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A Holocaust survivor brings his story to Wichita this evening in a program to remember the Holocaust and teach future generations about it.

Sami Steigmann was just a year-and-a-half old when he and his parents were taken into a slave labor camp in Romania. Almost all of his terrible life there was learned long after the camp was liberated.

At 76, he is one of the youngest survivors of the horrors of the Jewish imprisonment and extermination.

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People who have spent time in jail can learn about employment opportunities at a job fair Saturday at Wichita's St. Mark United Methodist Church.

The job fair will assist people who find it hard to get employed after being incarcerated. Coordinator Dennis Wilkinson says these men and women are highly motivated.

"And they really want to change their lives, they really want to move forward and they really want a chance," Wilkinson says. "We're asking employers to give people an opportunity to prove what they can do."

Rise Up For Youth

A conference supporting young males Saturday will take place at the Boys & Girls Club in Wichita.

The Developing Every Man's Opportunity (DEMO) conference will offer workshops to educate and challenge boys to make positive decisions concerning their futures. David Gilkey, program director for Rise Up For Youth, says the conference will be an opportunity for male role models to give back.

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Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama, spoke in Wichita Saturday at the annual Sisterhood of the Queens event. The luncheon was held in part to raise scholarship money for high school girls who are part of a mentoring program offered by Rise Up For Youth.

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Acting U.S. attorney Thomas Beall led a panel of religious and community leaders this week to discuss recent hate crimes in Wichita and how to speak up against discrimination. KMUW’s Nadya Faulx reports the event was just the first in a planned series on building a better community.

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The second annual Financial Freedom Expo gets underway at the Urban Prep Academy in Wichita this weekend. Nearly 300 attended last year to learn smart ways of managing money.

The expo is designed as a free day dedicated to improving the financial literacy of everyone from youth to retirees. Twenty-one workshops will be offered, as well as a vendor's fair, a kids' zone and prizes.

City of Wichita

City officials, along with Parks and Recreation, are seeking public feedback regarding the Aquatics Master Plan.

The plan, announced last month, calls for the replacement of four of the city’s 10 swimming pools--McAdams, Orchard, Boston and Linwood--with water playgrounds. 

In addition, Edgemoor Swimming Pool will be renovated and will open again 2020. The remaining five pools will be updated over the next seven years. The Parks and Recreation Department plans to spend $18 million on the changes.

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Two weeks ago, a massive wildfire spread into Kansas from northern Oklahoma. It left behind more than 600 square miles of blackened land in its wake.

Responders from dozens of state and local agencies battled the fire as it burned out of control for several days. Many of the emergency responders in Barber County, Kansas, were volunteers who were trying to protect their own homes, those of their neighbors, and their herds of cattle. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur toured some of the damage with a man who’s been fighting Kansas wildfires for 25 years.

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Dozens of homeless men and women in Wichita will need to find a new place to stay at night now that a winter-season shelter has closed for the year.

Inter-Faith Ministries opens the Warming Souls Winter Shelter each November and offers homeless men and women overnight accommodations during the five coldest months of the year. The emergency shelter closed for the season on Friday.

Carolyn Kell of Inter-Faith Ministries says despite this year’s mild weather, the number of people using the shelter remained steady.

A multi-agency relief effort is underway to help farmers and ranchers in southern Kansas who face losses due to the Anderson Creek Fire.

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