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7:59 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Summit Designed To 'Humanize' The Formally Incarcerated

The National Prison Summit on Incarceration will be held in Wichita this weekend. Experts will discuss ways to help those behind bars, and their families. They will also talk about reducing recidivism to help the next generation stay out of jail.

Summit coordinator, David Wilkinson, says it’s been several years since the community has collectively come together to work with people that are incarcerated or transitioning out of prison.

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Community
5:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Your Guide To Bicycle Month In Wichita

Credit vpickering / flickr Creative Commons

May has been proclaimed Bicycle Month. The city of Wichita is celebrating by highlighting recent bike path improvements and by looking forward to what's next. There are also many bicycle-related events planned throughout the city.

Highlighted Events

May 17 is Bike to Work Day, which will include breakfast stations around Wichita from 7:00 to 9:00 and free lunch at Old Town Square from 11:30 to 1:30.

Breakfast station locations:

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Community
9:38 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Kansas Lawmakers Host Legislative Forum Monday

South-central Kansas lawmakers are hosting a forum Monday evening.

The forum is open to the public and from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Derby City Hall.

Democratic Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau of Wichita is the chair of the south-central delegation and will moderate the forum.

Kansas Legislators will return to Topeka on Wednesday for the closing days of their session.

Community
6:32 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Wichita Fountains Could Dry Up This Summer

A drought-induced water shortage could force Wichita officials to idle the city's fountain systems this summer.

City Manager Robert Layton says water use across all city operations is under review.

City officials say Cheney Reservoir could dry up by mid-2015 if the drought continues, and the city would no longer have enough water to meet demand if that happens.

Community
7:18 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Start Planning Your Float Trip, Arkansas River Is Now Easier To Access

Volunteers install the new floating dock on the Arkansas River behind Gander Mountain in late April.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

People who enjoy boating on the Arkansas River now have a new place to access the river.

A public use floating dock was installed recently on the river behind Gander Mountain in downtown Wichita. 

The new dock was part of a long-time comprehensive plan by the Ark River Coalition and the city’s park board. The Wichita City Council adopted a resolution agreeing to allow for public use of the dock for the next decade.

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Law Enforcement
5:43 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Drug Take-Back Nets Record Haul

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says Kansas residents turned in a record amount of unused medications in the National Drug Take-Back Day.

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Community
6:27 am
Wed May 1, 2013

It's Law Day: US Attorney Speaking At WSU

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom will be at Wichita State University Wednesday to talk about public safety and human rights.

The speech, which is in conjunction with Law Day, begins at 1:15 in Hubbard Hall, room 209.

Community
6:30 am
Fri April 26, 2013

UPDATE: Free Trees Gone, But Wichita Arbor Day Events Continue

Updated 8:30am

Whoa! Those trees went fast!

Associated Integrated Marketing says that it's given away all of its free maple trees already. The company and community volunteers gave away hundreds of trees Friday morning in just over an hour.

If you missed the free trees  but still want to celebrate Arbor Day, the city of Wichita will host its Arbor Day event and tree fair Friday from 10 am to noon.

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Community
12:08 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Salina Mayor Joins Group Supporting Gay Marriage

Six months after Salina residents voted to repeal anti-discrimination protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation, the city's new mayor has joined a national group of mayors who support gay marriage.

Mayor Barb Shirley is the first Kansas mayor to join Mayors for Freedom to Marry, the Salina Journal reported. More than 350 other mayors across the country belong to the group.

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Community
7:15 am
Thu April 25, 2013

MLK III: 'We Have To Continue To Roll Up Our Sleeves'

Before his speech at Friends University on Friday, Martin Luther King accepts boutineer from Wichita City Council member Lavonta Williams.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

Martin Luther King III, the oldest son of the slain civil rights leader, was the featured speaker Friday at Friends University in Wichita.

Throughout his career, King has worked to advance human rights in a non-violent society.

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