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Kansas senators will return Monday to find a school finance fix waiting on their desks, hammered out in the House over the weekend.

The bill undoes an $80 million error inserted last-minute into this year’s school funding bill.

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Wichita’s new Advanced Learning Library is nearing its grand opening.

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Kansas is about to make it through the end of April without a tornado for only the fourth time since record keeping began.

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Kansas is moving to loosen its rules for amusement rides for events such as county fairs a year after lawmakers strengthened regulations in the wake of a boy's death on a waterslide.

The Senate voted 37-1 on Thursday approve a bill addressing complaints from rural lawmakers and local officials that last year's law was too broad.

The House approved the measure 114-6 earlier this month, and it goes next to Gov. Jeff Colyer for his possible signature.

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Pittsburg State University is cutting 19 jobs.

The number of full-time employees at the university has dropped by more 7 percent when combined with other cuts over the last 18 months. The university is blaming the layoffs on a lack of state funding, rising costs and dropping enrollment.

“We’ve joined with the Kansas Board of Regents in actively advocating for additional state funding for many years,” Pittsburg State University President Steve Scott said in a news release. “Those efforts have clearly, and sadly, not resonated with the legislative leadership."

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Bwana Villa spent many years fronting the heavy rock band Fridays Waiting. Then, she found herself without a band but still with a desire to perform. When her friend and fellow songwriter Dusty Grant asked her if she'd consider performing a solo acoustic show, she gladly said yes.

Villa, who is currently at work on singles with the project Rise Again, will perform with Grant and Sloan Moon  Saturday evening at Third Place Brewing.

Jedd Beaudoin: You're going to do this acoustic show. What's different about that for you?

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The Senate narrowly confirmed Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state on Thursday, clearing the path for him to take over as the top U.S. diplomat just as President Donald Trump faces high-risk moments on Iran and North Korea.

Pompeo, the outgoing CIA director, secured support from 57 senators, with 42 voting no — one of the slimmest margins for the job in recent history. Every past nominee for the job since at least the Carter administration has received 85 or more yes votes in the Senate, with the exception of Trump's first secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, who got 56.

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The new Pizza Hut museum officially opens Monday on Wichita State University’s Innovation Campus.

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Law enforcement officials in Sedgwick County and across Kansas will collect leftover medications on Saturday.

Since the Drug Take-Back Day program started in 2010, more than 65 tons of medication in Kansas have been collected.

Drop-off sites will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There are 10 sites in Sedgwick County, including in Maize, Goddard, Haysville, Cheney and Derby.

The event is conducted by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which will collect and dispose of the medications.

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Jeff Wheeler has been a professional artist for more than 25 years, having amassed an impressive body of work — much of it focused on collaborations. One of the most fruitful of these partnerships has been with musician/artist Daniel Johnston. Wheeler will be showing some of their recent works at the Diver Studio in the show "On Their Way To Heaven Or Hell" this Friday. Wheeler and Diver will also host a screening of the 2005 documentary The Devil And Daniel Johnston.

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