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12:58 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

After New Ordinance, Firefighters And Police Don't Have To Respond Every Alarm

Wichita authorities will soon implement a new ordinance so that firefighters and police don't have to respond to people who make multiple false alarm calls.

Wichita Fire Marshal Brad Crisp says that emergency crews may not respond to certain calls from home alarm systems starting in October.

Crisp says officers may not respond to houses that have more than six false alarm alerts in a year or where people owe fees from false alarms.

The city approved the new rules in July.

Wichita Police say 93 percent of all home alarm calls made to 911 are false.

Community
5:23 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Mayor Carl Brewer Accepts Challenge To End Veteran Homelessness

Credit Flickr Creative Commons/LensDog64

Back in June, First Lady Michelle Obama challenged mayors across the country to end veteran homelessness in their cities by the end of next year.

On Tuesday morning, Mayor Carl Brewer accepted that call to action for the city of Wichita.

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Community
12:05 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Public Hearing On Sept. 17 On Rules For Signs That Restricts Carrying Firearms Into Buildings

Credit http://ag.ks.gov/

Kansas officials are holding a public hearing this week on proposed signs that people will place on buildings where firearms will be prohibited.

A state law that took effect July 1 legalized the open carry of guns across the state. However, building owners may ban concealed firearms, openly carried guns, or both from their premises if they post signs saying as much.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt's office was put in charge of creating the signs and proposed the designs earlier this year.

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Community
11:44 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Advocates Start A Second Petition Drive To Reduce Punishment For Marijuana Possession

A group of Wichita residents is trying a second petition drive this October. They want to reduce the punishment for possessing small amounts of marijuana and to get the issue on April election ballot.

The first petition to get the issue on the ballot for this fall's elections was less than 40 signatures short of the number required.

Esau Freeman, president of Kansans for Change, says supporters will start collecting signatures again Oct. 1, with a goal of getting the issue on the April ballot.

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Community
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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Community
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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