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.
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.
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.
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.
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.