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8:44 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Does Wichita Have Enough Parks?

Riverside Park in North Wichita, taken in October 2009.
Credit Ty Nigh / flickr Creative Commons

 A report released Wednesday from The Trust for Public Land on the nation's park systems ranks Wichita 34th out of the 50 largest U.S. cities.

ParkScore rates city park systems on a scale of zero to five park benches, with Wichita earning two. Wichita scored well on median park size but was hurt by low marks for park and playground access.

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Community
8:44 am
Mon June 3, 2013

'In Cold Blood' Case Files Now Online

A file from Perry Smith's clemency hearings.
Credit Kansas Historical Society

The inmate case files for convicted murderers Richard Eugene “Dick” Hickock and Perry Edward Smith have been added to Kansas Memory, the Kansas Historical Society’s online archives of photographs, manuscripts, and government records.

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Community
6:35 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Father And Son-In-Law Sought 'Land Of Opportunity'

Thanh Phan and Tran Van Vi
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

In 1975, Tran Van Vi was a news reporter in his homeland of Vietnam before, at the age of 50, making the journey to start a new life in Wichita.

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Community
12:42 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

With A Few Precautions, It's Safe For You To Use The Arkansas River

The confluence of the Little and Big Arkansas rivers, taken in 2007.
Credit djmcaleese / flickr Creative Commons

With the annual Wichita River Festival approaching, the city says the Arkansas River is suitable for recreational use.

However, there are some advisory conditions you should follow:

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Community
10:21 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Six Kansas Sites Added To National Register Of Historic Places

Santa Fe Trail Map
Credit Legends of Kansas

The Kansas Historical Society recently placed six Santa Fe Trail locations in Kansas on the National Register of Historic Places. With the addition of these sites in Marion and Morton counties, the state now has 1,310 registered historic sites.

Thirty properties were nominated for the Santa Fe Trail project, and these six were the first to be approved by the National Park Service.

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Community
7:02 am
Thu May 30, 2013

From Vietnam To Wichita, In Search Of Freedom

Christine Cao moved to Wichita when she was 16. Now, 22 years later, she is the owner of Perfect Nails.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

According to the 2010 US Census, more than 1.5 million immigrants from Vietnam live in the U.S. The Vietnamese population in Kansas has increased by 21 percent in the last decade. And more than 9,000 Vietnamese Americans live in Sedgwick County.

Vietnamese business owner Christine Cao moved to Wichita 22 years ago when she was 16. She graduated from Wichita's North High School and in 2005 she earned her bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University in public health in organization and public policy.

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Community
1:12 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Visit Wichita Parks, Answer Some Trivia, Maybe Win A Prize

A new program that encourages and rewards residents for visiting public parks was announced Friday.

The new Park Passport program encourages residents to visit 18 specific local parks, including Oak, Buffalo and Fairmont, and answer trivia-like questions posted on signs in each park.

If you visit Oak Park, for example, you'll be asked, "What is the slogan on the back of the 18th disc golf basket?"

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Community
8:47 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Kansas Gets C- For Infrastructure

Civil engineers have given Kansas' infrastructure an overall C-minus grade.

The regional chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers released their report card Wednesday.

It's an evaluation of the state's aviation, bridges, roads, dams, drinking water, energy, levees, railroads and schools.

The engineers found the most faults with the state's bridges and dams, rating them a D-minus. They say Kansas has nearly 3,000 structurally deficient bridges.

They awarded the highest grades for the state's roads and schools; both got a C-plus.

Community
6:50 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Fallen Officers To Be Honored At City Hall

A memorial service will take place in downtown Wichita to honor Sedgwick County law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

Community
7:59 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Summit Designed To 'Humanize' The Formally Incarcerated

The National Prison Summit on Incarceration will be held in Wichita this weekend. Experts will discuss ways to help those behind bars, and their families. They will also talk about reducing recidivism to help the next generation stay out of jail.

Summit coordinator, David Wilkinson, says it’s been several years since the community has collectively come together to work with people that are incarcerated or transitioning out of prison.

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