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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

The fire is now under control, but firefighters are waiting until the building is more stable to enter.
Credit Deborah Shaar

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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Community
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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5:00 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Construction Starts On New Elephant Exhibit

Credit Deborah Shaar

Construction is underway on the new elephant exhibit at the Sedgwick County Zoo. Having a herd of more than two elephants is now required or zoos risk losing accreditation. As KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports, zoo leaders say this new exhibit will not only be good for the elephants, it will also be good for the local economy.

Backhoes, dozers and dump trucks are working on a five acre area on the south side of the zoo. This unused land will be transformed into a $10.6 million “elephant management complex.”

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Community
5:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

'This Is Your Life, Hanna Bloch Kohner' - The Story Of A Holocaust Survivor

Walter and Hannah Bloch Kohner
Credit Courtesy photo

Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day is being observed this weekend. The Wichita Holocaust Commemoration Council presents a program on Tuesday, which will include a special guest. KMUW’s Aileen LeBlanc has the story...

In 1953, Hanna Bloch Kohner appeared on “the most talked about show on television.”  She was not an actor or any kind of celebrity. She was a survivor of the Holocaust. Such things weren’t talked about just eight years after World War II. But "This is Your Life" TV host Ralph Edwards did.

And Americans heard some things they had not heard before.  

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Community
5:30 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Wichita's Union Station Closer To Occupancy

Credit Sean Sandefur

  Wichita’s old Union Station took one step closer to having new tenants. The building, which was dedicated in 1914, has been vacant since 2007. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has the story…

Wichita City Council members approved a Tax Increment Financing District for a property along Douglas St. that contains Union Station and other historic buildings.

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12:19 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Climbing to the Crash Site: A Survivor Remembers The WSU Crash Of 1970

    

Forty-four years ago, a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed in Colorado. The plane hit the side of a mountain and 31 people were killed. One of the survivors of the crash recently completed a more than 500-mile bike ride to the crash site. It was a tribute to his former teammates. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson spoke with Rick Stephens before he began his bike ride and hiked to the crash site with him last weekend. 

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12:17 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Amazon To Close Coffeyville Distribution Center

Amazon.com says it will close a distribution center Coffeyville this February. The move could affect hundreds of workers in this south-eastern Kansas town.

The Seattle-based retailer said on Wednesday the decision was not made lightly, and that it is committed to supporting employees through the transition.

Amazon says it regularly evaluates its network to ensure its placing fulfillment centers as close to its customers as possible.

The company notified its Coffeyville employees Tuesday afternoon of the pending closure.

Community
11:35 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Federal Judge Sets Hearing In Lawsuit Against Spirit AeroSystems

A federal judge will hear arguments next month on whether to block Spirit AeroSystems from selling off its fabrication operations or laying off workers.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree set an Oct. 8th hearing in Topeka over a lawsuit the Machinists union's filed against Spirit.

The suit says the Machinists gave up the right to strike and accepted pay cuts and smaller wage increases in a 10-year contract negotiated in 2010. It says that in exchange, Spirit agreed to maintain major manufacturing operations in Wichita.

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