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Residents of Allen County in Kansas are getting some national recognition for their health-improvement efforts.

The county is one of eight 2017 winners of the Culture of Health Prize awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest public health philanthropy.

Richard Besser, the foundation’s president and CEO, will be in the Allen County seat of Iola on Tuesday to help the community celebrate the award.

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A task force is being formed to create a new nonprofit child care center in downtown Wichita.

Board members of the former Downtown Daycare Center are trying to create a new child care option for parents who live or work in the heart of Wichita.

The former center served about 100 infants and children at its site on South Topeka for more than 40 years before it closed in 2014.

To fill the void, board President Betty Moore says they would like to create a centrally located, state-of-the-art child care center, possibly with an indoor play area.

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If you see a lot of emergency responders at Eisenhower National Airport Tuesday morning, don’t worry: It’s just a drill.

The Wichita Airport Authority is scheduled to conduct a large-scale disaster exercise involving a commercial aircraft that crashes near a runway and breaks apart on impact.

About 300 officials and volunteers from various emergency management agencies will be responding to the scene north of K-42.

The Federal Aviation Administration requires airports to hold the simulated disaster training every three years.

The September Democracy on Tap event was held at KMUW on Wednesday, September 13. The topic: The Art of Teaching: Innovations in the Classroom. Here's the discussion:



  • Becky Elder—Northfield School
  • Linda Amos—Wichita Montessori
  • Allison Stucky—Riverside Elementary
  • Kathleen Bastin—Coleman Middle

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Editor’s note: This story was updated at 2:25 p.m. Sept. 18.

The Leavenworth County Commission on Monday morning backed off its support for a controversial chicken processing plant, throwing the future of the massive project into doubt.

The commission voted 2-1 to formally rescind a resolution that would have paved the way for $500 million in bonds to be issued for construction of the Tyson Foods plant near the Leavenworth County town of more than 5,000.

The original building where two Wichita brothers launched Pizza Hut is moving to a new location on the Wichita State University campus.

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A veteran support group called Team RWB Wichita conducted a tribute run on Monday in remembrance of the nearly 3000 people who lost their lives in the September 11 attacks.

Participants either walked or ran with the American flag around Sedgwick County Park's 4-mile outer loop. Team RWB Wichita's Veterans Engagement Director and former Marine Michael Obermeyer says the run, which began at 6 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m., is a good way to remember the victims.

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More than two dozen newly trained Red Cross volunteers from Kansas are being deployed to hurricane-damaged areas in Texas, Florida and the Virgin Islands.

The south-central Red Cross chapter held a disaster training session in Wichita over the weekend to get the volunteers ready to serve.

Executive Director Jennifer Sanders says the volunteers will likely help at evacuation centers.

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A special meeting will be held Tuesday night in Wichita to go over a report about future options for the Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center.

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Wichita's Sunflower Community Action will hold a community strategy meeting on Monday night for Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients.

DACA recipients, also known as Dreamers, are searching for answers on how to proceed following the announcement this week that the Trump administration is rescinding the program over the next six months.

DACA protects certain immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. At a recent meeting, director Lupe Magdaleno told DACA recipients that lawyers will come to answer questions.