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11:03 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Lead Attorney Representing Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown Speaks in Wichita

Credit Carla Eckels

High-profile attorney Benjamin Crump was the keynote speaker at the annual Sunflower Community Action banquet Thursday night in Wichita. Crump is known for representing the family of Trayvon Martin, the black Florida teen killed in 2012 by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. In the wake of violence in Baltimore, Crump told reporters Wichita can improve relationships with law enforcement by making sure police officers get to know the citizens they are serving.

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5:00 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Wichita’s Downtown Senior Center Reopens Following Fire-Related Renovations

Credit Deborah Shaar

Wichita’s Meals on Wheels program is back in its own kitchen after four months of renovations due to a fire.

An Open House at the Downtown Senior Center is planned for Wednesday afternoon. KMUW’S Deborah Shaar reports.

An electrical fire in the kitchen at the Downtown Senior Center on South Walnut last November shut down the building for four months.

The Meals on Wheels program moved to a temporary kitchen during this time and all senior programs and activities stopped or moved to other centers.

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Community
5:00 am
Thu April 16, 2015

The Wichita Fresh Air Baby Camp

The Fresh Air Baby Camp was built in 1920. Here, it is shown in its current condition.
Credit Abigail Wilson

Updated on 04/16/15:

The building has a new roof, and the triple sash windows have been primed, prepped and painted. A new sewer line was put in place at the beginning of April.

Next steps for the restoration of the baby camp include getting water and electricity as well as finishing the triple sash windows that at one time pulled in much-needed fresh air.

The Friends of the Historic Fresh Air Baby Camp estimate that the restoration will be completed in the fall. The building is located in a city park, so it will be open for public use.

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Community
12:06 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Greensburg's Twilight Theater To Reopen After 25 Years

Credit http://twilighttheatre.org

Greensburg will have a movie theater again soon.

The Twilight Theater is re-opening 25 years after it closed its doors.

The theater opened in 1917 and was a hub of activity until it closed in 1989. Renovations were scheduled to begin in May 2007, until an EF5 tornado destroyed 95 percent of the town that month.

Funds were raised again.

Theater executive director Adam Wagner says new the building has state-of-the-art sound, lighting and concessions systems, and it will be the largest screen between Wichita and Denver.

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Community
5:00 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Hesston’s Recovery 25 Years After An F5 Tornado Hit

Duane A. Graham http://hesston.digitalsckls.info

Rebuilding a community after a direct hit from a tornado is not easy. In 1990, an F5 tornado wiped out hundreds of houses, businesses and iconic landmarks in Hesston, Kansas.

But Hesston bounced back fast and the small community north of Wichita today looks back on that dark day with some happy memories. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar shares the story.

    

"If you can imagine...where we are standing right now...if you look to the west, southwest, that’s the path that it took and pretty much came right over where we are standing," Hesston EMS Director Russ Buller says.

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Community
5:01 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Redbud Bike Trail To Add New Amenities

Circular plaza at 9th & Hillside.
Credit Courtesy Photo

A section of the Redbud Trail from Hydraulic to Oliver streets in Wichita is now under construction. Bicyclers, joggers and walkers will soon be able to enjoy the new amenities to be added along the way. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

The Redbud Bike Trail was given its name by a K- State landscape architect student from Wichita writing a paper for one of his classes.

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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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