5:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

The Piatt Street Plane Crash... 50 Years Later

Sharon Dale Watkins remembers her mother and sister at the Piatt Street Plane Crash Memorial
Credit Carla Eckels

Friday is the 50th anniversary of the Piatt Street Plane Crash in Wichita.

On January 16, 1965, a Boeing tanker filled with 31,000 gallons of jet fuel took off from McConnell Air Force Base and within 4 minutes, nose-dived into a predominantly black neighborhood – a few blocks west of Wichita State University.

It’s considered the worst aviation disaster in Kansas’s history, killing all 7 airmen aboard the U-S Air Force KC-135 fuel tanker and 23 civilians on the ground.

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12:30 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

UPDATE: Wichita City Council Approves Next Phase For New Central Library Project

A digital mockup of the proposed new Central Library.
Credit Courtesy photo

Wichita is moving forward with plans for a new Central Library and is expected to put the project to bid by end of the year.

City Council approved the next phase Tuesday morning by a vote of five to two.

The city also entered into a new partnership with the Wichita Public Library Foundation, a non-profit, to pay for the upcoming work.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has more on the council's action and the features visitors may see at the new library.


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12:49 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Team To Present Design Plan For New Wichita Central Library

Credit Amy Hopper, flickr Creative Commons

Wichita residents will learn more details about the proposed new Central Library next week. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story.

Leaders from the Wichita Public Library Foundation are expected to present their final report on the design phase to City Council on Tuesday.

Plans call for the new Central library to be built on land near Second and McLean, just southwest of Exploration Place.

The project has been in the works since 2006 and is expected to cost about 30-million.

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4:30 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Manhattan's Little Apple New Year's Eve Celebration

The Little Apple New Year's Eve celebration in Manhattan, Kansas
Credit Aggieville


Manhattan, Kansas will hold its 13th Annual Little Apple New Year’s Eve celebration on Wednesday night. The city is estimating up to 10,000 people will flood the streets of the Aggieville entertainment district. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…


Bars, restaurants and even movie theaters across the country are gearing up for the stroke of midnight. It’s estimated that 190 million Americans will watch the ball drop in the Big Apple. But, if that’s not your style, there’s also the Little Apple.

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11:10 pm
Mon December 29, 2014

Non-Emergency Line Open For New Year's Eve

Sedgwick County Emergency Communications will have a non-emergency phone line available for those pesky problems that often go on during late night revelry on New Year's Eve. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports . . .       

Problems with noisy neighbors, fireworks, loud parties or other nuisances that do not pose a threat to life or property should be reported to 290-1011

The special line will be open between the hours of 11pm on Wednesday, Dec. 31 and 3am on Thursday, Jan. 1st.  

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11:42 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Volunteers: Impactful, Diverse And In Demand

Volunteers Michael Scott, left, and Jim Salter each spend as much time at United Methodist Open Door's food bank as they can
Credit Sean Sandefur

A recent report from the Corporation for National and Community Service ranked Kansas fourth in the country for volunteering. It’s estimated that 36 percent of the state’s population volunteers on a regular basis. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur visited an organization in Wichita that couldn’t do their work without them, and reports that no matter the ranking, more are always needed.

The Food Bank for the United Methodist Open Door sits at the corner of North Mosley and E 15th street in Wichita.

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3:40 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Wichita Pubic Library Closes Its Orchard Park Branch


The Wichita Public Library is closing one of its eight branches, as well as moving its collections to other larger branches. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story.

The Orchard Park library branch on West Ninth Street closed for good on Friday because it was no longer meeting the needs of its customers.

Director of Libraries Cynthia Berner says the branch is a very small space inside the Orchard Park Recreation Center and its usage has declined.

Berner says the branch has been a part of the community for 34 years.

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1:46 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Local Cuban-American Critical Of U.S. Agreement With The Communist Country

Lucinda and Dr. Manuel Alfonso
Credit Sean Sandefur

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. will form diplomatic relations and open an embassy in communist-led Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years.

Cuban immigrants across the United States have expressed mixed feelings about the decision, including a long-time resident of Wichita. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports…

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1:30 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Falling Crude Prices Are Hurting Kansas Oil Producers

Falling crude prices are hitting oil producers especially hard in Kansas. The oil industry in the state is dominated by small, independent operators who depend heavily on the cash flow from producing wells to pay to drill new ones.

The Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association says the low prices are causing many companies to re-evaluate their drilling plans.

Analysts say the growth in new drilling across the country will slow as drillers avoid rock that is either not well understood or known to be unproductive.

12:33 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

KU Fraternity Placed On Probation Following Sexual Assault Investigation

The University of Kansas has ordered two years of probation for the Kappa Sigma fraternity that was the focus of a sexual assault investigation.

Kappa Sigma is barred from having alcohol in its chapter house and must turn over materials to investigators and offer sexual assault prevention training.

KU imposed the sanctions on Wednesday after an investigation into reports that women were sexually assaulted during a gathering at the Kappa Sigma house on September 26th and 27th.

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