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10:47 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Abilene Among Smithsonian's 'Best Small Towns To Visit'

Abilene, Kan., in August 2011.
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Abilene, Kan., has been recognized by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the 20 best small towns to visit. The article, titled “The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013” appears in Smithsonian Magazine’s April issue.

Abilene, which is just east of Salina off of highway 70 and has a population of 6,800, comes in at number 17 and is featured among well-known small towns like Gettysburg, Penn. and Sausalito, Calif. 

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10:39 pm
Sat March 23, 2013

Shockers Advance To Sweet Sixteen

The Shockers advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2006, while Gonzaga becomes the first top seed to be eliminated.
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SALT LAKE CITY -- Gonzaga's gone. Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker scored 16 points apiece and Wichita State hit a season-high 14 3-pointers, including seven straight late, to knock the top-ranked and No. 1 seeded Bulldogs out of the NCAA tournament 76-70 on Saturday.
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5:42 am
Fri March 15, 2013

New Boeing Wing Opens At Kansas Aviation Museum

The Kansas Aviation Museum in southeast Wichita.
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The Kansas Aviation Museum opens the new Boeing Science, Math and History Learning Center in southeast Wichita Saturday.

The hands-on education experience is designed for students to work individually or in groups. The learning center has been five years in the making and features four learning stations with computers that will run interactive programs on things like flight and weather conditions.

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Community
12:00 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Father And Son Build 'Twin Car'

Eric Unruh and his father, Galen built the "Twin Car" together last summer.
Courtesy Eric Unruh

McPherson high schooler Eric Unruh and his dad Galen like building things.

They have put motorcycle engines in go-carts and powered up a pedal tractor with a weed trimmer motor.

Then last summer they put two cars together, creating what they call the “Twin Car.”

“We got the idea from a friend who saw a similar vehicle,” says Eric.

The twin car is the marriage of the front end of a blue 2000 Pontiac Grand Am with the front end of a red 1994 Pontiac Grand Am.

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Community
5:51 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Wichita Conference Aims To Strengthen Marriages

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A conference in Wichita this weekend aims to give couples the tools to strengthen their marriages.

Statistics show about half of adults in the US are married, a record low. The numbers are even lower for African-Americans, about 31 percent.

Sherdeill Breathett, president of the Kansas African-American Healthy Marriage Initiative, says their mission is to celebrate and provide models of a healthy marriage. She says as a whole, marriage is on the decline.

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Community
6:20 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Sequestration Could Affect Wichita Meals On Wheels Program

Marlin Fredrick, a retired teacher and Meals on Wheels volunteer, has been delivering meals to Nancy Hindle for about 10 years.
Credit Milt Radford / KMUW

More than 800 Wichita seniors are fed a hot lunch on weekdays as part of Meals on Wheels. Federal sequestration could reduce funding for the program but not the bond that forms between volunteers and clients.

Nancy Hindle, 90, lives alone in a west Wichita apartment; she has been a widow the past three years. She has family in the area helping her with daily needs, but cooking a meal is a difficult task.

"I got so I couldn't put things together," says Hindle. "I have arthritis real bad. I don't ever use my oven if I'm by myself."

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Community
6:17 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Election Of New Pope A Special Lesson At Wichita Catholic School

Holy Savior Church and Academy social studies teacher Mike Meyer talks with students about electing new pope.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

The Roman Catholic cardinal electors begin their conclave Tuesday to decide on a successor to Pope Benedict XVI who resigned last month.

At Holy Savior Catholic Church and Academy in Wichita, students and staff are also weighing in on the process.

Middle school social studies teacher Mike Meyer hands out paper for an assignment.

"If you were a voting cardinal, what qualities, what characteristics are you looking for as the new pope?" he asks.

Thirteen year old, Kyree Straughter says he should be a strong leader, trustworthy and nice.

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5:48 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Change Your Clocks, Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries

Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. March 10. Fire officials recommend people change their smoke alarm batteries at the same time they change their clocks.
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The Wichita Fire Department is reminding residents to change their smoke alarm batteries at the same time they change their clocks for daylight saving time Sunday.

Wichita Fire Captain Stuart Bevis says a functioning smoke alarm is one of the most vital pieces of equipment in your home.

"Smoke alarms are a very vital tool in our home safety and to alert us in case of an emergency," he says. "So along with testing our smoke alarms every month these two times a year when we change our clocks, we want to change batteries on any smoke alarms that have batteries."

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Community
3:49 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Weekly Paper 'F5' Returns To Wichita

F5 papers sitting on Marlett's front porch Thursday, ready for distribution.
Credit Briana O'Higgins / KMUW

A new, or not so new, weekly newspaper hits Wichita streets Thursday. F5 returns after a six year hiatus under the direction of founder Mike Marlett.

Marlett says he decided to start the paper back up again after constantly hearing from people that missed it.

“I met some young, successful guys with their own businesses and their own money to invest,” he says. “They had brand loyalty and they wanted it back.

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Community
6:19 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Senior Services To Hold 31st Annual Job Fair

Investment losses in recent years and higher prescription drug prices are forcing many seniors to continue employment or return to work. That’s according to Laurel Alkire, the executive director for Senior Services of Wichita.

“We saw last year about 800 applicants come through looking for work," she says.

"I believe we placed about 560 of those, so our placement rate is pretty high."

The 31st annual Senior Employment Job Fair for workers 55 and older will be on March 19. The application deadline to attend is March 15.

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