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Survey aims to help Sedgwick County voters judge the judges

For 12 years, Wichita city assistant attorney and judicial candidate Mike Hoelscher has practiced law in Sedgwick County. He says he has tried to treat everyone with courtesy and respect, “even when our positions were adverse to each other.”

DEA official: Drug seized after triple fatality likely not LSD

It will be weeks before investigators might know the drug that 16-year-old Dominic Stolfi allegedly ingested before driving the wrong way on K-254 and colliding with another car early last Sunday, Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet says.

Air House academy helps budding musicians on path to self-expression

Less than four years after a-then-14-year-old Will Erickson agreed to follow his drum teacher to Air House music academy, he recorded an album in Air House’s studio with an engineer who helped craft albums by Bob Dylan and Guns N’ Roses.

Pieces of history: Alliance works to preserve Wichita’s heritage (VIDEO)

Some of the artifacts from Wichita’s most treasured past sit in warehouses across the city.

In modern-day Kansas, cowboys practice an ancient art (VIDEO)

Meet the modern-day wrangler: Cowboys and cowgirls commenced a roundup at the first break of light one day this week in the Flint Hills.

2014 Riverfest sees rise in attendees, button sales

This year’s Riverfest saw more sponsorship, more attendees and more button sales.

NetApp finds ‘secret source’ of IT talent in Wichita

Joel Reich says he knows what the future looks like, at least in part.

What the undoing of Oklahoma’s gay marriage ban could mean for Kansas

A federal appeals court ruled against Oklahoma’s state ban on same-sex marriage Friday, but same-sex couples can’t get married in the state until an appeal is heard. Kansas is under jurisdiction of the 10th Circuit Court, meaning its decisions eventually could invalidate Kansas’ constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage.

Americans for Prosperity mailer part of smear campaign, says Kansas GOP legislator seeking re-election

It’s primary season. And that means Kansans can expect to receive political postcards warning them of their lawmakers’ misdeeds, paid for by various interest groups.

Pat Roberts drawing on decades of experience

Sen. Pat Roberts sits in a Lenexa fast-food restaurant, spooning ice cream from a cup.

Milton Wolf says he’s ‘a doctor, not a politician’

Milton Wolf reminds voters, without fail, that he’s new to politics.

Summer about to elbow autumn to the sidelines

It couldn’t last forever. After several days that felt more like autumn than the middle of July, summer’s heat is about to settle over Wichita and much of the region, forecasters say.

“Next week’s going to be hot,” said Jerilyn Billings Wright, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita.

Witness: Valley Center-area couple killed for ‘will money’ and ‘hatred’ (file VIDEOS)

Anthony Bluml resented his adoptive parents for kicking him out of their house for smoking marijuana, just after he graduated from Valley Center High School. He had to work two jobs to scrape by, while the Blumls gave his younger brother Chris “anything he wanted.”

Ukraine: Pro-Russia rebels downed Malaysian plane

Ukraine accused pro-Russian separatists of shooting down a Malaysian jetliner with 298 people aboard, sharply escalating the crisis and threatening to draw both East and West deeper into the conflict. The rebels denied downing the aircraft.

Wichita’s water challenges, proposed sales tax discussed at forum

City officials on Thursday discussed a proposed sales tax that would largely fund a new $250 million water source.

Wichita outreach workers’ bus rides reveal their clients’ struggle

Dung Kimble didn’t mind Thursday’s light rain. She said it helped Stepstone’s staff, who provide transition housing for women who are recent victims of domestic abuse, understand what their clients go through when they wait at uncovered bus stops during summer heat or winter snow for buses that come only every hour. Many of the women at Stepstone, a service of Dear Neighbor Ministries, are single mothers who don’t own vehicles.

KDHE identifies two possible measles exposure points at softball tournament, restaurant

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment on Thursday identified two more potential measles exposure points in Wichita that occurred earlier this month, according to news releases.

Wichita State to charge separate fee for student parking, require hang tags

Students at Wichita State University wanting to park close to classes will have to pay a separate fee for parking beginning Aug. 11, university officials say.

Republican who voted against school bill doesn’t receive KNEA endorsement due to missing questionnaire, union president says

If you want an endorsement from teachers, you better make sure to turn in your homework.

12.6 percent of Kansans uninsured in 2012, report finds

The Topeka-based Kansas Health Institute recently released its annual insurance report that looks at health coverage throughout the state and historical trends to show the impact of the Affordable Care Act, according to a news release.

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