Wichita State University

Sean Sandefur

The Fairmount neighborhood sits at the south end of Wichita State University’s campus and has the distinction of being the birthplace of the school. But despite the neighborhood’s long and significant history, it has more recently been defined by its crime. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports on how a renewed bond between Fairmount and Wichita State could help the community thrive once again.

Carla Eckels

This piece originally aired Aug. 12, 2015, during All Things Considered.

A new convenience store and Valero gas station is set to open soon near the canal route in northeast Wichita.

The economically challenged neighborhood has been without these services for over a decade. The owner plans to create about 20 new jobs.

Aileen LeBlanc

Two people have been arrested on charges of first-degree murder in connection with the killing of a Wichita State student on the university’s campus this weekend.

'Makin Hay' Sculpture Lands At Wichita State Campus

Aug 9, 2015
Sean Sandefur

Over the weekend, artists installed huge sculptures created by Tom Otterness on the campus of Wichita State University. 

Michael Cannon, flickr Creative Commons

A group pushing for elimination of the sales tax on groceries in Kansas is touting a new study.

The Wichita State University study shows that even before it was raised last month from 6.15 percent to 6.5 percent, the statewide sales tax was costing rural grocers an average of about $18,000 a year in lost sales.

The study was paid for by KC Healthy Kids, a nonprofit organization pushing to make Kansas the 37th state to eliminate its sales tax on groceries.


Fran Jabara, a well known businessman and leader in the world of entrepreneurship, passed away Saturday. Jabara was a former WSU Professor and founded the university's Center for Entrepreneurship.

Abigail Wilson

The Kansas Health Foundation has awarded two Wichita State University groups a grant of $250,000. The funds are part of a program that aims to help Kansas residents develop plans to improve their communities. 

The grant will be used by the Shocker Neighborhood Coalition to improve safety and quality of life in neighborhoods surrounding Wichita State. The Fairmount neighborhood, an area south of campus with historical significance to the university, is first on the list.

Jeff Tuttle / Wichita State University

Wichita State’s Ron Baker was named Sunday to the U.S. basketball team that will compete later this month in the Pan American Games in Toronto. His Shocker teammate Fred VanVleet did not make the final cut.

The official roster for the team was announced Sunday after the 16 finalists’ last practice at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Baker and VanVleet, both seniors at Wichita State, were among 16 who advanced before the final cut was made Sunday.

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Wichita State University is getting more than $1 million from the U.S. Commerce Department for its Innovation Campus.

The Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration announced the grant in a release Monday. The grant is designated for the Innovation Campus's first building, the Experiential Engineering Building. Roads and water infrastructure will be upgraded in support of the building on the WSU campus.


Updated June 23, 2015, at 2:40 p.m.

The chancellor of the University of Kansas is joining the presidents of four other state universities in giving up her annual pay increase.

KU spokeswoman Erinn Barcomb-Peterson says Chancellor Bernadette Gray Little has regularly made gifts to the university in excess of her annual salary increase and plans to do the same again this year.