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6:16 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Development Of Wichita Central Library Being Discussed This Week

Design consultants present their ideas on the redevelopment of Wichita Central Library
Sean Sandefur

Future plans for Wichita’s central library are being discussed throughout this week as part of a 5-day design summit. Architectural consultants began presenting their ideas on Monday morning.

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Community
4:47 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

St. Francis Community Services Highlighted At Riverfest

The look from atop the St. Francis Ferris Wheel. The attraction gave its first go around to an adoptive family from Wichita.
Sean Sandefur

Wichita’s Riverfest began Friday afternoon with a celebration under the Keeper of the Plains. The festival will feature a number of musical acts over the next nine days, but one attraction has a distinct goal - to raise awareness for adoption services.  

 

A Ferris wheel tucked away in the kid’s corner of Riverfest gave its first go around to an adoptive family.

The attraction has been dedicated to St. Francis Community Services, which provides adoption and foster assistance in a number of states. 

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Community
10:56 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Coffeyville Trail Project Gets Boost From EPA Grant

A federal program designed to revitalize disadvantaged neighborhoods is going to help people in the southeast Kansas community of Coffeyville get more physical activity.

The EPA has listed Coffeyville among 171 communities nationwide receiving $67-million this year through its Brownfields grant program.

Brownfields are abandoned industrial and commercial properties in need of environmental cleanup to spur redevelopment.

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Community
10:23 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Attorney General Gathering Input On Signs For Places That Bar Openly Carried Firearms

Kan. Attorney Gen. Derek Schmidt is holding a meeting Wednesday, May 28, to discuss regulations for signs that people must post to keep guns off their premises. Schmidt's office is soliciting public input about what should be required for the new "no-gun signs."

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Community
2:20 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Debra Fraser Is KMUW's New GM

Debra Fraser
Credit Courtesy photo

Wichita State University joins KMUW in welcoming the station’s new General Manager/Director, Debra Fraser. Fraser comes to Wichita from Houston, where she worked in public radio for 25 years. Her most recent position was as Chief Operating Officer and Station Manager of Houston Public Media at University of Houston from 2007 – 2013.

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Community
5:00 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Waiting For The Bus: The Future Of Wichita's Transit System

The West Central bus awaits riders to board at downtown's central transit center. This bus heads west of downtown towards New Market Square.
Sean Sandefur

 

**UPDATE**

Members of Wichita’s City Council spent much of yesterday discussing a new sales tax that could be used to shore up the city’s water supply,  encourage job growth and keep the transit system running for five more years. 

Tuesday’s meeting marked the first step in funding some key areas of Wichita’s future. A proposed one-cent sales tax referendum, worth $398 million over five years, was approved by council members. 

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Community
4:56 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Bob Dole Emphasizes Care For Veterans As Tour Visits Wichita

Former Senator Bob Dole speaks to a crowd of about 200 supporters at Wichita State University on Wednesday morning. Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo, right, introduced him.
Sean Sandefur

Former Senator Bob Dole spoke to a crowd of about 200 supporters at Wichita State University on Wednesday morning. Dole is touring many parts of Kansas to say 'thank you' for years of support. 

The longtime politician and decorated WWII veteran is 90 years old. He spoke for about 30 minutes on  division in the Republican Party and reaching across the political aisle.

He also spoke about taking care of our veterans.

In 2002, Wichita named its veterans hospital Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center. He said with that honor comes responsibility.

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Community
10:57 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Jackson, Wyoming Pays To Settle A Case Involving A Wichita Anti-Abortion Protester

The town of Jackson, Wyoming, has paid $10,000 to settle a federal lawsuit over the arrest of a Kansas anti-abortion protester.

Wichita’s Spirit One Christian Ministries pastor Mark Holick had sued Cheyenne and police officials following his arrest in 2011 on the town square.

Holick was arrested shortly after Jackson officials secured a state court order barring anti-abortion protesters from appearing on the town square.

His lawsuit charged that the arrest violated his civil rights.

Community
10:47 am
Fri May 9, 2014

More Than 100 WSU Students Protest For The Release Of 200 Abducted Nigerian Girls

Graduate student Idia Tokunboh addressed the crowd.
Carla Eckels

More than 100 Wichita State University students, faculty and community members staged a protest on campus Thursday. The group demanded the release of more than 200 Nigerian girls abducted from a public school in Nigeria. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports...

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Community
5:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

City Officials Hold Community Meetings To Help Gather Input For Wichita's Future

A second round of engagement meetings will soon get underway in Wichita. The meetings are designed to get input from residents to help shape the future of the community. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

The meetings will include discussions about a long-range comprehensive plan for Wichita and Sedgwick County.

The new initiative is called the Community Investments Plan, a strategy for the city and county that focuses on policies for growth and investment in public infrastructure for the next 20 years.

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