Ray Strunk

Ray Strunk is a communications student at Wichita State and an intern in the KMUW News Lab.

He is a washed-up Barton Community College tennis player and spends his evenings and weekends teaching the sport to people of all ages at Riverside Tennis Center.

When he's not writing stories or swinging a racquet, he likes searching for cool clothes at thrift shops, listening to podcasts and pretending to be funny on Twitter.

Incumbent Rep. Roger Marshall was re-elected to represent Kansas' 1st Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

Marshall cruised to victory over his Democratic opponent Alan LaPolice. He picked up 68 percent of the vote to LaPolice's 32 percent.

Marshall, a physician from Great Bend, entered Congress in 2016 after narrowly defeating three-term Rep. Tim Huelskamp in the primary, as well as LaPolice in the general election.

A research team at Kansas State University was awarded $2.9 million from the National Institute of Health to conduct research on the immune systems of mosquitoes.

If you plan to travel over the holiday season, now would be a good time to start booking flights.

Dean Headley, a Wichita State University marketing professor and co-creator of the annual Airline Quality Rating survey, said he expects to see a historically busy travel season this year.

“All the information I can garner is that we’re going to see one of the heaviest travel seasons we’ve seen possibly ever,” he said.

Headley said the increase is a result of the strong national economy.

The Kansas State University Foundation had its second-best fundraising year in history.

The foundation announced Monday that it raised $174.2 million in fiscal year 2018.

The Kansas Food Bank is expanding.

Construction is set to begin this week on a 21,000-square-foot addition to the food bank’s existing warehouse near downtown.

Brian Walker, president of the food bank, said the current space doesn’t have enough room for the food bank’s nearly 5,000 yearly volunteers -- a number, he said, that continues to grow.

The $5 million expansion will include a space for the volunteers, who currently work in the main warehouse.