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3:47 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Nicodemus, Kansas, Linked To Former VP

Nicodemus, Kansas
Credit http://tkaamuseum.net/ / The Kansas African American Museum

  The Kansas African American Museum in Wichita will host a presentation Wednesday about a small northwest Kansas town linked to a Vice President. Nicodemus, Kansas, is the only remaining black settlement west of the Mississippi. KMUW’s Carla Eckels has more…

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4:41 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Same-Sex Couples Apply For Marriage Licenses In Sedgwick County

A sign near the elevators directs couples where to go for marriage licenses at the Sedgwick County Courthouse
Credit Abigail Wilson

Judges in at least four Kansas counties were issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples a day after the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling allowing them to wed. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports that by noon Thursday nearly a dozen couples picked up marriage applications at the Sedgwick County Courthouse.

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6:25 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Wichita Police Department: Body Cameras For All Officers

Credit Sean Sandefur

Back in August, hundreds of people gathered at Wichita East High School to discuss police/community relations. The meeting was in response to the officer involved killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Thursday, an update of those efforts was given downtown.

Perhaps the biggest outcome of that August meeting will body cameras city officials say will be issued to all Wichita Police officers.

Acting Police Chief Nelson Mosley says the cameras will cost roughly $1.5 million…

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1:08 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

ACLU: Same-Sex Marriage Delay In Kansas Harms LBGT Couples And Their Families

Civil liberties attorneys are telling the U.S. Supreme Court that delaying same-sex marriage in Kansas will harm same-sex couples and their families.

The American Civil Liberties Union responded to a request from Kansas to the court to maintain the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

The state wants to enforce its ban while the federal courts review a lawsuit filed by the ACLU for two lesbian couples.

A federal judge last week ordered the state to stop enforcing its ban as of 5 p.m. CST Tuesday, but Kansas appealed to the nation's highest court.

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2:40 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

KAKE News Anchor Larry Hatteberg Announces Retirement After 51Years

Credit kake.com

Journalist Larry Hatteberg announced on Monday that he's leaving KAKE News in Wichita after a 51-year career there.

Hatteberg says KAKE is the only job he's had in his adult life, but he's looking for more freedom to pursue video and photography projects he wants...without the deadlines that TV news brings."

Hatteberg has received more than 130 local, state and national awards for news photography and reporting.

His "Hatteberg's People" video series has profiled over a thousand Kansans since its inception in 1974.

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10:40 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Group Unveils Survey Results For Wichita's Future 'Brand'

From left, Don Anderson and Gary Sherwin display the results of Wichita "branding" surveys conducted in September. The nearly 2,000 respondents were asked to describe the strengths and weaknesses of the city.
Sean Sandefur

Click through the slideshow above for the full survey results

The results of a regional survey centered around Wichita’s future branding were revealed Monday night at the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation office. 

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10:00 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Wichita Couple Shelters Homeless Veterans In Times Of Need

Former Shalom Homes resident, veteran Orlando Ross.
Credit Carla Eckels

Tuesday is Veterans Day and across America, military men and women will be remembered for their service to this country with parades and free dinners. Others will pay their respects by visiting veteran cemeteries and monuments.

Donna Chandler, it’s not just a once-a-year acknowledgement. She’s the co-founder of a shelter for homeless veterans called Shalom Homes. KMUW’s Carla Eckels talks with Chandler about her work.

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4:32 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Cinda, Sedgwick County Zoo's Iconic Elephant, Dies

Credit Sedgwick County Zoo

 

Sedgwick County has lost a beloved resident. It’s not a longtime public official or philanthropist, but a 43-year-old elephant named Cinda. 

The Sedgwick County Zoo announced the death of the elephant on Wednesday. It's one the facility's original animals.

Sedgwick County Zoo Executive Director Mark Reed says it was most likely due to a heart attack and it didn't come as a complete surprise. Nevertheless…

“It’s been a rough day,” Reed says with tears in his eyes.

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10:50 am
Fri October 31, 2014

UPDATE: Plane Crashes Into Building Near Mid-Continent Airport

A Beechcraft 200 King Air crashed into the side of a FlightSafety International building shortly before 10 a.m.
Credit Courtesy photo

Update at 11:44 on 10/31/14

The NTSB has begun its work to recover the victims of the crash. 

NPR audio update at 5:00pm:

Four people died this morning as the result of a fiery crash at Mid-Continent Airport. Aileen LeBlanc from member station KMUW reports. 

KMUW audio update at 3:52pm:

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5:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Haunted Hotel Scares Up History And Humor

The Drury Plaza Hotel, formerly known as the Broadview.
Credit tripadvisor.com

Wichita’s Broadview Hotel was a premier stop along the Chisholm Trail in the early 1900’s. Famous visitors from the past include Charles Lindbergh, Clyde Cessna and Al Capone. And even today, a few visitors from the past have decided to stick around the hotel making it one of the most famous haunted places in Wichita. KMUWs’ Abigail Wilson reports...

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