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Kansas African American Museum returns city land, postpones new building construction

Plans to build a new Kansas African American Museum are on hold.

Wichita runners not letting bombing memories keep them from this year’s Boston Marathon

Christal Pauls crossed the finish line of last year’s Boston Marathon about 15 minutes before the first bomb went off.

Wichita school on track to get storm shelter pending funds from FEMA

Another Wichita school will get a storm shelter by August if funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency come through as expected, district officials said.

Task force offers ideas on mental health care

A task force appointed by the governor released its recommendations for improving mental health care in Kansas on Tuesday.

Wichita’s public employee retirement plans in strong shape, consultant says

Wichita’s primary retirement plans for public employees are in unusually strong shape, a financial consultant told the City Council on Tuesday.

Wichita Passover service includes moment of silence for shooting victims

In the wake of an anti-Semitic attack that claimed three lives outside Jewish facilities in Overland Park, Rabbi Michael Davis used the Hebrew phrase “hamrot hakol” to describe Tuesday’s Passover gathering at his synagogue in Wichita.

Blubaugh sworn in as Wichita’s vice mayor

Jeff Blubaugh was sworn in Tuesday as Wichita’s new vice mayor.

Morrison bookcase brings piece of history back to Wichita State

Long ago, it was nicknamed the “Morrison Monster.”

Federal hate-crime charges, state charges likely in Overland Park shootings

Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., 73, of Aurora, Mo., could face state murder counts and federal hate-crime charges in the shootings that killed three people Sunday outside the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom in Overland Park. Meanwhile, friends and family are mourning Terri LaManno, the third victim of the rampage, who was visiting her mother at Village Shalom, an assisted living center.

Deep chill could hurt fruit trees, exposed vegetable plants, more

Monday night had the potential to set record lows in Kansas, with Wichita’s forecast of 26 degrees just 1 degree shy of the record low temperature for this date: 25, which happened in 1928.

Jobs, water source remain top priorities, Wichitans say

The message didn’t change Monday afternoon at CityArts: Wichitans want the city to grow, fueled by a stable water source and new jobs.

Wichita school board takes no action on proposed transfers of two Hyde Elementary teachers

Some parents with children at an east Wichita elementary school asked school board members Monday to stop the proposed transfer of two teachers from the school, saying the teachers are integral and shouldn’t be forced to leave.

Man arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing five girls

A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sexually molesting five girls – the oldest of whom is 8 – over a period spanning years, authorities said Monday.

City’s contributions for employee retirement programs to drop slightly after improved investment performance

City Hall will get a $1.4 million break next year on its annual contributions to two major city employee retirement programs.

Police: Father in jail after baby punched in face

A 36-year-old man is in jail after he reportedly punched his 1-year-old son in the face during a fight with his wife, police said Monday.

In Wichita, Brownback neither praises nor criticizes measure stripping K-12 teacher tenure rights

The most interesting part of Gov. Sam Brownback’s appearance at Wichita State University on Monday was the one thing he didn’t praise.

‘We are all mourning,’ Wichita rabbi says of fatal shootings in KC

Leaders in Wichita’s Jewish community said they were in mourning late Sunday following the news of three deaths in multiple shootings outside a Johnson County Jewish Community Center and a Jewish senior living facility.

Rain, hail sweep through Wichita area as temperatures fall

A cold front that marched through the Wichita area Sunday afternoon brought with it hail the size of pingpong balls and 60 mph winds.

Lawsuit argues pizza driver, his employer were negligent in doctor’s death

The wife and daughter of a well-known Wichita pediatrician struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while out for a late-night jog two years ago has sued the driver – who was reportedly delivering pizza at the time of the incident – and the delivery man’s employer.

Kansas court system furloughs not ruled out by bill

A committee studying court funding last year said that unless the Kansas Legislature comes up with more money, court employees could face 10 days of unpaid furlough in the upcoming year as the state’s judicial branch dealt with an $8.25 million budget shortfall.

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