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KMUW News In 2017

Dec 30, 2017

With 2017 coming to a close, we take a look back at some of the stories that shaped the year, and hear from KMUW reporters on which stories were most meaningful to them.

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Three seats on the Wichita City Council and four seats on the Wichita Public Schools Board of Education are up for election. We'll be updating this page with unofficial results as they come in.

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Voters in Wichita go to the polls Nov. 7 in what will be the first time local elections are held in the fall. Dozens of races are on the ballots around Sedgwick County, including 13 mayoral races (though not all are contested).

We're keeping an eye on the three Wichita City Council races and four Wichita School Board races (remember: voting for City Council seats is limited to voters in each district; if you live in USD 259, you can vote in all races). We'll have live election results updated throughout the evening on Election Day.

The Kansas Association of Broadcasters named KMUW 89.1 FM the large market radio station of the year for the fourth year in a row.

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Though the city wasn't in the "path of totality," Wichita residents got to enjoy the solar eclipse Monday afternoon.

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City and county buildings will be closed Tuesday for the Fourth of July holiday.

Wichita’s City Hall, neighborhood resource centers and all public library locations will be closed. Botanica, Old Cowtown Museum, the Mid-America All Indian Center and the Wichita Art Museum also will be closed.

Park and Recreation Centers will be closed for Independence Day, but O.J. Watson Park will be open, and city pools will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.

Other closures include:

KMUW news director Aileen LeBlanc and assistant news director Carla Eckels have been awarded a prestigious national Edward R. Murrow Award for their news feature looking at the return of anti-abortion demonstrations to Wichita.

The award recognizes excellence in hard news reporting in the small-market radio category. The story also won the regional award.

The Society of Professional Journalists honored KMUW reporter Deborah Shaar with the Sigma Delta Chi Award for her investigative work on the Federal Aviation Administration's attempt to change how weather is monitored at airports across the country, including in Wichita. The award recognizes excellence in journalism and is one of the top prizes given in the profession.

The KMUW News team recently received two regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for excellence in journalism produced in 2016.

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There are a number of resources available to those affected by the recent rash of wildfires. Opportunities are also available for those who would like to volunteer.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) encourages farmers and ranchers who have lost livestock in the ongoing wildfires to contact the agency as soon as possible for assistance with the disposing of dead livestock.