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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9:00 am
Mon November 25, 2013

What Happens When Thanksgiving And Hanukkah Collide?

Credit KMUW

Most of us are familiar with Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, but what happens when these two traditions fall on the same day? You got it: Thanksgivukkah.

Boston marketing specialist Dana Gitell coined the term when she realized the holidays overlap. The Jewish Boston organization jumped on the idea and has been the ringleader in the Internet frenzy of hybrid-holiday madness, starting with Thanksgivukkah Boston.

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6:28 am
Fri November 22, 2013

KMUW Listeners Remember the Day JFK Was Killed

Photo portrait of John F. Kennedy, President of the United States.
Credit / White House Press Office

Recently, we asked you to share your memories of the day President John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas, on this day in 1963.  Here are some of the stories you shared.

1) Barbara Chamberlin, from Wichita, was in the 8th grade:

It seemed so personal. Because he was such a wonderful President, an incredible human being.

2) Grant Overstake, from Wichita, was in the 1st grade:

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9:53 am
Thu November 21, 2013

KHS Nominates 10 Sites For The National Register Of Historic Places

The Kansas Historical Society has nominated 10 sites to add to the National Register of Historic Places.

The list the KHS released Wednesday includes Gasier Carriage Works in the 200 block of north Saint Francis in Wichita.

The-story brick building housed the Carriage Works from 1910 to 1957. W.H. Gaiser first used the building for his carriage business until 1920, when he shifted his focus into making automobiles.

Some of the other sites include:

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7:34 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Kansas Child Poverty Rates Still Climbing

More than 23 percent of Kansas children lived in poverty last year. That’s according to the new Kansas Kids Count report, released by the non-profit advocacy group Kansas Action for Children.

The group’s president, Shannon Cotsoradis, says that compares with about 18 percent five years ago.

“When you have almost one in every four kids growing up in poverty, and we know the long-term consequences of that, we really have to worry about the future of our state," she says.

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5:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

ACT ICT Gathers Input From Community Groups To Help Plan Wichita's Future

City planner John Schlegel facilitated this community event to help gather input from residents on how to improve the city.
Credit Carla Eckels

City leaders are looking for a wide range of community groups to participate in the final phase of ACT ICT, a year-long community engagement process that will help determine priorities for Wichita’s future.

Nearly a dozen of Wichita's Uptown Neighborhood Association members gathered in the basement of College Hill United Methodist Church to share their ideas.

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7:32 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Delware Tribe Seeks To Build Casino In North Lawrence

The leader of the Oklahoma-based Delaware Tribe says the tribe could pursue a casino in Kansas, but it also has a broader vision of providing services to Native Americans.

In an "open letter to the people of Kansas," Chief Paula Pechonick addressed speculation about the tribe's plans for 90 acres it just purchased in North Lawrence.

The Delaware's efforts have drawn opposition from the federally recognized tribes of Kansas, which all have casinos.

Those tribes say it will cause them economic hardship if the Delaware open a casino in Kansas.

Pheasant Hunting
5:41 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Pheasant Season Looks 'Pretty Bleak'

Kansas pheasant hunters aren't likely to see many of the birds when the season begins this weekend.

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8:32 am
Tue November 5, 2013

KU Reseachers Use Cell Phones To Improve Parenting

A study by researchers at the Universities of Kansas and Notre Dame shows cell phones can be a powerful tool to help reinforce home-based parenting training.

The study focused on parents who experience higher levels of depression, stress and family violence. KU’s Judith Carta says these families need better parenting strategies, yet they’re most at-risk of dropping out of the very programs meant to help them.

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7:35 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Cold Weather Rule For Utilities Begins Friday

A rule that prevents utilities from disconnecting Kansas customers during extreme cold takes effect when November arrives.

The cold weather rule is enforced by the Kansas Corporation Commission and runs from Friday through March 31.

The rule bars utilities from disconnecting electric or natural gas service for nonpayment when temperatures of 35 or lower are forecast for the following 24 hours.

Utility companies must offer customers a 12-month payment plan to maintain or re-establish service.