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The Wichita Police Department will set up a DUI checkpoint tonight.

WPD Sgt. Nikki Woodrow says police will run the check lane at an undisclosed location from 11 p.m. until 3 a.m.

“Officers will come and contact the drivers, probably check the driver’s license and make sure they’re not impaired, and then they can continue on their way, so it’s a very very short, momentary stop,” she said at a briefing this week.

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The State of Kansas is requiring students to pay a greater share of higher education costs than ever before.

According to the nonprofit, nonpartisan Kansas Center for Economic Growth, higher education in Kansas is in trouble. The report found state funding for regents universities is 17 percent less than it was in 2008. Community colleges are also receiving less funding, which puts a higher cost burden on students at those schools.

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Cargill announced today that it has selected the building currently housing the Wichita Eagle as its new headquarters.

The Wichita Eagle moved its printing operations to Kansas City earlier this year, and as a result the newspaper announced plans to downsize to a smaller building. In a news release, Cargill said that the property would be redeveloped into a newly constructed office complex accommodating about 800 people. Cargill says it has signed a letter of intent with a local investment group to acquire and develop the site, without disclosing the terms.

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In less than a month, four domestic violence homicides occurred in Wichita. Two of which were murder-suicides. StepStone, a two-year transitional housing program for survivors, was awarded a $25,000 grant to help end domestic violence.

The program's Dung Kimble says the grant will be used to facilitate 3 national speakers as well as implement local training for law enforcement.

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The State of Kansas will pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the mother of a four-year-old boy who was beaten to death by his father shortly after leaving the state’s foster care system.

Most of the $412,000 settlement will be paid by TFI Family Services, which was one of the state’s foster care contractors at the time of child’s death in 2013.

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Members of the 1970 Wichita State football team are heading to a game at the University of Arkansas this weekend. The event is in remembrance of the 31 members of the WSU football program, including players, boosters, coaches and fans who died in a plane crash in Colorado. The Shockers' first game after the crash was against Arkansas. KMUW's Abigail Beckman sat down with Bill Moore, John Potts, and Ed Plopa ahead of their trip.

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A new report shows the infant mortality rate in Kansas has reached a historic low.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says 230 infant deaths were reported last year, the lowest figure ever recorded.

That put the infant mortality rate at 5.9 per 1,000 live births in 2015—down from 6.3 from a year before. It’s slightly better than the national rate, and below the target rate of 6 set by the federal health initiative Healthy People 2020.

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Kansas' Secretary of State Kris Kobach has avoided a contempt of court hearing by striking a deal with the ACLU on Thursday. 

Wichita Public Schools

Wichita Public Schools released the results of its official headcount for the school year.

Enrollment in USD 259 dropped by close to 600 students this year, something the district says is the result of budgeting decisions. That includes denying of out-of-district enrollment for new students, consolidating the two metro high school programs, and combining the city's two Adult Learning Centers.

In a release, the district said Wichita Public Schools continues to be a diverse learning community.

Of the 50,561 total students in the district:

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U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., announced on Wednesday that Challenger Intermediate School in Goddard has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School.

Challenger is one of 279 public and 50 private schools receiving the honor.

According to a release from the Goddard district, schools are nominated for the award by the state department of education. The honor means Challenger Intermediate is performing among the top 0.4% of schools in the country.

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