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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Education
10:42 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Kansas Ed. Department To Study How To Help Out-Of-State Teachers Get Licensed In Kansas

The Kansas Department of Education wants to study a proposal to make it easier for out-of-state teachers to become licensed in Kansas.

The Council of Chief State School Officers, a national organization of state education agency officials, issued a report listing 10 recommendations for how states could improve the teaching profession. One of those calls for allowing reciprocity across state lines. Another encourages states to use data collection, analysis, reporting to improve teacher programs and keep them accountable.

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Politics
6:55 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Governor Brownback Will Consider Releasing Names of Court of Appeals Applicants

Update 11:35 a.m. Brownback spokeswoman Eileen Hawley has revised her statement to say only that the release of names is under discussion. She said she'd been premature in announcing a change in plans because the governor hadn't formally signed off. Hawley said no final decision has been made.

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Community
7:01 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Three Downtown Apartment Buildings on National Historic Register

The Naomi Apartment building on south Market street.
Credit via Loopnet

The Kansas Historical Society has added three Wichita apartment buildings to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Energy
7:05 am
Mon July 8, 2013

There's Another Public Meeting on Westar Energy's Proposed Rate Hikes Thursday

The Kansas Corporation Commission is holding another public hearing on Westar Energy's request to boost rates for residential customers and cut rates for big commercial customers.

Residents can attend the hearing Thursday at 6 pm at the Kansas Corporation Commission office in Topeka.

If you can't make it to Topeka, you can also participate by video conference in several locations:

Community
12:49 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Was The Civil War Inevitable? Two Historians Debate On Saturday

One of the cannons engraved with Civil War battles' names on the Battle Monument at West Point
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Two historians are marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg with a debate, asking whether the war could have been avoided.

Dr. Tom Morain of Graceland University in Iowa and Dr. James Juhnke, formerly of Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., will square off Saturday at the Sedgwick County Historical Museum in Wichita.

Morain said the debate's been held in Iowa for years, but this is the first time in Kansas.

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Business
2:33 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Salina Home To One Of Only Two FTA-Certified Producers Of Accessible Transit Minivans

An accessible minivan manufactured by ElDorado National in Salina, Kan.
Credit Courtesy photo

A Salina manufacturer is now one of two makers of accessible transit minivans to meet the Federal Transit Administration's "Buy America" standards.

The FTA's decision clears the way for ElDorado National in Salina, Kan., and Braun Corporation in Indiana to handle final assembly of transit minivans.

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Government
6:17 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Licensed Guns Now Allowed In State Buildings

As of Monday, properly licensed firearms will be allowed in all state office buildings, except those exempted by law.

The new law stipulates that concealed carry is permitted in any state or municipal building unless the building has adequate security measures to make sure no weapons are allowed inside.

State correctional facilities, courtrooms and law enforcement agencies are generally exempt from the new law.

Some state health care facilities and post-secondary educational facilities have asked for temporary exemptions from the law.

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Water Future
2:21 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

City Offering $1M In Rebates In Exchange For Water Conservation

The city of Wichita unveiled Thursday a $1 million rebate program to continue to encourage residents to conserve water. The program starts Monday and runs through December 31.

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Agriculture
12:20 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

More Ag Manufacturing Jobs Coming To Hesston

Poly corn snouts on a New Holland combine
Credit GVL Polymers / GVL Polymers

GVL Polymers Inc., will soon open a plant in Kansas, just north of Newton. 

The company plans to build a 50,000-square-foot facility in Hesston and says it will employ more than 20 full-time workers within its first year. GVL's main plant and headquarters are in Litchfield, Minn., where it employees 40 people. The Hesston location will be the company's second plant.

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Crime and Courts
8:39 am
Wed June 26, 2013

U.S. Chief Judge Vratil Considers Whether To Block Parts Of New Kansas Abortion Bill

Kansas is heading back to court to defend new restrictions on abortion providers.  The state has already spent more than $758,000 on private attorneys in lawsuits over anti-abortion laws.

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