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A support center for people impacted by the tornadoes that hit the town of Eureka and the surrounding area last week closed today.

With the closure of the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC), residents impacted by the tornado will work with representatives from the Red Cross at the Eureka Public Library. An information table and resource guide listing additional resources available from community partners will also be available at the library.

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Wichita’s mayor and police chief are offering sympathy and support to the Dallas law enforcement community following last night’s deadly police ambush at a peaceful rally over recent police-involved shootings of two African-American men.

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The Wichita Children’s Mercy Hospital will be closed until Monday due to a power outage. 

 

Officials with Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City say its Wichita location lost power on Thursday. The hospital shares facilities with Wesley Medical Center on Hillside, which also lost power for a short time after an electrical malfunction caused a small explosion. No one was hurt in the incident.

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Following a series of police shootings this week, a group of local community organizers will be holding a vigil on Thursday in Old Town Square.  

The event is a response to the officer-involved shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Both incidents were caught on camera.

According to a statement from organizers, the vigil will also serve as a rally to "demand action from elected officials and candidates running for office."

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The Kansas Corporation Commission(KCC) announced Monday that it will provide $350,000 in grant funds to help provide weatherization assistance to low-income Kansans.

The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) operates the Weatherization Assistance Program, which has helped nearly 600 households so far this year.

The KCC grant, funded by the Department of Energy, will help whittle down the waiting list.

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Updated July 5: Sedgwick County Emergency Communications reported receiving the following number of calls over the July 4th weekend:

Nuisance complaints to the non-emergency line:

  • 6:30 p.m., July 3, to 3 a.m., July 4 – 252 calls, compared to 145 in 2015
  • 6:30 p.m., July 4, to 3 a.m., July 5 – 378 calls, compared to 398 in 2015

911 calls:

People from the Kansas Attorney General’s office will be at the Kechi Fair Saturday to talk about identity theft and child safety.

Representatives from Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office will hand out free child identification kits at the fair. The kits allow parents to keep a child’s records on hand, such as fingerprints, height and weight, and a current photo. There is also a a place to record important medical information, and each kit comes with a swab to take a DNA sample. Law enforcement can use the identity kits to find missing children more quickly.

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Wichita’s Salvation Army is opening its doors for people to get out of the heat.

Three Salvation Army locations across the city will serve as cooling stations in the afternoon for people without homes or without access to air conditioning. Janet Pack, director of development for the Salvation Army in Wichita, says snacks and ice water will be available, and visitors can request a box fan.

Monday is World Refugee Day, and a local celebration will honor refugees and people that work with them.

According to the local chapter of the International Rescue Committee, Wichita is home to more than 800 refugees from at least 12 countries. The group will mark the day with a photography exhibit which shows some of the people in the community who work to make refugees feel welcome here.

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A Wichita-based company has donated thousands of dollars to a local program that provides meals to children in need of healthy food at the end of summer.

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