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 Federal Communications Commission said Monday that Sprint Corp. will pay $7.5 million in the largest Do-Not-Call settlement to date, for failing to honor customer requests to opt out of phone and text marketing communications. 

Rhandalee Hinman

Wichita resident Rhandalee Hinman rode her bike as a kid, but like many people, gave up the habit once she reached adulthood. A little over a year ago, however, she decided to switch up her fitness routine and joined a local bicycling group. She fell down several times on her first ride, but she kept going. Within that first year, Rhandalee rode 100 miles as part of Bike MS.

She says anyone can get into bike riding. Just go slow and keep trying to get better.

    

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KMUW's Larry Bennett is not only a dedicated bicyclist, but he's dedicated to using recumbent bikes. They're a special type of sitting bike, where you lean back in a chair and pedal your feet out in front. Larry says it's a great option for people who find regular bikes too hard on their bodies, and just as safe.

Listen to Larry explain why riding a recumbent bike makes you a defacto bike ambassador.

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Colorado is joining the effort to preserve the current route of Amtrak's Southwest Chief.

Yesterday, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper went to Pueblo to sign a bill that creates a commission to work with officials in Kansas and New Mexico to continue Southwest Chief's existing service. The bill will also push for a new stop in Pueblo. 

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25-year-old Christina Calhoun says she became a bike commuter by accident--by car accident, actually. Two years ago, a car accident left her with a broken car she couldn't afford to repair. She biked to work that day, and she's been biking everywhere she needs to go for about two years now.

Christina doesn't miss having a car; in fact, she says living life at bike pace has helped her focus her limited energy and time on the things most important to her.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is not responding publicly to a new Kansas law that says only Kansas can regulate the lesser prairie chicken within its borders.

In March, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the prairie chicken as threatened because of a steep decline in the animal's numbers. The listing protected lesser prairie chickens in Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado and New Mexico.

The agency’s spokeswoman Claire Cassel declined to comment on the law yesterday.

Amy Delamaide

Wichita resident Amy Delamaide started riding her bike as a kid. She and her dad would take quick trips down the street to Dairy Queen for ice cream at first. Years later, she and her family had worked up to participating in Biking Across Kansas, an annual recreational trek across the state from west to east.

While Amy loves taking longer bike rides and using the bike trails around Wichita, she also makes time to take short trips to work or to the store. She likes tooling around town on her yellow 1970s Huffy bike.

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Derby resident and KMUW Super Volunteer Kathryn Parsons Buck loves bike riding because it's fun. She says it's one of the few kinds of exercise that doesn't feel like exercise, and it's surprising how far you can go. She also loves how a good bike ride can clear her mind and make her feel relaxed and uplifted. You can find Kathryn biking around Wichita with the Radio Flyers and tackling small shopping trips by bike. 

Hear her talk about why she loves bicycling below. 

A journalist who has covered the health reform debate for several national publications will be in Wichita next Wednesday to talk about the Affordable Care Act and the issue surrounding it.

Sarah Kliff worked for Politico and the Washington Post before recently moving to the new media venture Vox.com

Jim McClean talked with Kliff recently and has this preview...

Kliff will be speaking next Wednesday afternoon at Wichita’s Old Town Hotel.

Evidence recovered from the home of the southwest Missouri man accused of killing three people outside two Kansas Jewish facilities indicates he researched directions to synagogues and kosher places to eat.

Self-described white supremacist Frazier Glenn Cross has been charged with shootings outside the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas, and at Village Shalom senior care facility nearby.

69-year-old William Corporon, his 14-year-old grandson, Reat Griffin Underwood, and 53-year-old Terri LaManno were killed in the shootings.

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