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The future of the Sedgwick County Zoo's two elephants, Stephanie and Cinda , will be decided this week by five elected officials when they vote whether to spend $5.3 million of taxpayers' money to support an expanded exhibit for the biggest land animals roaming the Earth. If a majority of the Sedgwick County commissioners approves the spending, the South African elephants will stay and be joined by others.
Four male Goddard High School students are in custody Friday night, accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a teenage girl. They were arrested Thursday, Sept.
Evan Olson's teachers on Tuesday were two huge lions from sub-Saharan Africa, perched atop a rock, surveying their habitat. "I haven't seen the other ones do that," said Olson, 17, a Wichita junior, writing in his notebook.
City Manager Robert Layton is the highest-paid employee at the city of Wichita, with a 2014 salary of $207,867.
The lack of a completed autopsy report led last week to dismissal of a murder charge in the March 30 death of an 18-month-old El Dorado girl. But the situation appears to be temporary.
Esau Freeman, president and co-founder of Kansas for Change, is leading the initiative and has been in talks with city officials about the wording of the petition. "Most of the confusion in the beginning was perhaps a lack of knowledge of how hard it is for citizens to make a change in this state," Freeman said.
Federal gun probe involves three former Bel Aire cops By Matt Heilman Last Updated: September 11, 2014 Submachine guns a separate issue Three former members of the Bel Aire Police Department are the subjects of a joint local and federal investigation concerning possible illegal weapons sales, Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter said on Sept. 5. Easter confirmed his department is involved in the investigation with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which is leading the investigation.
The immense golden-yellow mound at the east-side Farmers Co-op elevator fills a shed the size of a football field to a height of 40 feet, perhaps a third full. The Kansas corn harvest is more than two weeks old and it's clear that the farmers of southern Harvey and northern Sedgwick counties will have no trouble filling the building to its 1.4 million bushel capacity.
More elephants could be headed to the Sedgwick County Zoo by 2016, leaders said Monday, with the ultimate goal of having elephant babies on exhibit someday. The zoo hopes to kick off a capital campaign soon to raise $10 million to $12 million for an expanded elephant exhibit.
The suicide rate last year was 14.1 per 100,000 Sedgwick County residents, according to a report shared with commissioners. More than 60 percent of suicides were committed by gunshot, the report said.
The shooting was reported at about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday in the 2000 block of North Minnesota, a Sedgwick County dispatcher said. That's just southeast of 21st and I-135.
Ten groups that had expressed interest in leasing the Judge Riddel Boys Ranch told Sedgwick County "thanks, but no thanks" Wednesday.
State officials are investigating the death of a 4-month-old girl at a foster home in a Wichita suburb.
Investigators think a shooting that wounded a 27-year-old woman outside Jezebel's nightclub was gang-related, a Sedgwick County sheriff's official said Wednesday.
Updated: Sun Sep 14, 2014 06:46 am
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