Thirteen years ago today, Jaquilla Scales, a 4-year-old African-American girl, vanished from her Wichita home. No new leads have surfaced, but Jaquilla’s mother still hopes her teenager will be found. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…
Over three weeks ago protestors flooded the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by Police Officer Darren Wilson. The events brought the city’s race relations to the forefront—but it also brought into question local law enforcement’s use of military equipment. Since 1997, the federal government has distributed over $5 billion worth of military surplus. Equipment like armored vehicles can now be found in cities across the country, including Wichita.
The Sedgwick County Zoo will lose its accreditation to have elephants if its officials can't find a way to upgrade the animals' enclosure.
Yesterday, the Sedgwick County Zoological Society asked county commissioners to pay $5.3 million dollars of the cost of a new elephant barn, which is estimated to cost $10.5 million-dollars. Zoo officials say the commissioners have three weeks to consider the funding before they move to relocate the animals.
The zoo has housed two African elephants, named Stephanie and Cinda, since 1972.
The Kansas Sampler Foundation is planning a new crowdfunding site to support projects that help rural communities.
The pilot website, called Kanstarter, is scheduled to be up and running later this month.
Foundation director Marci Penner says projects allowed on the website will have to be good for the community and supported by several generations. She says the projects cannot cover salaries or promote religious or political views.
So far, 24 proposals have been submitted for the pilot project and a committee has narrowed the initial list to four.
The Kansas Department of Corrections is rolling out a newly developed staff wellness program aimed at addressing corrections fatigue, a result of the intrinsic challenges and stress of working in prisons or as a parole officer. The plan will ensure that staff are not only well-trained, but are also mentally and emotionally prepared for their jobs. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has this report…
Katie Herzberg is a parole officer at the Wichita parole and re-entry office.
The south-central Kansas town of Anthony will soon rebuild a block downtown that was lost to fire five years ago.
There's a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the $3.5 million redevelopment project.
In 2009, several businesses were destroyed by a gas explosion and massive fire that burned for hours. The fire began when a truck broke through pavement in an alley, severing a gas line that then exploded.
Demolition began a year later, and a special sales tax was levied in the downtown area to fund the reconstruction.
Kansas now has only three shelters that use gas chambers to euthanize animals after one shelter shut its chamber down earlier this month.
A few days after the Topeka Capital-Journal published a story about the ongoing practice in the state, the city of Eureka unplugged its chamber. The city's administrator says switching to a different way to euthanize animals had been the goal for quite a while.