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USGS: 3.8 magnitude earthquake shakes Wichita early Wednesday

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – An earthquake measuring a 3.8 magnitude was felt across Wichita early Wednesday.

The earthquake was centered near 13th and Rock Road just after 5 a.m.

Wichita has experienced several recent earthquakes. Several occurred on Dec. 19. This was one of the strongest.


Wichita Wind Surge to be a Double-A affiliate for the Twins

Wichita WindsurgeThe Wichita Wind Surge has announced the baseball team has been invited to become the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.

2020 was supposed to mark Wichita's return to Triple-A baseball for the first time in 36 years, as an affiliate for the Miami Marlins. However, the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the entire minor league baseball season, after which, Major League Baseball took over the operations of Minor League Baseball. As the result of extensive reshuffling heading into 2021, many cities saw changes to their class levels and major league affiliations.

The Twins invited the St. Paul Saints (Triple-A), Wichita Wind Surge (Double-A), Cedar Rapids Kernels (High-A) and Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (Low-A) to be part of their new minor-league system.


Sedgwick County health officer extends mask order until October 21

Sedgwick CountyWICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Sedgwick County’s Local Health Officer Dr. Garold Minns has signed a new emergency public health order which took effect Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. This order will remain in place until at least midnight, Wednesday, October 21, 2020. This order will be effective once the current order expires. Minns will continue to review and monitor COVID-19 trends in the community and will consider lifting restrictions as trends move in a positive direction.

“I firmly believe that one main reason for the trends moving in the right direction is citizen compliance and wearing masks,” said Minns. “Thank you to residents for wearing a mask and to business owners for encouraging others to wear masks while in public.”


City of Wichita fights back against the Save Century II petition

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Almost three weeks after the City of Wichita was presented with a petition to “Save Century II,” the City has responded with legal action challenging the validity of the petition.

The Save Century II group delivered the petition with 17,000 signatures to Mayor Brandon Whipple on July 10.

Today, the City of Wichita filed a petition in the 18th Judicial District Court seeking declaratory judgment challenging the validity of the petition.

In a news release, the City says it supports the petition process and the right of citizens to express their opinion. But the City believes the petition is legally invalid and does not serve the citizens’ best interests.


These 15 Wichita ZIP codes have at least 100 cases of COVID-19. Five have 200-plus.

There are now 15 ZIP codes in Wichita with at least 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

A map from the Sedgwick County Health Department breaks down coronavirus testing and positive COVID-19 cases by ZIP code. The online ZIP code map’s data is updated on Mondays. It can be accessed online at


20-year-old patient among nine new deaths from COVID-19 in Kansas over the weekend

The death of a 20-year-old patient with COVID-19 was one of nine new deaths from the coronavirus disease reported over the weekend in Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s pandemic statistics showed 335 total deaths on Monday, which was an increase of nine from Friday’s report. The KDHE had previously reported the youngest patient to die was 29 years old. That changed on Monday with a 20-year-old listed.

The oldest patient die with COVID-19 as a cause of death or a significant condition contributing to death was 99 years old. The median age is 78.


Wichita mayor wants city to bolster COVID response after county ‘gutted’ health order

Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple said he’s exploring ways to strengthen the city’s coronavirus response after the Sedgwick County Commission “gutted” an order by its public health officer aimed at closing bars and nightclubs.

The County Commission’s amendments to the order do close some nightclubs and bikini bars, but the vast majority of Wichita’s most popular bars are exempt from the order and allowed to stay open.

Whipple said he wants the city to tighten restrictions on those businesses before the coronavirus outbreak gets completely out of control.