7:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Wichita's Union Station Celebrates Centennial With New Ownership, New Future

A photograph of Wichita's Union Station from the year of its dedication, 1914
The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

Last week, Wichita’s Union Station quietly turned 100 years old. The once bustling stalwart of downtown has been sitting empty since 2007. But now the building has a new owner and there are hopes of reviving the building to the centerpiece it once was.

A Look Back

People once entered Union Station to board trains destined for St. Louis, Chicago and even Los Angeles. The Frisco, Santa Fe and Rock Island provided a luxurious, long-winding glimpse of the American landscape.

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11:26 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Public Broadcasting Could Face Significant Cuts In State Funding

Supporters of public broadcasting are concerned this could be the year that state funding for public radio and broadcast stations ends in Kansas.

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11:33 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

The Wild Horses Of The Flint Hills

Mustangs at breakfast on the Triple 7 Ranch.
Credit Aileen LeBlanc

The wild horses of the west are being managed by the federal government with 71 million tax dollars. Some people believe that the herds are growing too large and that the horses are over populating the western public lands, taking up resources that could be used for cattle, wildlife and recreation use. But extra feral horses can't be shot or slaughtered and few are adopted. So thousands are shipped to the Midwest for safekeeping on large ranches. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc visited a herd of wild mustangs in the Flint Hills near Cassoday.

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5:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Gov. Brownback Signs Bill That Voids Local Gun Ordinances

Governor Brownback signed legislation on Wednesday that would nullify city and county gun restrictions in Kansas and ensuring that it’s legal statewide to openly carry firearms. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

The bill would sweep away most local restrictions on open carry, though cities and counties could prevent people from doing so in public buildings. The National Rifle Association describes it as a model for stripping local officials of their gun-regulating power. Sedgwick County Commissioner Dave Unruh is concerned about the law taking away local control.

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10:45 am
Fri April 11, 2014

The Rebirth Of Wichita's Downtown

The exterior of the Old Mill Tasty Shop. This is the second location for the establishment - it moved to its current location in 1940.
Sean Sandefur

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10:14 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers Surprised How Well Twitter Helps Share Traffic And Storm Info

Updated on Thursday, April 10 at 11:52am.

A group of seven Kansas Highway Patrol officers called the Tweeting Troopers is discovering the power of social media to spread information during storms, traffic obstructions or simply to post educational messages.

Trooper Gary Warner, based in Wichita, said he's been impressed with how quickly and widely tweets he sends are disseminated since the group was formed in January. He said it’s not uncommon to have up to 70,000 people view a tweet minutes after it’s posted.

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10:28 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Halstead Will Pay You In Chamber Bucks To Move There

Halstead wants to pay people to move there.

The town about 30 miles northwest of Wichita has begun offering financial incentives ranging up to $2,500 to people who move to their community.

New residents will be offered Chamber Bucks, which can be spent only in Halstead, for city and school expenses and at most of the town’s businesses.

The incentives range from $25 for signing up for utilities or enrolling a child in school to $2,500 for building a new house.

11:04 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Meet The New State Fossils: The Pteranodon And The Tylosaurus

The Pteranodon And The Tylosaurus

The flying Pteranodon and the sea-roaming Tylosaurus are now the official fossils of Kansas

Gov. Sam Brownback’s has signed the bill designating the prehistoric creatures as official state symbols.

The fossils are remnants of the massive creatures that roamed western Kansas when it was a vast ocean, millions of years ago.

The region remains rich with fossils that attract researchers and tourists

10:36 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Cosmosphere Loans Out The Liberty Bell 7 Space Capsule For Exhibit In Germany

The Liberty Bell 7 Space Capsule.
Credit Shadowgwm, flickr Creative Commons

The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson will soon launch the Liberty Bell 7 space capsule on a trip to Germany.

The capsule will leave the Cosmosphere in August to be part of an exhibit in Bonn, Germany from October to February of next year.

The Cosmosphere is planning an exhibit in May that will showcase the artifacts from Gus Grissom’s 15-minute suborbital space flight on the Bell in 1961.

The Liberty Bell sank in the Atlantic Ocean after Grissom’s flight.

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12:09 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Casino Bill Passes Through State Legislature

A bill to bring a state-owned casino to southeast Kansas has cleared the state Legislature and is going to Governor Sam Brownback.

The House approved the proposal Wednesday on an 84-36 vote.

The bill lowers the investment required for a southeast Kansas casino from $225 million to $50 million dollars.

The state also would drop the fee it charges to a prospective developer from $25 million to 5-and-a-half million dollars.

The Kansas Lottery owns the rights to the gambling but would have a private developer build and operate the casino.