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5:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Searching For Jaquilla Scales In A New Age

A photo of Jaquilla Scales around the time she went missing (left) and an age progression photo (right) of what she might look like today.
Credit http://www.missingkids.com

Thirteen years ago, law enforcement, family, and hundreds of volunteers in Wichita conducted an extensive search for an African-American 4-year old by the name of Jaquilla Scales. The preschooler went missing from her home on September 5, 2001.

Jaquilla was last seen just after midnight, asleep with her great-grandmother and little brother at their residence on North Volutsia. Jaquilla’s mother, Eureka Scales, was at a friend’s house at the time of her daughter's disappearance. Eureka remembers rushing home and asking her grandmother what happened.

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Community
4:00 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Global Violence And Its Religious Dimensions: An Interview With Dr. James K. Wellman, Jr.

Prof. James Wellman
Credit http://faculty.washington.edu/

With the recent developments in Syria and Iraq--and the power of ISIS increasing--more and more questions about extremist religious-based violence arise.

KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc discussed some of the issues with a scholar who will be in Wichita to present a program on the subject this weekend.

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Community
11:22 am
Fri September 5, 2014

"No Ferguson Here," A Community Discussion in Wichita

After speaking to panelists at the "No Ferguson Here" meeting, a man shouts to the crowd.
Credit Sean Sandefur

On Sept. 5, KMUW aired a story about policing in Sedgwick County. We took a look at a military equipment acquired through the federal government's 1033 program, including a newly acquired armored vehicle.

The following story focuses on a public meeting held last week called “No Ferguson Here.” In response to the events in Ferguson, MO over the death of Michael Brown, Wichita's city officials and citizens came together to discuss the relationships between area police and the people they serve.

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11:19 am
Fri September 5, 2014

After Thirteen Years, The Search For Jaquilla Scales Continues

Thirteen years ago today, Jaquilla Scales, a 4-year-old African-American girl, vanished from her Wichita home. No new leads have surfaced, but Jaquilla’s mother still hopes her teenager will be found. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

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Community
9:01 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Junction City Police Will Begin Enforcing Motorist Cellphone Ban

Police in Junction City are alerting drivers: They'll soon be enforcing a new ordinance that limits use of cellphones by motorists.

The city commission approved the law in early June. It bans motorists from talking or listening on a cellphone unless it's a hands-free device.

The police department has held off on enforcing the ban until the city put up signs notifying drivers of the law. The signs are now up, and police will begin enforcing the law Sept. 15.

Community
5:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

The Military Equipment of Sedgwick County

Sedgwick County's MRAP armored vehicle has been in service for four months
Credit Sean Sandefur

Over three weeks ago protestors flooded the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by Police Officer Darren Wilson. The events brought the city’s race relations to the forefront—but it also brought into question local law enforcement’s use of military equipment. Since 1997, the federal government has distributed over $5 billion worth of military surplus. Equipment like armored vehicles can now be found in cities across the country, including Wichita.

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Community
11:47 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Sedgwick County Zoo Could Lose Elephants

The Sedgwick County Zoo will lose its accreditation to have elephants if its officials can't find a way to upgrade the animals' enclosure.

Yesterday, the Sedgwick County Zoological Society asked county commissioners to pay $5.3 million dollars of the cost of a new elephant barn, which is estimated to cost $10.5 million-dollars. Zoo officials say the commissioners have three weeks to consider the funding before they move to relocate the animals.

The zoo has housed two African elephants, named Stephanie and Cinda, since 1972.

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Community
11:40 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Kansas Sampler Foundation Plans Crowdfunding Site For Rural Communities

The Kansas Sampler Foundation is planning a new crowdfunding site to support projects that help rural communities.

The pilot website, called Kanstarter, is scheduled to be up and running later this month.

Foundation director Marci Penner says projects allowed on the website will have to be good for the community and supported by several generations. She says the projects cannot cover salaries or promote religious or political views.

So far, 24 proposals have been submitted for the pilot project and a committee has narrowed the initial list to four.

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Community
6:30 am
Tue September 2, 2014

What is Wichita's Brand? You Can Help Decide

Wichita, Kansas flag, designed by artist Cecil McAlister in 1937.
Credit Mysid / Wikimedia Commons

How would you describe Wichita to a friend from Michigan? To a student from Zimbabwe? To a business looking to relocate from Connecticut? In essence, what makes Wichita Wichita?

That's what city leaders want to know, and what they want your help discovering.

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Community
4:38 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Wichita Officials Participate In 46th Annual Wichita Black Arts Festival

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, Wichita Interim Police Chief Nelson Mosley and former Police Chief Norman Williams participate in the 46th Annual Wichita Black Arts Festival Parade
Credit Carla Eckels

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, Wichita Interim Police Chief Nelson Mosley, and former Police Chief Norman Williams participated in the 46th Annual Wichita Black Arts Festival Parade Saturday, August 30.  

The festival at McAdams Park, featured vendors, food and music throughout the Labor Day Weekend.  

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