The Kansas Department of Corrections is rolling out a newly developed staff wellness program aimed at addressing corrections fatigue, a result of the intrinsic challenges and stress of working in prisons or as a parole officer. The plan will ensure that staff are not only well-trained, but are also mentally and emotionally prepared for their jobs. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has this report…
Katie Herzberg is a parole officer at the Wichita parole and re-entry office.
The south-central Kansas town of Anthony will soon rebuild a block downtown that was lost to fire five years ago.
There's a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the $3.5 million redevelopment project.
In 2009, several businesses were destroyed by a gas explosion and massive fire that burned for hours. The fire began when a truck broke through pavement in an alley, severing a gas line that then exploded.
Demolition began a year later, and a special sales tax was levied in the downtown area to fund the reconstruction.
Kansas now has only three shelters that use gas chambers to euthanize animals after one shelter shut its chamber down earlier this month.
A few days after the Topeka Capital-Journal published a story about the ongoing practice in the state, the city of Eureka unplugged its chamber. The city's administrator says switching to a different way to euthanize animals had been the goal for quite a while.
KMUW, Wichita Public Radio 89.1 FM, has earned nine awards in the annual Kansas Association of Broadcasters awards as well as the prestigious Large Market Radio Station of the Year honor. The statewide competition includes both commercial and public broadcasters.
The station earned accolades for the following projects:
The ice bucket challenge to end Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS has spread quickly through social media. A group of Kansas legislators took the challenge on Friday in Wichita. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more...
Several city, county and state officials took the challenge Friday afternoon in Wichita’s Naftzger Memorial Park. Lauren Walsh of the ALS association says the challenge started in Boston.
Wichita State University Professor Michael Birzer traveled throughout Kansas researching the effects of how minority citizens experience racial profiling in the state. His research became a book titled Racial Profiling—They Stopped Me Because I’m ______. He's participating in the Civil Rights Symposium Aug. 13, 2014 at WSU. KMUW’s Carla Eckels has more…
This research was commissioned by the Governor’s Taskforce on racial profiling. For the complete interview, click on the audio link above. Following, Dr. Birzer shares one of the case studies with Carla Eckels.
Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard, Kansas has one of the largest collection of animals in the state. The park is best known for its interactive exhibits, but Tanganyika is also a world-class breeding facility. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…
When you see an exotic or endangered animal with Jungle Jack Hanna on David Letterman, there’s a pretty good chance that it was born and raised right outside of Wichita.
Two residents of a Topeka care facility were prevented from voting in last Tuesday's primary election by a poll worker who didn't understand the state's voter identification law.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach confirmed Thursday that some elderly residents of Brewster Place showed up to a polling place without I.D.s and were turned away without being issued provisional ballots, as required by law.
Shawnee County Election Commissioner Andrew Howell says three voters were affected and one was later able to vote.