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Via Christi Health in Wichita will be sending out notices over the next two weeks informing staff about the elimination of 70 non-patient care positions. That’s in addition to another 80 positions that have been vacant over the last three months that will not be filled. However, as KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, the company will be adding bedside nurses to their patient care unit.

According to a release from Todd Conklin, interim CEO for Via Christi Health, the company is looking to hire roughly 80 people for bedside care positions, such as nurses and therapists.

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A quiet vigil to remember the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando will take place downtown on Wednesday.

The Wichita Coalition Against Gun Violence will host a vigil to reflect on the 49 victims who lost their lives, as well as for those who were injured. The shootings occurred late Sunday night at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Police killed the gunman.

The vigil's organizer, Rev. Michael Poage, says that the local community can come together after the tragic event.

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After celebrating its 100th anniversary two years ago by sitting vacant and in rough shape, Wichita’s historic Union Station, as well as the the train depot and two story building sitting next to it, have been brought back to life.

There are now several tenants, from restaurants to insurance offices. 

Chad Stafford, president of Occidental Management, the company developing the property, says the first phase concentrated on the two-story Grand and Patrick Building along Douglas, the adjacent brick train depot, and the exterior courtyard.

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A local program that provides free healthy meals for children at risk of hunger during the summer is asking for urgent help from the community.

The Filling the Gap Lunches for Kids program serves more than 800 children at more than a dozen sites in the Wichita area each day. But because Wichita’s public schools are starting later this year, the program will be providing meals to students for a week longer than expected.

Kansas LGBT Activist Responds To Orlando Massacre

Jun 13, 2016
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Gay rights activists and members of the LGBT community throughout Kansas and Missouri are in a state of shock in the wake of Sunday's massacre of at least 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida Saturday night. Stephanie Mott, State Vice-Chair of Equality Kansas, says people she’s spoken to are feeling a wide array of emotions.

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Wichita Habitat for Humanity is celebrating its 30th anniversary by building a home at Riverfest.

A combination of 300 volunteers and skilled workers built the 3-bedroom home in just eight days. The house is currently sitting on stilts just south of the Hyatt Regency Hotel and will be moved in the coming weeks to the Delano neighborhood. It is the 208th home to be built by the Wichita chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

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A local group is helping to register people to vote during Riverfest in downtown Wichita--including those who at one time were incarcerated.

Men and women released from jail who are U.S. citizens and "off paper"--meaning off probation and parole--can vote in Kansas. But many don't know they can.

Doug Ballard is part of the social justice group JENI, which stands for Jobs & Education--Not Incarceration. He says the group has been registering people to vote, including one formally incarcerated man who had not voted in more than three decades.

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Fans of Mustangs, Falcons, and Torinos are expected to come out in the hundreds to the 23rd annual All Ford Show tomorrow at Sedgwick County Park.

Many models of Fords will be on display and in competition, including classics.

Kelly Keyser, a board member of the South Central Kansas Mustang Club, will show her dream car: a 2014 black-on-black convertible Mustang.

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Last month, strong storms dropped more than 7 inches of rain over the Wichita area, and officials with Riverfest have been worried about the condition of the Arkansas River ahead of the event’s opening on Friday.

Strong currents have been recorded on the Arkansas River for weeks, which would have made the water too dangerous for popular festival attractions like pontoon boat rides, jet ski races and paddle boats. But persistent storms appear to have have slowed down just in time for the festival’s 45th year.

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The new elephant exhibit at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita is officially open.

The state-of-the-art facility is getting a lot of attention, and not just for the impressive grounds. As KMUW’s Deborah Shaar tells us, visitors are excited to see the six new elephants from Africa.

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