12:34 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Hundreds Expected To Celebrate The Life Of MLK At WSU MetroPlex Event


Hundreds are expected to attend this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration scheduled at noon on Monday at the Wichita State University metroplex.

The event is co-sponsored by WSU and The Greater Wichita Ministerial League. It's an effort to reflect on King's message of hope and pursuit of freedom, as evident in the slain civil rights leader's June 1963 speech in Detroit, where he reminds the crowd of the importance of passing the civil rights bill.

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12:33 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Celebrate MLK Day In The Wichita Area

Dr. Martin Luther King giving his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., on 28 August 1963.
Credit Wikipedia

There will be several events in and around Wichita that will be commemorating the life of civil rights leader, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You can participate in these events beginning on Saturday and continuing through the King federal holiday on Monday.

The Kansas African American Museum- Saturday, January 18

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5:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Memorial Set For 49th Anniversary Of Piatt Street Plane Crash

A black granite monument erected in 2007 with names of the victims lost in the Piatt Street Plane Crash
Carla Eckels

A memorial service commemorating the 49th anniversary of the Piatt Street Plane Crash will take place Thursday afternoon at Piatt Park in Wichita.

The service will begin at 1pm at the corner of 20th and Piatt Street and a documentary about the crash will air on KPTS on Thursday at 8pm.

On January 16 1965, a Boeing fuel tanker filled with 31 thousand gallons of jet fuel, took off from McConnell Air Force Base and nose-dived into the northeast Wichita neighborhood.

All of the seven crew members and 23 residents on the ground were killed.

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9:40 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Dreamlifter Pilots Thought Equipment Was Faulty, Used Eyesight To Land At Wrong Airport

One of the pilots of a Boeing 747 that landed at the wrong airport in Wichita last November was not sure the plane was landing at the right place.

The Trade publication Aviation International News, or AIN, obtained a copy of a training video describing what happened.

Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, which employed the pilots and made the video, confirmed that Atlas pilots were aiming to land at McConnell Air Force Base.

Instead, they landed at Col. James Jabara airport, 9 miles away.

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9:15 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Bombardier Will Furlough 300 Learjet Employees

Bombardier says it will put about 300 of its Learjet employees on furlough during the first half of the year.

The company released a memo to employees, saying that the furloughs will take place in two-week blocks over a six-week span.

Vice president and general manager Ralph Acs says that the furloughs involve production of the Learjet 70 and 75 and direct support staff members.

Employees will find out this month who is affected and what dates they will be furloughed.

9:18 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Lawmakers Hope To Add Cherokee, Labette and Montgomery Counties To Rural Opportunity Zone Program

A group of Kansas House members has filed legislation that would add three southeast counties to the state's rural opportunity zone program.

The bill is sponsored by Republican Representatives Jim Kelly of Independence, Michael Houser of Columbus, Virgil Peck of Tyro and Richard Proehl of Parsons.

Their 2014 legislation would add Cherokee, Labette and Montgomery counties, which are located on the Oklahoma border.

Governor Sam Brownback established the Rural Opportunity Zones program in 2011.

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5:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Wichita Community Kwanzaa Celebration

The basic instructional CD, Kwanzaa, What it is and How to Celebrate it by Tasleem Muqtasid is available at Wichita’s Roseline’s International Enterprise and the Kansas African American Museum.
Credit Courtesy photo

The 10th annual Kwanzaa: Unity Celebration will be held on December 26 in north Wichita. Participants will celebrate family, community and culture.

Kwanzaa, which means first fruit in Swahili, is a week-long observance that highlights African and African-American heritage and culture. Founded in the 1960’s, Kwanzaa is celebrated annually from December 26 through January 1.

Storyteller Tasleem Mutasid says everyone can learn at the community enrichment event.

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7:41 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Why Do Wichitans Give To Charities Around The Holiday Season?

David Cline rings the Salvation Army bell at Dillons on Douglas and Hillside
Hugo Phan

Why do people give to charities during the holidays in Wichita? Several volunteers share why they give, and several people who have received holiday help share how it affected their lives.

Tell us:

Which charities do you support during the holidays? Do you give your time, your money, or some other kind of support?

Have you ever received holiday help? Was the assistance what you needed? What did you think of the experience?

Share your story with us on our Facebook page.

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5:56 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Topeka Sewage Spills Into Kansas River

Topeka's water department is monitoring the Kansas River for E. coli after a weekend sewage spill.

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1:22 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Mayor Carl Brewer Proclaims Karla Burns Week

Wichitan, Broadway Star Karla Burns receives a proclamation from Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer for her acclaimed work in the performing arts.
Credit Carla Eckels

Broadway star and Wichita native Karla Burns received a proclamation Tuesday during a Wichita City Council meeting.  Mayor Carl Brewer declared December the 17 through the 24 as Karla Burns Week.

Burns is a 1978 graduate of Wichita State University.

She is known for her powerful mezzo-soprano voice which won her an Olivier Award in London and a Tony nomination for her portrayal  of "Queenie" in the revival of Show Boat on Broadway. 

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