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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.

Community
11:15 am
Fri July 12, 2013

The Carnival Parade Is Back For The State Fair's Centennial

The Kansas State Fair in the early 1900s.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Kansas State Fair is reviving its fair parade through Hutchinson to celebrate the fair's 100th anniversary.

Back when the carnival traveled by train, people would line up on Main Street in Hutchinson to see the procession of rides and animals from the depot to the state fairgrounds.

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Community
7:56 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Topeka Zoo Welcomes Twin Baby Golden Lion Tamarins

Twin baby tamarins spending quality time with their mother, Devra.
Credit Topeka Zoo

The Topeka Zoo says it's happy to announce that a 3-year-old golden lion tamarin named Devra gave birth to twins Wednesday.

She and the babies' father, Charlie, are first-time parents. They arrived in Topeka in December as part of the Golden Lion Tamarin Species Survival Plan.

The zoo says it will post updates and daily pictures of the baby monkeys on its Facebook page.

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Community
6:53 am
Thu July 11, 2013

30-Year-Old Plant Wakes Up for Wichita

Wichita State's 30-year-old agave plant ready to bloom.
Credit Nicollette Engels

Wichita State University’s three-decade-old agave plant is due to bloom within the next couple of weeks. After a lifetime in a campus greenhouse, the plant has been moved to the university’s Fairmount Street entrance south of the Ulrich Museum of Art.

The agave, also known as a century plant, can only bloom once in a lifetime, making this a rare botanical occurrence. The average century plant blooms in 10 to 30 years, and after it blooms it will die.

The plant sent out a flower stalk June 19 and has grown several inches per day since.

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Community
7:01 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Three Downtown Apartment Buildings on National Historic Register

The Naomi Apartment building on south Market street.
Credit via Loopnet

The Kansas Historical Society has added three Wichita apartment buildings to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Community
12:49 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Was The Civil War Inevitable? Two Historians Debate On Saturday

One of the cannons engraved with Civil War battles' names on the Battle Monument at West Point
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Two historians are marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg with a debate, asking whether the war could have been avoided.

Dr. Tom Morain of Graceland University in Iowa and Dr. James Juhnke, formerly of Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., will square off Saturday at the Sedgwick County Historical Museum in Wichita.

Morain said the debate's been held in Iowa for years, but this is the first time in Kansas.

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Social Work
6:04 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

KU Program Aims To Fill Social Worker Void

The University of Kansas is starting a new program to address a shortage of social workers in western Kansas.

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Community
9:45 am
Tue July 2, 2013

11 Places To See Fireworks On The 4th Of July

Firework watching near the Arkansas River on July 5, 2009.
Credit ercwttmn / flickr Creative Commons

Wichita has not had a fireworks display for an Independence Day celebration since 2010, as the Wichita Eagle recently reported, but luckily there are locations in and around the city that will be hosting festivities that include some pyrotechnics:

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Community
10:10 am
Fri June 28, 2013

You're On Your Own To Clean Up After Thursday's Storm

Thursday's storm knocks over this tree in the Riverside neighborhood.
Credit Lu Anne Stephens / KMUW

Crews from the city of Wichita are currently clearing tree limbs and debris that fell into streets and onto public property during the Thursday night wind storm.

However, they will not pick up debris from private property owners. Instead they are encouraging homeowners to work with their trash haulers to remove debris or take it to one of four Wichita locations for a fee. 

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