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The City of Wichita is beginning the process of gathering community input on what’s next for its downtown Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center.

City Council approved an agreement on Tuesday that lays the groundwork for upcoming public engagement opportunities.

The city plans to hire a project consultant who will design and implement what it calls a “transparent public engagement process.”

Wichita City Manager Robert Layton recommended that the engagement process be led by an independent third party to ensure neutral framing of the issues.

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Sedgwick County has set up an email account to accept community input on a potential Tyson Foods project in the area.

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Grandparents and their grandchildren are part of the focus of a statewide literacy event in Wichita on Saturday.

The Grandparents Brownbag Lunch is part of the Kansas Children's Literacy Conference and Festival. Prisca Barnes, with Story Time Village, says the event will feature a reading from a classic children's book called "The Napping House."

She says children under the age of 8 are learning to read, and after the age of 8, they are reading to learn.

Law enforcement officers in Kansas and across the country will be collecting unused, expired and leftover medications on Saturday.

It’s an initiative called the National Drug Take-Back Day.

In Sedgwick County, officers will be staffing five locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for people to drop-off their unused prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

The sites include the Sedgwick County Zoo, Oaklawn Activity Center and Household Hazardous Waste center, all in Wichita, as well as the Goddard City Hall and the fire station in Cheney.

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The Wichita Family Crisis Center and the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center have created a new partnership to provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Sumner and Cowley Counties.

Through new funding by the Kansas Governor’s Grants Program, the two agencies will now be able to provide support with safety planning, crisis counseling, medical and legal advocacy, and assistance with emergency shelter if needed.

The Kansas African American Museum

The design of Wichita's Dockum Sit-in Memorial was unveiled Saturday at The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazer event.

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Sedgwick County Commissioners approved a grant on Wednesday worth more than $2 million for the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program.

The WIC program provides nutrition, education and money for supplemental food to income-eligible women, infants and children living in Sedgwick County.

Sedgwick County Health Director Adrienne Byrne says the grant comes from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).

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People who live near Wichita’s Fairmount Park will soon have another opportunity to get free books.

The Rotary Club of Wichita is providing what’s called a “Little Free Library” to the park with book donations to fill the shelves.

The freestanding neighborhood library is a small wood box at the top of a pole with shelves and an unlocked door. Anyone can stop by at any hour of the day and take a book for free.

Project organizer Sharon Van Horn says Rotary is working with the nonprofit Storytime Village to ensure children and adults have access to books.

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The Wichita Police Department is undergoing implicit bias training this month. It's just one of several efforts designed to improve community relations.

During the last year, the department has offered training to officers on racial awareness and fair and impartial policing.

This time, Police Chief Gordon Ramsay says the entire department of 850 people, officers and support staff, will go through the bias training.

Carla Eckels

Domestic violence affects one in three women in the U.S. For the past 20 years, a local Wichita organization has worked to help survivors of domestic abuse transition to better living.

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