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‘Stay safe and alive’: How Wichitans are helping their unhoused neighbors this winter

Last February, a historic cold snap shocked Wichita, plunging temperatures below zero and forcing people inside — including those without homes. As winter again tugs temperatures down and whips wind gusts up, advocates and nonprofits serving the unsheltered are working to protect them. In the shadow of St. John’s Episcopal Church on Topeka Street in…

A child in crisis died in juvenile custody. How can Wichita prevent it from happening again?

Update: Sedgwick County corrections employees involved in the death of Cedric “C.J.” Lofton won’t face criminal charges, District Attorney Marc Bennett said during a press conference on Jan. 18, 2022. Lofton, 17, died after becoming unresponsive as Department of Corrections staff restrained him face-down for over 30 minutes. An autopsy ruled Lofton’s death a homicide.…

White lines were painted on sidewalks in downtown Wichita to address encampments of unsheltered people.

After hundreds of 911 calls, police and advocates for people without shelter struggle to address a downtown crisis

The corner of Second and Topeka streets in downtown Wichita recently received an onslaught of attention regarding its unsheltered residents.  On Oct. 5, the city’s Public Works & Utilities department painted white lines around United Methodist Open Door, a social services organization, and nearby buildings to disperse encampments and respond to an increase in violence…

How to cast your ballot in Wichita school board, city council races

Voters are already trickling into the Sedgwick County Election Office to cast their ballots. Early voting runs through Nov. 1 and Election Day is Nov. 2.  Ready to exercise your right to vote? Here’s a nonpartisan guide to make it as easy as possible. I’m an in-person voter in Sedgwick County. What do I need?…

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