Alec Gartner, KSN News Wichita

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Past articles by Alec:

Deer crashes expected to increase in Kansas

The number of deer crashes in the state dropped in 2020 to more than 9,600. That’s after steadily increasing for the last six years with a high of more than 11,100 two years ago. → Read More

Lawmakers hear what’s behind problems in Kansas child support system

A new legislative committee was created to help prevent people from struggling financially. → Read More

State, industry leaders say more engineers are needed in Kansas

The governor signed a ceremonial bill on Monday, which was passed earlier this year, that sends money from expanded lottery act funds to the University of Kansas, Kansas State University, and Wichita State to attract more engineering students. → Read More

Local doctor explains importance of booster shots

Coronavirus vaccine boosters are slowly starting to go out as new guidance is being put in place. → Read More

Kansas lawmakers form overreach committee to fight vaccine mandates

"A lot of Kansans are upset with the speech that our president gave talking about some of these mandates that are coming down," said Speaker of the House Ron Ryckman. → Read More

Kansas Board of Regents, Education holds joint meeting discussing pandemic’s learning loss, future goals

Teaching Kansas kids is a group effort. Education officials came together to make sure they’re on the same page. The Kansas State Board of Education and Kansas Board of Regents held a joint meeting on Wednesday. → Read More

As coronavirus numbers in kids rise, some concerned as start to school nears

The latest numbers from the American Academy of Pediatrics show coronavirus cases in children are up 84 percent compared to the previous week. That’s 71,000 kids testing positive. → Read More

Survey shows teens worried about learning loss due to pandemic

Nearly two in five 13 to 17-year-olds feel like they’re behind heading into the fall. Some of them feel like last year has already done permanent damage. → Read More

People are leaving rural Kansas, new data shows why

The Kansas Sampler Foundation and the Kansas Office of Prosperity recently released a new survey about the reasons behind people’s moves. This is after hundreds of young people in rural areas were surveyed. → Read More

Kansas sees vaccinations increase as Delta variant spreads

National numbers are showing more people are getting vaccinated in recent weeks. Kansas figures are also improving. → Read More

With eviction ban gone, rental help more important than ever

The nationwide eviction ban ended this past weekend. That has some people concerned landlords won’t be patient with renters behind on their bills. → Read More

Unemployed Kansans won’t get benefits without taking reemployment steps starting Friday

Due to a new law taking effect in June, people collecting unemployment for at least three consecutive weeks need to provide informative to They need to upload a resume and fill out a job search plan on the reemployment plan website. → Read More

Wheat harvest behind, but bringing good results in Kansas

"We’re later because we’ve had some rain delays, you have to wait for the wheat to dry down, so any kind of shower overnight, or high humidity really slows down the harvest in a lot of areas," said Daryl Strouts, CEO of the Kansas Wheat Alliance. → Read More

Concealed carry classes expect to see more 18-20-year-olds

A new Kansas law requires them to go through an eight hour training class. They learn about handgun safety, how to store them, use of deadly force, legal issues, and even have to hit 18 of 25 total targets at 3, 7, and 10 yards. → Read More

Firefighters ready for busy weekend, advise fireworks safety

If you’re planning to celebrate the fourth by setting off fireworks there are all kinds of safety messages. → Read More

Office of Recovery preps for $1.6 billion to go out in Kansas

The State Finance Council approved $10 million for the state Office of Recovery on Thursday. → Read More

Labor Secretary talks infrastructure plan, unemployment benefits in Kansas

"I definitely think the job training, workforce development aspect of this bill is important for Kansas and the region," said United States Labor Secretary Marty Walsh. → Read More

Statehouse reopens to public, guided tours happening for first time since March 2020

Things are getting back to normal at the Kansas Statehouse as visitors are making their way into the historic building. → Read More

Kansas school leaders having to decide how to spend more than $1 billion in federal relief money

On Wednesday, the Kansas State Board of Education approved 25 million dollars for 34 districts. The money, known as ESSER II, is the second of three federal coronavirus relief bills. → Read More

Rep. Mann comments on future of infrastructure plan

Major discussions are happening in Washington D.C. about a long term infrastructure plan. Lawmakers and President Joe Biden have been trying to come to an agreement. → Read More