Wichita State University

5:00 am
Fri April 24, 2015

SPJ Award Winner: Dangerous Chemical Invades West Wichita Drinking Water

A small portion of a map provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. It illustrates the plume of tetrachloroethylene that sits underneath many homes in west Wichita.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment


This story originally aired during Morning Edition on 05/04/2014. 

Residents of a West Wichita neighborhood learned in March that their private water wells had been contaminated with a chemical likely to cause major health defects. They’ve also learned that the contamination could be decades old.

Ron Barnhart owns a well groomed, one story home in west Wichita.

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4:31 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

NCAA Penalizes Wichita State Baseball

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The WSU baseball team has been penalized by the NCAA for failing to monitor the activities of a former administrative assistant who allowed players to buy apparel and accessories at a team discount. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

Read the full NCAA report below: 

Read WSU's response to the penalties below:

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Crime and Courts
1:51 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Suspect Now Charged With Capital Murder - Victim in Park Attack Near WSU Has Died

Cornell A. McNeal
Credit Sedgwick County Correctional Facility

UPDATE 11-28-14

A date has been set for a benefit to help aid the children of Letitia "Tish" Davis. It will take place at Kirby's Beer Store on Sunday, December 7. The event will include a live auction, bands, food trucks and more.

UPDATE 11-26-14-

(AP)  A man accused of raping and setting a Kansas woman on fire at a Wichita park was charged Wednesday in the death of the mother of four.

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Crime and Courts
4:10 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

WSU Holds Safety Forum

Authorities talk to a full auditorium at WSU about on and off-campus safety.
Credit Abigail Wilson

Students, faculty and members of the Wichita community attended a safety forum held at Wichita State University on Tuesday. A panel of representatives from the Wichita and WSU Police Departments answered questions and provided on and off-campus safety information in response to an attack near campus last week. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

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4:14 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Wichita's Economy Lagging Behind Its Competitors

Jeremy Hill of Wichita State University's Center for Economic Development and Business Research gives his economic forecast for 2015.
Credit Abigail Wilson

The Century II Conference Hall hosted an economic outlook on Wednesday morning. Experts say Wichita’s economy is growing, but not as fast as it should.

For decades aviation was the main economic driver for Wichita.

“If there was some hope that aviation was going to accelerate again at some point, I think we should shred that hope,” says Jeremy Hill, director of Wichita State University’s Center for Economic Development and Business Research.

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3:01 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

WSU Receives Donation, Creates First Endowed Chair For Innovation Campus

An aerial rendering of Wichita State University's strategic plan, which includes over a dozen new buildings over the next 20 years.
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Wichita State University announced a significant donation on Thursday morning that will be used for their proposed Innovation Campus, a massive expansion that is slated to be built over Braeburn Golf Course.

The Sam and Rie Bloomfield Foundation’s gift of $2.5 million will help create the first endowed chair for Innovation Campus.

The Sam Bloomfield Chair in Innovation Engineering is meant to help technology grow in the local and regional economies.

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5:02 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

WSU Plane Crash Survivor Embarks On A Journey To Honor His Fallen Teammates

Rick Stephens sits in Cessna Stadium.
Abigail Wilson

On October 2, 1970, a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed in Colorado. The plane hit the side of a mountain and 31 people were killed. Rick Stephens, one of the survivors, rode his bike from Cessna Stadium on the WSU campus to the site of the crash to mark the 44th anniversary of the tragedy. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

Rick Stephens played right tackle for the Wichita State University football team. He was number 72. He was 22 years old and a six-foot-tw0, 220 pound senior.

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1:00 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

For Kansas Board Of Regents Institutions, General Education Is Key

Maria Blumhorst's English 101 course at Wichita State University.
Credit Sean Sandefur

Originally aired 9-12-14

Next week, the Kansas Board of Regents will examine the results of general education assessments, which evaluate communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills of current and former students throughout its system. This is the first time that state-supported universities, community colleges and technical schools have been required to provide these numbers to the board. This data has the potential to affect new state funding for these institutions.

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6:13 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Wichita State Plans Expansion Around Innovation

An overview of the plans for Innovation Campus
Wichita State University

Wichita State University outlined a plan on Friday to bring private companies onto campus for the sake of innovation. The presentation, which was held on campus, included designs for a number of new buildings. 

The fairways of Braeburn Golf Course on Wichita State’s campus will soon have a far different look. The links will be the site of Innovation Campus, a 20-year expansion that will include more than a dozen new buildings. 

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6:59 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Wichita State University's Shocker Hall Makes Its Debut

A dedication for Wichita State University's new dormitories, dubbed Shocker Hall.
Sean Sandefur

After over a year of construction, the new housing complex on the campus of Wichita State University has opened. A dedication was held Thursday afternoon.

Students, parents, faculty and staff shuffled through the new dorm rooms at Wichita State University in a sea of black and gold. Dubbed Shocker Hall, the five-story building will house 784 people, with apartments going for as much as $4,000 a semester.  

In a dedication outside, Wichita State President John Bardo said the building is a sign of things to come.

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