Kaylie McLaughlin, The Wichita Eagle

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Past articles by Kaylie:

Fewer fireworks citations issued this year; complaints dip slightly

It’s too soon to have data analyzed from this Fourth of July, Fire Marshal Stuart Bevis said, but only 58 tickets were issued for illegal fireworks this year. More than 1,100 complaints were called in from Wichita alone. → Read More

Former drag racer brings free, life-saving driving class for teens to Wichita

In 2008, Doug Herbert lost his two sons in a car accident. In the aftermath, he started teaching his sons’ friends defensive driving techniques. Ten years later, he’s teaching as many teenagers as he can to prevent other parents from getting the same devastating phone call. → Read More

Preliminary reports indicate fewer injuries from fireworks this year

Across the board, spokespeople from Wesley Healthcare and Ascension Via Christi said there were fewer injuries reported this Fourth of July than last year. In the week leading up to the Fourth of July, Wesley saw just one fireworks injury. → Read More

Fourth of July can be scary for furry friends. Here’s how to keep them safe.

Be sure to keep your furry friends indoors during the evening when fireworks are going off. Just in case your pet does run off, make sure their microchip is up to date and that they are wearing a collar. If they do go missing, check with the Wichita Animal Shelter. → Read More

It’s back to the drawing board after new Wichita rules fizzle in illegal firework enforcement

Under the new enforcement plan last year, Wichita saw more fireworks related complaints and injuries as well as aggression toward officials. This year, new changes are being rolled out that include adding more cops. → Read More

Planning your own Fourth of July celebration? Here’s what you need to know.

Special enforcement patrols will begin rotations on July 1 and will go through July 7. Concerned citizens are encouraged to call the nonemergency hotline to report illegal use of fireworks in their area. People setting off legal fireworks are limited to designated time frames. → Read More

‘Small, but powerful’: All-Indian Center exhibit highlights cultural misappropriation

Barbie dolls and sports memorabilia are just a few of the items on display in the Mid-America All-Indian Center’s small exhibit about cultural misappropriation. → Read More

Two historically black colleges will go head to head in fall exhibition game at Wichita North

Langston University and Lincoln University will play an exhibition match in November to raise awareness for historically black colleges in the Midwest and raise funds for scholarships. On Nov. 2, there will be a gala and on Nov. 3, there will be a basketball game. → Read More

Wichita Public Library works to bring in a new generation of readers with short story machines

Through a pilot program from the Knight Foundation and the french company Short Editions, Wichita Public Library has three short story machines around town. The program focuses on promoting literacy and short-form literature. → Read More

New program at All Saints mixes faith and martial arts

Brothers Mark and Greg Gideon and assistant Carlos Beltran used faith and martial arts to teach nearly 100 students at All Saints Catholic School about life using five pillars to guide their development. Now, the program is stretching to other schools. → Read More

‘Sorting Out Race’: Traveling exhibit features thrift store finds that reinforce stereotypes

A traveling exhibit at the Kansas African American Museum made up of thrift store donations implores people to think about how some older items relate to racial stereotypes. → Read More

Local man reels in state-record-breaking fish at Cheney Reservoir

Trey Patterson was fishing for wiper fish when he caught what turned out to be a record-breaking bigmouth buffalo fish at the Cheney Reservoir in south-central Kansas over the weekend. It was 66 pounds. → Read More

‘It’s a marathon’: Caleb Tobias continues treatment for injuries from Clearwater crash

In a crash near Clearwater, KS, 9 people were injured, but one child in the accident, Caleb Tobias, has a long road to recovery before him. After eight surgeries, he has moved to a rehab facility in Nebraska. → Read More

Kansas Department of Agriculture reports infected plants were sold in Kansas, must be destroyed

Some plants sold by Walmart and one Kansas Home Depot could be hosts of Phytophthora ramorum. To prevent spread of the pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death in rhododendron, hosts and potential hosts purchased between April and June must be destroyed. → Read More