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Rural Opportunity Zones
5:58 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

More Counties Join Student Loan Program

Eight more Kansas counties have joined a rural economic development program that helps new residents repay their student loans.

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Community
8:01 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Kansas Counties Charging Visitors Extra To Use DMV

Some Kansas counties have started charging out-of-county residents extra fees for flooding their driver's license offices to avoid long lines in larger cities.

Harvey and Butler counties have started charging fees, and county treasurers in smaller counties are thinking of doing the same.

Wichita resident Tammy Katzenmeier says she didn't mind paying an extra $20 last week to get her driver's license renewed in Harvey County. Katzenmeier says she avoided a several-hour wait in a Wichita office.

She was in and out of the Newton motor vehicle office in 10 minutes.

Community
6:26 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Posters Featuring Trayvon Martin Defaced On WSU Campus

Promotional posters featuring a photo of Trayvon Martin were recently defaced on the WSU campus.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

Posters with images of African-American Trayvon Martin were defaced recently at Wichita State University.  The posters were advertising a diversity discussion, which was held Wednesday called "Does My Hoodie Scare You?"

Danielle Johnson is the program director for the WSU Office of Multicultural Affairs. She says someone scratched out the photo of Trayvon Martin on one and drew in a Hitler-style mustache on another. A third poster was marked with a large X.

"So someone took the time to deface the pictures," she says.

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Music Festival
5:30 am
Wed September 4, 2013

ICT Fest Aims To Revitalize Wichita's Youth Culture

The Birthday Suits from Minneapolis performing at the 2012 ICT Fest.
Credit Landon Taylor / ICT Fest

Friday marks the beginning of the 9th annual ICT Fest.  The local music festival is changing things up this year by targeting Wichita’s youth unlike they have before.

ICT Fest has always been about providing an all-ages festival, but this year it is making an effort to specifically draw in more adolescents. Organizer Matthew Clagg and founder Dan Davis both said they believe the future of the festival is dependent on pulling in a younger crowd.

“We want to grow the next generation of Wichita performers,” Clagg said.

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Community
2:40 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

5 Things To Do This Labor Day Weekend

In need of something to do to fill your extra-long Labor Day Weekend? We've rounded up a few events taking place in and around town that will run through the weekend and on Labor Day.

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Community
8:01 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Workers' Rights Supporters New Addition To Black Arts Festival Parade

Immigration reform supporters, unions and social justice groups are joining forces to march for workers' rights this Labor Day weekend.

The event marks the first time these organizations will participate in Saturday’s unity parade that kicks off the 45th annual Wichita Black Art’s Festival.

Sulma Arias is the executive director of Sunflower Community Action in Wichita, a grass-roots social justice organization.

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Community
2:48 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Wichita State's Century Plant Now In Mid-Bloom

The nearly 30-year-old agave plant is in mid-bloom at Wichita State.
Nicollette Engels KMUW

The 26-year-old agave plant on Wichita State’s campus that we reported on previously  is now in mid-bloom.

Campus floral supervisor Kari Ossman has kept a close eye on the plant and considers the plant’s blooming a real education.

“The next phase will be to watch it bloom, to measure it, and to kind of watch it after it blooms to see if the plant really does die,” she said.

Century plants typically die after blooming, and Ossman looks forward to seeing the process.

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Community
8:37 am
Tue August 27, 2013

New Mural Tells The History Of Historic Dunbar Theater

Volunteers from the Ulrich Museum help paint the history of the Dunbar Theater on the side of the building.
Hugo Phan KMUW

With the help of some volunteers and community members on Monday, work began on a mural for the north side of the historic Dunbar Theater located at 1007 N. Cleveland in the McAdams neighborhood.

The event was a collaboration between WSU Student Involvement, WSU's Ulrich Museum, Power CDC and the city of Wichita. The artwork being painted helps detail the history of the theater gathered through firsthand accounts and public records at Wichita State University.

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Community
11:17 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Why Does Wichita Need A New Downtown Library?

Cynthia Berner Harris, director of libraries for the Wichita Public Library, sits with Joel Potter and his children, Emeth and Sela, in the children's room at the central library.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

The changing role of libraries is evident across the country. With e-books and other emerging technologies, libraries continue to adapt to meet the needs of their patrons.

A master plan to build a new central library in downtown Wichita has been in the works for the last seven years. Funding for the $29 million facility is now up in the air with the Wichita City Council directing the library to seek out more private funds. 

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Community
7:12 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Cleanup Continues After Train Derailment In Hays

A Union Pacific freight train derailed at the Hays rail yard on July 16. Three of the derailed cars contained beer, six had wood products, and one contained poultry meal.

Union Pacific says the contractor responsible for removing the chicken meal has finished transferring the stockpile to the Barton County landfill.

The contractor is removing soil with meal and diesel fuel, and that work is expected to be finished by Friday.

The railroad also says work to remove the damaged rail cars should be finished Thursday.

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