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10:57 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Jackson, Wyoming Pays To Settle A Case Involving A Wichita Anti-Abortion Protester

The town of Jackson, Wyoming, has paid $10,000 to settle a federal lawsuit over the arrest of a Kansas anti-abortion protester.

Wichita’s Spirit One Christian Ministries pastor Mark Holick had sued Cheyenne and police officials following his arrest in 2011 on the town square.

Holick was arrested shortly after Jackson officials secured a state court order barring anti-abortion protesters from appearing on the town square.

His lawsuit charged that the arrest violated his civil rights.

Community
10:47 am
Fri May 9, 2014

More Than 100 WSU Students Protest For The Release Of 200 Abducted Nigerian Girls

Graduate student Idia Tokunboh addressed the crowd.
Carla Eckels

More than 100 Wichita State University students, faculty and community members staged a protest on campus Thursday. The group demanded the release of more than 200 Nigerian girls abducted from a public school in Nigeria. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports...

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Community
5:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

City Officials Hold Community Meetings To Help Gather Input For Wichita's Future

A second round of engagement meetings will soon get underway in Wichita. The meetings are designed to get input from residents to help shape the future of the community. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

The meetings will include discussions about a long-range comprehensive plan for Wichita and Sedgwick County.

The new initiative is called the Community Investments Plan, a strategy for the city and county that focuses on policies for growth and investment in public infrastructure for the next 20 years.

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Community
12:15 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Organizations Receive $25,000 To Help Tornado Victims In The Baxter Springs Area

Two organizations are getting $25,000 each from the Kansas Health Foundation to help residents in the Baxter Springs area recover from the EF-2 tornado that damaged 100 homes and 12 businesses last month.

The American Red Cross Midway-Kansas Chapter and the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas will use the money to help the community bounce back from the April 27th tornado.

The groups will provide food, shelter, clothing and emotional support for people affected by the storm.

Community
11:43 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Kansas Lawmakers Preserve Funding For Public Broadcasting

House and Senate negotiators also preserved a state grant of $600,000 for Kansas public TV and radio stations.

The money is the same amount allotted in the current year, but down from the $3.8 million dollars the state provided as recently as 2008.

The funding bill for the upcoming fiscal year now goes to the full House and Senate.

The state provides about 1 percent of funding for public broadcasting stations in Kansas City and Lawrence.

KMUW receives a small portion of its budget from the state, about $35,000.

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Community
7:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Wichita's Union Station Celebrates Centennial With New Ownership, New Future

A photograph of Wichita's Union Station from the year of its dedication, 1914
The Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

Last week, Wichita’s Union Station quietly turned 100 years old. The once bustling stalwart of downtown has been sitting empty since 2007. But now the building has a new owner and there are hopes of reviving the building to the centerpiece it once was.

A Look Back

People once entered Union Station to board trains destined for St. Louis, Chicago and even Los Angeles. The Frisco, Santa Fe and Rock Island provided a luxurious, long-winding glimpse of the American landscape.

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Community
11:26 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Public Broadcasting Could Face Significant Cuts In State Funding

Supporters of public broadcasting are concerned this could be the year that state funding for public radio and broadcast stations ends in Kansas.

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Community
11:33 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

The Wild Horses Of The Flint Hills

Mustangs at breakfast on the Triple 7 Ranch.
Credit Aileen LeBlanc

The wild horses of the west are being managed by the federal government with 71 million tax dollars. Some people believe that the herds are growing too large and that the horses are over populating the western public lands, taking up resources that could be used for cattle, wildlife and recreation use. But extra feral horses can't be shot or slaughtered and few are adopted. So thousands are shipped to the Midwest for safekeeping on large ranches. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc visited a herd of wild mustangs in the Flint Hills near Cassoday.

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Community
11:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

'This Is Your Life, Hanna Bloch Kohner' - The Story Of A Holocaust Survivor

Walter and Hannah Bloch Kohner
Credit Courtesy photo

Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day is being observed this weekend. The Wichita Holocaust Commemoration Council presents a program on Tuesday, which will include a special guest. KMUW’s Aileen LeBlanc has the story...

In 1953, Hanna Bloch Kohner appeared on “the most talked about show on television.”  She was not an actor or any kind of celebrity. She was a survivor of the Holocaust. Such things weren’t talked about just eight years after World War II. But "This is Your Life" TV host Ralph Edwards did.

And Americans heard some things they had not heard before.  

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Community
5:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Gov. Brownback Signs Bill That Voids Local Gun Ordinances

Governor Brownback signed legislation on Wednesday that would nullify city and county gun restrictions in Kansas and ensuring that it’s legal statewide to openly carry firearms. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

The bill would sweep away most local restrictions on open carry, though cities and counties could prevent people from doing so in public buildings. The National Rifle Association describes it as a model for stripping local officials of their gun-regulating power. Sedgwick County Commissioner Dave Unruh is concerned about the law taking away local control.

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