Sean Sandefur http://kmuw.org en Blue-Green Algae Blooms In Kansas Lakes http://kmuw.org/post/blue-green-algae-blooms-kansas-lakes <p></p><p>The Kansas Department of Health and Environment maintains <a href="http://www.kdheks.gov/algae-illness/algae_advisories.htm" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">a list of Harmful Algal Blooms</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> throughout the state. So far this summer, ten lakes have been affected by blue-green algae. The organism can be found in most bodies of water, but in large quantities they can pose a health risk to humans and animals.</span></p> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:30:00 +0000 Sean Sandefur 39236 at http://kmuw.org Blue-Green Algae Blooms In Kansas Lakes Lesser Prairie Chicken Discussed At Oil And Gas Convention http://kmuw.org/post/lesser-prairie-chicken-discussed-oil-and-gas-convention <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association is holding its </span>77th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> annual </span>KIOGA<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Convention in Wichita this week. The event is attended each year by Kansas business owners who work in the oil and gas industry. This year’s spotlight has turned to the Lesser Prairie Chicken.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:13:47 +0000 Sean Sandefur 39160 at http://kmuw.org Lesser Prairie Chicken Discussed At Oil And Gas Convention Wichita State Plans Expansion Around Innovation http://kmuw.org/post/wichita-state-plans-expansion-around-innovation <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wichita State University outlined a plan on Friday to bring private companies onto campus for the sake of innovation. The presentation, which was held on campus, included designs for a number of new buildings.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The fairways of </span>Braeburn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Golf Course on Wichita State’s campus will soon have a far different look. The links will be the site of Innovation Campus, a 20-year expansion that will include more than a dozen new buildings.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 23:13:14 +0000 Sean Sandefur 39045 at http://kmuw.org Wichita State Plans Expansion Around Innovation Wichita State University's Shocker Hall Makes Its Debut http://kmuw.org/post/wichita-state-universitys-shocker-hall-makes-its-debut <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After over a year of construction, the new housing complex on the campus of Wichita State University has opened. A dedication was held Thursday afternoon.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Students, parents, faculty and staff shuffled through the new dorm rooms at Wichita State University in a sea of black and gold. Dubbed Shocker Hall, the five-story building will house 784 people, with apartments going for as much as $4,000 a semester.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:59:42 +0000 Sean Sandefur 39001 at http://kmuw.org Wichita State University's Shocker Hall Makes Its Debut Police Chief Norman Williams Retires http://kmuw.org/post/police-chief-norman-williams-retires <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>A changing of the guard is coming to the Wichita Police Department, Chief Norman Williams announced his retirement on Thursday&nbsp;after a 39-year career with the force. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a career that oversaw the capture of the </span>BTK<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> serial killer and the arrests of more than 71 Neighborhood </span>Crips<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> gang members, Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams says he’s tired.</span></p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:53:36 +0000 Sean Sandefur 38979 at http://kmuw.org Police Chief Norman Williams Retires Brownback: 100,000 Private Sector Jobs If Re-Elected http://kmuw.org/post/brownback-100000-private-sector-jobs-if-re-elected <p></p><p>Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is on the campaign trail after last week’s primary election victory.&nbsp; He visited Wichita on Tuesday afternoon to announce ideas for his potential second term.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor </span>Brownback<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> took his turn to speak on the campus of the Wichita Area Technical College - Democratic Candidate Paul Davis campaigned there in late June.</span></p> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:25:25 +0000 Sean Sandefur 38887 at http://kmuw.org Brownback: 100,000 Private Sector Jobs If Re-Elected Community Gardens Help Nourish Local Neighborhoods http://kmuw.org/post/community-gardens-help-nourish-local-neighborhoods <p></p> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sean Sandefur 38323 at http://kmuw.org Community Gardens Help Nourish Local Neighborhoods Local Ministerial League At Odds With SAFE Act http://kmuw.org/post/local-ministerial-league-odds-safe-act <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Members of the Greater Wichita Ministerial League gathered Wednesday morning to voice their concerns over voter I.D. laws in Kansas. About 20 ministers from different denominations hosted the event.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:52:33 +0000 Sean Sandefur 38266 at http://kmuw.org Local Ministerial League At Odds With SAFE Act Local Organization Critical Of Proposed Sales Tax http://kmuw.org/post/local-organization-critical-proposed-sales-tax <p class="p1">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Members of a newly formed organization are criticizing the City of Wichita’s proposed one-cent sales tax, which could appear on ballots this November. Coalition For a Better Wichita spoke out on Wednesday afternoon at Handy Mailing, a local small business.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:25:01 +0000 Sean Sandefur 37944 at http://kmuw.org Local Organization Critical Of Proposed Sales Tax Measles: What To Know During Local Outbreak http://kmuw.org/post/measles-what-know-during-local-outbreak <p></p><p>*UPDATE*</p><p class="p1">An unidentified person from Fort Worth, Texas has been diagnosed with measles after visiting Wichita earlier this month. There have been a total of 14 reported cases of measles in Kansas so far this year.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Public Health officials in Fort Worth reported this afternoon that a resident who attended a tournament at South Lakes Softball Complex in Wichita has come down with measles.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:55:00 +0000 Sean Sandefur & Abigail Wilson 37843 at http://kmuw.org Measles: What To Know During Local Outbreak