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5:00 am
Thu March 19, 2015

'Filling The Gap' Helps Provide Meals To Children In Need

Mother Erika Gonzalez and her children Vere, Ray and Aaron.
Credit Carla Eckels

Filling the Gap Lunches for Kids program is underway in Wichita. It's an effort by Partners for Wichita to feed children during Spring Break. Volunteers distribute nearly 5,000 meals at 16 locations. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

So far this week, nearly 100 children-a-day have gone through the line at Wichita’s Evergreen Park. Erika Gonzalez brought her daughter and sons to pick up brown bag lunches plus oranges and bananas.

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Community
1:42 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Reaching Out: The Ongoing Relationship Between WPD And The Homeless

Tex and Officer Nate Schwiethale have a friendly relationship. Schwiethale visits him regularly.
Credit Abigail Wilson

Nearly 600 chronically homeless people live in Wichita, but a pilot program within the city's police department is working to reduce that number. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more...

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Community
5:00 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Determining The Extent Of The Homeless Population In Wichita

Credit Abigail Wilson

The United Way of the Plains holds an annual event called the Point In Time Homeless Count every January. It’s an effort to make sure local homeless agencies have a good feel for the extent of the homeless population in Wichita. Pat Hanrahan is the President of United Way.

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Community
5:00 am
Fri March 13, 2015

The Hesston Tornado: 25 Years Later

Credit Brenda Buller, http://hesston.digitalsckls.info

On March 13, People who live in Hesston will be marking the anniversary of the tornado that destroyed their town 25 years ago.

First responders credit the advance warning about the “F5” tornado for the low number of injuries and fatalities.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story.

Hesston EMS Director Russ Buller was a volunteer firefighter at the time the tornado was gathering strength in Reno County and heading toward Hesston in Harvey County on March 13th, 1990.

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Community
5:00 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Helping The Elderly Avoid Scams

A stack of falsified certificates appearing to be from the United Nations, also altered ATM cards, and Western Union receipts.
Credit Abigail Wilson

    

The financial exploitation of the elderly is considered to be the most prevalent form of elder abuse. And, with evolving technology and a population which is aging, the number of victims is growing, even in the Wichita area. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

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Community
5:00 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

City Crews Complete Water Main Line Repair

Credit City Of Wichita

The City of Wichita has reported that a leak at the city’s water treatment plant has been repaired. The leak was first discovered on January 21, and a bypass pipe was installed on January 30. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

The source of the leak was a 66-inch pipe that takes in raw water from the Cheney Reservoir and the Equus water beds.

City officials say it was important to get it repaired before spring, when water is in higher demand.

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Community
5:00 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Community Discusses The Pros And Cons Of Marijuana Decriminalization In Forum

Esau Freeman uses oregano in a demonstration for lowered marijuana penalties.
Credit Abigail Wilson

A forum was held at the Central Library to discuss the pros ands cons of decriminalizing marijuana in Wichita. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports…

Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter spoke at the forum and identified marijuana as a gateway drug with long-term effects on the brain, but said he agreed with the lesser penalties suggested in the initiative.

“I personally think that the idea is sound when it comes to fines and people going to jail for it for first-time offenses,” Easter said. “My only issue is, 'Is this the first step to legalization of marijuana?'”

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4:00 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Attorney General's Office To Offer Free Shredding

Credit Ryan Hyde, flickr Creative Commons

Next week is National Consumer Protection Week, and the Kansas Attorney General's Office has a plan to help residents protect themselves from identity theft.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt says his office is offering free document destruction events throughout the state for one week beginning Monday, March 2.

Schmidt says shredding personal documents is an important step in keeping people’s information from falling into the wrong hands.

The Attorney General's Office will be offering ten shredding locations throughout the state.

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Community
11:31 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Kansas Sees Push To Make Catfish A State Symbol

Credit Ryan Somma, flickr Creative Commons

Despite past opposition, some Kansas residents want the channel catfish to become a state symbol.

Supporters of the fish say it has a long history in Kansas and remains one of the most popular species in the state's waters.

Bills to designate it as a state symbol have been introduced in Senate and House Committees. It was nominated by Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Secretary Robin Jennison.

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Community
3:45 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Youth Celebrate Lunar New Year

Members of the Tri Pho Lion dance team celebrate the 2015 Lunar New Year
Credit Carla Eckels

Wearing bright red and yellow lion dance costumes, members of the Tri Pho Lion dance team welcome in the 2015 Lunar New Year Friday by performing in front, a Vietnamese-owned business in Wichita.

Organizer Jennifer Tran says the group performs around certain restaurants or stores including Nails Express near 21st and Woodlawn, to bring businesses good luck for the New Year.

“We scare away bad spirits from last year," says Tran, "and welcome in new and positive spirits.”

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