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‘Storm of Addiction’ Part 2: Sober and ready to fight
In the second installment of a story looking at the human impact of fentanyl overdose, Ashley Alexander wants to see more done to prevent and prosecute fentanyl-related deaths after her fiance dies.
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Is support for legal medical marijuana in Kansas coming in 2023?
Kansas is one of three states where medical marijuana is illegal. These bills could change that, but time is running out.
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Wichita’s new task force will address homelessness. Who’s involved and what are their goals?
In a drive to get to ‘functional zero’ on homelessness, a new task force plans to meet once a month for the next three years.
In freezing temperatures, volunteers help count Wichita’s homeless population
Every year, volunteers and workers with United Way of the Plains’ Continuum of Care survey unhoused people in a single day. This is how they do it.
Here’s how you can help ensure funding for Wichita housing programs
100 volunteers needed to visit the city’s homeless encampments for an official count that determines how much money local homeless programs receive.
Did a cost-cutting move reduce voter turnout in 2022?
A decision to stop automatically mailing all voters an application to request advance ballots saved about $100,000. It also led to a steep dip in voting by mail. Was it worth it?
DIY Democracy: How to run for City Council or mayor in Wichita
The Wichita Beacon talked with previous and current local candidates to learn how to run for mayor or City Council.
Has your family experienced unexplained illness? A Black neighborhood group will survey its members on MLK Day
The survey hopes to find whether a chemical in Wichita’s groundwater has caused negative health effects in some of Wichita’s majority Black neighborhoods.
DIY Democracy: How to run for school board in Wichita
What should you consider before you run a school board campaign? Here are rules and tips on how to run for public office.
Kansas Legislature asked to focus on life-and-death issues
When the Kansas Legislature returns in January, some people want lawmakers to focus on preventing deaths from gun violence, overdose, DUIs and excessive force by police.
DIY Democracy: How to follow the Kansas Legislature
From committee hearings to floor debate, The Beacon shows you how to follow along from home.
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