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.
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.
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.
Residents of a West Wichita neighborhood learned in March that their private water wells had been contaminated with a chemical likely to cause major health defects. They’ve also learned that the contamination could be decades old.
Ron Barnhart owns a well groomed, one story home in west Wichita.
“We came here in ’64,” he says. “This was my parent’s house. I would always ask my dad through those years, you know, ‘Dad, what’s filtering that water coming from the ground?’ He had a filter down, but it wasn’t sufficient to put up with this.”
The three private companies contracted to manage Medicaid services through KanCare lost money in the program's first year. That's according to a report released this week.
The total losses between the companies come to more than $100 million. Representative Jim Ward, a Wichita Democrat, is concerned that could lead to cost increases, service reductions or the companies eventually pulling out of the program altogether.
"Will they leave?" Ward asks. "And if they do leave, what impact will that have on the people who depend on Medicaid for services?"
Drug Administration is taking public comments on a proposed rule that would extend the agency’s reach to tobacco products that are not currently regulated by the agency-including e-cigarettes. The proposal comes at a time when nicotine poisoning is on the rise.
Poison Control Centers all across the country have been seeing a growing number of poisonings from exposure to the liquid nicotine used in e-cigarettes.