Fort Leavenworth

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Fort Leavenworth isn't just a military base with a lot of historic architecture. It's also a place where you can find one of Kansas' oldest trees.

Just east of the airfield there is a 200-acre stretch of land on a flood plain that's become an accidental wildlife refuge. It's the largest stretch of contiguous forest along the lower Missouri River.

Last month, at Milan Fashion Week, the models at the Missoni show walked the runway under a colorful fabric canopy that was created by a Blue Springs native. We chat with artist Rachel Hayes about her fabric sculptures.

How do Kansas Citians remember the Vietnam War? Two veterans and a conscientious objector look back. Have our memories of Vietnam shaped our responses to more recent conflicts?

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For years, Col. Doug Tystad (retired) regarded the little bronze statue as a cowboy. He’d walked by it countless times on his trips up and down the halls of the Command and General Staff College in Leavenworth, where he’s the CEO of CGSC Foundation.

Then one day he paused to look at the figure.

In one of his last moves in office, President Obama has commuted the 35-year prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the Army private who leaked a massive trove of military secrets to WikiLeaks.

The former intelligence analyst's prison sentence has been shortened to expire on May 17, 2017, according to a statement from the White House.

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Earlier this month, a hacker published U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver’s personal cell phone number and home address, spurring an onslaught of racist phone calls and e-mails directed at the Missouri politician.

“With the good sometimes comes ugly and to be sure, the internet offers people an opportunity to do anonymous ugly things,” Cleaver told host Steve Kraske on KCUR's Up To Date

He says it’s not the first time his personal information has been shared. 

When it comes to our war on terrorism, boots on the ground and bombers in the air are only part of the struggle. What we know about the culture behind ISIS and how the United States portrays itself to the world makes for a different kind of weapon.

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If President Obama closes the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, the suspected terrorists who are housed there might be transferred to the military prison at Fort Leavenworth. Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has spoken out against that idea. Thursday, he brought that message to Leavenworth and heard from the people who would be most directly affected: local residents.

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A major reduction in military force will have a small impact on two Kansas bases.

Though the U.S. Department of Defense is expected to cut some 40,000 positions, only 675 will be at Fort Leavenworth and Fort Riley.

John Armbrust with the Governor’s Military Council says although Fort Riley is losing 615 soldiers, or roughly 3 percent of the uniformed force, it shouldn’t have a noticeable economic impact in either Manhattan or Junction City.

Kansas officials have lobbied to keep troop levels steady at Fort Riley.

Private Bradley Manning, who was convicted of one of the largest security breaches in U.S. history, has been moved to the Army’s maximum security prison at Fort Leavenworth.   But, Manning wants to serve the time as a woman.

Manning has issued a statement, saying he'd like to be called Chelsea, and start hormone therapy, because he identifies as a female.  Jeff Wingo, a spokesman at Fort Leavenworth, says there’s only so much the Army can do.

After meetings at a prison at Fort Leavenworth, the lawyer for Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales has said he expects charges could be filed tomorrow in the murder of 16 Afghanistan civilians during a rampage earlier this month.