Spring Storms Can Mean Treacherous Roads

 Kansas spring rain showers and frequent heavy downpours, like we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks, can result in treacherous driving conditions. Nearly 1 million traffic crashes occur each year on wet pavement with more than 350,000 persons injured and nearly 4,500 killed nationwide, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. AAA Kansas reminds drivers to brush up on their wet-weather driving techniques to avoid dangerous situations. “It’s very easy for drivers to lose control of their vehicles during rainy conditions,” says AAA Kansas spokesman Shawn Steward. “Roadways are the most dangerous during the first 10 minutes of a heavy downpour as existing oil and debris first rise to the road’s surface, then wash away. Knowing...

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Dodge City Brewing Supports Veterans’ Art Therapy Project

When Paula Sellens was elected American Legion Auxiliary District Eight President in 2016, she was charged with developing a President’s Project to benefit veterans. She launched an art therapy program for veterans at Ft. Dodge Soldier’s Home for her project. She obtained funding from an art auction the first year, then received two grants from the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas to keep pace with the growing popularity of the project. The initiative received continued support with additional funding from American Legion Department Commander Dan Wiley and the Dodge City Chapter of the Retired Teachers Association. Sellens also received a grant from The American Legion Auxiliary Foundation to purchase additional art equipment. The art therapy program continues to gain recognition...

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FIVE EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN WILL BE HONORED IN NEW YORK AT THE T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION 7th ANNUAL WOMEN OF INFLUENCE AWARDS

Annual Awards Recognizes Powerful Women Leadership The T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer Research has announced the 2019 Women of Influence Awards which will be held Friday, May 10, 2019 at The Plaza Hotel, Grand Ballroom located at 768 5th Avenue in New York.  The reception will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a luncheon and awards to follow from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. The awards celebration will honor five outstanding women who have achieved tremendous goals in business and inspire other women around the globe to live their dreams while balancing work, family, home and health. The 2019 Women of Influence honorees include Tracey Jordan, Vice-President, Board of Governors,  New York Chapter of the National Recording Academy and Senior Director, Talent...

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Two Wichita Teens Earn Girl Scouts’ Highest Honor, the Gold Award

Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland will honor two new Gold Award Girl Scouts, Alicia Thurston and Caitlyn V. of Wichita, Kan., for creating sustainable projects to benefit their communities. At the council’s Recognition Breakfast and Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 30, the two Wichita Gold Award Girl Scouts and another from Osborne, Kan. will be celebrated by fellow Girl Scouts, volunteers and alumnae. Earning the Gold Award is one of the most challenging, exciting and rewarding experiences a Girl Scout can have and one of the most prestigious recognitions she’ll accomplish. The Girl Scout Gold Award stands as the highest achievement a Girl Scout can earn, comparable to the Eagle Scout rank in Boy Scouts. The award recognizes girls in...

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Sen. Moran: The Green New Deal is Damaging and Irresponsible

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) released the following statement after voting against the Green New Deal, sweeping environmental legislation that would upend nearly every sector of the Kansas and American economy: “The Green New Deal is an irresponsible proposal that fails to recognize the significant advancements and efforts being made by Kansas farmers and ranchers to protect our soil, air and water. How we do things matters, and while we must continue working to conserve our environment, we ought to do so in a commonsense manner. Besides costing trillions of dollars, proposals contained in the Green New Deal would raise energy prices for Kansas families, harm small businesses and manufacturers and cost our state jobs. “This ‘Deal’ is a divisive...

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Free Community Screening

KPTS is offering a free community screening of an all new version of Les Mis next Tuesday night, April 2 at Roxy’s in Wichita’s Old Town. There’s no price to enter, you can purchase food and drinks if you like. Doors open at 6 p.m., ½ price drinks from 6 to 6:30 p.m. and the film starts at 7:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite Les Mis character!

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Kansas Girl Scout To Be Honored For Receiving National Recognition

Middle school student earns national attention for disaster relief fundraising efforts Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Junior, Riley Padget-Cook, was named one of Kansas’ top two youth volunteers of 2019 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and will be honored at the council’s Recognition Breakfast and Annual Meeting on Saturday, March 30. This award celebrates young individuals for outstanding acts of volunteerism. As a State Honoree, Riley will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and a trip to Washington D.C. to be recognized with top honorees from each state. In 2017, Riley’s attention was drawn to the families affected by Hurricane Irma when her grandfather traveled to Florida in order to assist in restoring electricity. She decided to take...

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KBI investigating shooting in Montgomery County

UPDATE: KBI investigating shooting in Montgomery County MONTGOMERY COUNTY – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) has identified the man suspected of shooting a coworker, and then fatally shooting himself, at the G&W Foods grocery store on Monday afternoon, in Cherryvale, Kan. The suspected shooter has been identified as 28-year-old Jamal Brown of Independence. The 39-year-old man shot by Brown was also from Independence. He remains hospitalized in Joplin, Mo., and his condition was upgraded to “fair.” Nothing further will be released at this time. MONTGOMERY COUNTY – The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) is assisting the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Cherryvale Police Department with an investigation into a shooting that occurred Monday afternoon at a grocery store...

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AAA: Nearly 100 Million Americans Will Embark on Family Vacations this Year

WICHITA, Kan. – March 21, 2019 – From coast to coast, families are gearing up for another year of exciting travel adventures with their loved ones. According to a recent AAA Travel survey, nearly 100 million Americans – 4 in 10 U.S. adults – are planning to take a family vacation in 2019, slightly more than last year. Spring and summer road trips will top many of these families’ vacation plans. Two-thirds of all family travelers (68 percent) will embark on a summer getaway, while just under half (45 percent) are making plans to travel as a family this spring. Regardless of the season, the great American road trip remains a major draw for these families; about half of traveling...

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Be a lifesaver: Give blood with the Red Cross this spring

Eligible blood donors of all blood types – especially type O – are urged to give blood through the American Red Cross now to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients this spring. By giving blood, donors may be helping someone like 5-year-old Emery Twehues, who was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia last spring. During her intense cancer treatments, Emery has needed both blood and platelets. Cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma, and certain types of chemotherapy drugs and radiation can damage the bone marrow, where red blood cells and platelets are produced. “Emery would not be able to recover from chemotherapy without lifesaving transfusions,” said her mom, Morgan Twehues. “Every time they hang a bag of platelets or...

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