Andrew Linnabary

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Andrew is an intern at KMUW’s News Lab. He is a senior at Wichita State University studying journalism. When not writing, he enjoys listening to hip-hop, exploring Kansas, making music and diving deep into the internet.

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Following a murder-suicide this weekend in Derby, the Wichita Family Crisis Center is calling for strengthened support in eliminating domestic violence in the community.

Domestic violence is prevalent in Kansas, according to the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. Nearly 13 percent of homicides in Kansas in 2016 were related to domestic violence.

And it appears to be increasing: The Crisis Center said it has had a growing number of requests for help.

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Plans for Bike Share ICT to more than double in size should be complete in the coming weeks.

Two dozen bike stations and 100 new bikes will debut this fall at locations around the city, including Wichita State University, the Sedgwick County Zoo and the Great Plains Nature Center, the city announced.

The bike share program is a collaboration between the city and numerous community partners. To use a bike, riders download the Bike Share ICT app and choose their rental plan. Each bike has a unique number that when entered opens the bike’s lockbox.

Wichita Ice Center

Wichita’s only ice-skating rink is set to reopen Saturday.

The Wichita Ice Center, owned by the city and managed by Genesis Health Clubs, has been without ice since July 25 when a pipe in its cooling system ruptured.

“Imagine that in your fridge or freezer at home, something breaks and you can’t keep anything cold,” general manager Rob Boyle said. “That’s essentially what it was for us.”

Saturday’s reopening begins at 9 a.m. with the start of the Wichita Thunder’s training camp. A free lunch begins at 11:30 a.m.

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The Senior Expo, a trade show for senior citizens, is set for Thursday.

The event offers seniors and caregivers health and wellness information, access to health screenings and more. Any adult 55 or older is invited to the free event.

The various health resources are spread across three locations — Botanica, the Wichita Art Museum and the new Advanced Learning Library. Free transportation between the three locations will be provided. Each location will include about 40 vendors.

Wichita Parks and Recreation

The big block party known as Open Streets ICT is back for its second go-round Sunday.

The event closes a four-mile stretch of Douglas Avenue to traffic, opening the street to biking, walking, dancing, food and more.

Open Streets ICT stretches from Bluff Street in College Hill to Glen Street in Delano. Wichitans are invited to stop at Douglas Avenue businesses, restaurants, food truck vendors and activity hubs along the way.

Matthew Martinez with Wichita Parks and Recreation, the event sponsor, said he hopes for an even larger turnout than last year.

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Safe Streets Wichita will receive a $125,000 grant annually for the next five years to prevent illegal drug use in Wichita.

More than 72,000 people died last year in the United States due to substance abuse. Safe Streets’ goal is to prevent or reduce that type of abuse.

That’s done by heightening awareness of the problem and other methods — for example, putting prescription drug disposal lockboxes at secure locations and coaching at-risk youth to live positive lifestyles, said Danielle Ramirez of Safe Streets.

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The City of Wichita and Wichita State University’s Diversity and Community Engagement office will host the Taking Action on Violence community meeting Thursday.

The event will allow the community to discuss concerns and solutions related to violent crime, says City Council member Brandon Johnson. Wichita has had 37 homicides so far this year.

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Frontier Airlines’ service between Wichita and Denver officially begins Thursday.

Flights from Wichita’s Eisenhower National Airport will be offered Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Flights will depart Wichita at 6 p.m.; flights will depart Denver at 2:40 p.m.

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Wichita State University’s Foundation had a record fundraising year.

The WSU Foundation’s fiscal 2018 total was $66.6 million, $10 million more than the previous record. The total includes cash gifts, gifts-in-kind, pledges and new planned gifts. The foundation raises private funds to advance the university.

“This extraordinary generosity from alumni, businesses and other supporters demonstrates their commitment to Wichita State’s mission and their excitement about our future,” Elizabeth King, the foundation's president and CEO, said in a statement.