City of Wichita

The City of Wichita has launched a new summer enrichment program for local kids and teens.

Kids ages 7 through 17 can join SayYES!, which offers various free activities around Wichita. The program includes free bus rides, access to swimming pools, golf and foot golf, and free breakfasts and lunches at locations across town:

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Just 31 percent of Kansans and 32 percent of Missourians support the House-approved bill to repeal Obamacare, according to new estimates published Wednesday in The New York Times.

In fact, not one state has a majority of residents who are for the measure, with support ranging from a low of 22 percent in Massachusetts (Washington, D.C., is even lower at 16 percent) to a high of 38 percent in Oklahoma, according to the estimates.

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The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in Wichita is planning to expand its crisis management training program to help smaller agencies throughout the state.

The Sheriff’s Office has a team of 15 employees who are trained in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) techniques.

They help law enforcement officers and first responders cope with on-the-job stress.


Two Kansas lawmakers say they are okay after reports of a shooting at a congressional baseball practice outside Washington, D.C., Wednesday morning.

NPR reports Louisiana Republican Rep. Steve Scalise, one of his aides, and two Capitol Police were injured in the shooting.

Rep. Kevin Yoder of Johnson County and Rep. Roger Marshall of the "Big First" district in western Kansas are both on the roster for the GOP's team, which was preparing for a charity game.

A Yoder spokesperson tells KCUR the congressman was not at the practice Wednesday.


A new group called Guardian Angels is assisting Wichitans affected by domestic violence.

Last year the Wichita Family Crisis Center served nearly 1300 individuals who were fleeing domestic violence situations. That's up by nearly 250 individuals from the previous year, and the center says 2017 numbers are also on the rise.

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Leaders and patrons of the arts organizations that call the Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center home are watching closely as the city considers future options for the iconic round building with the blue roof.

Music Theatre Wichita is among the performing arts groups that have a strong interest in the upcoming decisions.


Kansas scores 15th among the 50 states for overall child well-being, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 “Kids Count” report.

The state’s relatively high overall ranking is driven by its No. 7 ranking for kids’ economic well-being, based on indicators like housing affordability and employment security for parents.

But the state fares less well in three other categories: health, in which the foundation ranks it 20th; education, 26th; and family and community, 23rd.


A group of American ranchers say they want a corruption investigation into JBS, the world’s largest meatpacking company, which has processing plants across the Midwest/Great Plains.

JBS recently agreed to pay a $3 billion fine after revelations that executives were bribing government officials in Brazil.

Though there is no evidence of wrongdoing in the U.S., Bill Bullard of the American rancher group R-CALF is asking the Trump administration for an investigation of the company’s practices here.

Three weeks after Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City said it will pull out of the Affordable Care Act exchange in 2018, Centene Corp. says it plans to offer coverage through the exchange in Missouri and Kansas.

The St. Louis-based insurer already has a presence in both states administering Medicaid plans, but the move to sell individual and small group health plans is new.


Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee at 2:30pm ET today, as the investigation continues into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election. Sessions is expected to take questions about his recusal from the Russia investigation, his own meetings with Russian officials, and what if anything he knew about a private Oval Office meeting between President Trump and fired FBI Director James Comey.