KMUW News

KMUW News is a team of dedicated on-air and digital reporters working to tell the stories of Wichita and its residents.

Three years in a row, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters named KMUW Radio Station of the Year, the most prestigious award for major markets in the state. Our reporters have been honored for their work by regional and national organizations like KAB, the Radio Television Digital News Association, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and the Alliance for Women in Media.

Contact KMUW News at news@kmuw.org

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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:

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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.

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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.

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The National Weather Service in Topeka will conduct a statewide tornado safety drill Tuesday at 10 a.m. It's part of Severe Weather Awareness week, which runs through Saturday.

The test will be broadcast over television and radio stations, including KMUW. Residents, businesses and schools are asked to treat the drill as if it were an actual tornado warning.

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Coverage from Feb. 25 - Nov. 28, 2016

On Feb. 25, the city of Hesston, KS suffered a tragedy. An employee of Excel Industries shot and killed three people at work and wounded another 14. KMUW News was there to cover the aftermath of the shooting, as well as a community's resolve to stand strong together.

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Feb. 25

Four Dead, Multiple Injured In Hesston Shootings

Feb. 26

At the beginning of 2017, KMUW began soliciting advice from listeners. Our goal was to gather the thoughts Kansans wanted to pass along to the rest of the country. So, we asked, "what do you want to tell your neighbors, your lawmakers, and other Americans in 2017?" Listeners were given the opportunity to leave their advice in a voicemail.

Here's a bit of what we heard:

Do you have advice you'd like to share? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter, @KMUW.

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Updated Wednesday, 4:58 p.m.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's phone calls with Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O'Donnell were among those intercepted by federal officials in 2015.

Kansas’ three political parties began the process this week of selecting their candidates for the 4th Congressional District special election (the first in Kansas for a House seat since 1950). State Treasurer Ron Estes was named the Republicans' nominee on the April 11th ballot; Democrats and Libertarians from the district will each meet Saturday.

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