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Number of homeless children in Wichita schools growing

With four months to go in the school year, educators and staff members have identified 2,182 homeless children in Wichita schools, surpassing the 2,149 they found all of last school year, a district official said.

Lessons from Tuskegee Airman launch MLK Day parade

Before they went out to march in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade Saturday morning, they first listened to George Boyd.

City Council approves $9 million for sewer system work

Wichita City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday for almost $9 million in work on the city’s sewer system, the first step after the state fined the city $700,000 last year for a sewage release last year that killed 850 fish because of equipment failure and employee error.

City recreation department to offer Bokwa, a new dance fitness class

A new dance fitness class in the mold of Zumba will hit Wichita this winter — part of the city of Wichita’s recreation classes that start Jan. 21, along with beekeeping, the art of baking and Spanish in the workplace.

Couple still going strong after 70 years of marriage

Vira Paschal’s eyes brightened when she spotted her husband, Irving, sitting in a wheelchair across the dining hall. Aided by a walker, she moved with quickness to take a seat by his side.

Peterjohn: Countywide sales tax could reduce burden for property owners

Replacing Sedgwick County’s portion of property taxes with a sales tax would help market the area, a county commissioner said Wednesday.

City Council approves 5-year agreement with Greater Wichita Economic Development Council

The Wichita City Council signed on for another five years with the Greater Wichita Economic Development Council on Tuesday, praising the group’s job creation and retention efforts.

Kansas sees record number of concealed-carry applications in 2013

Kansas’ huge increase in applications for concealed-carry gun permits in 2013 will surge significantly again if talk from Washington about restrictions resumes, a state gun advocate said Monday.

Red Cross: Need for blood donations higher during winter

Keeping blood donations on the shelves is important all year round, said Cari Merrill, a spokeswoman for American Red Cross in Wichita.

Wichitans respond to city leaders’ call for community input

Wichitans have answered City Hall’s call for help shaping the future, city officials said.

Experts expect gas prices to drop at the pump in 2014

Gasoline prices in Kansas were down in 2013 when compared with 2012 figures, and AAA officials are predicting they will continue to drop in 2014.

Man’s death under bridge shows challenges of homeless outreach

More than 600 homeless people live in Wichita.

Session on new standards will be at Mayberry Middle School

Parents, teachers or community members wanting to learn more about the Kansas College and Career Ready Standards are urged to attend an informational session at Mayberry Middle School in Wichita.

Wichita bus plan would replace diesel fuel with natural gas

Wichita’s bus system could be powered by natural gas instead of diesel fuel next year, if the City Council agrees.

Volunteers needed to help in annual Christmas Bird Count at Cheyenne Bottoms

Volunteers are needed for the Christmas Bird Count at Cheyenne Bottoms near Great Bend.

Man identified in fatal crash near K-42, West Street

A 52-year-old Wichita man died Tuesday when his Jeep SUV was crushed by a semitrailer truck pulling a double trailer at the intersection of K-42 and West Street in southwest Wichita.

Woman hurt in collision involving school bus

A woman was injured Tuesday afternoon when a school bus carrying nine students collided with a vehicle on 45th Street North next to Stucky Middle School, authorities said.

‘Battle of the Badges’ blood drive begins Thursday

The annual Battle of the Badges blood drive begins Thursday and extends through the holiday season.

Guns, casings, shirt were found in Valley Center-area shooting

In a November shooting that killed a Valley Center-area woman and injured her husband, investigators gathered cartridge casings and guns “related to the incident,” a court document says.

Police: Thieves stealing catalytic converters from cars at mall lots

Thieves are targeting catalytic converters on vehicles in large parking lots, police said Tuesday.

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