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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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Community
11:32 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Report: Kansas Ranks Fourth In Volunteering

A report released on Monday ranks Kansas fourth in the nation for volunteering.

The Corporation for National and Community Service's Volunteering and Civic Life in America report says nearly 37 percent of Kansas residents volunteered in 2012.

Nearly 808,000 volunteers gave almost 83 million hours of service.

The corporation estimated the worth of that work at 1.59 billion dollars.

Commentary
5:00 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Then Came Mandela!

Bust of Nelson Mandela in Southbank, London
Credit mrgarethm / Flickr / Creative Commons

Pastor Reuben Eckels offers his perspective on how Nelson Mandela affected his life and the lives of many African Americans across the United States.

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Community
5:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Mike Wood Announced As KMUW's Interim GM

Mike Wood has been named as the interim general manager at KMUW. He is taking over the duties of former General Manager Mark McCain, who announced his retirement last week.

Wood retired from his position as the Executive Director of WSU's Media Resources Center in May, but has returned to help manage the station during this transitional period.

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Community
7:54 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Wichitans Join National Effort To Raise Wages For Fast Food Workers

Supporters hold signs and greet passersby at 17th and Hillside
Hugo Phan

Almost two dozen Wichitans gathered in the cold Thursday to protest low wages for fast food workers.

First, the group entered the McDonald's at 17th and Hillside around 11:30 AM and greeted the bewildered staff behind the service counter. The group thanked them for their hard work and explained they were there to support them.

A local pastor named David Hansen lead a prayer, asking God for positive change in the fast food industry.

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Community
5:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Staff Members Reflect On McCain's Time At KMUW

KMUW General Manager Mark McCain during a typical pledge drive.

KMUW General Manager Mark McCain has retired from the station and licensee Wichita State University. WSU made the information public yesterday in a press release.

McCain has worked at KMUW for almost 25 years and station membership and support have grown because of his leadership.

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Community
9:27 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Preservationists Fight To Keep Dodge City's 'Points Of Rock' Monument

Preservationists are fighting a plan to widen U.S. 50 near Dodge City.

State transportation officials say the four-lane expansion from Dodge City to Cimarron would likely require leveling the "Points of Rock" monument.

It's a steel sculpture of several horsemen sitting on top of a rock outcropping, with the words "Dodge City," and supporters say it's an important landmark along the Santa Fe Trail.

The expansion plans include a 60-foot-wide median between the old and new lanes of the highway, which would take down a big part of the hill where the sculpture stands.

Community
9:08 am
Tue December 3, 2013

KMUW's GM Mark McCain Announces Retirement

KMUW general manager Mark McCain has announced his retirement from the station and licensee Wichita State University. WSU announced the information this morning in a press release. McCain cited a family medical concern for his decision.

McCain has worked at KMUW for almost 25 years, beginning as music director in 1989. Station membership and support have grown because of his leadership.

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World AIDS Day
5:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

World AIDS Day: An Interview With Dr. Donna Sweet

Dr. Donna E. Sweet, KU School of Medicine, Wichita, will be the guest speaker at World Aids Day event this year.
Credit Aileen LeBlanc

A day of events for HIV/AIDS awareness will take place this Sunday in Wichita. It will coincide with the national World AIDS Day.

Dr. Donna Sweet of the KU School of Medicine has been at the front of the fight against AIDS for 30 years. Dr. Sweet sat down with KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc to talk about the current status of the disease, both nationally and locally.

According to Dr. Sweet:

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Community
5:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Record Store Day's Black Friday Event Aims To Support Local Music Shops

Every year since 2007, on the third Saturday in April, music fans and record collectors flock to their local independent music shop in hopes of scoring a gem on Record Store Day.

This year, collectors will get something a little bit extra.

In addition to the main event held earlier this year, a smaller second event will take place on November 29. Organizers of "Record Store Day - Back to Black Friday" hope to drive customers into their local record shops during the busiest shopping day of the year.

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