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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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Community
6:52 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Kansas Surgeon Treats Boston Bombing Victims Moments After Finishing Race

A general surgeon from Kansas says he was was helping those with injuries just moments after finishing the Boston Marathon.

Dr. Chris Rupe says he heard a loud explosion about 10 yards away after finishing his run.

Rupe says he headed to what he thought was a building or grandstand collapsing, then heard the second blast.

He was directed to a medical tent where doctors usually help runners with problems like exhaustion.

Community
2:39 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Survey Shows Homelessness Down in Sedgwick County, Slightly

The latest Point-In-Time Homeless Count shows a slight decrease in homelessness in Sedgwick County--very slight. Results show that, as of January 31 of this year,  the county has 12 fewer people who are experiencing literal homelessness than on the same date in 2012. 

The survey represents only a snapshot of homelessness on one night.

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Community
6:55 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Wichita Children's Home Celebrates 125 Years

The Wichita Children’s Home was founded in 1888 as Wichita’s first orphanage to support and care for destitute and homeless children. The home was originally located on the block near 100 N. Fountain.
Courtesy Wichita Children's Home

The Wichita Children’s Home provides care for victims of abuse, abandonment and neglect. They also offer support to runaways, children facing family crisis and youth who may be at risk in the home.

The home began in 1888 as the city’s first orphanage, but has changed through the years and now provides crisis services.   

“Wichita is blessed with wonderful long-term facilities for kiddos, “ said Executive Director Sarah Robinson. “But we are the ones that are 24/7 on the very front end."

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