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The Sedgwick County District Attorney's office has received several calls in the past few months about a jury duty scam. Dan Dillon, media coordinator for the DA’s office, says residents are receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be a sheriff’s deputy and that they've missed jury duty and need to pay a fine.

“We’ve heard from some people that they’ve come very close to sending in money orders to the person on the other end of the phone thinking that if they don’t, a sheriff's deputy was coming to their house to arrest them, which is definitely not the case," Dillon says.

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Costs to secure four state-run hospitals under Kansas’ concealed carry law could run close to $12 million annually, with an additional $1 million needed in the first months, according to a new “action plan” from state officials.

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Sedgwick County is moving forward with the remaining renovation work on its Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Wichita.

County commissioners voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a $1.3 million contract with Key Construction.

Work on the fourth through sixth floors of the building at 271 W. 3rd St. will begin in June and take about five months.

Sedgwick County spokeswoman Kate Flavin says when four county departments move in, the building will be fully occupied.

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With a Monday deadline approaching, it isn’t clear whether all of the health insurance companies now participating in the Affordable Care Act marketplace in Kansas will continue in 2018.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, the state’s largest health insurer, has made a preliminary decision to continue and has filed initial paperwork with the Kansas Insurance Department, said Mary Beth Chambers, a company spokeswoman.

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According to a Pew study, 77 percent of Americans own smartphones and more than half own a tablet. However, not everyone knows how to adequately use the devices. The Wichita Public Library is offering a class for people to learn more – particularly for iPhone and iPad users. 

The class will cover a range of things that Apple devices can do.

For nine years, Ben Ropp has been a technology trainer librarian at Wichita Public Library. Ropp says the class will basically give users a tour of their device.

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The City of Wichita will unveil its new, expanded Q-Line service on Saturday.

The free trolley will have longer hours and new routes that will connect downtown Wichita with the Delano and College Hill neighborhoods.

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The drama unfolding in the Kansas Statehouse pales in comparison to the intrigue surrounding recent events in the nation’s capital.

But what’s happening — and not happening — in Topeka will determine the extent to which a group of new legislators elected last fall can fulfill the promises they made to voters to stabilize the state budget and adequately fund public schools.

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The third and final round of public meetings for the 95th Street corridor project in southern Sedgwick County will take place in the next few days.

One meeting will be held on Thursday in Derby, while another one will happen on Tuesday in Haysville.

The county launched a long-range transportation study on improvements to 95th Street South that could possibly include adding a bridge over the Arkansas River.

Commissioner Jim Howell says the road improvements could support future growth needs.

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President Donald Trump has named Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach as vice chair of a group that will study voter fraud. The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity will be headed by Vice President Mike Pence.

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After several false starts, the Kansas Senate on Wednesday finally debated a tax bill.

But after a brief debate, Democrats and conservative Republicans voted for different reasons to reject the bill.

Two Democrats joined 16 moderate Republicans in voting for the bill, which failed 18-22.

The seven Democrats who voted against the measure said they feared it would not generate sufficient revenue to both balance the state budget and increase funding for public schools by enough to satisfy the Kansas Supreme Court.

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