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A Wichita health center that provides medical services in a predominantly underserved part of the city has been awarded funds to complete a $10.7 million expansion and renovation of its existing facility.

HealthCore Clinic was founded with a goal to eliminate disparities in health care. With funds from the Primary Care Development Corporation and Capital One Bank, officials estimate the clinic will be able to accommodate more than 30,000 additional patient visits over the next 7 years, effectively tripling the health center’s capacity.

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This summer’s employment outlook is down from last year, but many local businesses are still looking to hire new staff.

A new survey from the employment company Manpower shows that 20 percent of Wichita employers are looking to boost their staff in the coming months. That’s down slightly from last quarter, when 22 percent of employers said they planned on new hires.

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Tuition costs for university students in Kansas will be going up in the fall. The Kansas Board of Regents has approved increases of up to 6 percent for undergraduate, in-state tuition.

The universities in Kansas say the increases are justified by state budget cuts, rising costs and the need to retain and attract staff. Board of Regents Chair Shane Bangerter has concerns about universities staying competitive in the state’s tough budget situation.

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This year’s Riverfest celebration in downtown Wichita saw an 11 percent increase in attendance over last year, according to event organizers.

Wichita Festivals, Inc. counted a total of 455,000 people who traveled to the banks of the Arkansas River to enjoy concerts, food and other attractions. It continues a trend of increased attendance over the last two years.

Event organizers say the most popular attractions were the fireworks finale last Saturday, which attracted about 60,000 people, and the Sundown Parade, which kicked off Riverfest’s first night on June 3.

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The American Cancer Society is looking for more volunteers to help cancer patients who need transportation to their treatments.

The organization is rebuilding its Road To Recovery program in the Wichita area and in Reno County. The program matches volunteer drivers to cancer patients who need rides to and from cancer-related care.

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Kansas Medicaid officials are working to clear a massive application backlog. But as Heartland Health Monitor’s Jim McLean reports, new complaints are surfacing about problems facing low-income, disabled and elderly Kansans seeking to enroll in the health care program.

A Lawrence lawyer and others who help people enroll in KanCare, the state's privatized Medicaid program, say the number who are being mistakenly denied is on the rise. 

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“John Carpenter’s 'Halloween' is my favorite horror film,” says Gina Wohlsdorf as she explains the germ of her new novel, the acclaimed 'Security.' “I wondered why it didn’t exist in book form. I’ve read really widely in horror, it’s a great genre but I’ve never seen a slasher novel. So I tried to write one and thought, ‘Well, that’s why you don’t see slasher novels. This is terrible.’”

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Thousands of people in Kansas have incomplete voter registrations, which means they haven’t been able to vote. They were caught up in the state’s requirement that some people provide citizenship documents when registering. Now, a federal appeals court says many of those people should be allowed to vote in federal elections.

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Election officials in Kansas are starting the process of registering thousands of suspended voters after a federal court ruled the state is violating the National Voter Registration Act. Approximately 18,000 people have been unable to vote in local or national elections because they failed to provide proof of citizenship while registering at a DMV.

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The Kansas State Board of Education has approved a motion that says federal transgender guidelines for schools remove local control.

The statement doesn’t say schools should defy the rules or ignore the needs of transgender students. Instead, it says Kansas schools have already been accommodating transgender students, and decisions on how to do that should be made by local districts, not the federal government.

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