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10:29 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Wichita Entrepreneurs: Charles McAfee

Credit Wynn Ponder

Charles McAfee had no doubt about his talent, and he believed that his ability would transcend the prejudice of the day. The bias he encountered did not stop him from pursuing his dreams.

Listen to the story of McAfee’s incredible tenacity and success, told by KMUW News Director, Aileen LeBlanc. Listen here:

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11:47 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Youth Group Urges The Kansas State Fair To Ban Smoking

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The Kansas State Fair is being asked to consider banning smoking throughout the fair grounds.

A Reno County youth group called Communities That Care has discussed its research and ideas on a smoking ban with the state fair board twice; the board will consider their request tomorrow.

Smoking is currently not allowed in the fair buildings or in the grandstand seating area.

The youth group wants the fair board to expand that ban to the entire grounds, saying it would create a healthier environment for fairgoers.

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11:16 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Bike Month Profile: Mayor Jeff Longwell

 

Below, Mayor Jeff Longwell talks about Wichita's plans to improve bicycling and transportation in the future, and he shares his own favorite routes to bike. 

In addition to the bicycle feature (click to play the first audio link), Mayor Jeff Longwell offered this advice for new riders:

"Number one, I would recommend that you find a buddy to ride with, because it's always safer to ride in pairs.

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6:47 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Tips for Biking in Wichita

Friday is National Bike to Work Day! There will be several spots in Wichita where you can grab a free breakfast or lunch by bicycle. Find that information here.

But, if you’re kind of new to biking for transportation, here are a few quick tips for riding in Wichita:

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Community
8:55 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Bike Month Profile: Scott Wadle

Part of the new Schweiter Bikeway.
Credit Kate Clause / KMUW

Scott Wadle, Project Manager for Wichita Bicycle Master Plan, talks about exciting projects in Wichita.

In this audio piece, Scott Wadle talks about new bicycle parking in the Delano District:

 

Here he talks more about Wichita's 10-year plan for bicycling in Wichita and explains how you can read it online.

 

And in this final audio clip, Wadle explains how bike projects are selected and funded.

 

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Community
10:11 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Bike Month Profile: Kim Neufeld

Kim Neufeld, president of Bike Walk Wichita
Credit Abigail Wilson

Kim Neufeld, president of Bike/Walk Wichita, offers advice on how to use your bike as transportation in addition to recreation.

For additional bike-to-work information, here's a piece in which Amy Delamaide talks about how to commute to work, especially with women's clothing: http://kmuw.org/post/bike-month-profile-amy-delamaide

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Community
1:46 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Wichita Parks And Rec Department Announces Mascot Name Change

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Wichita Park & Recreation officials announced a change in the name of the department’s mascot on Monday. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

The mascot was introduced as Buddy the Bison in late April, but officials were later notified that Buddy the Bison has an existing trademark. Troy Houtman, the Director of Park & Recreation, said the bison's name was changed to Barry to avoid trademark infringement.

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Community
4:00 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Report Shows Decrease In Homeless Numbers

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This year's Wichita-Sedgwick County Point-In-Time Homeless Count showed a decrease in the number of homeless individuals since 2014. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports...

The count showed that there are about 11 percent fewer homeless people in Sedgwick County. An estimated 561 people in were found to be homeless, down from 631 in 2014.

Pat Hanrahan, President of United Way of the Plains, says the numbers are used to allocate funds to the community based on need. A variety of services are offered to the homeless at the event as well.

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11:45 am
Mon May 4, 2015

KU Task Force Offers Recommendations On How To Handle Sexual Assults On Campus

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A task force at the University of Kansas is recommending changes in how the school handles sexual assaults and rape on campus.

The suggested changes include requiring all freshmen, including fraternity members, to live in residence halls.

Other suggestions include: creating an on-campus center for sexual assault prevention and education and clarifying that the university can discipline students for sexual violence that occurs off campus if the victim is also a student.

The task force report was released Friday and includes 27 recommendations.

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9:37 am
Mon May 4, 2015

May Events During Bike Month

It’s Bike Month, and KMUW is celebrating all things bicycle.

If you want to get outside and participate, consider some of these Bike Month events:

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