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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Crime and Courts
2:57 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Kansas Court Of Appeals Judges To Hear Case Arguments At WSU

The hearings will be held in WSU's CAC Theater.
Credit Wichita State University

A three-judge panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals will hear seven cases on Sept. 17 at Wichita State University, as part of the college's Constitution Day events.

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Education
1:43 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Sequester Cuts 440 Fewer Kids In State Head Start Programs, 74 Fewer Spots In Wichita

The Kansas Head Start Association says 440 fewer children will be able to participate in its programs because of sequester cuts.

Before the federal budget cuts took effect earlier this year, Kansas Head Start programs had more than 9,000 slots for children from low-income families. The sequester this year reduced Head Start's budget by over 5 percent.

Head Start is designed to combat poverty by offering preschool education, improving early-childhood nutrition and well-being, and encouraging parent involvement.

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Energy
12:56 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Is Westar Asking For Too Much Money? Consumer Advocate Group Says Yes

A Kansas consumer advocate agency is saying that Westar Energy, Inc. can make necessary environmental improvements at its power plants with a smaller rate increase than it requested.

An attorney for the Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board filed testimony with the Kansas Corporation Commission yesterday, saying Westar could reduce its rate increase request by $1 million and still accomplish its goals.

CURB also argues against Westar's plan to shift the burden of the increase away from large businesses to residential customers.

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Politics
2:52 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Kris Kobach and Arizona Secretary of State Sue Federal Election Commission

Kobach and Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett filed the suit against the U.S. Election Assistance Commission Wednesday.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Kansas and Arizona officials have filed a federal lawsuit to try require voter applicants to show proof of citizenship.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett filed the lawsuit today in federal court in Topeka.

The suit seeks to change federal voter registration forms to require documents proving citizenship. Currently, the forms require that an applicant make an oath affirming citizenship.

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Government
2:04 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Kansas Budget Director Resigns

Gov. Sam Brownback says he's accepted the resignation of state Budget Director Steve Anderson. The governor commended his work and diligence.

Anderson will leave his office, effective the end of this month. He says he's taking more time with his wife and sons.

Anderson is a certified public accountant and managing partner of Anderson, Reichert and Anderson, LLC. The governor named him budget director in late 2010. As a member of the Governor's Economic Growth Team, he worked to strengthen the economy and create jobs for Kansans.

Energy
12:32 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

KCC Holds Hearings On 600,000-Watt Power Line Proposal

Proposed Grain Belt Express route through Kansas.
Credit Clean Line Energy

The Kansas Corporation Commission is hosting a series of hearings regarding a massive power line that will cross Kansas and deliver electricity to Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

The Grain Belt Express line will cross Russell and Osborne counties and send 600,000 volts of electricity from wind farms. The Kansas Corporation Commission already has found the project to be in the public interest. The hearings will focus on its location.

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Environment
3:04 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Worried About Floods? Have Alerts Texted To Your Phone

The U.S. Geological Survey has a number of data collection stations scattered across Kansas. The stations transmit real-time data to the USGS every 1-4 hours. Emergency transmissions, such as during floods, may be more frequent.
Credit U.S. Geological Survey

The Kansas Water Office is promoting Water Alert, a service that brings instant, customized updates about water conditions to Kansas residents.

The U.S. Geological Survey created Water Alert to give people timely information about river, lake and groundwater conditions. It's a nationwide service, but there are over a dozen data collection stations in the Wichita area alone.

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Politics
1:04 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Bonner Springs Libertarian Woman Files For Governor Race

Tresa McAlhaney and her husband, Mike
Credit vote4kansas.com / McAlhaney's campaign website

A Libertarian woman from Bonner Springs has filed the paperwork to run for the 2014 Kansas gubernatorial race.

Tresa McAlhaney announced Wednesday she's running as a Libertarian in a third-party challenge to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. McAlhaney has filed the necessary documents to form a committee with the state to begin her campaign.

Grant Nelson of Prairie Village joins McAlhaney on the ticket as lieutenant governor candidate.

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Business
1:21 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Spirit Aerosystems Confirms 360 Layoffs In Kansas, Oklahoma

Credit Spirit Aerosystems

Spirit Aerosystems has confirmed that it is laying off 360 salaried support and management employees in both its Kansas and Oklahoma locations.

The company said in a news release Thursday that this is a "strategic move to make the company more competitive in a cost-sensitive environment." It says the reductions are designed to "reduce overhead costs, increase efficiency, and drive improved performance."

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Business
3:21 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

100 New Jobs And $2M In Investment Headed To Wichita

Triumph Aerospace Systems - Wichita, a subsidiary of Triumph Group Inc., plans to expand in Wichita.

The company will bring more than 100 new jobs to Wichita and invest more than $2 million dollars in new machining and facilities renovation in the next five years.

The expansion will allow Triumph Aerospace Systems - Wichita to diversify its customer base.

After Triumph Aerospace Systems in Wichita won Viking as a new client, the company decided to expand.

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