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The fourth Regional Mayors Summit will be held in Derby on Wednesday. As KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports, mayors from a 10-county region are expected to share ideas about how to stimulate the economy in south-central Kansas. Mayors from Wichita, Derby, Mount Hope and Goddard are coordinating the summit, which is expected to attract close to 30 mayors from across south-central Kansas. Keith Lawing, the CEO of the Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas, says local government leaders recognize...

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There’s a new way to dig into the details of Sedgwick County’s budget. The county launched an interactive website called “Open Budget” this week. The platform breaks down the county’s revenues and expenditures and shows where the money comes from and how it is spent. Commissioner Richard Ranzau says it’s a useful tool. "It’s just another way to present the data in a web-based format, which I think is a lot more user-friendly that what we’ve had before," Ranzau says. "And it’s updated, as far...

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Kansas plans to expand high-speed internet and wireless access to all public schools across the state through a program that could cost up to $100 million. Kansas has partnered with the California-based nonprofit EducationSuperHighway and will use state and federal funds to help pay for the technology upgrades. “Our goal is simple: bring digital learning capabilities to every Kansas classroom," Gov. Sam Brownback said during the announcement Tuesday. "Technically speaking, that means we need...

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It isn’t far from the gleaming bank buildings and high-end hotels to the rent-to-own stores and corner shops that stock more chips than fruit. A visitor getting off the highway in downtown Kansas City, Kansas, would pass by a Hilton Garden Inn and several high-rise buildings bearing the names of financial companies. But a few blocks across the Seventh Street Trafficway, the storefronts become more worn down and the food options narrow to McDonald’s and the One Stop Shop, where the only...

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Kansas officials updated the state’s revenue forecast earlier this month, and this week will be the first chance to see how the estimates stack up. As Stephen Koranda reports, state tax collections for November will be reported on Thursday. Recently, Kansas has been pretty consistently coming up short of monthly revenue projections. Duane Goossen, who was the budget director in Kansas for 12 years ending in 2010, says since the revenue forecast was just updated, it’s likely the November...

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This month, the KMUW Movie Club takes a look at films that traverse time and space.

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The Sedgwick County Health Department will be offering free conventional HIV testing for World AIDS Day. The screenings will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 1 to 5 p.m. World AIDS day is an opportunity to unite in fighting HIV, to support those who are living with HIV, and to memorialize those who have died from HIV/AIDS. The testings will take place at the Sedgwick County Health Department office located at 2716 W. Central. Participants...

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A woman who gave her ex-boyfriend the guns he used in February's mass shooting at a Kansas lawn equipment factory has been ordered to spend a year on supervised release. A federal judge in Wichita, Kansas, on Monday also credited Sarah Hopkins for time she's already served in jail. Prosecutors had agreed not to oppose Hopkins' probation request. Hopkins pleaded guilty to not alerting authorities that a convicted felon unlawfully possessed firearms. Prosecutors say Hopkins gave a semi...

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Update: The superintendent of Wichita Public Schools will get a bonus this year. Members of the local board of education voted in favor of giving Superintendent John Allison a more than $3,400 bonus, which is 1.5 percent of his $229,408 salary. Sheril Logan, present of the board of education, said the district gave all of its employees extra funds this year including a nearly 4 percent raise for teachers. The board also extended Allison’s contract through June 30, 2019.

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Wichita State University is offering financial aid for some new freshmen from Sedgwick County . The newly established Sedgwick County Access Grant will be available for the 2017-18 academic year. High school seniors with permanent residence in the county can apply for the need-based grant. WSU has been trying to boost enrollment by offering different tuition assistance programs, including reduced out-of-state tuition to students from along the I-35 corridor . At a budget meeting earlier this...

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