USD 259 en Close Races For Wichita City Council, School Board <p><strong>Wichita City Council, District 1</strong></p><p>Incumbent city council member Lavonta Willams kept her seat, beating out Dave Thomas with 71 percent of the vote. Thomas had 28 percent of the vote.</p><p><strong>Wichita City Council, District 3</strong></p><p>James Clendenin grabbed the District 3 Wichita city council seat in a close race with Clinton Coen. Clendenin had 52 percent of the vote, Coen had 46 percent.</p><p><strong>Wichita City Council, District 6</strong></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 12:02:28 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 15115 at Spring Break Lunch Program Expands <p>Partners for Wichita and the Kansas Food Bank are teaming again this year to provide meals on weekdays between March 14 and the 22 in their “Filling the Gap – Lunches for Kids” program.</p><p></p><p>Volunteers expect to serve about 3,500 meals at 14 locations during spring break for public schools in Wichita. That’s roughly double the number served last year.</p><p>“We’re aware that about 24 percent of the children in our area are at risk of hunger," says Pastor Sally Fahrenthold, who helped coordinate the program.</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 12:17:26 +0000 Milt Radford 13724 at Spring Break Lunch Program Expands Top Morning News 2.18.13 <p><em>Sales tax proposal faces challenge in Kansas House; House leaders disagree over use of ending balance; Kansans&nbsp;set Guinness World Record.</em></p><p><strong>Sales Tax Proposal Faces Challenge In KS House</strong></p><p>The Kansas Senate could vote on Gov. Sam Brownback's tax proposal this week, but some are questioning whether one of its main provisions can pass the House.</p><p><a href="">More...</a></p><p><strong>House Leaders Disagree On Using State's Ending Balance</strong></p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:41:09 +0000 Briana O’Higgins & Kate Clause 12887 at Top Morning News 2.18.13 Number Of Homeless Children In Wichita Tops 1,800 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wichita educators and social workers have counted more than 1,800 homeless children in the Wichita School District. Advocates say that number is going to keep going higher.</span></p><p>The U.S. Department of Education counts anyone "doubling up" or living with another family as homeless, in addition to those living on the street or in shelters. That number hit 1,829 in Wichita schools on Friday, including 14 new ones identified earlier that week.</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 12:36:13 +0000 Associated Press 11143 at Top Morning News 01.14.13 <p><em>The 2013 legislative session starts today; Secretary of State Kobach says business start-ups in Kansas area healthy; Homeless children in Wichita schools tops 1,800.</em></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">2013 Legislative Session To Commence</strong></p><p>Monday marks the start of the 2013 legislative session. This could be one of the most significant sessions in years.</p><p><a href="">More...</a></p><p><strong>Kobach Says Business Startups 'Healthy'</strong></p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 11:50:37 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 11145 at Top Morning News 01.14.13 USD 259 Taking Nominations For Teacher Awards <p>Wichita Public Schools is accepting nominations for the 2012-13 Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award to honor new and experienced teachers.</p><p>The Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award program recognizes outstanding teachers who affect the quality of education of more than 50,000 students in the Wichita school district. Awards are given in seven categories: new elementary teacher, new secondary teacher, primary teacher, intermediate, middle school and high school teacher and support teacher.</p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:52:22 +0000 Carla Eckels 10466 at USD 259 Taking Nominations For Teacher Awards Top Morning News 12.28.12 <p><em>New KS Senate President picks multiple staff members; Wichita Public Schools are taking nominations for best teachers; Natural resources conference to be held in Wichita.&nbsp;</em></p><p><strong>New Kansas Senate President Fills Out Office Staff</strong></p><p>Incoming Kansas Senate President Susan Wagle has appointed three new aides to fill her staff vacancies.</p><p>The Wichita Republican says Harrison Hems will be her legislative director. Hems will leave the Kansas Department of Transportation, where he'd been a liaison to Congress.</p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:24:50 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 10468 at Top Morning News 12.28.12 End Of Busing Soon Could Be Official In Wichita <p></p><p>More than four years after the Wichita school district stopped transporting students across town to racially integrate schools, the district has taken another step toward being freed from a voluntary busing agreement.</p><p>The Wichita School Board voted this week to approve a new contract with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights. The move gives the agency six months to tell the district whether it's released from the busing agreement.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 12:00:48 +0000 Associated Press 8213 at End Of Busing Soon Could Be Official In Wichita Top Morning News 11.08.12 <p><strong>Hawker Beechcraft&nbsp;To Close 3 Facilities, Cut Jobs</strong></p><p>Wichita-based airplane maker Hawker Beechcraft says it's closing facilities in three states and laying off more workers in Kansas.&nbsp;</p><p>The company said Wednesday that 240 employees will lose their jobs with the closing of Hawker Beechcraft Services facilities in Little Rock, Ark.; Mesa, Ariz.; and San Antonio, Texas.&nbsp;It also plans to cut a total of 170 jobs at its Wichita headquarters and at its completion center in Little Rock.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 11:07:50 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 8215 at Top Morning News 11.08.12 Top Morning News 11.05.12 <p><em>Advance voting in Kansas ends Monday at noon; The Wichita School Board will consider a contract that would end busing; Announcement about disability services waiting list expected.</em></p><p><strong>Advance Voting Ends Today, Election Day Is Tomorrow</strong></p><p>In Sedgwick County, advance voting in person ends at noon Monday at the election office.</p><p>Tuesday - General Election Day - the polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Every voter must now show a photo ID when voting. Advance ballots must be in the Election Office by 7 p.m. tomorrow.</p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 11:24:10 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 8006 at Top Morning News 11.05.12