12:43 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Amateur Historian Tracks Down The Grave Of Liberal Founder

An amateur historian has solved the mystery of what happened to the founder of the town Liberal.

Lidia Hook-Gray was researching on an online genealogy website when she discovered that Seymour S. Rogers, and his wife, Addie, were buried in a cemetery in Carthage, Missouri.

Rogers had made his way to southwest Kansas after a failed first marriage and a stint in the Union Army in the Civil War.

He established a homestead with a sod house that doubled as a general store.

4:44 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving: A Time For Food, Family And Myths

Librarian Holly Morgan reading to children at Peterson Elementary.
Credit Sean Sandefur

Families across the country all have different traditions for Thanksgiving. It could be a special recipe for cranberry sauce or an honorary turkey carver.

In many schools, you can also count on hearing the story of the First Thanksgiving—a harvest celebration shared by pilgrims and native populations nearly 400 years ago. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur looks at the history of this holiday and has this report…

“Thanksgiving is a holiday of giving thanks,” says librarian Holly Morgan.

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3:43 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Wichita Community Leaders, Activists React To Grand Jury Decision In Ferguson

Wade Moore, president of the Greater Wichita Ministerial League, describes the decision by a grand jury not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson as an injustice.
Credit Sean Sandefur

Community leaders gathered in Wichita Tuesday morning in reaction to the events in Ferguson, Missouri - where a white police officer won't be indicted in the killing of an unarmed black teenager. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports…

Members of the Greater Wichita Ministerial League, local activists and politicians stood beside Pastor Wade Moore, who says he believes it’s an injustice that a grand jury decided against criminal charges for Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. He says incidents of young black men being killed by police officers are happening throughout the country.

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3:21 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

New WSU Group Helping Refugees In Wichita

Credit Reaching Out To Refugees / Facebook


A group of students at Wichita State University are providing a helping hand to refugees who have come here to escape war, poverty or natural disasters in their home countries.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story.

The students created a group called "Reaching Out 2 Refugees" to offer tangible support, such as clothing, furniture or toiletries, to the refugees that have resettled in the Wichita area.

WSU senior, Matt Brubaker says one lesson he’s learned is that the community has a lot of needs that go unseen.

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12:27 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Report: Illegal Immigrants Are Leaving Kansas

A Pew Research Center report shows Kansas is among 14 states with a big decline in the number of immigrants who are living illegally in the United States.

The report estimates 20,000 unauthorized immigrants left Kansas between 2009 and 2012.

The Center estimates that 75,000 immigrants were living unlawfully in Kansas in 2012.

The report attributes the immigrant population decreases in states like Kansas to a decline in the number of Mexican-born immigrants.

12:04 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Kansas Supreme Court Clears Way For More Same-Sex Marriages; Defers State Ban To U.S. Supreme Court

The Kansas Supreme Court has cleared the way for more same-sex marriages in Johnson County, but says it will defer to the U.S. Supreme Court on whether Kansas' ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional.

The Kansas Supreme Court lifted its hold on licenses to same-sex couples in Johnson County yesterday.

Johnson County Chief Judge Kevin Moriarty had authorized the licenses last month after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear cases from three federal appeals courts that had overturned same-sex marriage bans.

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3:47 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Nicodemus, Kansas, Linked To Former VP

Nicodemus, Kansas
Credit / 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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