Smith directions to a "diner with great breakfast," being a background extra during a Rick Steves TV taping, and yarn-bombing the radio interview room with fellow knitters.

Though she'll miss her 90-minute drive to the ocean, Kate jumped at the chance to work with her friends at KMUW again as Morning Edition host. She and Raymond look forward to hanging out with friends and family and riding their bikes around Wichita.

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The largest electric company in Kansas has reached an agreement with a consumer advocacy agency and other parties to scale back a proposed increase in the utility's annual rates to $78 million.

Westar Energy Inc. announced Thursday that it had a settlement with the Citizens' Utility Ratepayers Board, the staff of the Kansas Corporation Commission and all other parties in its rate case. Westar had sought a $152 million rate increase.

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Members of the community group Sunflower Community Action have worked with Wichita city councilwoman LaVonta Williams over the past year to "Ban the Box."

The initiative was created to get employers to no longer require that applicants check a box if they have been convicted of a felony on public sector job applications.

The City of Wichita adopted this policy on Thursday.

Prairie Sunset Trail

May 28, 2015
Evelyn Hefley

A local bike advocacy group called Prairie Travelers recently got a grant to expand an 8-mile section of abandoned railroad corridor into the Prairie Sunset Trail, a mixed-use bike and walking lane. The volunteers are getting help from a group of Americorps Volunteers based in Denver, Colorado.

We interviewed John Moore with the Prairie Travelers, Cecelia Montes De Oca, the leader of the Americorps team, and then the volunteers themselves.

 

Below, Mayor Jeff Longwell talks about Wichita's plans to improve bicycling and transportation in the future, and he shares his own favorite routes to bike. 

In addition to the bicycle feature (click to play the first audio link), Mayor Jeff Longwell offered this advice for new riders:

"Number one, I would recommend that you find a buddy to ride with, because it's always safer to ride in pairs.

Friday is National Bike to Work Day! There will be several spots in Wichita where you can grab a free breakfast or lunch by bicycle. Find that information here.

But, if you’re kind of new to biking for transportation, here are a few quick tips for riding in Wichita:

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Scott Wadle, Project Manager for Wichita Bicycle Master Plan, talks about exciting projects in Wichita.

In this audio piece, Scott Wadle talks about new bicycle parking in the Delano District:

 

Here he talks more about Wichita's 10-year plan for bicycling in Wichita and explains how you can read it online.

 

And in this final audio clip, Wadle explains how bike projects are selected and funded.

 

Abigail Wilson

Kim Neufeld, president of Bike/Walk Wichita, offers advice on how to use your bike as transportation in addition to recreation.

For additional bike-to-work information, here's a piece in which Amy Delamaide talks about how to commute to work, especially with women's clothing: http://kmuw.org/post/bike-month-profile-amy-delamaide

It’s Bike Month, and KMUW is celebrating all things bicycle.

If you want to get outside and participate, consider some of these Bike Month events:

Federal health officials say just over 39,000 Kansans signed up for health care coverage through the federally run exchange in the first month of open enrollment.

Those who signed up at healthcare.gov as of December 15 will have coverage Thursday. People who sign up by Jan. 15 will be covered beginning Feb. 1.

About 57,000 people enrolled in the exchange in Kansas last year. State officials hope more sign up this year.

People can sign up for individual or family coverage until February 15 at www.healthcare.gov.

The Kansas Supreme Court has cleared the way for more same-sex marriages in Johnson County, but says it will defer to the U.S. Supreme Court on whether Kansas' ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional.

The Kansas Supreme Court lifted its hold on licenses to same-sex couples in Johnson County yesterday.

Johnson County Chief Judge Kevin Moriarty had authorized the licenses last month after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear cases from three federal appeals courts that had overturned same-sex marriage bans.

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