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Starting in August, KU Athletics is banning all purses from football, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball games and other major sporting events.

If it’s larger than a typical clutch bag and opaque, it won’t be allowed into big games.

Anything else Jayhawk fans carry will have to be in a clear plastic bag no larger than 12-by-12.

Athletics spokesman Jim Marchiony says the policy will not only make the events safer but should expedite entry.

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The City of Wichita is hosting the annual Arkansas River Trash Roundup on Saturday.

This is the 16th year that volunteers will get together to clean up trash and debris from along the Arkansas River.

David Nelson, area chairman of Ducks Unlimited, one of the event’s sponsors, spoke about the trash roundup at this week's city council meeting.

“Last year, 1300 people collected nearly two-and-a-half tons of trash from our river," he said. "It’s kind of amazing to think that there's actually two-and-a-half tons of trash in our river.”

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Advocates for science education will rally at the Kansas Statehouse Saturday. They’ll be promoting the importance of science and the role it plays in policy making.

Dr. Steven Case directs the Center for STEM Learning at the University of Kansas. He says they’re concerned about science being politicized and efforts to discredit some types of science.

“Which is not a good thing," he says. "We need good information, good education and really solid understandings of the natural world to inform our policies as we move forward as a county."

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Kansas gained 4,600 private sector jobs last month, and its unemployment rate dropped to the lowest it's been since November 2000.

A preliminary report released Friday by the Kansas Department of Labor says the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent in March from 4 percent in February. The state gained 3,600 nonfarm jobs over the year. It picked up 4,600 private-sector jobs and lost 1,000 government jobs.

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A panel of Kansas officials has boosted the forecast for the state’s tax collections. They raised the revenue projection by almost $160 million.

That puts a dent in the Kansas budget deficit. After accounting for the new money, the state still faces a shortfall of around $900 million over the coming two fiscal years.

“There certainly remain big challenges for legislators and us between now and when the session ends,” said Shawn Sullivan, Gov. Sam Brownback’s budget director.

However, Sullivan added that "up is better than down."

The Sedgwick County Extension Arboretum

The Sedgwick County Extension Office has launched an interactive map to help people choose trees that will thrive in this region.

More than 300 trees are growing on the grounds that surround the Extension Office in northwest Wichita.

Most of the trees are unique varieties known to perform well in Sedgwick County such as the eastern redbud and river birch.

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Artist Marlene Irvin is busy these days restoring all 36 of Joyland’s carousel horses in her backyard workshop in Wichita. Next year, the horses will be installed in their new home at Botanica.

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The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) has received a grant for over $3.1 million to use in the treatment and prevention of opioid abuse.

Eighty percent of the grant money will be used for treatment and recovery and 20 percent for prevention, intervention and public education.

KDADS reports that Kansas is the 16th highest opioid prescribing state in the country. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says that between 2013 and 2015, deaths from opioid overdose increased 28 percent and deaths from heroin use went up by 71 percent.

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On Thursday, Cindy Claycomb announced her candidacy for Wichita City Council District 6. The area covers north central Wichita and Old Town.

After a five-week exploratory campaign, Claycomb says she’s ready to serve and move Wichita forward in a fiscally responsible manner.

Claycomb is President of the Wichita Board of Park Commissioners and is on the City Council's District 6 Advisory Board. She is also an assistant to WSU President John Bardo.

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The Wichita Police Department will be providing officers with new blue uniforms. The new look was unveiled Thursday morning.

Wichita Police officers have worn tan uniforms for more than 90 years. Now, they’ll be wearing navy blue.

Capt. Brian White said at the announcement that they’re making the switch to give officers better options with fit and function.

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