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Former Mexican President Vicente Fox spent time in the Wichita area this week to promote trade between Kansas and Mexico.

He visited companies and met with business and government leaders about trade opportunities.


Wichita City Council member Lavonta Williams has been named to the National League of Cities 2016 Board of Directors. The league seeks to help municipal leaders build better communities. 

Williams was appointed to the Board of Directors last week. She was also appointed to the REAL Council, which looks at “Race, Equity, and Leadership."

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An advocacy group is saying that Gov. Sam Brownback’s latest plan to avert a budget deficit will hurt some of the state’s poorest children. Heartland Health Monitor’s Jim McLean has more on concerns being raised by children’s advocates.

Health care providers across the country have been fearing the switch to a complicated new coding and billing system. Some were predicting an apocalyptic snarl of red tape. But when Heartland Health Monitor’s Bryan Thompson checked in with some Kansas providers about how things have gone the first month, they said “so far, so good.”

The new billing system is called ICD-10. It's the tenth version of the World Health Organization's International Classification of Diseases. That's where the initials, ICD, come from.

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The Kansas City-based band Making Movies comes to Wichita this weekend for a live performance. Its founding member explains that the group is interested in bridging a variety of musical styles in the hope of making something new.

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Wichita State University President John Bardo hosted a forum on diversity Thursday afternoon. In a campus-wide letter Bardo said the forum was “a chance to come together as a community in light of recent events at the University of Missouri” and controversy over the removal of pews in WSU’s Interfaith Chapel.

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There’s been a shake-up in the Kansas House Education Committee after the Republican speaker made some changes. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, two lawmakers believe they were removed from the committee for political reasons.

A spokesperson for Kansas House Speaker Ray Merrick says the changes were made for “the best interest of the caucus and the state.”

Republican Rep. Diana Dierks doesn’t see it quite the same way.

“In other words, I was probably doing my job and wasn’t meeting with what they wanted me to do,” Dierks says.

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The average price of a gallon of gas in Wichita is nearing its lowest point since the beginning of the year.

According to, fuel prices in Wichita are down 37 cents from last month. Many gas stations across the city have dipped below $2.00 per gallon.

“The national average today is $2.20. In Wichita, it’s just about to break under $2.00. And that’s something that should stick around,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for “We could see the cheapest stations in Wichita even dropping to the $1.80s or even the $1.70s.”

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The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City says farm income has taken a sharp drop in the region, and that drop is affecting the state budget in Kansas.

State officials have sharply lowered forecasts for tax collections. Raney Gilliland, director of the Kansas Legislative Research Department, says the farm income drop isn’t really affecting income tax collections, but it is giving farmers less money to spend and that hurts sales tax collections.

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As Midwest farmers parse the details of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, farm groups and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are urging Congress to ratify it.

Groups of corn growers and soybean farmers love the TPP. They say it will expand markets for U.S. goods.

Agriculture Department official Phil Karsting says the agreement also sets rules and standards for farm products from the U.S. and 11 other countries.