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9:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

The Big Read Celebrates Literacy, Wichita Heritage

This is the 6th year Wichita is participating in The Big Read, a celebration of literacy where communities nationwide read the same book each October.

Wichita and 77 other cities will read True Grit by Charles Portis.

First published as a serial in the Saturday Evening Post, the story follows a young woman and her journey to seek retribution for her father's murder.

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Community
7:00 am
Sun September 15, 2013

Grants To Help Disabled Kansas Job Seekers Awarded

The first grants under a United Healthcare initiative to help disabled Kansas job seekers are going to groups with a collective presence across the state.

The health insurer said Friday it will provide $1.5 million in "Empower Kansas" grants over the next three years to community groups. The first five recipients were announced at a news conference in Overland Park.

The Wichita-based Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation is getting the largest grant, at nearly $116,000. The Sedgwick County Developmental Disability Organization was awarded $9,000.

Community
8:53 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Services For Former KMUW Gospel Host To Be Held Saturday

Dennis Shaw with KMUW's Carla Eckels during a pledge drive in the 1990s.
Credit KMUW

Funeral services will be held Saturday for former KMUW gospel announcer Dennis Shaw, who died last week from an illness. For more than two decades, Shaw hosted the program Gospel Express.

He coined the phrase “Dennis Shaw from Wichita” and "The Man with the Tan on Radio Land.” Shaw gained an extensive following as host of his show heard Sunday mornings from the summer of 1972 to the mid-'90s. He was a devoted volunteer host who aired choir and quartet music and community announcements.

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Community
8:42 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Meet KMUW's New News Director

Aileen LeBlanc, KMUW news director
Credit Chandra Stauffer / KMUW

KMUW has hired a new news director, and we're happy to welcome Aileen LeBlanc to the KMUW staff.

Aileen is a public media veteran with more than 30 years in the industry.

She comes to KMUW after working as a documentary film producer for three years. And before that, as the news director at WYSO, a public radio station in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

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Community
7:28 am
Thu September 12, 2013

County Approves $30M For Sedgwick County Zoo

The Sedgwick County Commission voted Wednesday to spend $30 million at the Sedgwick County Zoo during the next five years, with nearly all the money going to staff and maintenance costs.

The financial support will allow the zoological society to begin raising $10 million to-$12 million for an expanded elephant exhibit.

The zoo has two elephants and needs at least one more to meet new requirements for accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Rural Opportunity Zones
5:58 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

More Counties Join Student Loan Program

Eight more Kansas counties have joined a rural economic development program that helps new residents repay their student loans.

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Community
8:01 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Kansas Counties Charging Visitors Extra To Use DMV

Some Kansas counties have started charging out-of-county residents extra fees for flooding their driver's license offices to avoid long lines in larger cities.

Harvey and Butler counties have started charging fees, and county treasurers in smaller counties are thinking of doing the same.

Wichita resident Tammy Katzenmeier says she didn't mind paying an extra $20 last week to get her driver's license renewed in Harvey County. Katzenmeier says she avoided a several-hour wait in a Wichita office.

She was in and out of the Newton motor vehicle office in 10 minutes.

Community
6:26 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Posters Featuring Trayvon Martin Defaced On WSU Campus

Promotional posters featuring a photo of Trayvon Martin were recently defaced on the WSU campus.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

Posters with images of African-American Trayvon Martin were defaced recently at Wichita State University.  The posters were advertising a diversity discussion, which was held Wednesday called "Does My Hoodie Scare You?"

Danielle Johnson is the program director for the WSU Office of Multicultural Affairs. She says someone scratched out the photo of Trayvon Martin on one and drew in a Hitler-style mustache on another. A third poster was marked with a large X.

"So someone took the time to deface the pictures," she says.

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Music Festival
5:30 am
Wed September 4, 2013

ICT Fest Aims To Revitalize Wichita's Youth Culture

The Birthday Suits from Minneapolis performing at the 2012 ICT Fest.
Credit Landon Taylor / ICT Fest

Friday marks the beginning of the 9th annual ICT Fest.  The local music festival is changing things up this year by targeting Wichita’s youth unlike they have before.

ICT Fest has always been about providing an all-ages festival, but this year it is making an effort to specifically draw in more adolescents. Organizer Matthew Clagg and founder Dan Davis both said they believe the future of the festival is dependent on pulling in a younger crowd.

“We want to grow the next generation of Wichita performers,” Clagg said.

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Community
2:40 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

5 Things To Do This Labor Day Weekend

In need of something to do to fill your extra-long Labor Day Weekend? We've rounded up a few events taking place in and around town that will run through the weekend and on Labor Day.

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