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6:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

More Families Seeking Shelter at YWCA Wichita's Women's Crisis Center

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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.

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1:34 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Anti-Gun Violence Group Files Suit Over KS Gun Law

A new Kansas gun law is being challenged in court. The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which is based in Washington, D.C., has filed a lawsuit against Kansas because of a new state law that declares guns made and kept in Kansas are exempt from federal gun laws.

The new state law is called the “Second Amendment Protection Act.”

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Community
12:29 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

State Delays Rollout Of Anti-Fraud Computer System

The state has again delayed implementation of a new computer system designed to prevent fraud and improve efficiency in applications for social services.

The state said Tuesday no firm date is set to take the $135 million computer system online. The Kansas Eligibility and Enforcement System was originally to go live by Oct. 1 of last year.

Sara Belfry, spokeswoman for the state’s health department, said a pilot program test last month persuaded the department to delay the rollout again.

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Community
5:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

New Baby Bookworms Program Encourages Reading And Engagement With Infants

Britten Kuckelman reads to her baby Bryce in The Baby Bookworms Program
Credit courtesy of Wichita Public Library

The Wichita Public Library is offering a new program to encourage summer reading and engagement with babies. So far, 13,000 little ones are enrolled. KMUW’s Carla Eckels has more...

Baby Bookworms is an expansion of the summer reading program for children and teens. Erin Downey-Howerton, Youth Services Librarian says the program helps babies learn and build skills.

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Community
2:59 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

City Of Wichita To Close Facilities, Services For Independence Day

Credit City of Wichita

 

In observance of the July 4th holiday, City of Wichita facilities will be closed Friday, July 4th. This includes City Hall, Park and Recreation Centers, the Animal Shelter, CityArts, Botanica, the Wichita Art Museum, Great Plains Nature Center, Wichita Ice Center, Century II administrative offices, Wichita Transit, Wichita Public Library locations and Neighborhood Resource Centers.

       The following will be closed on Friday, July 4th and Saturday, July 5th:

·       Mid-America All-Indian Center

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Community
5:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

The Wichita Fresh Air Baby Camp

The Fresh Air Baby Camp was built in 1920. Here, it is shown in its current condition.
Credit Abigail Wilson

In the early 1900’s, people began to realize that young children, especially sick babies, needed well-circulated fresh air for their health. Following that principle, the Fresh Air Baby Camp was built in Wichita in 1920. The building is believed to be one of the last of its kind in the country. A local private volunteer group wants to bring the deteriorating building back to life. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has the story…

The Fresh Air Baby Camp Today

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Community
3:37 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Fourth Of July Fireworks Guide

There's lots going on in and around Wichita for Independence Day
Credit Elliot Gilfix/flickr Creative Commons

Get your pyrotechnics fix this Fourth of July, with several Independence Day festivities in and around Wichita. Here is your guide for where to be when the celebrations and fireworks begin.

Bradley Fair: Meet in Bradley Fair on July 3 for a celebration of America. Enjoy the summer concert with Denny Jiosa from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., then sit back and be amazed as the fireworks dance over the Bradley Fair Lake. 

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Community
6:00 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Mike Wood, KMUW Interim General Manager (And Typist) Retires – Again – Maybe

Wood was a Filmmaker-in-Residence at Manhattan Sr. High School in 1982.
Courtesy photo

    

He Worked on MASH

“It was fun to see the cast at the commissary at lunch time. And it was fun to stay on the sound stage and the see the woman who was the stand in for Hot Lips. She was probably thirty years older than the actress who played Hot Lips, and she didn’t look anything like her. But she had the same skin tone and same color hair, same height.”

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5:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Wichita Fire Dept. Unveils New Fire Engine Fleet, New Firefighters

Acting Lieutenant, Michael Ring, Firefighter, John Haltrup, Josh Roberts, Jermiah Toothaker, Captain Mark Jordon, Firefighter Clint Goode stand by new fire engine at Wichita Fire Department Station 10.
Credit Carla Eckels

The Wichita Fire Department unveiled nine new fire engines and a new ladder truck -- replacing part of an aging fleet. The department also has hired 17 new firefighters. KMUW's Carla Eckels has more...

Fire Marshal Brad Crisp says the new equipment will help improve service and enhance safety. He says the new engines look slightly different.

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Community
5:00 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Wichita Public Library To Celebrate The Life Of Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou as a teacher at Wichita State University
Credit Courtesy of WSU Special Collections

  The Wichita Public Library will celebrate the life and legacy of poet and author Maya Angelou Friday at the library branch named in her honor.

Dr. Angelou died May 28th.

She was a strong proponent of education and was a champion of public libraries. She attended the opening of the city’s Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library in December of 1996.

Maya Angelou also taught classes at Wichita State University in March of 1974. Sonia Faust is a regular visitor to the Angelou library and has read her books. She says Dr. Angelou was a hero within your reach.

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