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6:17 am
Thu December 20, 2012

Topeka City Councilman Issues Apology to Newtown

Topeka councilman Chad Manspeaker.
Credit City of Topeka

Topeka City Councilman Chad Manspeaker has issued an apology to Newtown, Conn.

That follows an announcement by the Westboro Baptist Church that it plans to picket the Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 children were killed last Friday.

"Given the situation those folks are in, obviously I feel very bad, and the whole country feels very bad for them in their time of need," says Manspeaker.

"We don't want them to think that Topekans are represented by the Phelps."

The Westboro Baptist Church is headquartered in Topeka.

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Community
5:19 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Donated Toys Make Christmas Brighter For Wichita Children

Rows of donated bikes that will be distributed this week.
Carla Eckels

Thousands of families in Wichita will have a brighter Christmas this year due to donations to the Salvation Army.

At the former Big Dog Motorcycle building Monday volunteers helped sort through toys to be distributed later this week.

Two hundred sixty two students, faculty and staff from Friends University helped the Salvation Army prepare to distribute gifts to children donated through the Angel Tree program. Major Douglas Rowland says each year, the volunteers decorate the building, plus organize and assemble some of the toys.

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Community
5:54 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Tips For Keeping Safe From Holiday Fires

Credit Lisa Dusseault / Flickr

The Wichita Fire Department reminds residents to be aware of potential fire hazards with Christmas trees and decorative lighting during this holiday season. Last week, a candle fire in south Wichita damaged a home and claimed the life of a family pet.

Bob Thompson is the Wichita Fire Department's Chief Prevention Officer, he says the candle was burning too close to a Christmas tree.

"As a result, the tree was ignited by the candle, the family was displaced and they lost a pet," he says.

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Community
6:11 am
Fri December 7, 2012

KMUW Staff, Listeners Bid Farewell To Long Time Host

Frank Dudgeon in the KMUW control room, where he spent many early mornings hosting Morning Edition.
Credit Chandra Stauffer

KMUW’s Frank Dudgeon retires Friday after more than 40 years as a member of the professional radio community. Jedd Beaudoin recently sat down with Dudgeon to talk about his career. And they started at the beginning.

“I was actually born in Arkansas,” he says, “that was because my dad was a country singer and he was on the road. This is back when country music sounded like folk, it was all acoustic. And my mother was with him at the time and I always feel that if you’re born you should be near your mother."

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Community
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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