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10:45 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Brownback Proposing Urban Opportunity Zones in KS

Governor Sam Brownback says he will propose a plan to attract people to urban areas of Kansas that are in decline.

The governor released few details on the so-called Urban Opportunity Zones last week, but he says they will likely include parts of Sedgwick, Wyandotte and Shawnee Counties.

Brownback says the plan may include tax incentives to attract professionals from out-of-state to the area.

"So it's getting individuals with--a lot of times--with some education, educated individuals, moving into an area and we hope creating growth," says Brownback.

Community
10:00 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Local Officials Take Ice Bucket Challenge

State Representative Brandon Whipple and State Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau participate in the ice bucket challenge.
Abigail Wilson

The ice bucket challenge to end Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS has spread quickly through social media. A group of Kansas legislators took the challenge on Friday in Wichita. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more...

Several city, county and state officials took the challenge Friday afternoon in Wichita’s Naftzger Memorial Park. Lauren Walsh of the ALS association says the challenge started in Boston.

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Community
3:53 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Police Chief Norman Williams Retires

Police Chief Norman Williams announces his retirement.
Credit Sean Sandefur

  

A changing of the guard is coming to the Wichita Police Department, Chief Norman Williams announced his retirement on Thursday after a 39-year career with the force. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

After a career that oversaw the capture of the BTK serial killer and the arrests of more than 71 Neighborhood Crips gang members, Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams says he’s tired.

“The first thing I’m going to do is just relax, I’m not going to take phone calls at 3 o’clock in morning…someone else is going to do that,” Williams says.

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Community
5:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

WSU Professor Presents Research On Racial Profiling

Wichita State University Professor, Michael Birzer, with his book, "Racial Profiling: They Stopped Me Because I'm _________"
Credit Carla Eckels

Wichita State University Professor Michael Birzer traveled throughout Kansas researching the effects of how minority citizens experience racial profiling in the state. His research became a book titled Racial Profiling—They Stopped Me Because I’m ______. He's participating in the Civil Rights Symposium Aug. 13, 2014 at WSU. KMUW’s Carla Eckels has more…

This research was commissioned by the Governor’s Taskforce on racial profiling. For the complete interview, click on the audio link above. Following, Dr. Birzer shares one of the case studies with Carla Eckels.

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Community
5:00 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Tanganyika Wildlife Park—Increasing Populations Of Endangered Species Through Successful Breeding

Matt Fouts along with Diablo the honey badger.
Abigail Wilson

Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard, Kansas has one of the largest collection of animals in the state. The park is best known for its interactive exhibits, but Tanganyika is also a world-class breeding facility. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

      

When you see an exotic or endangered animal with Jungle Jack Hanna on David Letterman, there’s a pretty good chance that it was born and raised right outside of Wichita.

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Community
12:20 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Confused Poll Worker Prevents Two Kansans From Voting In Tuesday's Primary Elections

Two residents of a Topeka care facility were prevented from voting in last Tuesday's primary election by a poll worker who didn't understand the state's voter identification law.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach confirmed Thursday that some elderly residents of Brewster Place showed up to a polling place without I.D.s and were turned away without being issued provisional ballots, as required by law.

Shawnee County Election Commissioner Andrew Howell says three voters were affected and one was later able to vote.

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Community
11:31 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Survey: 10 Percent Of KU Students Have Been Sexually Harassed

A confidential University of Kansas survey shows that one in 10 students say they have been victims of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, but many never report it.

About 30 reported incidents over a two-year span involved men raping or sexually assaulting woman who were drunk, said Jane McQueeny, executive director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access. The university established the office, which investigates reported sexual assaults, about two-and-a-half years ago.

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Community
3:31 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

City Officials Celebrate 13th Street Improvements

City officials celebrate the completion of the improvements on 13th Street between Hydraulic and Oliver during a ribbon cutting on Friday.
Credit Carla Eckels

City officials took part in a ribbon cutting event on Friday to celebrate improvements along 13th Street in northeast Wichita.

    

With scissors in hand, Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and other leaders cut the red ribbon in front of the widened street near 13th and Roosevelt. The project includes arterial street improvements on 13th Street between Hydraulic and Oliver. The work was done in District 1, represented by Councilwoman Lavonta Williams.

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Community
5:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Community Gardens Help Nourish Local Neighborhoods

Lauren Scislowski tends to a vegetable patch with some of her youth gardeners. The space was previously a vacant lot at the intersection of South Wichita and West Gilbert.
Credit Sean Sandefur

Two weeks ago KMUW reported that roughly one-fourth of Wichitans live in areas with little access to fresh, affordable food. But there’s a trend growing in inner cities across the country that looks to ease that burden. Community gardens offer a way for people to cultivate fresh produce, while strengthening the bonds of their neighborhood.

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Community
12:38 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Number Of Kansas Children Under State Custody At An All-Time High

The number of Kansas children in state custody has risen to all-time highs as the number of child abuse and neglect complaints also is climbing.

About 7,000 children were in state custody at the beginning of June, including more than 6,100 in out-of-home foster care placement.

Kansas Children’s Alliance executive director Bruce Linhos says workers and government officials are struggling to find a cause for the increase.

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