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When you’re a Republican, and the governor is a Republican, and the governor has a low approval rating, running for office can be tricky. In a state Senate race in Topeka, both Republicans are trying to keep their distance.

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Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay has been invited to the White House to participate in an event focused on community policing.

Officials with the City of Wichita say the invitation comes on the heels of discussions between area law enforcement and local activists who support the Black Lives Matter movement. Ramsay helped to organize the First Steps Cookout last weekend in an effort to unite the two groups in the wake of violence in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

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Congress has yet to come to an agreement on appropriating money to fund Zika virus research, but that hasn’t stopped Kansas State University researchers from studying the disease.

Scientists at K-State acquired samples of Zika from the CDC. The work has been going on at the Biosecurity Research Institute.

“We certainly hope and believe that we’re moving the knowledge and science forward,” says Biosecurity Research Institute Director Steve Higgs.

He says they’re studying how the virus infects mosquitos and what types of mosquitos can spread the infection.

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Kansas Republican Party Chairman Kelly Arnold says it has been an exciting week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland leading up to GOP nominee Donald Trump's speech tonight.

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The chairman of Ted Cruz's campaign in Kansas said Thursday that the Texas senator has "harmed himself immeasurably" by not endorsing Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee. GOP Gov. Sam Brownback also expressed disappointment.

Kansas state Rep. Mark Kahrs of Wichita said he was disappointed in Cruz because the senator had the opportunity in his convention speech to "provide unity to our party and strengthen the ticket." Kahrs said he admires Cruz as a true conservative.

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With the beginning of the school year a little more than a month away, Wichita’s public school district has an unusually high number of teacher vacancies.

Elementary schools in the district have the most openings at 13, followed by high schools and middle schools with 10 each. Special education programs in the district are short by 34 teachers.

Shannon Krysl, chief human resources officer with USD 259, says the number of unfilled positions is down significantly since June, when there were nearly 70 vacancies in elementary schools alone.

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Twenty-five years ago, thousands of people came to the Summer of Mercy abortion protests in Wichita. This week, Operation Save America is back in the city to demonstrate, pray, and to stop abortions.

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Wichita’s Kansas African American Museum has received a grant to establish a trail linking ten sites that have important roles in African American history in the state.

The Kansas African-American History Trail will include the town of Nicodemus, the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, the Langston Hughes Center in Lawrence, and the Negro League Baseball Museum. The funds, totaling nearly $135,000, were awarded by the Institute of Museum and Libraries Services in Washington, D.C.

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The Kansas Bioscience Authority will soon go on the auction block. A state panel Wednesday officially merged the KBA into the Kansas Department of Commerce, the first step in selling off the state-funded investment organization.

Commerce Secretary Antonio Soave says the agency will be taking bids to purchase the organization in the coming months. He says they’re hoping for a buyer with a connection to the state of Kansas.

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The Wichita Police Department has introduced a “facility dog” to help bring a calming atmosphere to victims of crimes. Laddy the yellow lab has already been in service for a week.

The Wichita Police Department reported more than 2,300 incidents of violent crime last year. They hope that Laddy, as well as his human partner, Michele Blunck, can provide a bit of relief to those affected by such crime. The two are part of the Victims Assistance Unit, which administers emotional, cognitive and physical support for victims.

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