5:00 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Prohibition Exhibit Uncovers The Dry Years Of American History

This illustration depicts the "Holy War" for temperance and prohibition
Sean Sandefur

The scaled-down oil refineries and fossilized creatures of the Kansas Oil Museum in El Dorado will have temporary guests through the first week of January. A traveling exhibit covering America’s driest period in history—alcohol prohibition—is currently on display. It includes the story of Carrie Nation, one of the more colorful characters in the history of Kansas. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

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2:27 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Larry Hatteberg: 51 Years On Both Sides Of The Camera

Larry Hatteberg on the final day of his 51 year career with KAKE-TV.
Credit Beth Golay

Last week, long-time award-winning journalist Larry Hatteberg signed off his final newscast at KAKE TV in Wichita. KMUW’s Carla Eckels talks with Larry about his 51-year career and some of the memorable stories he brought to life…

See images and watch videos by scrolling through the timeline below by clicking on the arrows either side of the image.

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1:21 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

10th Circuit Rejects Request For A Full Court Hearing Over Kansas' Same-Sex Ban

On Tuesday, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the state of Kansas' request to convene the full court to hear its appeal of U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree's order that the state allow same-sex marriages.

The latest procedural development from the federal appeals court in the case has little practical effect because the U.S. Supreme Court has already refused an emergency request to block Crabtree's order. It means that a three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit will hear arguments over the preliminary injunction issued in the Kansas case.

12:50 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Honor Diaries - A Film And A Women's Rights Activist

Raheel Raza
Credit Honor Diaries

There will be a screening and discussion of a controversial documentary on Monday evening (12-01-14) in Wichita. The film is "Honor Diaries" and it follows several woman who are activists for women's rights. The subject matter of the film and this report are sensitive and parents of young children should be cautious  - KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc brings us this story . . .

Honor Violence and Honor Killings

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12:43 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Amateur Historian Tracks Down The Grave Of Liberal Founder

An amateur historian has solved the mystery of what happened to the founder of the town Liberal.

Lidia Hook-Gray was researching on an online genealogy website when she discovered that Seymour S. Rogers, and his wife, Addie, were buried in a cemetery in Carthage, Missouri.

Rogers had made his way to southwest Kansas after a failed first marriage and a stint in the Union Army in the Civil War.

He established a homestead with a sod house that doubled as a general store.

4:44 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving: A Time For Food, Family And Myths

Librarian Holly Morgan reading to children at Peterson Elementary.
Credit Sean Sandefur

Families across the country all have different traditions for Thanksgiving. It could be a special recipe for cranberry sauce or an honorary turkey carver.

In many schools, you can also count on hearing the story of the First Thanksgiving—a harvest celebration shared by pilgrims and native populations nearly 400 years ago. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur looks at the history of this holiday and has this report…

“Thanksgiving is a holiday of giving thanks,” says librarian Holly Morgan.

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3:43 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Wichita Community Leaders, Activists React To Grand Jury Decision In Ferguson

Wade Moore, president of the Greater Wichita Ministerial League, describes the decision by a grand jury not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson as an injustice.
Credit Sean Sandefur

Community leaders gathered in Wichita Tuesday morning in reaction to the events in Ferguson, Missouri - where a white police officer won't be indicted in the killing of an unarmed black teenager. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports…

Members of the Greater Wichita Ministerial League, local activists and politicians stood beside Pastor Wade Moore, who says he believes it’s an injustice that a grand jury decided against criminal charges for Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. He says incidents of young black men being killed by police officers are happening throughout the country.

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3:21 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

New WSU Group Helping Refugees In Wichita

Credit Reaching Out To Refugees / Facebook


A group of students at Wichita State University are providing a helping hand to refugees who have come here to escape war, poverty or natural disasters in their home countries.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story.

The students created a group called "Reaching Out 2 Refugees" to offer tangible support, such as clothing, furniture or toiletries, to the refugees that have resettled in the Wichita area.

WSU senior, Matt Brubaker says one lesson he’s learned is that the community has a lot of needs that go unseen.

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12:27 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Report: Illegal Immigrants Are Leaving Kansas

A Pew Research Center report shows Kansas is among 14 states with a big decline in the number of immigrants who are living illegally in the United States.

The report estimates 20,000 unauthorized immigrants left Kansas between 2009 and 2012.

The Center estimates that 75,000 immigrants were living unlawfully in Kansas in 2012.

The report attributes the immigrant population decreases in states like Kansas to a decline in the number of Mexican-born immigrants.

12:04 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Kansas Supreme Court Clears Way For More Same-Sex Marriages; Defers State Ban To U.S. Supreme Court

The Kansas Supreme Court has cleared the way for more same-sex marriages in Johnson County, but says it will defer to the U.S. Supreme Court on whether Kansas' ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional.

The Kansas Supreme Court lifted its hold on licenses to same-sex couples in Johnson County yesterday.

Johnson County Chief Judge Kevin Moriarty had authorized the licenses last month after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear cases from three federal appeals courts that had overturned same-sex marriage bans.

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