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5:58 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Human Rights Advocate And Peace Activist To Speak Friday

Tom Hayden, internationally known human rights and peace activist, former California state legislator, and Freedom Rider will speak Friday at the Peace & Social Justice Center's 20th anniversary dinner.

Hayden will share his long-time experience in peace, justice and environment movements. He spent years on the forefront of the anti-Vietnam War movement and is against the war in Afghanistan. He says in the '60s, President Lyndon Johnson said that the United States could afford guns and butter, meaning the Vietnam War and domestic programs.

"He was wrong," says Hayden.

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Community
6:34 am
Tue November 27, 2012

KS Christmas Tree Ornament Features Washburn University

The official state ornament on the tree at the Governor's mansion, Cedar Crest.
Credit Stephen Koranda

The official state Christmas tree ornament for this year recognizes the 150th anniversary of the founding of Washburn University, which is coming up in 2015.

Governor Sam Brownback unveiled the ornament at the governor's residence Monday. Washburn President Jerry Farley called it an honor and noted the strong connection between the state and the school.

"Washburn has played an integral role in the history of the state from the very beginning," said Farley.

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Community
6:29 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Protesters Oppose Kobach's Work On Immigration

So-called
Credit Stephen Koranda

Around 50 protesters, mostly young people, gathered outside Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office Tuesday, calling on him to resign. Among other things, the protesters said Kobach spends too much time on immigration issues.

Community
6:22 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Wichita Water Rate To Go Up Jan. 1

The Wichita City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve water and sewer rate increases effective next year.

On January 1, Wichita's residential customers will see their monthly bills increase $1.19 to $7.74 depending on how much water they use. Commercial and industrial customers will see a rate hike of around 7 percent.

Alan King, Director of Public Works and Utilities says the water rates will insure a level of funding for proper renewal and replacement of aging water mains.

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Community
1:53 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Kansas Food Bank Receives Walmart Grant

Through Walmart's Fighting Hunger Together initiative, a Walmart store in Wichita gave a $50,000 grant to help expand the Kansas Food Bank of Wichita's backpack program.

Debi Kreutzman, community relations manager at Kansas Food Bank, said they were proud of the local community for participating in the effort.

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Community
6:08 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Kansas Cold Weather Rule Begins Nov. 1

A car experiences Kansas winter.
Credit Nathan Borror / Flickr

Thursday marks the start of the cold weather rule period in Kansas, restricting utility cutoffs for nonpayment of bills.

The rule is in effect from November 1 to March 31. It prohibits shutoffs of residential electricity or natural gas service when temperatures are expected to be at or below 35 degrees over the following 24 hours.

Utilities also must contact a customer 24 hours before a disconnection, and offer a 12-month payment plan for the customer to maintain or re-establish service.

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Community
10:14 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Taxi Drivers Start Customer Service Training

Wichita taxi drivers will soon begin training in customer service. 

The first Taxi Driver Customer Service Training classes will take place Wednesday at the Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Community
9:22 am
Wed August 1, 2012

New Documentary Tells Story Of McPherson Basketball Stars

A team photo of the McPherson Globe Refiners.
Anne Hassler Courtesy Photo

Against the backdrop of the 2012 summer Olympics a small Kansas town is working to spread the word about their 1936 Olympic gold medal winning basketball stars with a new documentary.

The McPherson Globe Refiners aren’t a well-known basketball team.

They were sponsored by the Globe Refining Company and affiliated with the Amateur Athletic Union or AAU - the standard back in the early 20th century.

They were also short lived, but in their two-year existence they won 2nd place in the AAU championships in 1935, then 1st place in 1936.

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Wichitan Spotlight
8:41 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Wichita Auctioneer Hopes To Win International Competition

Carla Eckels

Meet Megan McCurdy.

“Here we go ladies and gentlemen! What do you want to give?”

The 29-year old auctioneer conducts a recent charity auction at Wichita’s Botanica Gardens.

(Auctioneer chanting.)

Megan will compete Friday in the 2012 International Auctioneer Championship in Spokane, Washington.  It’s not her first time though, she was named first runner up in the final round of vigorous competition last year.

“Well, it’s intense. I will say that,” says McCurdy.

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Power Outage
1:37 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Lawn Watering Ban In East Wichita, Andover

City of Wichita officials are urging water customers east of Rock Road in Wichita, and in all of Andover, to not water their lawns until Saturday due to a loss of electrical power at a water pump station on Webb Road.

The power outage has reduced water pressure in areas east of Rock Road. Westar is working to restore the power to the pump station.

The voluntary watering restriction is not requested of customers west of Rock Road, because they are not affected by the power outage.

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