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Authorities say that caution needs to be part of Independence Day celebrations.

Though it is legal to use certain kinds of fireworks in Wichita, only those inspected and approved by the Wichita fire marshal and sold from the tents around the city are OK. Approved fireworks emit sparks no more than six feet in any direction, and are not labeled as emitting flaming balls.

Abigail Wilson

A substantial number of cities and counties across the United States practice trap, neuter, return, or TNR, as a method of animal control for feral cats. Estimates put the number of free-roaming cats in Wichita around 100,000. And while the city ordinances don’t exactly support TNR, a local group hopes that will soon change.

Nadya Faulx

The City of Wichita has decided to temporarily remove a Confederate flag from Veterans Memorial Park.

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A Wichita activist group is asking city officials to remove a Confederate flag from a display at Veterans Memorial Park.

The flag has been on display at the memorial in downtown Wichita since 1976, as part of a display of 13 historic flags that flew for the U.S. in war times.

The Confederate flag has become a flashpoint since the deaths of nine black people last week in a South Carolina church by a white man in a shooting police say was racially motivated.

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The Kansas Highway Patrol is struggling to fill open positions for state troopers.

There are approximately 21 counties in Kansas that have no dedicated state trooper, and 34 that have only one. According to Kansas Highway Patrol Lieutenant Adam Winters, they currently have the fewest number of officers in about a decade.

Winters said a number of officers have retired in recent years and that applications to fill those positions aren’t coming in.

But they’re working to fix that.

St. Paul AME Church website

A prayer vigil at Wichita’s St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church took place Thursday afternoon in response to the shooting at an AME church last night in Charleston, South Carolina. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports.

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Gov. Sam Brownback says he is "very disappointed" in the Kansas House's failure to pass a tax plan, but he still is focused on filling the state's looming budget deficit through tax increases rather than budget cuts.

Brownback described the House Thursday as "fractured," but he said he still thinks a compromise can be reached. Legislators are at an impasse over tax and spending proposals aimed at filling a projected $406 million shortfall in the fiscal year beginning July.


Updated June 8, 2015, at 12:42 p.m.

Friends and family of the late Tanya Tandoc are hosting a memorial celebration for the Wichita chef and frequent KMUW commentator.

"Tanya Tandoc: A Celebration of Life" will take place Thursday, June 11, at 6:30 at the Wichita Orpheum Theatre in Wichita's downtown area.


Tanya Tandoc came into the KMUW studios every other week for five years, and she slipped over the partition from commentator to family member right away—with everybody.

KMUW staff members who knew her best remember Tanya, and social media posts from the community...

Sean Sandefur

A brand new 'Chinese Garden of Friendship' is debuting Friday afternoon at Botanica. Construction began just over a year ago, and since then, bright red pavilions, a jade dragon and a variety of koi fish have made it their home. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…


A decorative wall is on the only thing that separates the new Chinese Garden of Friendship from Botanica’s parking lot. But go beyond those six inches of concrete and you’re transported into a winding garden with waterfalls and plum blossoms.