Health
11:27 am
Fri July 18, 2014

The Food Deserts Of Wichita

The food deserts of Wichita
Credit Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita

Tomorrow marks the final day of business for two Dillons grocery stores in Wichita. According to the company, the stores have been underperforming for a number of years. Their absence could add to a problem that already exists in the city - an increasing number of what are called “food deserts.” Food deserts are low-income neighborhoods which have little access to fresh, affordable food.

When Grocers Close, Nutrition Goes With Them

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Health
11:23 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Toxic Algae Warnings Issued For Seven Kansas Lakes

Kansas health officials have issued warnings for seven lakes around the state because of toxic algae.

The KDHE said Thursday that high levels of toxic blue-green algae have been found at Chisolm Creek Park Lake in Sedgwick County, Marion Reservoir, Memorial Park Lake in Barton County, Milford Reservoir in Clay, Geary and Dickinson counties, Jewell State Fishing Lake, Lake Warnock in Atchison County and South Park Lake in Johnson County.

Warnings mean water conditions aren't safe for direct contact and that wading, skiing and swimming should be prohibited.

Government
11:17 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Kansas Unemployment Rate Increases Slightly In June

Kansas saw its unemployment rate inch up to 4.9 percent in June, though the state also experienced modest, over-the-year growth in private-sector jobs.

The Kansas Department of Labor reported Thursday that the seasonally adjusted jobless rate rose from 4.8 percent in May. However, June's figure still was significantly better than the 5.6 percent recorded in June of last year.

The department also said the number of nonfarm, private-sector jobs grew by about 1.3 percent in June, compared with June of 2013. Nearly 1.13 million Kansans held such jobs.

Crime and Courts
10:42 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Saline County Puts $46.5M Jail Bond Issue On November Ballot

Saline County officials have approved a plan to let voters decide the fate of a $46.5 million bond issue to improve the county jail.

Saline County commissioners voted 2-1 Wednesday to put the bond issue on the November ballot.

The renovations would also include combining the county jail with court services and the county attorney's office, as well as a $3 million parking garage about a block away.

Health
10:30 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Agriculture Dept. To Allow Emergency Haying And Grazing In 44 Counties

The Agriculture Department is allowing emergency haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program acreage in 44 Kansas counties.

The drought has depleted hay supplies and affected the growth of hay and pasture in parts of Kansas.

An official with the Kansas Farm Service Agency says many producers cannot maintain their current herds without the emergency measure.

Community
6:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

More Than 80,000 Calls to 9-1-1 Last Year Were Misdials

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More than 80,000 misdialed calls were made to the Sedgwick County Emergency Communications 9-1-1 last year. Public Safety Officials have launched a campaign to help educate callers and reduce the number of accidental calls coming into the center.

Nearly 600,000 calls poured into the 9-1-1 call center in downtown Wichita last year. The calls were from people reporting medical emergencies, accidents, fires, and crime. 9-1-1 deputy director Elora Randleas says 1 in 7 of those calls were cell phone misdials. 

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Commentary
5:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Tiny Flashes Of Insight

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It strikes me that among the ethereal mysteries of our planet, there are some that it would be deeply challenging to explain to a visitor from another world. Some of these pleasures are things like music, art and lightning bugs.

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Health
3:42 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

New Measles Exposure Sites Found

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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Sedgwick County Health Department have identified two more sites where people could have been exposed to measles in Wichita. A new case of the virus has also been confirmed. KMUWs Abigail Wilson reports…

A new case of measles has been identified in Wichita, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 9 since the first was reported on July 10.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said an employee at Sumo by Nambara, a restaurant on East 13th Street North has been identified as having the virus.

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Government
12:44 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Kansas Tax Consultant Recants Claim To Work With Governor's Office

A Kansas tax consultant told his clients that he worked with Gov. Sam Brownback's office to rid the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals of employees who weren't "taxpayer friendly," but after the governor's office denied the claim, the consultant recanted.

In a July 14 letter obtained by the Topeka Capital-Journal, Jerry Chatam, president of Overland Park-based J.W. Chatam & Associates, told clients that an agreement with the governor's office meant remaining board members wouldn't "present any more problems."

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

'Mass Effect' Series Is Deep, Detailed And Cinematic

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The summer has been pretty light on new game releases, so instead I’ve gone back to play some of my old favorites. Recently I’ve been playing the first game in the Mass Effect trilogy, which came out for the Xbox 360 and PC in 2007.

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