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.
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.
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.
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.
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.