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11:47 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Sedgwick County Zoo Could Lose Elephants

The Sedgwick County Zoo will lose its accreditation to have elephants if its officials can't find a way to upgrade the animals' enclosure.

Yesterday, the Sedgwick County Zoological Society asked county commissioners to pay $5.3 million dollars of the cost of a new elephant barn, which is estimated to cost $10.5 million-dollars. Zoo officials say the commissioners have three weeks to consider the funding before they move to relocate the animals.

The zoo has housed two African elephants, named Stephanie and Cinda, since 1972.

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Community
11:40 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Kansas Sampler Foundation Plans Crowdfunding Site For Rural Communities

The Kansas Sampler Foundation is planning a new crowdfunding site to support projects that help rural communities.

The pilot website, called Kanstarter, is scheduled to be up and running later this month.

Foundation director Marci Penner says projects allowed on the website will have to be good for the community and supported by several generations. She says the projects cannot cover salaries or promote religious or political views.

So far, 24 proposals have been submitted for the pilot project and a committee has narrowed the initial list to four.

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Community
6:30 am
Tue September 2, 2014

What is Wichita's Brand? You Can Help Decide

Wichita, Kansas flag, designed by artist Cecil McAlister in 1937.
Credit Mysid / Wikimedia Commons

How would you describe Wichita to a friend from Michigan? To a student from Zimbabwe? To a business looking to relocate from Connecticut? In essence, what makes Wichita Wichita?

That's what city leaders want to know, and what they want your help discovering.

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Community
4:38 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Wichita Officials Participate In 46th Annual Wichita Black Arts Festival

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, Wichita Interim Police Chief Nelson Mosley and former Police Chief Norman Williams participate in the 46th Annual Wichita Black Arts Festival Parade
Credit Carla Eckels

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, Wichita Interim Police Chief Nelson Mosley, and former Police Chief Norman Williams participated in the 46th Annual Wichita Black Arts Festival Parade Saturday, August 30.  

The festival at McAdams Park, featured vendors, food and music throughout the Labor Day Weekend.  

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Community
12:28 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Safety And Sanity: Addressing Corrections Fatigue in the KDOC

A graphic representing corrections fatigue.
Credit Desert Waters Correctional Outreach

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.

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Community
11:43 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Project Aims To Rebuild Downtown Block In Anthony, KS

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.

Community
10:13 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Kansas Down To Three Animal Euthanization Chambers

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.

Community
7:02 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

KMUW Named Station Of The Year By Kansas Association Of Broadcasters

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:

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Community
10:45 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Brownback Proposing Urban Opportunity Zones in KS

Governor Sam Brownback says he will propose a plan to attract people to urban areas of Kansas that are in decline.

The governor released few details on the so-called Urban Opportunity Zones last week, but he says they will likely include parts of Sedgwick, Wyandotte and Shawnee Counties.

Brownback says the plan may include tax incentives to attract professionals from out-of-state to the area.

"So it's getting individuals with--a lot of times--with some education, educated individuals, moving into an area and we hope creating growth," says Brownback.

Community
10:00 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Local Officials Take Ice Bucket Challenge

State Representative Brandon Whipple and State Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau participate in the ice bucket challenge.
Abigail Wilson

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.

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