Matt Riedl, The Kansas City Star

Matt Riedl

The Kansas City Star

Wichita, KS, United States

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Past articles by Matt:

Meet the ‘first cat of Kansas,’ the political pet that’s taking social media by storm

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s calico cat, Frances, has a popular Twitter page as the “First Cat of Kansas.” The pet is likely the first cat to live in the governor’s mansion at Cedar Crest. → Read More

Only one Wichita Walmart will be open 24 hours starting next week

Walmart is reducing the hours most of its Wichita stores will be open, the store confirmed Thursday. Only the Walmart location at 21st and Maize (10600 W. 21st Street) will be open 24 hours starting July 6. → Read More

Need a vending machine or a piano? Wichita school district is selling

Wichita’s USD 259 is auctioning off lots of things it no longer needs at a surplus auction next Tuesday at the old Dillons at 13th and Waco. Items to be auctioned include power tools, musical instruments, appliances, furniture and other used goods. → Read More

Fireworks may get a lot more expensive soon. Here’s why, and how it affects you

Fireworks are included in a broad list of Chinese-made items that will be subject to a 25-percent tariff set to go into effect on July 1. Pyrotechnics companies are lobbying to get them off the list, or else Fourth of July fireworks will be more expensive in 2020. → Read More

Abandoned Joyland park could be reborn with carnival rides, weddings, paintball range

Joyland’s new owners want to create a mixed-use development on the south Wichita site with an event center, according to city filings. The amusement park at 2801 S. Hillside has been abandoned since 2006. → Read More

Art on downtown doors, multisensory art experience coming soon to Wichita

A new grant-funded project by Downtown Wichita will install artwork on alley doors, as well as a multisensory art experience in Gallery Alley. The Knight Foundation awarded the organization a $56,850 grant for the project. → Read More

A state-of-the-art competitive video gaming arena in Wichita? That’s local group’s aim

Midwest eSports announced the formation of a new coalition whose goal is to bring a professional eSports arena to Wichita. It would be a way for Wichita to gain a foothold in the rapidly growing and lucrative eSports industry. → Read More

Wichitan pulls freakishly big fish out of the Ark River. Experts say it’s a good thing

Jose Hernandez, a Wichita fisherman, caught a 56.7-pound flathead catfish out of the Arkansas River at the Lincoln Street Dam on Sunday. The river has been flooded with rain for the last week. → Read More

Here’s who will win the NCAA tournament, according to Sedgwick County Zoo animals

Sedgwick County Zoo animals filled out their NCAA tournament brackets on Wednesday. The expert animals have picked Florida to win March Madness. → Read More

Cox cable subscribers will lose KSN in 2019 if agreement is not made

Nexstar Media Group, which owns KSN in Wichita and other NBC affiliates, has not agreed to carriage terms with Cox Communications for 2019. As a result, Cox cable subscribers will not get KSN as of Jan. 1, 2019. → Read More

Circus performers find home in local warehouse

The Wichita area welcomes its first professional circus troupe. → Read More

5 things to do in Wichita on Christmas Day

Five suggestions for things to do on Christmas Day in Wichita, when most attractions in town are closed for the holiday. The zoo, movies, state parks and seeing Christmas lights are popular things to do on Christmas. → Read More

4th Congressional race called for Ron Estes, marking second win over James Thompson

Incumbent Republican congressman Ron Estes won re-election in Kansas’ 4th District in the U.S. House on Tuesday night, handily defeating his Democratic challenger, James Thompson. → Read More

Family, world watches as rocket carrying Kansas astronaut fails

A manned Soyuz rocket failed shortly after launch early Thursday morning, and its crew, which included Kansas-born NASA astronaut Nick Hague, had to make an emergency landing in Kazakhstan. → Read More

Couple converts school bus into traveling tiny home

WICHITA, Kan. – Imagine paying less than $20,000 for your dream home. → Read More

Wichita couple converts school bus into traveling tiny home

Wichita couple Sam and Jordan Page have spent 8 months converting an old school bus into a tiny home on wheels, also called a schoolie. They plan to go on a “Bus Life,” traveling around the country in the bus. → Read More

Who will win? Polls close in Republican, Democratic races for Kansas governor

Kansas will soon know who voters chose to be the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor heading into the general election this fall. → Read More

Mayor walks back budget proposal to close libraries, gut CityArts

Mayor Jeff Longwell said Thursday that City Council members are working on an alternative budget proposal that would avoid the drastic cuts proposed by City Manager Robert Layton earlier this week. → Read More

Donut Whole fundraiser netted nearly $24,000. Will donors get what they were promised?

The new owners of The Donut Whole in Wichita say they are trying to fulfill promises made as part of Project X, a GoFundMe that was launched earlier this year to raise money for the struggling business. → Read More

Luxury log cabins, 'National Lampoon' references make this small Kansas town cool

An innkeeper, a Swiss banker and a journalist walk into a restaurant in Coolidge, Kan. → Read More