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4:19 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Green Biz Wichita Holds Meeting On Future Water Supply

Credit djmcaleese / flickr Creative Commons

 

Green Biz Wichita held a presentation Tuesday morning on the future of water in both Wichita and Kansas. The organization promotes environmental awareness among local businesses. 

 

The information given at Tuesday’s presentation was nothing new, but it gave local business owners an opportunity to voice their concerns over the future water supply of Wichita.

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Community
12:14 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Concealed Firearms To Be Allowed in Kansas Capitol

Visitors with a concealed weapons permit will be allowed to bring guns into the Kansas Statehouse starting in July.

As Stephen Koranda reports, that comes after a group of legislators chose not to regulate carrying concealed guns in the Capitol.

A Kansas law grants the Legislative Coordinating Council the authority to bar concealed weapons in the Statehouse. But at their meeting, the council did not take up the issue.

That means concealed carry in the Statehouse will be allowed next month.

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Community
11:47 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Kansas Sees Record Employment, Jobless Rate Unchanged

A new report says the Kansas jobless rate remained unchanged at 4.8 percent in May while the state saw record employment.

The state Department of Labor reported Thursday that nearly 1.43 million Kansas residents were employed in May, up from both April of this year and May 2013.

The agency also said that last month’s unemployment rate was significantly better than the 5.6 percent seen in May 2013.

Labor Market information services director Justin McFarland said the figures show rising demand for workers from employers and greater confidence in the state’s economy.

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Community
12:46 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

The Kansas Cosmosphere Looks Ahead With A $15M Plan

The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson is planning for its next 50 years.

Officials at the Cosmosphere announced a five-year, $15 million plan Tuesday, with a goal of securing the institution’s future for the next 50 years.

The master plan includes significant changes to the Cosmosphere’s mission and exhibits without expanding beyond the existing building.

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Community
11:53 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Lawmakers Consider Banning Guns From The Kansas Statehouse

Visitors will be allowed to bring concealed guns into the Kansas Statehouse beginning in July unless legislative leaders intervene.

Top lawmakers are reviewing the issue at a meeting on Thursday. If they don’t act this month, holders of concealed carry permits will be able to enter the building with their weapons.

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Community
11:23 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Community Organization Abandons Hope Of Restoring Joyland Amusement Park

The Historic Preservation Alliance of Wichita and Sedgwick County removed the iconic Joyland sign in May to be preserved and stored.
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Restore Hope Inc, a group that has worked for three years to restore the Joyland Amusement Park in Wichita, is calling it quits.

Kira Johnson, who led the three-year effort, says a lack of time and money led the group to disband.

The group thanked members for their support over the years on its Facebook page. It said if donors had pre-purchased park passes, their money would be refunded.

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Community
4:29 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Take Flight In The 'Memphis Belle,' A B-17 Bomber

The "Memphis Belle," a B-17 that was used in the 1990 WWII film of the same name, will be in Wichita this week.
Credit Jordan Kirtley

A bit of history will be flying over Wichita this coming weekend. An organization called the Liberty Foundation will be offering flights at Jabara Airport aboard its remodeled B-17 bomber, one that was used in the 1990 film “Memphis Belle.”

    

Although their remodeled aircraft didn’t see any action, the rumble of its engines is still authentic. Just ask Lewis Smith, a 90-year-old WWII veteran that flew 35 missions over Germany.

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Community
5:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

'The Best Job In Kansas Corrections'

Inmates from Hutchinson Correctional Facility take a break at the prison's wild horse training center.
Sean Sandefur

For over ten years the state prison located in Hutchinson has provided a unique opportunity for some of its inmates. They help manage hundreds of wild horses brought in from the western United States due to overpopulation. The inmates train, groom and care for these animals - in return, they enjoy a degree of freedom and they gain valuable skills.

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Community
6:16 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Development Of Wichita Central Library Being Discussed This Week

Design consultants present their ideas on the redevelopment of Wichita Central Library
Sean Sandefur

Future plans for Wichita’s central library are being discussed throughout this week as part of a 5-day design summit. Architectural consultants began presenting their ideas on Monday morning.

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Community
4:47 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

St. Francis Community Services Highlighted At Riverfest

The look from atop the St. Francis Ferris Wheel. The attraction gave its first go around to an adoptive family from Wichita.
Sean Sandefur

Wichita’s Riverfest began Friday afternoon with a celebration under the Keeper of the Plains. The festival will feature a number of musical acts over the next nine days, but one attraction has a distinct goal - to raise awareness for adoption services.  

 

A Ferris wheel tucked away in the kid’s corner of Riverfest gave its first go around to an adoptive family.

The attraction has been dedicated to St. Francis Community Services, which provides adoption and foster assistance in a number of states. 

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