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Months-old vandalism on the Dockum Sit-in sculpture in downtown Wichita is affecting plans for future memorials to the historic protest in civil rights history.

The 1958 Dockum Drug Store Sit-in is considered the first successful lunch counter sit-in the U.S. Earlier this year, the Kansas African American Museum received a grant to make a permanent exhibit at the location, which is now the Ambassador Hotel.

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Documents provided to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt have revealed very little about the Obama administration's plans to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility.

Schmidt said in a release that the documents that he had requested by way of the Freedom of Information Act were entirely redacted. All 345 pages were empty, with the exception of the words "Plan for closing the Guantanamo Bay Detention facility" and the word "confidential."

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After certifying the Kansas election results, Secretary of State Kris Kobach told reporters in Topeka this week he agrees with President-elect Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claim that ballots cast by non-citizens cost him the popular vote.

It comes as no surprise: Trump's assertion sounds like something that could have come from the secretary himself.

City of Wichita

The City of Wichita says it has its resources ready for whenever the area gets its first snow which is forecasted to hit Wednesday.

Public Works and Utilities Director Alan King says the city has been gearing up for inclement weather.

“Staff’s been busy preparing for the upcoming winter season,” he said at the weekly mayor briefing Thursday.

The city has 61 plow trucks and more than 200 employees trained to keep the streets clean.

A new Community Health Improvement Plan for Sedgwick County will be implemented in January.

The Community Health Improvement Plan, or CHIP, provides a list of long-term strategies to address priority health issues in the community. Health concerns such as infant mortality and access to clinical care were identified through a countywide assessment.

Becky Tuttle, chairwoman of Health Alliance, says the plan will help guide public health policies and actions over the next three years.

KANSAS LEGISLATURE, COLORING BY KELLY TATE

Next Monday, Dec. 5, all of the lawmakers elected to the Kansas Legislature will meet in Topeka to nominate new leadership for the 2017 session.

Cargill

Cargill released more details at the weekly mayor's briefing Thursday about its new downtown building, which will serve as the company's North American protein headquarters. They're currently located at 151 N. Main in downtown Wichita.

The $60 million facility will be located at the site of the current Wichita Eagle building at Douglas and Rock Island in Old Town. The Eagle has not announced where it will relocate. Cargill's new four-story, roughly 180,000-square-foot building will accommodate more than 800 employees and include an on-site parking garage.

Phil Cauthon for KHI News Service

An employee at Osawatomie State Hospital is suing the state of Kansas after she allegedly was raped at the institution.

The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges female employees at the hospital were sexually and verbally abused by male patients, creating a "sexually hostile work environment."

Stephen Koranda / KPR/File photo

A report released Thursday shows Kansas revenues last month narrowly beat the state's new, more pessimistic estimate.

Kansas tax collections in November met the estimate almost exactly on the dot.

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Close to 25,000 Kansans have signed up for health insurance through the online marketplace, despite uncertainty about the future of the Affordable Care Act under a new administration.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service reported Wednesday that 24,778 people in Kansas had signed up for insurance since open enrollment for 2017 started Nov. 1. The number of people seeking insurance was up less than 2 percent compared to the same period during open enrollment last year.

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