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The W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University announced Tuesday a newly formed Institute for the Study of Economic Growth. The school received a $3.6 million gift of support from the Charles Koch Foundation.

Barton School Dean Anand Desai says students will be the greatest beneficiaries of this grant. He says the institute will help attract and retain outstanding faculty and increase the value of business and economics education at Wichita State.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is on a six-state tour. The itinerary, unveiled on Monday, includes private school Kansas City Academy in Missouri and Johnson County Community College.

Officials at JCCC found out about the visit the same day the Education Department announced Secretary DeVos’ tour. It’s not yet clear what programs or classes she will visit.

Her agency says the multi-state tour is about highlighting innovation in education.

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When you go to a University of Kansas football game this year, you'll notice some old things and some new things.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is leading the second meeting of President Trump’s election integrity commission in New Hampshire Tuesday.

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A veteran support group called Team RWB Wichita conducted a tribute run on Monday in remembrance of the nearly 3000 people who lost their lives in the September 11 attacks.

Participants either walked or ran with the American flag around Sedgwick County Park's 4-mile outer loop. Team RWB Wichita's Veterans Engagement Director and former Marine Michael Obermeyer says the run, which began at 6 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m., is a good way to remember the victims.

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Wichita Police say DNA tests confirm what they suspected about the remains of a boy found in a Wichita home.

The results positively identified the victim as three-year-old Evan Brewer. He is the grandson of former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer.

Authorities found the child’s body in a concrete structure inside a home on South Vine on September 2.

Police arrested Brewer’s mother and her boyfriend on child custody related charges a week before the boy’s remains were discovered.

The investigation is ongoing, and no additional information has been released.

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A Wichita company that creates manufacturing technologies received a $1 million contract from the Department of Defense.

Fairmount Technologies will develop a machining prototype that is expected to improve the way long, complex-shaped aircraft parts are manufactured.

The goal is to reduce the loss of materials due to machining failure, set-up cost and lead-time for manufacturing multiple parts or one-off spares.

Fairmont Technologies was founded in 2008 by Vis Madhavan, professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering at WSU, and is located in Beggs Hall.

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A Wichita-based medical nonprofit has sent several of its mobile clinics to Texas areas hit by recent floods.

A “clinic in a can" is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: a 20-foot shipping container converted into "just one doctor's office," says Cory Simons, CFO of the nonprofit Clinic in a Can. "They're set up basically for primary care."

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More than two dozen newly trained Red Cross volunteers from Kansas are being deployed to hurricane-damaged areas in Texas, Florida and the Virgin Islands.

The south-central Red Cross chapter held a disaster training session in Wichita over the weekend to get the volunteers ready to serve.

Executive Director Jennifer Sanders says the volunteers will likely help at evacuation centers.

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Kansas inspectors failed to follow up on nearly half the problems they found in 79 nursing homes across the state in 2014, according to a federal report issued Monday.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General report is part of a review of state agencies that inspect nursing homes that receive Medicare and Medicaid.

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