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Excel Industries in Hesston says it is reorganizing its operations and will lay off about 270 employees, effective immediately.

Excel announced the layoffs Thursday in a letter sent to employees.

The plant was the scene of a shooting that left four dead and 14 wounded in 2016.

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Recent Republican victories in several special congressional elections – including this week’s in Georgia – have raised doubts about whether Democrats can gain control of the U.S. House next year. To erase those doubts, they’re focusing on several swing districts, including one in Kansas.

Republican Kevin Yoder has represented Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District since 2011.

But for a dozen years before that, Democrat Dennis Moore held the seat.

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The Wichita Public Library is beginning a new program this week that offers online learning in a social, small group setting.

The sessions are called Learning Circles, and they’re free.

Ten Learning Circles are planned from now through November on topics such as fake news, the art of poetry, superheroes and how to make a website.

The idea is to get a group of 10-15 people together to take an online course and talk about it along the way to completion.

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Wichita is starting the design process for a new baseball stadium that will replace Lawrence-Dumont in Delano.

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Gov. Sam Brownback has until Sunday to take action on the Kansas budget approved by lawmakers. His decisions could prompt action on the ceremonial last day of the legislative session.

It’s likely Brownback will sign the budget, but he can block specific items with his line item veto power. Lawmakers also have the power to override those decisions with a two-thirds vote.

Democratic Sen. Anthony Hensley says some line item vetoes could draw override attempts. Those would come on the ceremonial last day of the session, which is Monday.

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Civil rights advocates say a Kansas election official is trying to hide materials that undercut his public claim that substantial numbers of noncitizens have registered to vote.

The American Civil Liberties Union obtained the documents as part of its federal civil lawsuit in Kansas challenging the state's proof-of-citizenship document requirement.

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KMUW news director Aileen LeBlanc and assistant news director Carla Eckels have been awarded a prestigious national Edward R. Murrow Award for their news feature looking at the return of anti-abortion demonstrations to Wichita.

The award recognizes excellence in hard news reporting in the small-market radio category. The story also won the regional award.

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When evening falls, Brian Hunt makes his way to a comfortable chair in a sunroom on the south side of his house near La Cygne, Kansas. But he’s not settling in to relax. He’s going to work.

Local groups are hosting a series of events throughout the week in celebration of Juneteenth.

Juneteenth marks the end of slavery in the U.S.: On June 19th, 1865, the Union Army proclaimed the slaves of Texas free, more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Today, groups including the Wichita branch of the NAACP, Wichita State University and Sunflower Community Action are partnering to host several events commemorating Juneteenth. This year’s theme is “unity.”

Events will include:

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The City of Wichita rejected a contract with a local union that represents theatrical workers at Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center.

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