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The city of Hutchinson is set to become a test site for new technology that’s designed to improve public safety and city operations.

AT&T selected Hutchinson to try out its new Smart City program beginning this summer. The company will provide and install sensors, cameras and communication technology at no cost to the city.

Hutchinson Police Chief Jeff Hooper presented the proposal to city leaders at a council meeting last Tuesday.

Listeners might not recognize Kerri Rawson by name until they hear the title of her book: A Serial Killer’s Daughter. KMUW’s Tom Shine and Beth Golay recently spoke with Rawson about her journey since learning her father was the BTK serial killer.  

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The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says it is investigating reports of sexual abuse by clergy in the state’s four Catholic dioceses.

Wichita To Install System That Detects Gunshots

Dec 7, 2018
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Wichita will launch a Gunshot Detection System next week, which can locate where gunfire occurs.

Acoustic sensors will be installed in unspecified locations across the city. Their locations were determined by crime data collected over the past three years and requests from residents.

Nearly six months after ordering a cult leader and his group to pay almost $8 million in damages to a woman they’d effectively enslaved for 10 years, a federal judge has ordered the cult leader's arrest.

Royall Jenkins was the founder and leader of The Value Creators Inc., formerly known as The United Nation of Islam. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree issued a bench warrant for his arrest after finding that Jenkins had ignored numerous court orders.

Attorneys alleging their meetings and phone calls with clients at the Leavenworth Detention Center were unlawfully recorded can move forward with a class-action lawsuit, a federal judge ruled last week.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Bough found that a class action was the best way to proceed because “(i)t would be judicially uneconomical for the Court to entertain hundreds if not thousands of individualized claims” over the same issue.

Kansas could end up handing out fewer felonies — and more misdemeanors —  for certain property crimes.

That could mean sending fewer people to state prison, though some might end up in county jail instead.

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Sedgwick County Commissioner and former state legislator Michael O’Donnell pleaded not guilty Tuesday in federal court to charges of wire fraud and money laundering.

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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.

In 2015, a woman donned a clown mask and slipped into a Dollar General Store in Wichita just before closing time.

In the final moments of the robbery that eventually got her three years in prison, she did something that could complicate her life for many more years to come.

She flashed a stun gun, stuffed the $3,400 in her coveralls and fled.

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