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6:30 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Kansas Needs $4 Billion In Drinking Water Infrastructure Upgrades

A new EPA report to Congress says the nation's drinking water infrastructure will need $384 billion dollars worth of improvements over the next 20 years, including more than $4 billion in Kansas.

William Carr manages the revolving loan fund that finances drinking water projects in Kansas. He says most of the projects on the list are for transmission and distribution, especially the underground pipes that carry water to homes and businesses.

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6:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Get Help Making Your House More Energy Efficient

Ernest Tolon makes minor repairs to a Wichita home to increase its energy efficiency.
Credit Courtesy / Kansas Chapter of Sierra Club

Two local groups are partnering in an attempt to reduce Wichita’s energy use and save homeowners money.

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8:33 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Take A (Simulated) Ride To The International Space Station

A new simulation ride opens this weekend at the Kansas Cosmosphere in Hutchinson.
Credit Courtesy / Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson will debut a motion flight simulator this week that comes with a choice of six themed rides.

The pod-like machine is called the "naviGATOR." Former Hutchinson resident Julie Purin won a contest to name the simulator and said her choice was inspired from the movie "Flight of the Navigator."

It will give visitors the experience of blasting off to the international space station, flying with the Blue Angels or they can choose to take part in another flight option.

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Community
10:50 am
Wed June 5, 2013

See 'Moons, Rings And Other Things' This Father's Day Weekend

The seventh planet in the solar system, Saturn.
Credit NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / flickr Creative Commons

The Lake Afton Observatory is holding a special Father's Day weekend event called Moons, Rings, and Other Things.

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Community
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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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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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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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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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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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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