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.
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.
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.
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.
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.