Thanksgiving

Shoppers, check your receipts when you buy Thanksgiving dinner ingredients. It’s likely the total cost will be lower than what you paid in 2013.

American Farm Bureau Federation volunteers scoured stores in 39 states to record prices for traditional Thanksgiving fixings. The survey found that for a party of 10, an average dinner runs $49.12 — 75 cents less than last year.

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This week is the single busiest travel time of the year. The travel and insurance agency AAA says millions of Americans will hit the road, hop on trains or take to the skies to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends. Holiday travel is up from last year, and the highest it's been in more than a decade.

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About 30 volunteers spent Tuesday night preparing the gymnasium in Wichita's Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA to give away hundreds of coats to those in need. 

The volunteers sifted through coats and winter gear starting at 6 p.m on Tuesday. Joyce Dixson estimated they would be finished by 8 p.m. She said it's a large improvement compared to when she first volunteered nearly two decades ago.

"We went until 10 o'clock," Dixson said. "And that's because we didn't know what we were doing. And it was just by trial and error."

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The Wichita Police Department is partnering again with the Union Rescue Mission to deliver free Thanksgiving meals to families in the community.

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The security area at the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport was pretty quiet earlier this week. But with Thanksgiving less than a week away, that’s going to change.

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The Union Rescue Mission and the Wichita Police Department on Tuesday delivered holiday meals to local families in need. It's part of a 13-year partnership between the department and the shelter.

Nearly 100 cardboard boxes lined the cafeteria tables Tuesday morning at Wichita's Union Rescue Mission, an emergency shelter and job training center for men. Inside each box was a frozen turkey, bread, pie, canned goods and garnishes, all to be delivered to local families. 

This year, Officer Brent Johnson with the WPD organized the delivery process.

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The cooks are in their kitchens preparing food for a tasty Thanksgiving meal with turkey and all the trimmings.

For nearly 30 years, local vegan expert Diane Waltner has left turkey off her menu. She's the organizer of the Vegetarian and Animal Rights Meetup groups in Wichita.

Recently, Waltner welcomed KMUW’s Carla Eckels into her kitchen, where she was gathering items to prepare a popular vegan side dish.

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The Wichita Police Department is partnering with the Union Rescue Mission to deliver Thanksgiving meals to families in need.

Police officers will deliver boxes of food to 100 families around Wichita identified as being in need. The food—including turkey and fixings for Thanksgiving dinner--is collected by the Union Rescue Mission, an evangelical Christian ministry that provides shelter and other services to homeless men.

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Beginning Wednesday, portable traffic signs will be placed in high-volume shopping areas in Wichita to remind people to be aware of the possibility of increased incidents of theft and vandalism during the holiday season.

The portable traffic message signs--often seen in construction zones and throughout the city's shopping areas--will warn shoppers to “Hide Your Items, Take your Keys, Lock Your Vehicle."

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Mike Berners-Lee may not be an expert on the American Thanksgiving. A native of the UK, he’s never actually had the pleasure of experiencing one. But as one of the world’s leading researchers on the carbon footprint of—well—everything (he even wrote a book subtitled “The Carbon Footprint of Everything”), he’s plenty familiar with the impacts of the foods that star in the traditional Thanksgiving Day spread.

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