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9:52 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Fire Destroys Theater Housed In Historic Abilene Church

Officials say a fire destroyed a theatre housed in a historic church in Abilene.

No injuries were reported after the fire Wednesday night at the Great Plains Theatre.

Dickinson County Emergency Management Director Chancy Smith said the theatre was a total loss. He says no one was inside the building at the time of the fire. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The building housing the theater was built in 1881 and served as the First Presbyterian Church for years and was later converted to a live theatre.

Community
12:20 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Salina City Commission Places Ban On Open Carry Weapons In City-Owned Buildings

Open carry of weapons will not be allowed in city-owned buildings in Salina.

The city commission voted Monday to impose the ban in public buildings currently exempt from the state's concealed carry law. The state allows concealed carry in public buildings but Salina was granted a four-year exemption from that law last year.

City Manager Justin Gage said that to prohibit open carry in city-owned buildings, commissioners needed to pass a resolution directing staff to post signs on the buildings. He says the ordinance will not cost the city much money.

Community
12:08 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Kansas Humane Society Releases Adoption Numbers

The Kansas Humane Society euthanized about 4,000 animals last year but an official says the number of animals saved continues to improve.

Spokeswoman Melissa Houston says the society provided services for 17,000 animals last year, with about 13,000 homeless. Of that number, more than 9,000 were adopted but the other 4,000 had to be euthanized.

Houston says decisions on which animals to put down are usually based on health and behavior, but some are based on space at the shelter.

Community
6:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

More Than 80,000 Calls to 9-1-1 Last Year Were Misdials

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More than 80,000 misdialed calls were made to the Sedgwick County Emergency Communications 9-1-1 last year. Public Safety Officials have launched a campaign to help educate callers and reduce the number of accidental calls coming into the center.

Nearly 600,000 calls poured into the 9-1-1 call center in downtown Wichita last year. The calls were from people reporting medical emergencies, accidents, fires, and crime. 9-1-1 deputy director Elora Randleas says 1 in 7 of those calls were cell phone misdials. 

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Community
6:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

More Families Seeking Shelter at YWCA Wichita's Women's Crisis Center

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The YWCA Wichita Women's Crisis Center's emergency shelter continues to operate at maximum capacity.  Hundreds of domestic violence victims seeking shelter were turned away last year due to lack of space.

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Community
1:34 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Anti-Gun Violence Group Files Suit Over KS Gun Law

A new Kansas gun law is being challenged in court. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which is based in Washington, D.C., has filed a lawsuit against Kansas because of a new state law that declares guns made and kept in Kansas are exempt from federal gun laws.

The new state law is called the “Second Amendment Protection Act.”

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Community
12:29 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

State Delays Rollout Of Anti-Fraud Computer System

The state has again delayed implementation of a new computer system designed to prevent fraud and improve efficiency in applications for social services.

The state said Tuesday no firm date is set to take the $135 million computer system online. The Kansas Eligibility and Enforcement System was originally to go live by Oct. 1 of last year.

Sara Belfry, spokeswoman for the state’s health department, said a pilot program test last month persuaded the department to delay the rollout again.

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Community
5:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

New Baby Bookworms Program Encourages Reading And Engagement With Infants

Britten Kuckelman reads to her baby Bryce in The Baby Bookworms Program
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The Wichita Public Library is offering a new program to encourage summer reading and engagement with babies. So far, 13,000 little ones are enrolled. KMUW’s Carla Eckels has more...

Baby Bookworms is an expansion of the summer reading program for children and teens. Erin Downey-Howerton, Youth Services Librarian says the program helps babies learn and build skills.

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Community
2:59 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

City Of Wichita To Close Facilities, Services For Independence Day

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In observance of the July 4th holiday, City of Wichita facilities will be closed Friday, July 4th. This includes City Hall, Park and Recreation Centers, the Animal Shelter, CityArts, Botanica, the Wichita Art Museum, Great Plains Nature Center, Wichita Ice Center, Century II administrative offices, Wichita Transit, Wichita Public Library locations and Neighborhood Resource Centers.

       The following will be closed on Friday, July 4th and Saturday, July 5th:

·       Mid-America All-Indian Center

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Community
5:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

The Wichita Fresh Air Baby Camp

The Fresh Air Baby Camp was built in 1920. Here, it is shown in its current condition.
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In the early 1900’s, people began to realize that young children, especially sick babies, needed well-circulated fresh air for their health. Following that principle, the Fresh Air Baby Camp was built in Wichita in 1920. The building is believed to be one of the last of its kind in the country. A local private volunteer group wants to bring the deteriorating building back to life. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has the story…

The Fresh Air Baby Camp Today

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