A bit of history will be flying over Wichita this coming weekend. An organization called the Liberty Foundation will be offering flights at Jabara Airport aboard its remodeled B-17 bomber, one that was used in the 1990 film “Memphis Belle.”
Although their remodeled aircraft didn’t see any action, the rumble of its engines is still authentic. Just ask Lewis Smith, a 90-year-old WWII veteran that flew 35 missions over Germany.
For over ten years the state prison located in Hutchinson has provided a unique opportunity for some of its inmates. They help manage hundreds of wild horses brought in from the western United States due to overpopulation. The inmates train, groom and care for these animals - in return, they enjoy a degree of freedom and they gain valuable skills.
Wichita’s Riverfest began Friday afternoon with a celebration under the Keeper of the Plains. The festival will feature a number of musical acts over the next nine days, but one attraction has a distinct goal - to raise awareness for adoption services.
A Ferris wheel tucked away in the kid’s corner of Riverfest gave its first go around to an adoptive family.
The attraction has been dedicated to St. Francis Community Services, which provides adoption and foster assistance in a number of states.
Kan. Attorney Gen. Derek Schmidt is holding a meeting Wednesday, May 28, to discuss regulations for signs that people must post to keep guns off their premises. Schmidt's office is soliciting public input about what should be required for the new "no-gun signs."
Wichita State University joins KMUW in welcoming the station’s new General Manager/Director, Debra Fraser. Fraser comes to Wichita from Houston, where she worked in public radio for 25 years. Her most recent position was as Chief Operating Officer and Station Manager of Houston Public Media at University of Houston from 2007 – 2013.
The city of Wichita’s public transportation provides about 2 million rides a year; rides that can lead to jobs, to an education or to medical appointments. But the city’s budget is strained and the future funding of transit is far from clear.
A Need For Transportation
Wichita’s central transit station is located in the heart of downtown, just one street over from the stop-and-go traffic of Douglas St. It’s a busy place; there are 30 or so people waiting to board different buses and many people are here out of necessity.