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5:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Wichita Woman Serves As Ambassador for Auctioneering Industry

Megan McCurdy Niedens seeks a higher bid at a recent auction in Wichita.
Credit Carla Eckels

When you go to an auction for anything from antiques to real estate – you will rarely hear a female auctioneer. A woman in Wichita has broken that image and has won international recognition. KMUW’s Carla Eckels has the story…

Wichita Female Auctioneer Megan McCurdy Niedens won the 2013 International Auctioneer Championship Competition- Women’s Division. 

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12:27 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

ACLU Wants Kansas Agencies To Recognize Same Sex Marriages

The ACLU wants all state agencies in Kansas to recognize same sex marriages. As Stephen Koranda reports, the group is now asking a federal court to make it happen.

The court filing specifically names several state officials, including the secretary of revenue. It says people in same sex relationships have been denied state benefits, like joining their spouse’s health insurance or filing joint taxes.

Thomas Witt, with the group Equality Kansas, says the courts have let same sex marriages go forward in Kansas, and that means they should also be recognized by state agencies.

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4:45 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

After Nearly 50 Years, WSU's Wheatshocker Apartments Fall

Wichita State University's Wheatshocker apartments mid-demolition
Sean Sandefur

Final demolition of Wichita State University’s Wheatshocker Apartments started Monday morning. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, the six-story building along 17th street has housed students for decades.

    

The Wheatshocker Apartments have seen wave after wave of students since 1965. On Monday, a wrecking ball chipped away section after section. Big chunks collapsed in clouds of dust and flying concrete.

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12:43 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

KU Task Force Seeks To Clarify Sexual Assault Policy

A sexual assault task force at the University of Kansas wants to make it clear that students can be disciplined for sexual misconduct no matter how far from campus it occurred.

KU's Sexual Assault Task Force finished its proposed changes to the student code on Friday.

The main intent of the proposal is to specify that its policies apply to students who commit sexual wrongdoing in places like off-campus apartments and Greek houses.

Task force co-chairwoman Angela Murphy says it also would cover students "on the beach on spring break or even farther away."

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8:08 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Protesters: It's Not Just Ferguson, It's Wichita, Too

Protesters stand at the corner of 21st St. and Hillside in Wichita
Credit Sean Sandefur

Protesters spoke out against the recent grand jury decisions in both Staten Island, New York and Ferguson, Missouri—two communities affected by officer-involved killings. 

The two incidents, which occurred nearly 1,000 miles away from one another, will forever be linked by nationwide protesting over decisions not to indict the officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. 

Reverand Martin Grizzell stands with other protesters near Wichita State University. He holds a sign that reads, “America Practices Segregation, But Preaches Integration.” 

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2:49 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Wichita Non-Profits Receive Gift Of Gold Coins

Credit Deborah Shaar

Two Wichita non-profits that serve people in need received a special donation this week: gold coins.

The Wichita Community Foundation presented one gold coin to Guadalupe Clinic and two coins to The Lord’s Diner. Each coin is valued at $1,300.

An anonymous donor set up the gold coin program in 2005 with a gift of $100,000.

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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.

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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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