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12:57 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Kansas Lawmaker Wants More “Normal” Foster Families

Kansas lawmakers are considering a bill aimed at encouraging what its sponsor calls more "normal" foster homes.

Foster parents who don't drink, smoke or engage in extramarital sex could qualify for higher payments from the state. Jim McClean reports...

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5:09 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

City Of Wichita Approves Demolition Of Three Historic Apartment Buildings

The "Naomi and Leona" apartment buildings were approved for demolition by the City of Wichita
Sean Sandefur

The City of Wichita has approved the demolition of three historic apartment buildings along Market and Main streets in downtown Wichita. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

The three low-rise, brick apartment buildings (507-509 S. Market and 514 S. Main) were built in the late 1920’s and are listed on both the National Register of Historic Places and the Register of Historic Kansas Places. 

In a 5-1 vote, the Wichita City Council decided that the owner had exhausted all efforts to renovate the buildings, which are boarded up and commonly vandalized.

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4:33 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Final Report Issued On Sedgwick Co. Zoo Elephant Death

Credit Sedgwick County Zoo

A final report on the death of an elephant at the Sedgwick County Zoo has been released. Cinda died in November after living nearly all of her life at the zoo.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story.

The veterinary staff at the zoo says Cinda likely died of a chronic age-related heart disease.

The report says tissue samples were analyzed and it appears that Cinda may have experienced an irregular heart beat and that led to her sudden death. Cinda was 43 at the time.

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Community
5:00 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Native Sons & Daughters Of Kansas Announces 2015 Honorees

Native Sons & Daughters of Kansas Honorees Amelia Rose Earhart, Susan Sutton, Dayton Moore, Juan Sepulveda, Harry Walter Colmery and Wichita State University.
Credit wikipedia.org, kshs.org, hacu.net, csjkansas.org

A 100-year-old organization, Kansas Native Sons & Daughters has chosen six honorees for recognition at an event on Friday. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

For more info, check out the Native Sons & Daughters press release below:

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To contact KMUW News or to send in a news tip, reach us at news@kmuw.org. 

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Community
7:30 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Let's Shake, Rattle And Roll With These Earthquakes

Credit Richard Crowson

Woo hoo! Roll over, Beethoven! Tell Tchaikovsky the news! Rock and roll is here to stay! And by “rock and roll,” I mean earthquakes.

Kansas Geological Survey representatives recently testified at a legislative hearing. They said it’s not the fracking, it's the reinjecting of salty wastewater from the oil and gas drilling process into the earth. In other words, it’s not the frack, it’s the brack--brackish water injection.

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11:30 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Name Change For Wichita’s Airport Becomes Effective This Week

City Of Wichita Facebook

Wichita’s airport officially began using its new name on Monday, even though the new terminal is still a few months away from opening.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story.

On Monday morning, airport and city leaders unveiled the new airport logo complete with a new name: the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.

The city legally changed the name last April, allowing the Federal Aviation Administration to update its documents and navigation charts in November.

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Community
5:00 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Understanding The Use Of Tax Increment Financing Districts

A section of Mosley Street in Wichita's Old Town neighborhood that is part of a proposed tax increment financing district
Sean Sandefur

If you’ve been to a recent Wichita City Council meeting, you’ve most likely heard the term, "tax increment financing," which is usually shortened to TIF. These redevelopment incentives are common throughout the U.S. 

But what exactly are TIFs? And how are they being used to help shape the development of downtown Wichita? KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has this report…

Real estate developer Dave Burk is looking down a rough, unkempt stretch of Mosley Street in Wichita’s Old Town neighborhood. It’s about two football fields long, sitting between 2nd and 3rd streets.

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Community
5:00 am
Sat January 17, 2015

Learn How The City Of Wichita Works

Credit http://www.wichita.lib.ks.us

New classes designed to promote civic engagement are being offered in Wichita. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story.

This new series of classes is called City 101 and organizers hope they inspire community involvement through information.

The program is a partnership between the Wichita Independent Neighborhoods and the Wichita Public Library.

A series of five classes, all free, are offered twice a month for the next five months.

Organizer Don Landis says participants will get an inside look at how the city of Wichita works.

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Community
5:00 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Wichita Remembers: Proclamation For 50th Anniversary Of Piatt Street Crash

A black granite monument erected in 2007 with names of the victims lost in the Piatt Street Plane Crash.
Credit Carla Eckels

A public ceremony is planned for Friday afternoon in Wichita to mark the 50th anniversary of the Piatt Street plane crash.

As KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports, Wichita’s mayor issued an official Proclamation during Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Mayor Carl Brewer designated Friday, January 16, 2015 as the Piatt Street Plane Crash 50th Year Remembrance.

“I call upon the people of Wichita and McConnell Air Force Base to mourn and to give tribute to those who lost their lives," Mayor Brewer says. "To honor those who violently fought the fires to rescue the living.”

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1:02 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Wichita Area Events Celebrate The Life Of Dr. King

Alabama civil rights movement: Selma to Montgomery march: Iakovos, Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ralph Abernathy (Monday, March 15, 1965)
Credit Jack Rabin collection on Alabama civil rights and southern activists, 1941-2004 (bulk 1956-1974) , Historical Collections and Labor Archives, Eberly Family Special Collections Library, University Libraries, Pennsylvania State University.

This year, Wichitans will have plenty of opportunities to celebrate the life of civil rights leader, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We have of list of events with one beginning on Thursday and others sprinkled throughout the federal holiday weekend.

The Boys & Girls Club of South Central Kansas - Thursday, January 15, 6pm

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