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A Wichita man faces additional federal charges in connection with a deadly shooting following a swatting incident last December.

Shane Gaskill was charged this week with two more counts of wire fraud and one count of making a false statement to the FBI. He already was facing charges of obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice and one count of wire fraud.

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The Kansas Democratic party hasn’t had a gubernatorial primary since 1998. The unfamiliar competition this year is forcing Democrats across the state to wrestle with their identity ahead of the Aug. 7 election.

Should their nominee be a candidate who aligns strictly with the progressive ideals of the party platform, or someone with broader appeal? Do they go with experience and name recognition, or youthful exuberance?

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A well-known Wichita lawyer and a computer software engineer were charged Tuesday in federal court in connection with cyberattacks on websites that posted information critical of the lawyer’s work.

A news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office said lawyer Brad Pistotnik and David Dorsett are being charged with five counts of computer fraud and two counts of conspiracy. Pistotnik also is charged with three counts of making false statements to the FBI.

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Spirit AeroSystems announced Tuesday it would build a new research and development complex at its manufacturing site in Prestwick, Scotland.

The new center will be 70,000 square feet, nearly 10 times larger than the current facility. It will focus on several areas, including composite materials and virtual/augmented reality.

"The next generation of aircraft doesn't exist yet, and that's what we're concentrating on,” Spirit President and CEO Tom Gentile said in a statement. “Our engineers are inventing the future of flight."

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The Federal Aviation Administration awarded about $4.4 million for improvement projects at Wichita’s Eisenhower National and Jabara airports.

The money will be used at Eisenhower to improve taxiway lighting and expand areas where aircraft are parked, loaded, refueled or boarded. The airport will also build a new taxiway and buy two rescue and firefighting vehicles.

Eisenhower National Airport opened three years ago to replace a terminal that was 61 years old.

Jabara airport will receive $471,214 to buy land for approaches.

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The reaction to U.S. President Donald Trump's Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin from both Republicans and Democrats has been largely, although not exclusively, negative. The same goes for Kansas members of and candidates for Congress. Here's what some of them are saying:

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Wichita health groups are sponsoring a forum for candidates in the three Sedgwick County Commission districts up for election. Tuesday’s event will focus on public health issues.

Voters will elect commissioners to serve four-year terms in the 1st, 4th and 5th Districts this year.

Candidates are expected to discuss strategies for access to health care, perspectives on outside funding, collaborative opportunities to improve community health, and the role of the Board of Health.

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Business leaders in Wichita’s aviation industry, along with state and city economic development officials, will be in England this week for the Farborough International Airshow.

The airshow, which begins today and runs through Friday, is considered the world’s largest. More than 75 of the world’s top 100 aerospace companies will attend the show, which is held every two years.

In 2016, more than $124 billion in airplane orders and commitments were announced at Farnborough.

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Two leading progressives will be in Wichita next week to campaign for 4th Congressional District candidate James Thompson.

Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders and New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will hold a “Unite for America” rally in support of Thompson’s second bid for the 4th District seat.

The Kansas Attorney General’s office said that applications for concealed carry licenses continue to decline.

About 4,900 new license applications were submitted to the state Concealed Carry Licensing Unit in the 2018 fiscal year. That’s the lowest total since the licensing program began in 2006.

The Personal and Family Protection Act, enacted in 2015, allows eligible individuals over age 21 in Kansas to carry a concealed weapon without a license.

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