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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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.

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.

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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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.

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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3:53 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Police Chief Norman Williams Retires

Police Chief Norman Williams announces his retirement.
Credit Sean Sandefur


A changing of the guard is coming to the Wichita Police Department, Chief Norman Williams announced his retirement on Thursday after a 39-year career with the force. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

After a career that oversaw the capture of the BTK serial killer and the arrests of more than 71 Neighborhood Crips gang members, Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams says he’s tired.

“The first thing I’m going to do is just relax, I’m not going to take phone calls at 3 o’clock in morning…someone else is going to do that,” Williams says.

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5:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

WSU Professor Presents Research On Racial Profiling

Wichita State University Professor, Michael Birzer, with his book, "Racial Profiling: They Stopped Me Because I'm _________"
Credit Carla Eckels

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.

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5:00 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Tanganyika Wildlife Park—Increasing Populations Of Endangered Species Through Successful Breeding

Matt Fouts along with Diablo the honey badger.
Abigail Wilson

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.

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12:20 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Confused Poll Worker Prevents Two Kansans From Voting In Tuesday's Primary Elections

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.

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