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Public health officials in Wyandotte County and Johnson County say they are seeking funds to continue comprehensive sexual education programs into 2018 after the state declined to renew a federal grant.

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Bassist Ricky Phillips joined the band Styx in 2003. He says that coming into what many see as a simple pop band changed his playing and made him a better musician. KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin recently spoke with Phillips and has more.

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A temporary TSA PreCheck enrollment site at the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport will stay open for an additional week after officials report high demand.

The enrollment site was supposed to close down last Friday, but will stay open until July 1.

It serves as a one-stop shop for people who want to sign up for TSA's PreCheck program, which eliminates the need to remove shoes, laptops, certain liquids, jackets and belts while going through security.

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The leader of a local organization that provides abortion services is encouraged by a U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down some abortion restrictions in Texas.

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Limited capacity at the state’s largest psychiatric hospital and other factors are forcing some Kansans who need mental health treatment to wait in hospital emergency rooms. Sometimes for days.

One year after Osawatomie State Hospital temporarily stopped admitting patients for the first time in its history, the number of people waiting for mental health treatment is up.

And an increasing number of them are waiting in hospital emergency rooms.

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Much of the credit for keeping Kansas schools open is going to Fairway Republican Rep. Melissa Rooker and other moderates who put forward a plan that didn’t reduce school aid.

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Wichita’s indoor football team will play in the Champions Indoor Football league championship game on Monday.

The Wichita Force will go up against the Amarillo Venom at Intrust Bank Arena. It’s the first time for both teams in the Champions Indoor Football final.

Head coach Paco Martinez says the Force’s strong record earned the team the home-field advantage. He says he expects a big turnout at the game.

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Updated June 27, 2016: Gov. Sam Brownback signed Substitute for House Bill 2001, which aims to satisfy a mandate from the Kansas Supreme Court to correct inequities in school funding. The bill increases state funding for poor districts by $38 million for the 2016-17 school year by diverting funds from other parts of the budget as well as redistributes funds from wealthier districts. Brownback says that signing the bill ensures that Kansas schools will remain open.

“I appreciate the hard work of legislators which began prior to the start of the session in a series of meetings," Brownback said in a press release. "The effort to bring together legislators, educators and attorneys resulted in a bill supported by all parties and a stipulation by plaintiff’s attorney that House Bill 2001 satisfies the equity portion of this litigation."

Brownback also congratulated House Speaker Ray Merrick and Senate President Susan Wagle for "an efficient and focused special session."

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The City of Wichita is considering two "offers to purchase" the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown. The hotel has been owned by the city for about 15 years.

The city put out a request for proposals in April seeking qualified offers to purchase the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Convention Center, which is along the Arkasas River on Waterman Street.

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At long last, Kansas lawmakers returned to the Statehouse to work on a school funding fix ahead of a looming June 30 deadline. Here’s the news from Topeka (and elsewhere) you may have missed:

School funding plan makes fast progress in Kansas Statehouse

A proposal to cut general state aid to all school districts by .5 percent and then redistribute the funds made quick headway through both House and Senate committees.

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