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Updated Monday at 2:57 p.m.

The Wichita Police Department says an incident that injured three police officers over the weekend was not a planned attack.

Police were entering a vacant house in the 1400 block of South St. Francis on Saturday when a modified shotgun went off, injuring three officers. They were responding to reports of a break-in. At the time, it was unclear whether the shotgun had been booby trapped.

Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said Monday that it appears the gun went off accidentally. He said the loaded, sawed-off shotgun was wedged in the side pouch of a recliner with a knife, bat and other items when an officer likely bumped the chair, causing the gun to fire.

"The shotgun that was in that pouch was modified and had no trigger guard ... making it very dangerous and easy for that trigger to be pulled," Ramsay said. "And at this point in the investigation we do not believe that this was a trap, ambush or type of attack aimed at police ofifcers or any intruders, for that matter."

He said an investigation is ongoing. A man and a woman who had been illegally squatting at the residence were arrested Sunday and face several charges each, including burglary, theft, discharge of a firearm, and criminal possession of a firearm.

A spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which is assisting the WPD with the investigation, says the couple may face additional federal firearms charges.

Original story:

Local and federal authorities continue to investigate a shooting that injured three Wichita police officers.

March 19 will mark one year since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Sedgwick County.

We’re working on a special episode of The Range all about the pandemic year, and we want to hear your stories. Tell us: How has your life changed since March 19, 2020? What have you lost, or gained? What have you learned?

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As the COVID-19 infection rate falls to its lowest in months, Sedgwick County is beginning to ease some health restrictions.

The Range | Feb. 26, 2021

Feb 26, 2021
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Wichita State men’s basketball coach Isaac Brown continues to draw more attention as he leads the Shockers to more victories — including last week’s win over highly ranked Houston.

This week on The Range, we get to know Wichita State’s first Black head basketball coach.


The Wichita State University men's basketball team has been on a winning streak, including last week's game against highly ranked Houston.

And as the Shockers rack up more victories, it's bringing more attention to Isaac Brown. He was named head basketball coach on Friday after holding the title on an interm basis since the fall. Brown is the first African American to be at the helm of the men's basketball program in WSU history, and the first to lead a Division I men's basketball program in Kansas.

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A California company that specializes in cybersecurity technology plans to open an office in Wichita.

Novacoast expects to immediately hire 60 people for its Security Operations Center, which will be located in the Epic Center downtown. It hopes the office will be open in three to four months. Employment could eventually increase to 100 people.

Officials with the Greater Wichita Partnership made the announcement Thursday. They have made growing the region’s IT industry a priority.

Photo studios were busy places in Leavenworth, Kansas, in the late 1870s. Thousands of everyday people flocked to have their pictures taken.

Today, some of those pictures have re-emerged — and they tell a story of an African-American community that took root in the town as Black families migrated to escape the Jim Crow south.

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Spirit AeroSystems has ended what company officials have called a challenging year.

The company issued its final 2020 financial report on Tuesday and it was grim: Spirit lost nearly $900 million last year because of the pandemic and the grounding of Boeing’s 737 Max. That compares to a profit of more than $500 million in 2019.

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WICHITA, Kansas — Last February, the city of Cheney, Kansas – located just west of Wichita – paid about $2 per thousand cubic feet, or unit, of natural gas on the wholesale market.

But last week, during the height of the winter storm, it was paying more than $600 per unit.

“We didn’t have the option to just say, ‘We don’t want gas for our community,’” said Cheney City Administrator Danielle Young.  “We just had to take the price we were given to make sure our residents were staying warm.”

WSU Professor Champions Legislation Ensuring Kansas Hospitals Have Qualified Interpreters

Feb 22, 2021
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When Veronica Mireles’ son complained he was in severe abdominal pain, she rushed him to a Wichita emergency room. No interpreter was provided for the Spanish-speaking family, and the teenager was told he may have contracted a sexually transmitted disease. His doctor sent him home.