Officials say a fire destroyed a theatre housed in a historic church in Abilene.
No injuries were reported after the fire Wednesday night at the Great Plains Theatre.
Dickinson County Emergency Management Director Chancy Smith said the theatre was a total loss. He says no one was inside the building at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The building housing the theater was built in 1881 and served as the First Presbyterian Church for years and was later converted to a live theatre.
Open carry of weapons will not be allowed in city-owned buildings in Salina.
The city commission voted Monday to impose the ban in public buildings currently exempt from the state's concealed carry law. The state allows concealed carry in public buildings but Salina was granted a four-year exemption from that law last year.
City Manager Justin Gage said that to prohibit open carry in city-owned buildings, commissioners needed to pass a resolution directing staff to post signs on the buildings. He says the ordinance will not cost the city much money.
The Kansas Humane Society euthanized about 4,000 animals last year but an official says the number of animals saved continues to improve.
Spokeswoman Melissa Houston says the society provided services for 17,000 animals last year, with about 13,000 homeless. Of that number, more than 9,000 were adopted but the other 4,000 had to be euthanized.
Houston says decisions on which animals to put down are usually based on health and behavior, but some are based on space at the shelter.
More than 80,000 misdialed calls were made to the Sedgwick County Emergency Communications 9-1-1 last year. Public Safety Officials have launched a campaign to help educate callers and reduce the number of accidental calls coming into the center.
Nearly 600,000 calls poured into the 9-1-1 call center in downtown Wichita last year. The calls were from people reporting medical emergencies, accidents, fires, and crime. 9-1-1 deputy director Elora Randleas says 1 in 7 of those calls were cell phone misdials.
The YWCA Wichita Women's Crisis Center's emergency shelter continues to operate at maximum capacity. Hundreds of domestic violence victims seeking shelter were turned away last year due to lack of space.
A new Kansas gun law is being challenged in court. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which is based in Washington, D.C., has filed a lawsuit against Kansas because of a new state law that declares guns made and kept in Kansas are exempt from federal gun laws.
The new state law is called the “Second Amendment Protection Act.”
In observance of the July 4th holiday, City of Wichita facilities will be closed Friday, July 4th. This includes City Hall, Park and Recreation Centers, the Animal Shelter, CityArts, Botanica, the Wichita Art Museum, Great Plains Nature Center, Wichita Ice Center, Century II administrative offices, Wichita Transit, Wichita Public Library locations and Neighborhood Resource Centers.
The following will be closed on Friday, July 4th and Saturday, July 5th: