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7:34 am
Tue August 13, 2013

2015 World Horseshoe Pitching Championship Awarded To Topeka

For many people, horseshoes is a game you might occasionally play during a summer picnic. But for Topeka, horseshoes could mean big business in a couple years. It's been named as the host city for the 2015 World Horseshoe Pitching Championship.

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Community
6:04 am
Sat August 10, 2013

Kansas Coal Miner Featured On New USPS Stamp

This photo of a Kansas coal miner from the ‘40s or ‘50s was donated to the society in 1966 by the Kansas Department of Economic Development.
Credit Kansas Historical Society

Thursday the U.S. Postal Service released a stamp featuring a photo of a coal miner from the Kansas Historical Society’s collections.

The 12-stamp series "Made in America: Building a Nation" honors industrial-era workers just in time for labor day. The vintage, grayscale photos of the series portray men and women of the era at work.

Photographer Lewis Hine took 11 of the photos used in the collection.

The photo of the coal miner from the ‘40s or ‘50s was donated to the society in 1966 by the Kansas Department of Economic Development. It depicts the unidentified miner at work with a handpick and lantern.

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Safety
5:33 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Reno County Warns People To Stay Out Of Water

A central Kansas county is cracking down on people who place themselves in danger in rain-swollen rivers and creeks.

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Recreational Trails
5:57 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

State Awards Grants For Trail Projects

A Kansas agency has awarded $2 million for development of 16 recreational trails projects, including a route through the Flint Hills region.

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Gambling
6:12 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Survey: Gambling Could Hurt 26 Percent Of Kansans

A survey finds that up to 9 percent of Kansans are at risk of developing a gambling problem, and 26 percent of the state's residents could be affected by the uncontrolled gambling of a relative or friend.

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Community
7:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Vigil To Focus On US Deportation Policies

Opponents of U.S. policies on deportation are holding a vigil Friday afternoon in Wichita for nine people who were detained in Arizona after demanding re-entry from Mexico on humanitarian grounds.

Among those taking part are relatives of 37-year-old Claudia Amaro, one of the detained. 

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Community
8:37 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Free Dumping Is Back For Sedgwick County Residents

Sedgwick County again will help residents dispose of bulky waste by offering a coupon covering the cost to dump up to 1,000 pounds; loads exceeding this limit are accepted, but will be subject to fees.

An online request form will be available beginning July 22 at sedgwickcounty.org, or residents may request a coupon by calling 660-9110. Residents will need to present their name and address online or over the phone.

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Community
12:42 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Go Rural, Get Tax And Student Loan Breaks

The Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZ) program will expand over this fiscal year to include 23 more counties.

According to the Kansas Department of Commerce, that brings the total to 73 Kansas counties that have been approved as Rural Opportunity Zones --where qualified new residents are rewarded with a five-year waiver on state income taxes and partial student loan repayments.

Gov. Brownback and the state legislature started the program in 2011 to counter the rural flight from smaller Kansas counties.

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Community
8:05 am
Tue July 16, 2013

'It Ain't Over' Say Supporters At Wichita Trayvon Martin Rally

Mary Dean of Kansas Justice Advocate holds up a sign in support of changing gun laws a a rally for Trayvon Martin Monday night in Wichita.
Carla Eckels KMUW

More than 100 protesters in Wichita took to the streets Monday night in response to the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

The former neighborhood watchman was acquitted Saturday in the shooting death of Florida teen, Trayvon Martin.

Demonstrators support the NAACP's effort to get the US Department of Justice to file civil rights charges against Zimmerman.

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Community
2:35 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Rally In Wichita Monday Night For Trayvon Martin

A protest rally is scheduled for Monday evening in response to the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. The Florida neighborhood watch volunteer was acquitted Saturday in the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Trayvon Martin.

Organizers from the Kansas Justice Advocate want the Justice Department to step in and file charges against Zimmerman, claiming that he violated Martin’s civil rights. The rally is set to take place near 21st Street and Hillside in Wichita at 5 p.m.

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