Rick Plumlee, The Wichita Eagle

Rick Plumlee

The Wichita Eagle

Wichita, KS, United States

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Past articles by Rick:

Rick Plumlee OpEd on PBS Vietnam series, Sept. 15, 2017

Ken Burns’ 10-part series begins Sunday night. → Read More

Heartfelt ‘thank you’ may be just what a vet – and this country – needs

This is Veterans Day. Waves of a new generation of vets now fill our land, many of whom have served in Afghanistan and Iraq. They need us. → Read More

45th Street near Maize set to reopen Wednesday

Relief is on the way for drivers who use 45th Street North to reach Maize schools. → Read More

McConnell construction delays return of air show until at least 2016

McConnell Air Force Base hasn’t had air show in four years, and it’ll be at least another two before the popular event returns. → Read More

Is Wichita’s water at risk like Toledo’s?

Conditions that led to Toledo residents temporarily have to stop using their drinking water because of toxic conditions in Lake Erie aren’t likely to happen to Cheney Reservoir, where Wichita gets 60 percent of its water. → Read More

Statewide turnout for primary was 20 percent

Only one-fifth of Kansas’ registered voters cast ballots statewide in the primary election that concluded Tuesday, according to figures released Friday by the Secretary of State’s office. → Read More

Federal report helps detail size, speed of salty plume headed for Wichita’s water wells

The headline of a news release issued Thursday by a federal agency seemingly warned of doom and gloom for Wichita: → Read More

El Dorado man pleads guilty in traffic death that killed retired librarian

An El Dorado man has pleaded guilty in a 2013 traffic death to an 89-year-old retired librarian, as well as to multiple other charges. → Read More

It’s Election Day: Time to leave your mark at the polls

Good morning. It’s Election Day. → Read More

Primary election has plenty of races but likely few voters

Low voter turnout is the norm in this country, including in Kansas. → Read More

Pastors question Kobach comment on ‘churches in quotation marks’ opposing voter ID

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s comment that only “churches in quotation marks” object to the state’s voter photo identification law has drawn the ire of some church leaders. → Read More

Turnout to vote in primary election expected to be slightly lower

State and local officials expect turnout for the primary election to be at least slightly lower than in comparable years. → Read More

Stretch of 37th Street North to close overnight Friday

Construction work will close part of 37th Street North between Broadway and Hydraulic overnight Friday, city officials said. → Read More

Both District 93 candidates overcame money problems

Financial woes have led both Republican candidates in the District 93 primary for a state House seat to cut up their credit cards. → Read More

Two killed in fiery rollover accident north of McPherson

Two people were killed Thursday afternoon in a fiery rollover accident just north of McPherson on I-135, Kansas Highway Patrol trooper Ben Gardner said. → Read More

Greater Ministerial League, assistant secretary of state clash at meeting

A group of predominately black Wichita-area pastors say an assistant Kansas secretary of state was rude and disrespectful during a presentation on voting issues at a recent meeting. → Read More

Augusta couple charged with stealing $1.5M from assisted living company

An Augusta couple was indicted Wednesday on federal charges of stealing more than $1.5 million from assisted living centers by creating fictitious technology companies. → Read More

Ramps at westbound Kellogg and Ridge to close overnight

The exit and entrance ramps at westbound Kellogg and Ridge Road will be closed overnight Monday while pavment patching work is completed. → Read More

Wichita chiropractor pleads guilty to $1.3M in health care fraud

After reaching an agreement with federal prosecutors, a Wichita chiropractor pleaded guilty Monday to defrauding more than $1.3 million from health care programs. → Read More

Wichita tries triage system to deal with neighborhood complaints

Someone slipped into Keith Alberson’s Wichita neighborhood overnight recently and dumped a couch in a shallow ditch. → Read More