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With the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in town this week, a lot of street improvements have been underway ahead of Wichita’s time in the national spotlight.


The University of Kansas will open NCAA Tournament play in Wichita on Thursday while Wichita State University and Kansas State University will hit the road for tournament openers on Friday.

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It’s likely to get easier to set up large chicken barns in Kansas.

The House is one step away from sending the governor a bill that would allow farms to pack in more birds closer to homes. That comes after public outcry last year stopped a proposed Tyson plant in Tonganoxie.

Republican Rep. Jim Kelly of Independence is hoping the new rules will attract major poultry processing operations to the state.

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The once-crowded field of Republican candidates for Kansas governor is quickly narrowing.

Mark Hutton is the latest to end his campaign for the GOP nomination.

In a brief statement, he gave no specific reason for his exit but said he hoped to serve Kansas in some “small way” in the future.

A former legislator, Hutton was among the first conservative Republicans to question the wisdom of former Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax cuts.

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Spirit AeroSystems celebrated a milestone on Friday: 10,000 deliveries in the Boeing 737 program, which the company says is a production first for a commercial airline.

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When President Donald Trump follows through on his plan to tax imported steel and aluminum, American farmers will get less money for some crops and pay more for machinery.

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Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed into law tougher penalties for repeat offenders who injure or kill someone in a drunk driving crash.

A drunk driver killed 24-year-old Caitlin Vogel in Johnson County in 2016. The man behind the wheel had previous convictions for driving while intoxicated. He was sentenced to 9 years in prison, but the stiffer penalties under “Caitlin’s law” could have tacked on more.

Republican Rep. Russ Jennings, one of the measure’s sponsors, hopes the extended jail time will make people think twice before driving drunk.

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On Thursday, the Kansas Senate narrowly turned back a push by conservatives to re-write portions of the U.S. Constitution.

Supporters wanting Kansas to join a list of states calling for a constitutional convention needed a two-thirds majority, or 27 votes. They got 22.

Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, of Topeka, was among the 16 senators voting “no.”

“A convention of the states to amend the Constitution would put unelected, unaccountable delegates in charge with the potential of re-writing our entire Constitution,” Hensley says.

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The new head of Kansas’ troubled child welfare agency got a unanimous vote of confidence from a legislative committee Friday.

Even the agency's staunchest critics think she’ll sail through a confirmation vote from the full Senate to head the Department for Children and Families.

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It’s crunch time for Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita as crews finish the final preparations for next week’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament games.

This weekend, crews will be installing the NCAA’s hardwood court that arrived in Wichita this week. Carpet and seating will be added around the perimeter of the court. Most of the signage inside the arena will be covered.

Intrust and SMG General Manager A.J. Boleski says planning started in 2014 when Wichita was selected to host the games.