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11:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

The Wild Horses Of The Flint Hills

Mustangs at breakfast on the Triple 7 Ranch.
Credit Aileen LeBlanc

The wild horses of the west are being managed by the federal government with 71 million tax dollars. Some people believe that the herds are growing too large and that the horses are over populating the western public lands, taking up resources that could be used for cattle, wildlife and recreation use. But extra feral horses can't be shot or slaughtered and few are adopted. So thousands are shipped to the Midwest for safekeeping on large ranches. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc visited a herd of wild mustangs in the Flint Hills near Cassoday.

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5:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Double 'V' For WWII Victory: African Americans In The Armed Forces

World War II veteran and 20-year serviceman, John Monk, 98.
Credit Carla Eckels

It’s reported that less than half of the 2.5-million African American soldiers who registered for the armed forces at the beginning of World War II were called to serve. Those who were enlisted found that as they served their country abroad, they still faced less than a democratic reception at home.

The Pittsburgh Courier, one of the most widely circulated African-American newspapers of its time, received a humble, patriotic, but assertive letter to the editor in 1942. It was penned by 26 year-old African American James G. Thompson of Wichita.

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Community
6:00 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Celebrate The Vietnamese New Year In The Wichita Area

The Vietnamese New Year takes place from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.
Credit Hugo Phan

Once every year, my family and I celebrate Tết, which is also known as the Vietnamese/Lunar New Year.

From my experience with the holiday, preparations for the event usually involve one thing: cleaning.

“I want this house cleaned today because we’re not lifting a finger when Tết starts,” my mother says. “It’s bad luck.”

My father is not superstitious but still enjoys her rituals, which increase as the holiday grows closer. The whole family is pressed into cleaning, cooking and decorating – superstitious or not.

The theme of the holiday revolves around luck.

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Community
10:28 am
Wed January 29, 2014

State Officials Celebrate Kansas' 153rd Birthday In Newly Renovated Statehouse

State officials are marking Kansas' 153rd anniversary with a dedication of the newly renovated Capitol in Topeka today.

The 13-year renovation cost nearly $330 million dollars.

It included new ventilation and electrical systems, replacing of the roof and dome, and constructing a visitor center.

The project was carried out in phases and financed with bonds.

Hundreds of schoolchildren will join Governor Brownback, legislators and other officials for the festivities today.

Community
12:34 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Hundreds Expected To Celebrate The Life Of MLK At WSU MetroPlex Event

Credit http://eriklerouge.blogspot.com/2012/01/mlk-in-detroit-great-march-to-freedom.html

Hundreds are expected to attend this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration scheduled at noon on Monday at the Wichita State University metroplex.

The event is co-sponsored by WSU and The Greater Wichita Ministerial League. It's an effort to reflect on King's message of hope and pursuit of freedom, as evident in the slain civil rights leader's June 1963 speech in Detroit, where he reminds the crowd of the importance of passing the civil rights bill.

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12:33 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Celebrate MLK Day In The Wichita Area

Dr. Martin Luther King giving his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., on 28 August 1963.
Credit Wikipedia

There will be several events in and around Wichita that will be commemorating the life of civil rights leader, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You can participate in these events beginning on Saturday and continuing through the King federal holiday on Monday.

The Kansas African American Museum- Saturday, January 18

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Community
5:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Memorial Set For 49th Anniversary Of Piatt Street Plane Crash

A black granite monument erected in 2007 with names of the victims lost in the Piatt Street Plane Crash
Carla Eckels

A memorial service commemorating the 49th anniversary of the Piatt Street Plane Crash will take place Thursday afternoon at Piatt Park in Wichita.

The service will begin at 1pm at the corner of 20th and Piatt Street and a documentary about the crash will air on KPTS on Thursday at 8pm.

On January 16 1965, a Boeing fuel tanker filled with 31 thousand gallons of jet fuel, took off from McConnell Air Force Base and nose-dived into the northeast Wichita neighborhood.

All of the seven crew members and 23 residents on the ground were killed.

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Community
9:40 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Dreamlifter Pilots Thought Equipment Was Faulty, Used Eyesight To Land At Wrong Airport

One of the pilots of a Boeing 747 that landed at the wrong airport in Wichita last November was not sure the plane was landing at the right place.

The Trade publication Aviation International News, or AIN, obtained a copy of a training video describing what happened.

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, which employed the pilots and made the video, confirmed that Atlas pilots were aiming to land at McConnell Air Force Base.

Instead, they landed at Col. James Jabara airport, 9 miles away.

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Community
9:15 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Bombardier Will Furlough 300 Learjet Employees

Bombardier says it will put about 300 of its Learjet employees on furlough during the first half of the year.

The company released a memo to employees, saying that the furloughs will take place in two-week blocks over a six-week span.

Vice president and general manager Ralph Acs says that the furloughs involve production of the Learjet 70 and 75 and direct support staff members.

Employees will find out this month who is affected and what dates they will be furloughed.

Community
9:18 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Lawmakers Hope To Add Cherokee, Labette and Montgomery Counties To Rural Opportunity Zone Program

A group of Kansas House members has filed legislation that would add three southeast counties to the state's rural opportunity zone program.

The bill is sponsored by Republican Representatives Jim Kelly of Independence, Michael Houser of Columbus, Virgil Peck of Tyro and Richard Proehl of Parsons.

Their 2014 legislation would add Cherokee, Labette and Montgomery counties, which are located on the Oklahoma border.

Governor Sam Brownback established the Rural Opportunity Zones program in 2011.

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