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The next chapter in public library service in Wichita begins Saturday with the opening of the Advanced Learning Library.

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The children’s area in the new Advanced Learning Library in Wichita will feature a new approach to book displays.

When Jon Powell moved from Kansas City back to his hometown of Hutchinson 10 years ago, "there was no LGBT support group, anything," he says.

So he and a few others decided to form Hutchinson's first chapter of Equality Kansas, then known as the Kansas Equality Coalition, a statewide group that advocates for LGBT rights. After a decade of politically focused work, the group is putting on its first-ever Pride event this weekend to celebrate the LGBTQ community.


The demolition process for the old terminal at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport is entering its final phase.

Workers will start asbestos mitigation and mechanical work this month to prepare for the building demolition this fall.

The airport’s utilities will continue to operate out of the old terminal’s basement.

We’ve talked about climate and energy, and on June 5 the Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap environment mini-series wrapped up with a discussion of Sustainability. We covered what businesses can do to minimize waste, what gardeners are doing to keep our soil healthy, and how you can do your part too. It’s was at Roxy’s Downtown.


  • Susan Erlenwein
  • Mike Hastings
  • Misty Cavanaugh
  • Nancy Larson

Here's the discussion:

And here's the video of the event that aired on Facebook live:

The United Way of the Plains

Finding health and human services help in Kansas is now as easy as sending a text. The United Way of the Plains launched a new texting option for its 211 information helpline.

Here is how it works: all you need to do is send a text to 898211 with your zip code. A call center operator will answer the text and get more details about the situation.

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Construction is beginning on a new Emergency Medical Services (EMS) station that will serve the growing northeast Wichita area.

The EMS crew covering this part of Sedgwick County has been working out of a Wichita fire station at K-96 and Webb Road since EMS Post 9 relocated to South Webb Road in 2014.

EMS Director Scott Hadley says demand for EMS services is increasing in this area so the county needed to build a stand-alone EMS station.

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The Wichita Public Library system is working to digitize its library card applications. It’s one of the projects that began in preparation for the move to the new Advanced Learning Library.

Library staff has been working more than a year to digitize thousands of original library card applications kept at the Central Library downtown.

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The new Advanced Learning Library in Wichita is filling up with books and new furniture as staff prepares for the grand opening in June.

The biggest part of the move from the Central Library downtown involves transporting and shelving nearly half a million books, magazines and other materials.


The executive director of the Kansas African American Museum is leaving.