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11:31 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Survey: 10 Percent Of KU Students Have Been Sexually Harassed

A confidential University of Kansas survey shows that one in 10 students say they have been victims of sexual harassment, including sexual assault, but many never report it.

About 30 reported incidents over a two-year span involved men raping or sexually assaulting woman who were drunk, said Jane McQueeny, executive director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access. The university established the office, which investigates reported sexual assaults, about two-and-a-half years ago.

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Community
3:31 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

City Officials Celebrate 13th Street Improvements

City officials celebrate the completion of the improvements on 13th Street between Hydraulic and Oliver during a ribbon cutting on Friday.
Credit Carla Eckels

City officials took part in a ribbon cutting event on Friday to celebrate improvements along 13th Street in northeast Wichita.

    

With scissors in hand, Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and other leaders cut the red ribbon in front of the widened street near 13th and Roosevelt. The project includes arterial street improvements on 13th Street between Hydraulic and Oliver. The work was done in District 1, represented by Councilwoman Lavonta Williams.

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Community
5:00 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Community Gardens Help Nourish Local Neighborhoods

Lauren Scislowski tends to a vegetable patch with some of her youth gardeners. The space was previously a vacant lot at the intersection of South Wichita and West Gilbert.
Credit Sean Sandefur

Two weeks ago KMUW reported that roughly one-fourth of Wichitans live in areas with little access to fresh, affordable food. But there’s a trend growing in inner cities across the country that looks to ease that burden. Community gardens offer a way for people to cultivate fresh produce, while strengthening the bonds of their neighborhood.

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Community
12:38 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Number Of Kansas Children Under State Custody At An All-Time High

The number of Kansas children in state custody has risen to all-time highs as the number of child abuse and neglect complaints also is climbing.

About 7,000 children were in state custody at the beginning of June, including more than 6,100 in out-of-home foster care placement.

Kansas Children’s Alliance executive director Bruce Linhos says workers and government officials are struggling to find a cause for the increase.

Community
5:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

UPDATE: Wichita Teen 'Makes A Wish' To Swim With The Sharks

Craig Lehman realizes his dream to swim with sharks, thanks to Make A Wish Kansas.
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    SCROLL DOWN to see how close Craig got to this shark!

An update from Craig Lehman, after he completed his swim on Friday, July 25:

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Community
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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