10:45 am
Fri April 11, 2014

The Rebirth Of Wichita's Downtown

The exterior of the Old Mill Tasty Shop. This is the second location for the establishment - it moved to its current location in 1940.
Sean Sandefur

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10:14 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers Surprised How Well Twitter Helps Share Traffic And Storm Info

Updated on Thursday, April 10 at 11:52am.

A group of seven Kansas Highway Patrol officers called the Tweeting Troopers is discovering the power of social media to spread information during storms, traffic obstructions or simply to post educational messages.

Trooper Gary Warner, based in Wichita, said he's been impressed with how quickly and widely tweets he sends are disseminated since the group was formed in January. He said it’s not uncommon to have up to 70,000 people view a tweet minutes after it’s posted.

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10:28 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Halstead Will Pay You In Chamber Bucks To Move There

Halstead wants to pay people to move there.

The town about 30 miles northwest of Wichita has begun offering financial incentives ranging up to $2,500 to people who move to their community.

New residents will be offered Chamber Bucks, which can be spent only in Halstead, for city and school expenses and at most of the town’s businesses.

The incentives range from $25 for signing up for utilities or enrolling a child in school to $2,500 for building a new house.

11:04 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Meet The New State Fossils: The Pteranodon And The Tylosaurus

The Pteranodon And The Tylosaurus

The flying Pteranodon and the sea-roaming Tylosaurus are now the official fossils of Kansas

Gov. Sam Brownback’s has signed the bill designating the prehistoric creatures as official state symbols.

The fossils are remnants of the massive creatures that roamed western Kansas when it was a vast ocean, millions of years ago.

The region remains rich with fossils that attract researchers and tourists

10:36 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Cosmosphere Loans Out The Liberty Bell 7 Space Capsule For Exhibit In Germany

The Liberty Bell 7 Space Capsule.
Credit Shadowgwm, flickr Creative Commons

The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson will soon launch the Liberty Bell 7 space capsule on a trip to Germany.

The capsule will leave the Cosmosphere in August to be part of an exhibit in Bonn, Germany from October to February of next year.

The Cosmosphere is planning an exhibit in May that will showcase the artifacts from Gus Grissom’s 15-minute suborbital space flight on the Bell in 1961.

The Liberty Bell sank in the Atlantic Ocean after Grissom’s flight.

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12:09 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Casino Bill Passes Through State Legislature

A bill to bring a state-owned casino to southeast Kansas has cleared the state Legislature and is going to Governor Sam Brownback.

The House approved the proposal Wednesday on an 84-36 vote.

The bill lowers the investment required for a southeast Kansas casino from $225 million to $50 million dollars.

The state also would drop the fee it charges to a prospective developer from $25 million to 5-and-a-half million dollars.

The Kansas Lottery owns the rights to the gambling but would have a private developer build and operate the casino.

10:58 am
Wed April 2, 2014

UPDATE: Kansas Senate Expected To Approve State Regulation For Firearms

UPDATE : The Kansas Senate is expected to approve a bill that strips cities and counties of their power to regulate firearms and voids existing gun ordinances.

The bill facing a final vote today would ensure that the open carrying of firearms is legal across the state, though local officials could still prevent it inside public buildings.

The Kansas Senate will debate a bill on Tuesday that strips cities and counties of their power to regulate firearms.

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10:50 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Plans To Level 'Points Of Rocks' Monument For Highway Expansion Abandoned

A plan to expand U.S. 50 in southwestern Kansas no longer includes leveling a historic rock formation.

U.S. 50 expansion from a two-lane road into a four-lane expressway will use a paved 16-foot median as it passes the Point of Rocks formation, which was once used as a navigational aid for travelers and cowboys along the Santa Fe Trail.

The original plan would have leveled the formation.

But the Kansas Department of Transportation considered other options after discussions with groups, including the Santa Fe Trail Association.

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10:37 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Immigration Mural Restored For The Second Time, Security Cameras Installed To Deter Future Mischief

The "Immigration is Beautiful" mural after its second restoration. A security camera has also been installed to catch future vandals.
Credit Carla Eckels

Volunteers have removed two swastikas that were spray-painted onto a mural in Wichita. On Saturday, volunteers scrubbed off two swastikas that had been sprayed in black paint on "Immigration is beautiful" mural in north Wichita.

High school students painted the art on the side of a store near 21st and Park Place. It depicts depicts two people wrapped in flags, one an American and one Mexican.

In early February, vandals also spray-painted the words "KKK," "welfare" and slur against people from Mexico on the mural.

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7:24 am
Fri March 28, 2014

'Immigration Is Beautiful' Mural Defaced For The Second Time In Five Weeks

The Immigration mural after its first restoration.
Credit Lindsey Herkommer

Wichita's "Immigration Is Beautiful" mural has been vandalized for the second time in five weeks.

The north Wichita mural depicts a map of the United States, with images of the Statue of Liberty and two people wrapped in the U.S. and Mexican flags.

Two swastikas were painted on the mural late Monday or early Tuesday.

Artists had recently removed racist, anti-immigration and homophobic graffiti painted on it in mid-February.

Security cameras have been set up at the mural to catch any future cases of vandalism.

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