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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.