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About 4,000 people attended a political rally Friday at Century II in Wichita in support of James Thompson, one of two Democrats running in Kansas' 4th Congressional District.

But perhaps the biggest draws at the "Unite for America" rally were Vermont senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who both endorsed Thompson in his second bid for Congress.

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A new community center is open in Valley Center that includes a library and a senior center.

The library is still in the process of moving and reshelving its 45,000-plus books and other items. Only some of the collections were in place when a grand opening event was held on July 4.

“We just made up our minds that we were going to do the best we could so everybody could come in and see the building,” says library director Janice Sharp.

She says dozens of boxes of books will be unpacked when new shelves arrive by the end of the month.


South-central Kansas, including Sedgwick County, is under a high-risk warning for West Nile virus.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Friday that portions of north central and southwest Kansas also are under a high-risk warning. That is based on historical data involving previous cases.

Southeast, northeast and northwest Kansas are under a moderate risk.

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The Midwest Historical & Genealogical Society Research Library is located inside a 100-year-old white house near 12th and Main. It has more than 21,000 volumes of books, records, documents and photos. KMUW’s Carla Eckels spoke with society president Rex Riley and librarian Julia Langel about what the library has to offer — and what it’s looking for.

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Founded in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1982, Corrosion of Conformity arrived at the intersection of punk rock and heavy metal. In an era when new hybrids of both genres were being hatched, Corrosion of Conformity proved itself to be an act that championed rock's independent spirit. The outfit's 1984 debut, Eye For an Eye remains a must-listen for fans of either genre. It also cemented the musical partnership between guitarist Woody Weatherman, bassist Mike Dean and drummer Reed Mullin, all of whom are in the current Corrosion lineup.

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A video game conference is being held this weekend at Wichita State University’s Shocker Studios.

The conference, titled Opus Animo, is themed after a video game renaissance, though Shocker Studios director Justin Rorabaugh doesn’t think that currently describes the video game industry in Wichita.

"There’s not a lot of game design companies in Wichita,” Rorabaugh said. "I know of maybe one.

"But it’s really an industry that we have a huge interest in."

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Wichita State University is getting a new marching band this fall.

Shocker Sound Machine will be the university’s first marching band since its football program was shut down in 1986.

While there are no football games, students will perform at other events across campus, including basketball games. The band will likely play four men’s and four women’s games this year. A smaller version of the band will play at those games to comply with NCAA restrictions.

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Work on a new tag office in east Wichita will begin next month. Sedgwick County officials plan to close all three satellite sites in November.

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Sedgwick County employees could receive a 2.5 percent raise under the proposed budget released Wednesday by County Manager Mike Scholes.

In addition to the raise, the county also would have a 1.5 percent pool to offer bonuses to exemplary employees. According to county officials, 50 percent of the nearly $440 million budget is allocated to personnel costs.

The budget also includes funding for additional public safety jobs, including six positions with 911 dispatch services.


Intrust Bank Arena will host the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament in 2022.

Wichita was one of four cities selected to host Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games that year. Wichita State University will serve as the host school.

"It's another great day for sports in Wichita," Brian Hargrove, executive director of sports for Visit Wichita, said Wednesday. "We are looking forward to providing another energetic welcome to basketball fans to Wichita in 2022. The announcement today reaffirms that Wichita is a sports destination in the Midwest."