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On Monday, the Greater Wichita Ministerial League will host a celebration of the life and legacy of civil rights leader, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ministerial League President Rev. Roosevelt DeShazer says Dr. King stood for justice for all.

Mid-America All-Indian Center

The museum portion of the Mid-America All-Indian Center will be closed for 60 to 90 days following a broken pipe.

April Scott, the center's executive director, says the broken pipe was discovered on Tuesday. She says water from the pipe flooded portions of the museum's exhibition space, but no artifacts were touched by water.

"The only thing that was affected by the water was some of the carpet and some of the pedestals that the collection was on," Scott says.

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A Save-A-Lot discount grocery store opened its doors this morning in a Wichita neighborhood previously considered to be a food desert. 

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The Sedgwick County Zoo will be transitioning to new leadership in 2017: Mark Reed, the longtime executive director, has just retired from his 37-year career at the zoo.

Reed recently shared some of his memories with KMUW’s Deborah Shaar for this sound portrait.

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According to a Office of State Fire Marshal report, Kansas is well on its way to reducing structure fires, including residential fires. There was almost an 11 percent decrease in structure fires last year alone.

There were 488 fewer structure fires in 2015 than 2014. Residential fires in the state have accounted for about 75 percent of structure fires during the past 15 years. Last year, nearly a third of structure fires were residential fires.

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Sedgwick County is offering its Christmas tree recycling program at locations in 13 cities around the county.

If you had a fresh cut tree this holiday, consider recycling it instead of putting it out for trash pick-up.

Tree drop-off locations are available in Wichita and 12 other cities including Derby, Maize and Goddard.

Sedgwick County Environmental Resources Director Susan Erlenwein says the upside to recycling a tree is free mulch.

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Kwanzaa events will take place across the country, including in Wichita, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the week-long observance.

Kwanzaa, which means "first fruit" in Swahili, highlights African and African-American heritage and culture. Founded in 1966, Kwanzaa is celebrated annually from Dec. 26 through Jan. 1.

A member of the African American Council of Elders will light the first of seven candles representing the principles of Kwanzaa: unity, self determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.

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Kansas was recently ranked one of the top states in the country for number of people who do volunteer work. All this week, the KMUW News team is looking at some local volunteers who are making a difference here in Wichita.


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The Kansas Food Bank received a $10,000 donation Wednesday from Union Pacific Foundation. The funds will go toward purchasing food and produce to be distributed to partner agencies throughout Kansas.

The donation is expected to benefit agencies in 85 counties in Kansas.

"An integral part of Union Pacific’s success is the work we do to enhance quality of life in the communities where our employees live and work," Union Pacific Foundation President Scott Moore said in a release.

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