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12:00 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Father And Son Build 'Twin Car'

Eric Unruh and his father, Galen built the "Twin Car" together last summer.
Courtesy Eric Unruh

McPherson high schooler Eric Unruh and his dad Galen like building things.

They have put motorcycle engines in go-carts and powered up a pedal tractor with a weed trimmer motor.

Then last summer they put two cars together, creating what they call the “Twin Car.”

“We got the idea from a friend who saw a similar vehicle,” says Eric.

The twin car is the marriage of the front end of a blue 2000 Pontiac Grand Am with the front end of a red 1994 Pontiac Grand Am.

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5:51 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Wichita Conference Aims To Strengthen Marriages

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A conference in Wichita this weekend aims to give couples the tools to strengthen their marriages.

Statistics show about half of adults in the US are married, a record low. The numbers are even lower for African-Americans, about 31 percent.

Sherdeill Breathett, president of the Kansas African-American Healthy Marriage Initiative, says their mission is to celebrate and provide models of a healthy marriage. She says as a whole, marriage is on the decline.

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Community
6:20 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Sequestration Could Affect Wichita Meals On Wheels Program

Marlin Fredrick, a retired teacher and Meals on Wheels volunteer, has been delivering meals to Nancy Hindle for about 10 years.
Credit Milt Radford / KMUW

More than 800 Wichita seniors are fed a hot lunch on weekdays as part of Meals on Wheels. Federal sequestration could reduce funding for the program but not the bond that forms between volunteers and clients.

Nancy Hindle, 90, lives alone in a west Wichita apartment; she has been a widow the past three years. She has family in the area helping her with daily needs, but cooking a meal is a difficult task.

"I got so I couldn't put things together," says Hindle. "I have arthritis real bad. I don't ever use my oven if I'm by myself."

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Community
6:17 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Election Of New Pope A Special Lesson At Wichita Catholic School

Holy Savior Church and Academy social studies teacher Mike Meyer talks with students about electing new pope.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

The Roman Catholic cardinal electors begin their conclave Tuesday to decide on a successor to Pope Benedict XVI who resigned last month.

At Holy Savior Catholic Church and Academy in Wichita, students and staff are also weighing in on the process.

Middle school social studies teacher Mike Meyer hands out paper for an assignment.

"If you were a voting cardinal, what qualities, what characteristics are you looking for as the new pope?" he asks.

Thirteen year old, Kyree Straughter says he should be a strong leader, trustworthy and nice.

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Community
5:48 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Change Your Clocks, Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries

Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. March 10. Fire officials recommend people change their smoke alarm batteries at the same time they change their clocks.
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The Wichita Fire Department is reminding residents to change their smoke alarm batteries at the same time they change their clocks for daylight saving time Sunday.

Wichita Fire Captain Stuart Bevis says a functioning smoke alarm is one of the most vital pieces of equipment in your home.

"Smoke alarms are a very vital tool in our home safety and to alert us in case of an emergency," he says. "So along with testing our smoke alarms every month these two times a year when we change our clocks, we want to change batteries on any smoke alarms that have batteries."

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Community
3:49 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Weekly Paper 'F5' Returns To Wichita

F5 papers sitting on Marlett's front porch Thursday, ready for distribution.
Credit Briana O'Higgins / KMUW

A new, or not so new, weekly newspaper hits Wichita streets Thursday. F5 returns after a six year hiatus under the direction of founder Mike Marlett.

Marlett says he decided to start the paper back up again after constantly hearing from people that missed it.

“I met some young, successful guys with their own businesses and their own money to invest,” he says. “They had brand loyalty and they wanted it back.

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6:19 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Senior Services To Hold 31st Annual Job Fair

Investment losses in recent years and higher prescription drug prices are forcing many seniors to continue employment or return to work. That’s according to Laurel Alkire, the executive director for Senior Services of Wichita.

“We saw last year about 800 applicants come through looking for work," she says.

"I believe we placed about 560 of those, so our placement rate is pretty high."

The 31st annual Senior Employment Job Fair for workers 55 and older will be on March 19. The application deadline to attend is March 15.

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Community
6:17 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Spring Break Lunch Program Expands

"Filling in the Gap - Lunches for Kids" will serve almost twice as many lunches over spring break this year.
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Partners for Wichita and the Kansas Food Bank are teaming again this year to provide meals on weekdays between March 14 and the 22 in their “Filling the Gap – Lunches for Kids” program.

Volunteers expect to serve about 3,500 meals at 14 locations during spring break for public schools in Wichita. That’s roughly double the number served last year.

“We’re aware that about 24 percent of the children in our area are at risk of hunger," says Pastor Sally Fahrenthold, who helped coordinate the program.

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Community
5:54 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Workshop Teaches Digital Skills For Sharing African-American Culture

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A two-day workshop in Wichita will offer skills on how to email, text, tweet and post on Facebook. The workshop is designed to build intergenerational bonds around African-American culture and technology.

The Digital Elder Project is a traveling, leadership and professional development retreat that teaches digital techniques. Shani Byard, founder and director of the Los Angeles-based, Message Media Ed - School of Black Leadership in the Digital Age, will facilitate the workshop. 

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6:28 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Kansans Set Guinness Record For Food Packing

At a food-packing event Saturday, groups develop a rhythm to pack as many bags of food as they can in an attempt to break a world record.
Milt Radford KMUW

Two-thousand volunteers  packed 479,000 meals in less than one hour Saturday to feed children in Haiti, while setting a Guinness World Record. The previous record was just more than 315,000.

The event was sponsored by Numana Inc., Volunteer Kansas and The Downtown Rotary Club of Wichita. 

“We’re going to keep going until they tell us to stop,” said Lena Young, a volunteer, as she assembled the meals.

Guinness sent an adviser to Wichita to verify the process and witness the record being set.

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